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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu November 6, 2014

City of Commerce expects good report from SPCA animal shelter inspection

Commerce City Manager Marc Clayton says an inspector representing the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) visited the shelter and gave positive comments to Clayton, with a favorable formal report expected soon.  Following the recent controversy concerning the shelter, a complaint had been filed.  Mayor Dr. John Ballotti acknowledges that he made an error in not allowing citizens to speak concerning the shelter at the council's most recent meeting, and says if they appear at the next meeting, November 18, they'll be allowed to speak.

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Hunt County
9:11 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Caddo Mills, Campbell to remain dry

Caddo Mills and Campbell will continue to prohibit alcohol sales.
Credit Wikimedia commons

There will not be beer and wine sales in Caddo Mills or Campbell, as voters defeated referendum votes in the two cities Tuesday.

Final election returns came in for Hunt County shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday night, and also revealed voters were in favor of a Republican state senator and supported a plan to add more money for roads in the state.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Early Childhood Intervention is often overlooked as a social service

Frances Dalbey
Credit Hunt County United Way

The Executive Director of the Hunt County United Way, Frances Dalbey, says Early Childhood Intervention offered through the state Mental Health/Mental Retardation (MHMR) program is one of the most overlooked services supported by United Way.

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Elections 2014
10:57 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Republicans sweep Delta Co. races

Jason Murray
Credit Cooper Review

Delta County Republicans will be celebrating tonight as each won their local races here on this rainy election night. Republican Jason Murray received 881 votes for 63 percent to Democrat Ted Carrington’s 516 for 34 percent in the County Judge race.

There will be a new man at the helm as Delta County Precinct 2 Commissioner with Republican Gary Anderson winning with 60 percent of the votes (179) to longtime incumbent Democrat Max Moody’s 40 percent (119).

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Elections 2014
10:47 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Northeast Texas: New faces in 2015

John Ratcliffe
Credit KERA

John Ratcliffe and Bob Hall didn't grab any headlines on Election Night. That's because their dramatic victories occurred in the Republican primary runoff elections earlier this year. Once those victories were secured, it was all over except for the inevitable elephant stampede, as GOP candidates rumbled to yet another dominant showing in Northeast Texas.

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Elections 2014
10:31 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Republicans extend statewide streak to 16 years

George P. Bush, nephew of George W. Bush, will be the next Land Commissioner in Texas.
Credit NPR

Texas Democrats maintained their 16-year losing streak on Tuesday night, with Republicans decisively sweeping all 15 statewide races on the ballot. 

Early returns showed Republicans leading by more than 20 percentage points in all of the statewide races. Texans have not elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994. 

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Elections 2014
10:22 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Patrick wins big in bid for Lieutenant Governor

Dan Patrick will be the next Lieutenant Governor of Texas.
Credit NPR

Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick cruised to a landslide victory Tuesday night in the race for lieutenant governor, defeating Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte. 

With 11 percent of precincts counted, Patrick, who campaigned with Tea Party backing, was ahead with more than 58 percent of the vote. 

In a written statement, Patrick said Tuesday’s GOP sweep of all statewide positions proved that “the conservative ticket prevails in the hearts of our fellow Texans.” 

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Elections 2014
10:15 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Abbott crushes Davis amid GOP sweep

Greg Abbott defeated Wendy Davis in the 2014 Texas gubernatorial election.
Credit KERA

Attorney General Greg Abbott, presiding over another GOP sweep Tuesday night, crushed state Sen. Wendy Davis in the Texas governor’s race and helped usher in a whole new crop of Republican leaders up and down the statewide ballot. 

In the first open race for governor in a quarter century, Abbott was leading Davis by a double-digit margin in early, unofficial returns. While it was too soon to calculate the margin of victory, once the votes began trickling in it was clear that Abbott would defeat the Fort Worth senator by a huge margin. 

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Marvin Nichols Reservoir
1:28 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Impact study kicks Northeast Texas planners into high gear

Northeast Texas Water Coalition

Water planners in Northeast Texas might have as few as two and a half weeks to respond to a revised application by Dallas-area water planners who want to build a roughly 70,000-acre reservoir on the Sulphur River north of Mount Pleasant.

At issue is whether the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir would be included in the next draft of the state water plan published by the Texas Water Development Board. Inclusion would not guarantee construction – new reservoirs must receive approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as well as the federal government.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue November 4, 2014

State STAAR results not good; Commerce ISD makes gains, but 'room for improvement'

Blake Cooper
Credit Commerce ISD

A recent Dallas Morning News article said the results of the latest STAAR tests for Texas schools are disappointing.  Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says while the Commerce ISD made significant gains, it still has "room for improvement."

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2014 Elections
7:38 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Ballot initiatives join races for office on ballots

Proposition 1 involves the funding of transportation projects in Texas.
NPR

Voters across the State of Texas will be headed to the polls Tuesday to choose their next governor. There have also been hotly contested races for the offices of lieutenant governor, senator, comptroller and more.

There is also a proposition on the ballot to increase the amount of funding available for building and maintaining roads in the state.

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2014 Elections
6:53 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Beyond wins and losses - what to watch Tuesday

Texans will choose a new governor on Tuesday.
NPR

Republicans appear poised to maintain their grip on every statewide office in Texas for a 16th straight year, yet Tuesday’s election results will yield information beyond winners and losers. Political observers will be looking closely at voter turnout and exit poll data, seeking insights into where Texas is politically, and where it may be headed. Here are the questions most drawing their attention: 

Question: Will Wendy Davis break 42 percent of the vote in the governor’s race? 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

City of Cooper demolishing abandoned houses

Cindy Roller
Credit Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says the city has torn down four abandoned, dilapidated houses and plans to tear down at least four more.  Cindy also discusses a project to restore the history of Cooper High School and the Delta County candidates in Tuesday's election.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:30 am
Fri October 31, 2014

'Bob Wills Festival,' 'Small Business Saturday' today's Cafe topics

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the fiddling history of the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, where this weekend's Bob Willis Fiddling Festival will take place.  And Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses plans for Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

'Big Ear' telescope received strongest ever 'alien' signal

Dr. Kent Montgomery
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of astronomy and the director of the University Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, discusses the 1977 event when the "Big Ear" radio telescope in Ohio picked up the strongest ever signal from an unknown source in space, lasting more than 70 seconds.

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