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8:46 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Environmentalist group opposes Marvin Nichols project

Texas Water Development Board

The Sierra Club of Texas, along with other environmentalist organizations, opposes the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir in Northeast Texas. Ken Kramer of the Sierra Club says that the development is not necessary for the region's future water needs. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Do similarities to '87 foretell stock-market crash?

NPR

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says the stories of statistical similarities in the current performance of the stock market and the weeks leading up to the catastrophic crash of 1987 are noteworthy, but predicting the behavior of the market is always risky.

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Texas Politics
6:00 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Despite changes, driver surcharge program faces opposition

Critics of the Driver Responsibility Program are trying to get rid of the surcharge program.
NPR

*Correction appended

Efforts to fix the state's troubled Driver Responsibility Program have done little to help the millions of Texas drivers who have become entangled in the surcharge program, critics say, and they plan to tell lawmakers at a hearing next week that it's time to eliminate it.

"The program has gone wrong in every single way," said Ana Yáñez-Correa, the executive director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. 

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Texas Living
12:00 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Property tax lending industry under review again

NPR

*Correction appended

While buying a home in Texas may not be as expensive as it is in other states, keeping up with property taxes — the 14th-highest in the nation, according to tax analysts — can be harder. This has spawned a fast-growing property tax lending industry in Texas in which property owners, many of them residential, take out high-interest loans to pay their delinquent tax bills.

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Texas Education
7:00 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Polling Center: Threading the needle on education

KERA / keranews.org

The trench warfare of the 2014 gubernatorial election has recently turned to education, as Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis lob proposals and criticisms back and forth. Normally in American politics, education tends to be a reliably Democratic issue. There are certainly exceptions to this rule, as George W. Bush showed with No Child Left Behind in 2000.

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Texas Health
9:00 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Giving up on red tape, doctors turn to cash-based model

To decrease the cost of healthcare for residents without health coverage, some practitioners are giving up the red line of filing insurance claims.
NPR

LAREDO — For 12 hours a day, the waiting room at Dr. Gustavo Villarreal’s family practice is often packed with patients, people who will pay a flat $50 fee for the convenience — or necessity — of a walk-in, quick-turn doctor’s visit. Villarreal’s practice, which does not accept any form of health insurance, has thrived despite its location in a city where nearly one-third of the population lives below the federal poverty line.  

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Severe Weather
1:40 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Severe weather, tornadoes possible Sunday

Severe weather is possible on Sunday for the region.
Credit National Weather Service/Fort Worth

After a stormy start to April, Mother Nature isn't stopping yet. The National Weather Service is forecasting severe weather Sunday afternoon and into Sunday evening.

As of right now, the main impacts are expected to be hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes.

On April 3, North Texas experienced multiple tornadoes and sustained damages costing over $300 million.

In the event of severe weather in Northeast Texas, 88.9 KETR-FM will have live severe weather coverage to keep you safe.  

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City of Greenville
10:44 am
Fri April 11, 2014

One injured in crash involving ambulance

The driver of this Kia Sportage received minor injuries this morning in a collision with an ambulance at the intersection of Joe Ramsey Boulevard and Wesley Street.
Brad Kellar

One person was injured this morning in an accident involving a car and an American Medical Response ambulance.

The ambulance was flipped during the crash at the intersection of Joe Ramsey Boulevard and Wesley Street at around 8:45 a.m. today.

A Kia Sportage was reportedly proceeding westbound on Joe Ramsey when it struck the side of the ambulance, which was headed northbound on Wesley while responding to a call. The ambulance was not carrying a patient at the time.

City of Greenville
10:44 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Area man charged in chase

Michael D. May, of McKinney, remains in custody for evading arrest and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Greenville Police Department

A Collin County man has been charged in connection with Wednesday’s chase between Greenville and McKinney, which resulted in one person being shot.

Michael D. May, 38, of McKinney remained in custody in the Hunt County Detention Center Thursday, in lieu of a total of $100,000 bond.

May was charged with one count each of evading arrest/detention with a motor vehicle and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, involving the chase which began in Greenville Wednesday afternoon.

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City of Greenville
10:28 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Chase beginning in Greenville ends with shooting in McKinney

Man is shot in the leg and arrested after a car crash to McKinney.
Greenville Police Department

A car chase that began in Greenville ended with a suspect being shot in the leg by a law enforcement officer in McKinney.

Greenville police received a call Wednesday afternoon of a possible wanted person in the area of the 3800 block of Lee Street. The individual was reported to be the passenger in a 2012 Nissan.

According to a release from the Greenville Police Department, officers Bobby Wooldridge and Perry Sandlin responded to a call and located the vehicle.

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