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2014 Elections
3:14 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Early voting continues through Oct. 31

NPR

Early voting began Monday Oct. 20 and will end Oct. 31.

Polling locations and times:

Collin County

Collin County Elections (Main Early Voting Location)

2010 Redbud Blvd, Suite 102, McKinney

Texas Star Bank

402 W. White St., Anna        

Oct 27-Oct 31 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. only     

Farmersville City Hall

205 S Main St., Farmersville  

Oct 20-24 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. only

Josephine City Hall

108 West Hubbard, Josephine           

Oct 20-24 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. only

Lavon City Hall

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Texas Weather
2:56 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Forecasters: Autumn, winter to arrive eventually, at some point

NWS

Current forecasts for Northeast Texas predict that this weekend’s weather will feature afternoon high temperatures in the mid 80s. The extended outlook for the region says that early trick-or-treaters on Halloween will take to their neighborhood streets with temperatures in the low 70s.

When will seasonably cool weather settle into the region for more than a day or two? Soon, say meteorologists. Just not yet.

Although predictions favor a weak El Niño to develop over the next couple months, forecasters say there’s a good chance for a wet, cool winter.

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Texas Government
11:55 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Control eluded state leaders in Ebola crisis

Gov. Rick Perry answers questions related to the first confirmed case of the Ebola virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on October 1 in Dallas.
NPR

When the Ebola virus first arrived in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry greeted the grave news with trademark swagger. 

“There is no place in the world, I will suggest to you, that has better professionals, better ability to address this, than in Texas,” he said at a hastily called press conference, one day after Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan tested positive for Ebola while in isolation at a Dallas hospital. 

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Texas Government
11:37 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Hall moves from hospital to rehab

Ralph Hall, at left, joined KETR's Jerrod Knight (center) and Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dan Jones for a conversation at NPR in Washington, D.C., in April 2014.
NPR

U.S. Representative Ralph Hall (R-Rockwall) is reported to be making progress in his recovery from a two vehicle accident in Fannin County earlier this month.

Hall’s Washington office released a statement Tuesday, indicating that Hall is continuing to recuperate at Medical Center of Plano. Hall, 91, suffered a broken nose and femur as a result of the October 4 accident near Trenton. Tuesday’s announcement said Hall was transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation facility over the weekend.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Greenville Municipal Auditorium celebrates 75th anniversary, Friday, October 24

Credit eBay

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the Greenville Municipal Building, and the Municipal Auditorium inside, will be 75 years old this Friday, October 24.  The city of Greenville is planning a major observance of the event next week.

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Sulphur Springs
9:46 am
Tue October 21, 2014

CNB celebrates 125 years

State Representative Dan Flynn, City National Bank President Ricky Reynolds and Marketing Director John Sellers
Cindy Roller Cooper Review

It was the perfect day to step back into time. City National Bank celebrated its 125th Anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 19 with an old-fashion street party complete with bank robbery. Citizens crowded Connally Street to join in the celebration.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Commerce Chamber will hold Christmas parade, Saturday, Dec. 6

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says the annual Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, December 6 this year, rather than the traditional Thursday evening.  The parade will be preceded by a holiday fair on the downtown square in the afternoon.  And Paul says a Fall Market is being held Saturdays on the Fix and Feed parking lot.

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Delta County
5:53 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Make a Difference Day comes to Cooper

Diane Stegall

This Saturday, Oct. 25 Modern Woodmen of America is sponsoring the national campaign Make a Difference Day in Cooper.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

City of Commerce offers Ebola info on web site; 'Halloween on the Square' will be Oct. 31

Credit Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says the city has developed a localized page of information on the Ebola crisis.  And the mayor says the popular "Halloween on the Square" event will be on Halloween Night, Friday, October 31.

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Elections 2014
11:49 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Supreme Court: Texas can enforce voter ID law

Credit KUT

The U.S. Supreme Court early Saturday denied a last-ditch effort to block the enforcement of Texas' controversial voter ID law in the upcoming elections. 

The ruling comes two days before the start of early voting. Election Day is Nov. 4.   

Six of the nine justices agreed to deny a request to vacate Tuesday’s judgment from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the state could enforce the law. The opinion removes the last traces of uncertainty over whether the law — which supporters say prevents voter fraud — would be in effect for the start of early voting. 

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Northeast Gateway
5:19 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Planners kick toll road proposal to curb

North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris, shown here at a 2013 meeting in Lavon on the proposed toll road, leads the office that announced on Oct. 17 that it will not recommend in favor of the road.
Credit Mark Haslett

Opponents of the proposed toll road from Greenville to the President George Bush Turnpike in far northeastern Dallas County have spoken, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments appears to have heard.

Staff at the agency announced on Oct. 17 that they will not recommend that the toll road, called Northeast Gateway, be included in the regional transportation plan, called Mobility 2035.

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Rockwall County
10:28 am
Fri October 17, 2014

5 Rockwall County residents monitored for Ebola symptoms

Credit Texas DSHS

  Five Rockwall County residents are being monitored for symptoms of the Ebola virus, according to a statement from the Rockwall County Office of Emergency management.

One of the five is a health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, officials said. The other four were passengers on a commercial flight this week with a person who later tested positive for the virus, they said. All five people are considered “low risk,” according to the statement.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

WT game Saturday night, homecoming game Nov. 1 expected to draw big crowds

With the A&M-Commerce Lions football team ranked in the NCAA Division II top 25 for the first time since 2001, Athletic Director Ryan Ivey says the game Saturday night against West Texas A&M may draw 8-9,000 fans, and the homecoming game November 1 against McMurry may attract an even bigger crowd.  And Ryan says the artificial turf of the new varsity softball field is nearly complete, and some fall games may be played on it soon.

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Rockwall County
3:58 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Two Royse City schools to close Fri. for cleaning as Ebola precaution

Ruth Cherry Intermediate School and Davis Elementary School in Royse City will be closed on Friday, Oct. 17.
Credit Twitter

Two Royse City Independent School District campuses will be closed on Friday after school officials learned that a nurse with children in Royse City schools treated an Ebola patient in Dallas, according to a Royse City Herald-Banner report.

School superintendent Kevin Worthy told the Herald-Banner that Ruth Cherry Intermediate School and Davis Elementary School will be closed on Oct. 17 for “deep cleaning.”

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

It's 'Teen Read Week' at Commerce Public Library; teen art workshop tonight, 6-8 p.m.

The Commerce Public Library is sponsoring "Teen Read Week"  this week, and tonight (Thursday, October 16), the library hosts a teen art workshop from 6-8 p.m., with the focus on collage making.  Amy Stark of the library is our guest on the Blacklands Cafe.

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