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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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Texas Education
11:45 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Texas not alone in Common Core rejection

NPR

When Texas refused to sign onto a nationwide effort five years ago to develop common academic standards in reading and math — putting $700 million in federal money at risk — the state found itself in lonely territory. 

The Common Core, which would be adopted in 45 states, was aimed at raising reading and math learning benchmarks in public schools and easing collaboration on education policies. Spearheaded by the Obama administration, the initiative was overseen by the National Governors Association and embraced by both Republican and Democratic policymakers. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

'Godspell,' July 8-13 at A&M-Commerce

"Godspell," a rock musical based on the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament, will be presented in the University Playhouse at Texas A&M University-Commerce July 8-13.  Reservations can be made at (903) 886-5900.  Theatre faculty member Samantha Grace and cast member Baylor Bendele discuss the production on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

New shows in July at the A&M-C Planetarium

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

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Texas Politics
3:25 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Keep workers' comp voluntary, Abbott says

Greg Abbott
Credit StateImpact Texas

Texas is the only state that doesn’t require private employers to carry insurance for workplace injuries and fatalities, and Attorney General Greg Abbott signaled Tuesday that he wants to keep it that way if elected governor.  

While some have called for reforms to the voluntary workers’ compensation law, Abbott said allowing private employers to decide what’s best for them has helped make Texas an economic powerhouse. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Ground broken at new emergency-care facility in Commerce

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the progress on several new restaurants coming to Greenville, including the Cotton Patch Cafe, Ain't Just Pies and a new McDonald's, plus announced plans for Burger King and Golden Chick.  Also, Caleb discusses the timetable for construction of the new Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce.

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Northeast Texas weather
4:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Scattered showers, isolated t-storms possible through July 3

Credit NWS

It's not exactly the most dramatic weather system ever to blow in from the northwest, but here it comes anyway.

The National Weather Service forecasts a 30 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms during the day on July 2 and July 3, with the chance decreasing to 20 percent overnight. High temperatures are expected around 90, with lows in the low 70s. Winds should be light and variable and any storms are not expected to be severe.

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Texas Environment
2:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Boat draining now mandatory at all Texas lakes

Texas Parks and Wildlife's Todd Robinson holds a rock covered with zebra mussels in Lake Texoma, Texas. The mollusk can stick to nearly anything, posing problems for power plants and fishing boats.
Credit StateImpact Texas

Draining boats after use on Texas lakes is more than just a good idea – effective today, it’s state law.

The new regulation is part of Texas’ ongoing effort to stop the spread of zebra mussels. The invasive creatures have been slowed, but not stopped, in their progress into Texas waters.

Zebra mussels entered the United States through the Great Lakes in 1988. They have been spreading across the continent mainly though the transfer of waters containing developing mussels, which are invisible to the naked eye. The mussels were first identified in Texas in 2009.

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Hunt County
12:11 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Caddo Mills shooting death under investigation

Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported homicide which occurred Saturday evening near Caddo Mills.

Estanislado Theodo Hernandez, 37, of Royse City received multiple gunshot wounds during a birthday party at a residence on County Road 2737, according to Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks.

“For the past two years, we have been fortunate in that we had zero homicides in Hunt County,” Meeks said. “Unfortunately, within the last two months, we have had two homicides in our county.”

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Eight myths of good nutrition

Credit Special Ed Post

Texas A&M University-Commmerce assistant professor of health and human performance Dr. Stacy Bishop gives his views on a recent Huffington Post article, "Eight Things Nutrition Experts Wish You'd Stop Saying About Food."

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