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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

KERA

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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Elections 2014
9:44 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Abbott, Davis challenge one another on ethics

KERA

Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, who has mostly avoided direct confrontation with his opponent in the race for Texas governor, took a hard swing at Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis over her ethics as a lawmaker in a televised debate Tuesday night. 

And she let him have it right back.

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Northeast Texas Weather
9:28 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Thunderstorms likely this evening

By early evening, storms are likely for areas east of the I-35 corridor because a squall line should be fully developed along the front.
NWS

The National Weather Service has advised that thunderstorms are likely for Northeast Texas this evening.

Partly cloudy skies are expected to become increasingly cloudy this afternoon, with most storms expected after 4 p.m. Strongest storms are forecast to occur east of a Denison-Rockwall-Ennis line. Strong winds and hail are possible.

Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Commerce Chamber welcomes new members; circus in town Oct. 10

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the Chamber has recently welcomed several new businesses as members, including a construction and remodeling company, Mass Con, and J&R Storage, which will offer insulated storage buildings.  Paul reports that the owner of Lulu's restaurant has bought Los Mochis Mexican Restaurant and will move Los Mochis into the former College Corner and El Charro building on Lee Street.  And Paul says the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus will perf

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News and Culture Notebook
2:38 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Dallas media roundup: Northeast Gateway

Activists collect petition signatures and distribute literature at a Sept. 22 public meeting in Rockwall on the Blacklands Corridor feasibility study, which includes preliminary recommendations for a toll road between Greenville and the President George Bush Turnpike in far northeastern Dallas County.
Credit Mark Haslett / KETR

For about a year and a half, Dallas-area media didn't pay a whole lot of attention to the North Central Texas Council of Governments transportation study of the "Blacklands Corridor" between Greenville and northeastern Dallas County. There was a bit of a rumble in early 2013 when it seemed developers might try to put in a toll road along the old Blacklands Railroad right-of-way, but when the Council of Governments shot down that plan, the whole story went onto the back burner for a while.

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Hunt County
8:55 am
Tue September 30, 2014

FM 2101 to be widened

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Work is about to begin on the widening of a highway which passes by the Boles Independent School District.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has announced crews from DL Lennon is scheduled to start construction on FM 2101 on October 8.

The work will involve the length of the farm-to-market road between State Highway 34 and FM 2947 near Hickory Cove on Lake Tawakoni. The project calls for widening the roadway and bridges, installing a cement-treated flexible base and applying two-course surface treatments.

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2014 Elections
8:45 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Final gubernatorial debate tonight in Dallas

KETR will broadcast tonight's debate between gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis.
Credit KERA

Democrat Wendy Davis has one more chance to share a debate stage with the Republican front-runner in the race for Texas governor, and if the recent past is any guide, she’ll use most of her hour in Dallas to crank up the heat on Attorney General Greg Abbott.

The debate, which gets under way at 8 p.m. Tuesday, is the second of two televised encounters. At the last debate, held Sept. 19 in Edinburg, Davis issued one attack after another on Abbott, who mostly ignored her accusations and stuck to his rehearsed lines.

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Greenville
8:34 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Power cut to apartment complex again

For the second time in two months, the electricity was disconnected Monday morning at a Greenville apartment complex, after the owners allegedly failed to pay the bill for the facility. The manager of the Texas United Housing Program complex, 1216 Interstate 30, said she would pay the bill to GEUS, in order to restore power to the facility.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

For the second time in two months, the electricity was disconnected Monday morning at a Greenville apartment complex, after the owners allegedly failed to pay the bill for the facility.

The manager of the Texas United Housing Program complex, 1216 Interstate 30, said she would pay the bill to GEUS, in order to restore power to the facility.

“We will pay their extortion and next month we will see what happens,” said Deborah Kroupa.

But GEUS Consumer Services Manager Jimmy Dickey said the bill had not been paid as of late Monday afternoon.

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Hopkins County
7:37 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Deputy to be awarded for life-saving actions

Hopkins County Deputy Shea Shaw

Hopkins County Deputy Shea Shaw is being awarded for action he took to save the lives of two stranded motorists on I-30 near Sulphur Springs last Thursday evening just before sunset. According to reports a couple from Michigan had experienced car troubles, and their vehicle was stopped in the left lane of the interstate.

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Delta County
7:34 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Arrest made in Pecan Gap burglary case

Joseph Leon Wilson
Credit Cooper Review

Following a month long investigation by Delta County Investigator Ryan Brown and Deputy Rocky Villarreal, several stolen items from a burglary near Pecan Gap were recovered at a metal recycling facility in Commerce. Items reported stolen included antique vehicles, compressor, fuel tanks, radiator and car batteries.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

A&M-C athletes strengthen community projects; academic complex nearly complete

Ryan Ivey
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Ryan Ivey says A&M-Commerce athletes have contributed nearly 2,000 volunteer hours to the community in the past year.  Ryan says the new athletic academic complex in the Field House is nearing completion.  The athletic department's next major facilities objective is an renovation of the weight training facilities in Whitley Gym.

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Cooper
5:04 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Local man arrested, charged with child solicitation

Gary Lee Sillivan
Credit Cooper Review

According to the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram, Gary Lee Sillivan of Cooper, 43, is in Hopkins County jail on charges of online solicitation of a minor, according to Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum. He is being held in lieu of $35,000 bond on the second-degree felony charge.

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2014 Elections
1:52 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Van de Putte, Patrick set to take stage for debate

KUT

On the campaign trail, Texas lieutenant governor candidates Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte have aired deeply contrasting views on topics like immigration reform, health care policy and education funding. 

The two state senators will have the chance to discuss those views and more Monday evening in their first — and likely last — debate before voters take to the polls for the Nov. 4 general election. The hourlong event will be moderated by Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey at the KLRU studio in Austin. 

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Tomorrow's Water Today
8:41 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Constructed wetlands help filter used water

Water utilities in Texas and around the country are incorporating wetlands into their water treatment and delivery systems.
provided image wetlandcenter.com

The natural filtering processes that occur in wetlands can help water utilities make used water clean once again. KETR spoke with Loretta Mokry, an environmental scientist with Fort Worth-based Alan Plummer Associates, who describes how the Tarrant Regional Water District implemented a "constructed wetlands" program.

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