Northeast Texas Weather
7:47 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Most rain, coolest temps expected Thursday


A change in the weather will blow into Texas on Monday evening, though the much-anticipated cool front won't be here until later this week.

Chances for rain begin late this afternoon and will continue throughout the week. Current forecasts predict Tuesday afternoon high temperatures around 90 and Wednesday afternoon highs around 85.

Hopkins County
1:46 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Sulphur Springs to celebrate City Hall centennial

Sulphur Springs City Hall
Cindy Roller

Sulphur Springs City Hall will be hosting a grand opening and 100 Year Anniversary of building on Tuesday, July 15, 10 a.m. This date was chosen for the significance to the building’s history – July 15 will be the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. Post Office’s building dedication in 1914.

As part of the renovations, the city added a modern board room, a corridor with circular windows for displaying local art and a large porch on the south side. The expansion constructed to the west of building is approximately 5,000-square feet.

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Fannin County
11:01 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Rodeo and frontier days return to Ladonia

Danielle Quinsee
Credit provided image

The 49th Annual Ladonia Rodeo and Frontier Days will commence this Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12. The rodeo kicks off at 8:30 p.m. at Eastman Arena on Hwy 64 featuring nine events with an added $4500 and is sanctioned by the UPRA, CPRA and CRRA.

Highlighting the night will be Australia's National Rodeo Queen, Danielle Quinsee, as she makes an appearance at the Ladonia Rodeo on her way to the Calgary Stampede. The Cody Bryan Band will be featured Saturday night.

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Texas Agriculture
8:15 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Ranchers organization approves added charge on cattle sales

Credit Mark Haslett / Harvest Public Media

Every time a cow is sold in Texas, a dollar of that sale goes to industry groups that use it to promote and research beef. It’s part of a national program called the “beef checkoff,” and that charge will now rise to two dollars in Texas after a statewide vote by cattle owners.

The vote to raise the fee passed by nearly 67 percent. The results were announced Wednesday and hailed by agriculture and cattle industry groups, who say the money is needed to keep beef competitive.

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Texas Education
8:07 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Outgoing UT president's status a 'political football'

Bill Powers
Credit KUT

In the end, University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers got his wish.

Despite outgoing University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa’s demand last week that Powers agree to an October resignation or be fired this week, on Wednesday the two ended up settling on Powers’ own proposed exit date — one roughly 11 months away.

Powers called that timeline more “graceful.”

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Texas Immigration
8:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Perry, Obama discuss solutions to immigration crisis

Credit NPR

President Obama on Wednesday said his meeting with Gov. Rick Perry in Dallas was constructive and that the governor’s concern over the number of U.S. Border Patrol agents working the Lone Star State’s swath of the border were valid.

But Obama also reiterated his belief that Republican opposition to immigration reform has fueled the influx of illegal migration into Texas. And he urged Perry to pressure the Texas congressional delegation to support a supplemental funding request for $3.7 billion to address the immigration surge in the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas.

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Texas Education
2:45 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

UT-Austin president to resign next summer

Bill Powers
Credit KUT

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa issued a statement on Wednesday announcing that UT-Austin President Bill Powers will resign effective June 2, 2015. Last week, Cigarroa had asked Powers to resign or face firing at Thursday's board of regents meeting.  

Here's the full statement: 

Today UT Austin President Bill Powers submitted a letter of resignation, effective June 2, 2015, and I have accepted it. 

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Texas Immigration
9:38 am
Wed July 9, 2014

In border crisis, Perry finds political advantage

Gov. Rick Perry
Credit KERA

Even if you believe that Gov. Rick Perry’s motivations are purely about the security of the border between Texas and Mexico, his running dispute with the federal government makes for good politics. 

“What has to be addressed is the security of the border,” Perry said on Sunday on ABC’s This Week. “You know that. I know that. The president of the United States knows that. I don't believe he particularly cares whether or not the border of the United States is — is secure, and that's the reason there's been this lack of effort, this lack of focus, this lack of resources.” 

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9:32 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Council votes to fund recreation and event center

David Bench, YMCA Support Committee Chairman, appeared before the Greenville City Council Tuesday, prior to the council voting to approve the creation of a recreation/event center.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner

The Greenville City Council voted Tuesday night to proceed with the establishment of a recreation/event center in the Greenville SportsPark.

Votes will be taken at future meetings to formally sell the $15 million in bonds needed for the project and eventually to determine whether the YMCA will operate and manage the facility.

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Hunt County
3:19 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Sheriff's office to use armored vehicle, commissioner cites concerns

This is a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle similar to the one recently acquired by the Hunt County Sheriff's Office.
Credit NPR

The Hunt County Commissioners Court may vote to approve additional funds this week for an armored personnel carrier obtained from federal surplus for the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.

The commissioners are scheduled to discuss and take action Tuesday on training and expenditures related to the newly acquired Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. The vote is included under Tuesday’s regular agenda, starting at 10 a.m. inside the Auxiliary Courtroom, 2700 Johnson Street in Greenville.

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