Texas Rep. Steve Stockman participates in a mock swearing-in ceremony with House Speaker John Boehner in January. Stockman made the surprise move to challenge Sen. John Cornyn in the 2014 Texas GOP primary.
In the blink of an eye, Steve Stockman has turned the upcoming Texas GOP primary into a nationally significant contest with his last-minute launch of a conservative insurgency campaign against the state's senior senator, John Cornyn.
How unexpected was this? Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri was telling Politico 20 minutes from the filing deadline that he was “not expecting any recognizable names or people with substantial resources running aside from the senator.”
Last night, Northeast Texas lost not just the greatest radio voice to come from these communities, but a respected and loved friend and neighbor.
Bill Bradford, the longtime voice of KSST-AM in Sulphur Springs, died last night. The man known to many simply as “Brad” had been hospitalized following a recent stroke. He was 93.
Bradford spent over half a century as a newscaster, announcer, weatherman, sportscaster, and radio businessman and manager. His many honors include a place in the Texas Radio Hall of Fame’s Hall of Honor.
After years of legal battles and construction delays, the Canadian corporation TransCanada has begun moving oil into the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. That portion of the pipeline pass throuigh Northeast Texas on its way from central Oklahoma to the Texas Gulf Coast.
A few schools around the area will be closed or delayed on Tuesday, due to electricity outages around the region, as well as ice on some roadways, trees blocking some roads and some areas without water service.
It’s been over 72 hours since the ice storm hit the region Friday morning, but Northeast Texas hasn’t quite recovered.
Electrical service crews, many from out of state, have been a common sight since the weekend, as workers have been laboring around the clock to restore electrical service to those who have been without power since Friday morning.
Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the new UIL enrollment limits for the various classifications will have little effect on Commerce High School. It will be in the 3A, Division 1 division, but that is essentially the same as 2A, Division 1 currently, because the UIL is redesignating its divisions from the largest (5A to 6A) to the smallest (six-man to 1A). Also, Cooper says the school board hopes that its approval of the Freeport Exemption for manufacturing companies will help attract industry to the city.
Most of those who lost electrical service in Friday's ice storm have had power restored, but continued outages in some areas and icy driving conditions around the region mean that Monday will not be a business-as-usual day in Northeast Texas.
Friday's ice storm left hundreds of Northeast Texas residents without electricity. For those whose home relies on electricity for heat, the lack of power is more than a nuisance. With overnight low temperatures expected in the mid-teens, a couple of buildings in Northeast Texas have been opened to those seeking shelter from the cold.
In Commerce, the Emergency Management staff have opened First Baptist Church at 1401 Washington Street as a warming station from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, and then 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Sunday.