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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Economic giants Smith, Keynes -- opposites in philosophy -- shared same birthday

Dr. Dale Funderburk
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says Adam Smith, the great advocate of free markets, and John Maynard Keynes, the father of "Keynesian economics," in which government manages the economy, still dominate economic debate today.  Both celebrated June 5 as their birthday.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

'Cat Coalition' targets male cats

Commerce Humane Association president Jody McIntier says the organization is working with the "Cat Coalition" to offer free neutering of all male cats.  The effort is aimed at reducing the number of unwanted kittens.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Greenville tourism efforts continue despite funding questions

Milton Babb
Credit Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau

The director of the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Milton Babb, says plans for the "Rally Around Greenville" event Sept. 19-21 are going forward as well as other tourism efforts, despite uncertainty surrounding the Greenville City Council's recent decision to take over tourism promotion from the Chamber of Commerce.  Another event that is on the books is the Bob Wills Fiddling Festival and Contest, October 31-Nov. 2.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Ivey: Strict NCAA academic standards could come to D2

Ryan Ivey
Credit TAMUC Marketing Communications

The NCAA is holding Division I athletic programs to a higher academic standard through something called the Academic Progress Rate (APR).  The University of Nevada-Las Vegas and University of Idaho football teams have been barred from post-season play, and in the 2012-13 season, the University of Connecticut men's basketball team (the 2013-14 national champions) was forced to sit out the postseason.  Texas A&M University-Comme

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Girl Scouts giving more emphasis to STEM activities

Frances Dalbey
Credit Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way Executive Director Frances Dalbey says about 35,000 girls in Northeast Texas are members of the Girl Scouts, one of many organizations assisted by the United Way.  Frances says the Girl Scouts are now putting more emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Commerce ISD likes results of STAAR tests

Charlie Alderman

Commerce ISD Director of Curriculum and Instruction Charlie Alderman says the preliminary report on STAAR testing of students in the CISD is encouraging, although the official, complete results won't be released for some time yet.  Also, he discusses plans for the implementation of "endorsements" for students entering Commerce High School this fall.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

'Reveal' complete, A&M-C marches toward 125th anniversary

Wyman Williams
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

After the recent "reveal" unveiling a new logo encompassing all of the University's names, College of Business and Entrepreneurship director of development Wyman Williams is looking ahead to the 125th anniversary of Texas A&M University-Commerce this fall.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Commerce, A&M-C arrange for citizens to use rec center pool; city pool's future doubtful

Dr. John Ballotti
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses details of the arrangement for citizens of Commerce to use the pool at the Morris Recreation Center on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus this summer.  The mayor says the future of the municipal pool at City Park is doubtful, but it's unlikely the pool can be repaired.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

A&M-C War & Memory Project visits 'Bulge' battlefield

East Texas War & Memory Project logo
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

On this Memorial Day, Dr. Eric Gruver and Hayley Hasik of the East Texas War and Memory Project at Texas A&M University-Commerce, relive the Project's visit to the Ardennes Forest, site the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Runoff election Tuesday in Delta County; economic development efforts moving ahead

Cindy Roller
Credit Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller discusses the runoff election Tuesday, May 27, between incumbent Delta County Judge Herb Brookshire and Jason Murray.  Also on the ballot Tuesday in Delta County and most other counties in the KETR listening area are the runoff elections between U.S.

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Blacklands Cafe
9:52 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Update on Greenville's tallest building

Caleb Slinkard

The Paul Matthews Exchange Building in downtown Greenville is for sale.  The seven-story building is owned by the city of Greenville.  The editor of the Herald-Banner, Caleb Slinkard, expects a decision on selling the building to be made very soon.  This week, the Herald-Banner reported that one of the two bids on the building had been withdrawn, leaving one bid at $3.3 million.  Also, discussed the recent sale of the abandoned former C.B.'s Hamburgers and Wilhite Candy buildings at Wesley and O'Neal Streets.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Greenville's history of 'opera houses'

Carol Taylor
Credit Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses Greenville's history of "opera houses."  The best known was the King Opera House, part of which still stands within the Texan Theater, which is being extensively renovated and will reopen this fall.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Tips on helpful summertime tech products

Rick Miller

Our personal technology commentator Rick Miller has tips on a moisture-wicking towel and automatic-flushing toilet technology for the home.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Commerce Farmers Market returns; murals planned for downtown

Dr. John Ballotti
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce / TAMUC-Photo

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the Farmers Market on Bonham Alley returns Saturday morning, May 24.  Also, murals will be painted on some of the blank walls in downtown Commerce this summer, and the city has received a grant to demolish and rebuild two local homes.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

'Palcohol' poses risks to kids, others

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks warns that powdered alcohol, marketed as "Palcohol," and recently OKed by the Food and Drug Administration, poses considerable risk to children, and could create problems for organizations concerned with controlling the use of alcohol.

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