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fxtimes.com

Texas A&M University-Commerce professor of economics Dr. Dale Funderburk says when the president of the Dallas branch of the Federal Reserve, Richard Fisher, retired recently, he defended the Fed against calls for it to be audited, but he criticized the Fed for being dominated by the New York branch and for being too timid in raising interest rates.

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jimainsworth.com

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth has recently published a book of brief personal essays, "A River of Stories," which opens with a "eulogy" to his father, written many years after his death.

Delta County Sheriff
Delta County Sheriff

Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith discusses a new inmate work program that allows non-violent county jail inmates to leave the jail for work on various projects, under the supervision of a certified jailer.  The sheriff says most of the inmates are eager to work, in order to get out of the jail cells.  They may earn "good time" by doing the work, and he says they learn from the experience.  Also, appearing on the program is Cooper Review editor Cindy R

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Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says the debate over the L3 lease, while concluded some time ago, remains a major issue in the Greenville mayoral election Saturday between David Dreiling and council member Dan Perkins.  And Caleb says the future of the Paul Mathews Exchange Building in downtown Greenville and the proposed YMCA project are also major issues.  Voters in Quinlan Saturday will decide whether the off-premise sale of liquor should be allowed there.

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dodlive.mil

Bert Cooper, the director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, a faith-based organization, has a new welding class underway.  Bert says students can join the class until May 11, as long as openings remain.  He says a previously homeless person who received training from an earlier welding class is now earning $350 per hour.  There is a shortage of three million welders in the U.S., Bert says.

Greenville Municipal Auditorium
Greenville Municipal Auditorium

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses the benefit concert Saturday night, May 16 featuring country star Collin Raye and alternative rock star Ben Kweller at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium

Commerce ISD
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the district's enrollment is up by 60 students over this time last year, and 100 students since the beginning of the school year.  Cooper says the CISD is seeing a large number of transfer students from other districts, and he says he's heard from numerous Texas A&M University-Commerce faculty who have told him they plan to move their families to Commerce.  And he says the Commerce ISD will pay for students to take dual-credit college courses in the 2015-16 school year.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says Cooper Lake is full for the first time since 2010, after the recent rains.  And Delta County voters will decide the fate of off-premise beer and wine sales in an election Saturday, May 9.  Early voting in the election ends Tuesday.

Wellness commentator Velvete Womack, proprietor of Fire and Ice Massage and Spa in Commerce,says portion sizes have become larger and larger, contributing to the weight problem many people fight.   For example, the typical serving in 1936 cookbooks was 236 calories; in 2006, it was 436 calories.

Community Seeds
Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, the director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, a faith-based organization, says the recent Greenville Follies stage show raised $49,500 for his organization.  The money will help Community Seeds complete its planned incubator kitchen, which will help train people in food preparation skills, and help others prepare "homemade" food for sale.

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says a celebration of the University's student athletes takes place at 7 p.m.

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Arlingtoncemetery.net, Life magazine

Texas A&M University-Commerce Archivist Emeritus Dr. Jim Conrad discusses the biography of Hunt County's Audie Murphy, "No Name on the Bullet" by University of Texas historian Don Graham.  "Audie Murphy Days" will be celebrated May 15-16 at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville.  

Texastribune.org
Texastribune.org

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the Texas House budget would raise the level of funding for most Texas school districts, and, in fact, would raise funding for the Commerce ISD by about $700,000 per year. 

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses plans for the "Bois D'Arc Spring Car Show" in downtown Commerce on Saturday.  Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the event will feature 40 or more classifications of cars.  And Paul discusses the very successful "Cleaner, Greener Bois D'Arc Capital" community-wide cleanup event that happened on April 11.

Northeast Texas Children's Museum
Northeast Texas Children's Museum

The mayor of Commerce, Dr. John Ballotti, says the city is close to landing a new industry thanks to the efforts of the Economic Development Committee, led by Bonnie Hunter.  The industry, Polara Engineering, is based in California and is a maker of traffic-light switches among other products.

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