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Blacklands Cafe
12:08 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Hunt County United Way adds Raffa

The Hunt County United Way recently added Raffa, an organization that provides a variety of support services to women in Hunt County, to the list of organizations it assists with funding, according to United Way Executive Director Frances Dalbey.

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Hunt County
9:58 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Toddler death case: Jury selection this week

Arturo Vega
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Jury selection is scheduled this week in a potential death penalty capital murder case, involving the 2011 death of a 2-year-old child.

A final pretrial hearing in the case against Arturo Aguilar Vega is scheduled Monday morning in the 354th District Court.

A general jury pool setting is scheduled Wednesday and individual juror interviews is set to begin on October 13.

A trial date will be announced once a jury is chosen in the case.

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Hunt County
9:46 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Barchard Shelter case: One warrant still active

Over 200 dogs and cats were siezed when the Frank Barchard Memorial Animal Shelter in Wolfe City was shut down on July 23.
provided image SPCA of Texas

A warrant for the arrest of former Frank Barchard Memorial Animal Shelter proprietor Jo Ann "Jody" McIntier remains active, according to the Hunt County clerk's office. 

Jody McIntier, 61, of Wolfe City, and Joel Glenn McIntier, 21, of Wolfe City, have both been charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Joel McIntier was served with an arrest warrant on Sept. 18 and was released on a personal recognizance bond. The first hearing in his case is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 15 at the Hunt County Court No. 2 in Greenville.

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Delta County
8:17 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Bob Hall hears local law enforcement needs

Texas State Senate Candidate District 2 Bob Hall listens and responds to law enforcement like Sheriff Ricky Smith from Delta and other surounding counties.
Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

During a unique meeting a large gathering of local law enforcement officials including Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith, Hopkins County Sheriff Butch Adams, Rains County Sheriff David Traylor and Kaufman County Sheriff David Byrnes presented their concerns to Texas State Senate Candidate District 2 Bob Hall at the Delta County Civic Center last Monday afternoon.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

'Bras for the Cause' Thursday evening in Greenville; Monday & Tuesday are last days to enter

Credit Bras for the Cause

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville says Monday and Tuesday, October 6 and 7 are the last days to enter a decorated, artistic bra in "Bras for the Cause," the annual event that raises money for Hunt Regional Health Care's mobile mammography unit, and Janice's Closet, which provides help for breast-cancer patients.  The event takes place in downtown Greenville Thursday evening from 6-8:30 p.m.  The theme is "Brazinga!"

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Texas Government
9:11 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Perry lawyers: Prosecutor not sworn in properly

Credit NPR

Note: This story has been updated throughout. 

Lawyers for Gov. Rick Perry on Friday filed a request to dismiss the indictment against the governor, saying paperwork needed to properly swear in the prosecutor appointed to shepherd the case was not properly filled out or filed. 

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Texas Crime and Corrections
9:05 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Parole commissioner accused of falsifying records

Credit NPR

A Texas parole commissioner has been indicted for tampering with a government record after at least five inmates were denied release from prison because she wrote in their files they had refused to be interviewed. 

Pamela D. Freeman, one of 14 Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles commissioners who interview inmates being considered for release, was indicted on the single count in Huntsville on Wednesday. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. 

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Texas Government
7:24 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Hall hospitalized following auto accident

Ralph Hall
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This story has been updated throughout.

 

Ralph Hall, the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House of Representatives, has been airlifted to a Dallas area hospital due to injuries from a car accident, though a spokesman says the congressman is expected to recover. The accident occurred in Fannin County.

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Northeast Texas Weather
7:51 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Photos: Winds batter NE Texas

A severe thunderstorm on Oct. 2 caused widespread damage in Commerce.
Kevin Jefferies

Severe thunderstorms blew through Northeast Texas on Oct. 2, leaving multiple reports of damage in their wake.

The highest wind gust recorded at Majors Field, the City of Greenville Municipal Airport, during the storm was 63 mph. Majors Field recorded about an inch of rain during the storms.

The Greenville Herald-Banner reports that part of the roof of the Stonebridge Villa Apartments in Greenville was blown into the yard, and the Greenville Middle School Annex Building also suffered roof damage.

Texas Health
7:03 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Court upholds Texas abortion rules

Protesters filled the Texas capitol building during the contentious 2013 legislative session, which produced the state's current abortion restrictions.
Credit NPR

As it hears arguments in an appeal of a federal judge’s decision overturning new requirements for Texas abortion facilities, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the state could enforce the requirements in the meantime. That means eight abortion clinics across five major Texas cities will be able to stay open.  

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Greenville
6:45 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Life sentence given for meth possession

Mark Engle
Credit Herald-Banner

A Tarrant County man has been sentenced to life in prison, after being found with a quantity of methamphetamine upon leaving a Greenville motel in December 2012.

Mark Eugene Engle, 46, of Watauge, had previously entered an open plea of guilty to the charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, in an amount of between four and 200 grams. An open plea means no plea bargain agreement had been arranged in the case and that Engle was subject to the full range of punishment.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

'Buy Local, Support Commerce Week,' Oct. 5-11

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

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks has organized a "Buy Local, Support Commerce" campaign Oct. 5-11.  The University, the Commerce ISD and the city of Commerce are all supporting the campaign.  LaVelle says a similar campaign is planned for the spring.

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Texas Health
9:56 am
Thu October 2, 2014

People who had contact with ebola patient being watched

A patient at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has a confirmed case of Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. He is being treated and kept in strict isolation.
Credit NPR

As many as 18 individuals in the Dallas area are under observation by Dallas County health officials after coming in contact with a patient confirmed to be infected with the Ebola virus, officials said Wednesday. 

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Texas Crime and Corrections
9:52 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Court upholds reversal of DeLay's convictions

Tom DeLay
Credit NPR

Siding with a decision made a year ago by a lower appeals court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday refused to reinstate money-laundering convictions against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. 

In an 8-1 decision, the state's highest criminal court backed a Texas 3rd Court of Appeals decision that reversed DeLay's 2011 convictions on money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The court had ruled there was not enough evidence to prove that DeLay’s actions were criminal. 

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Elections 2014
9:48 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Patrick, Van de Putte differ on school funding

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In Debate, Patrick and Van de Putte Spar Over Taxes

by Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune

September 29, 2014

In the only scheduled debate in their race for lieutenant governor, state Sens. Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte faced off on Monday night in a lively exchange that displayed their divergent positions on everything from health care and immigration to school finance and taxes. 

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