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Elections 2014
10:22 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Patrick wins big in bid for Lieutenant Governor

Dan Patrick will be the next Lieutenant Governor of Texas.
Credit NPR

Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick cruised to a landslide victory Tuesday night in the race for lieutenant governor, defeating Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte. 

With 11 percent of precincts counted, Patrick, who campaigned with Tea Party backing, was ahead with more than 58 percent of the vote. 

In a written statement, Patrick said Tuesday’s GOP sweep of all statewide positions proved that “the conservative ticket prevails in the hearts of our fellow Texans.” 

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Elections 2014
10:15 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Abbott crushes Davis amid GOP sweep

Greg Abbott defeated Wendy Davis in the 2014 Texas gubernatorial election.
Credit KERA

Attorney General Greg Abbott, presiding over another GOP sweep Tuesday night, crushed state Sen. Wendy Davis in the Texas governor’s race and helped usher in a whole new crop of Republican leaders up and down the statewide ballot. 

In the first open race for governor in a quarter century, Abbott was leading Davis by a double-digit margin in early, unofficial returns. While it was too soon to calculate the margin of victory, once the votes began trickling in it was clear that Abbott would defeat the Fort Worth senator by a huge margin. 

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Marvin Nichols Reservoir
1:28 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Impact study kicks Northeast Texas planners into high gear

Northeast Texas Water Coalition

Water planners in Northeast Texas might have as few as two and a half weeks to respond to a revised application by Dallas-area water planners who want to build a roughly 70,000-acre reservoir on the Sulphur River north of Mount Pleasant.

At issue is whether the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir would be included in the next draft of the state water plan published by the Texas Water Development Board. Inclusion would not guarantee construction – new reservoirs must receive approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as well as the federal government.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue November 4, 2014

State STAAR results not good; Commerce ISD makes gains, but 'room for improvement'

Blake Cooper
Credit Commerce ISD

A recent Dallas Morning News article said the results of the latest STAAR tests for Texas schools are disappointing.  Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says while the Commerce ISD made significant gains, it still has "room for improvement."

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2014 Elections
7:38 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Ballot initiatives join races for office on ballots

Proposition 1 involves the funding of transportation projects in Texas.
NPR

Voters across the State of Texas will be headed to the polls Tuesday to choose their next governor. There have also been hotly contested races for the offices of lieutenant governor, senator, comptroller and more.

There is also a proposition on the ballot to increase the amount of funding available for building and maintaining roads in the state.

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2014 Elections
6:53 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Beyond wins and losses - what to watch Tuesday

Texans will choose a new governor on Tuesday.
NPR

Republicans appear poised to maintain their grip on every statewide office in Texas for a 16th straight year, yet Tuesday’s election results will yield information beyond winners and losers. Political observers will be looking closely at voter turnout and exit poll data, seeking insights into where Texas is politically, and where it may be headed. Here are the questions most drawing their attention: 

Question: Will Wendy Davis break 42 percent of the vote in the governor’s race? 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

City of Cooper demolishing abandoned houses

Cindy Roller
Credit Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says the city has torn down four abandoned, dilapidated houses and plans to tear down at least four more.  Cindy also discusses a project to restore the history of Cooper High School and the Delta County candidates in Tuesday's election.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:30 am
Fri October 31, 2014

'Bob Wills Festival,' 'Small Business Saturday' today's Cafe topics

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the fiddling history of the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, where this weekend's Bob Willis Fiddling Festival will take place.  And Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses plans for Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

'Big Ear' telescope received strongest ever 'alien' signal

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

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of astronomy and the director of the University Planetarium, Dr. Kent Montgomery, discusses the 1977 event when the "Big Ear" radio telescope in Ohio picked up the strongest ever signal from an unknown source in space, lasting more than 70 seconds.

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Delta County
2:46 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

UPDATE: Cooper FFA advances to State

Cooper FFA receives first place at Area to advance to State.
Credit Courtesy Photo

UPDATE: The Cooper FFA team will be advancing to State Competition after receiving first at Area.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

'Making (Christmas) Memories,' Friday, Nov. 7 in Commerce

Mary Sue Cole
Credit Hunt County Agrilife Extension Service

Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent Mary Sue Cole and others will present "Making Memories," a program of ideas for Christmas that may also reduce a lot of Christmas stress, at 9:30 a.m. Friday, November 7 at the Ben E. Keith building in Commerce.  The program will be repeated Friday, November 14 in Greenville.

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Cooper
2:57 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

City demolishes abandoned house on Dallas Ave.

City of Cooper Mayor Scotty Stegall observes Sanitation Solutions demolition of an abandon house on East Dallas Avenue.
Cindy Roller Cooper Review

The City of Cooper has been busy this morning clearing a path with the assistance of Sanitation Solutions, who kindly donated their time, employees and equipment to tear down this abandoned home on East Dallas Avenue.

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Texas Government
9:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Insurance dept. fights race-related records request

Glenn Johnson, 55, was injured in a smelting accident near Amarillo in 1997 in which a furnace filled with molten metal exploded, crushed him and left major burns over 90 percent of his body. His left arm was amputated and all but two the muscles in his right forearm were removed.

The Texas Department of Insurance is fighting The Texas Tribune’s request for records that could shed light on why it has failed to collect racial data on injured workers, despite a 1993 law that requires it.  

On behalf of its Division of Workers’ Compensation, the department is citing numerous exemptions to state transparency laws and has asked Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, to keep the documents secret. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

It's Homecoming Week at A&M-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Relations director Derryle Peace says besides the annual homecoming celebration, it's also the University's 125th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of desegregation at A&M-Commerce, then East Texas State College.  Events include a bonfire and fireworks Friday night at 9, a parade Saturday morning at 10, and the homecoming football game with McMurry at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Texas History
8:18 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Phill Collins collection headed to Alamo

Phil Collins with his collection of Alamo artifacts at his home in Switzerland.
Credit Texas General Land Office

Davy Crockett’s bullet pouch, Jim Bowie’s sword, Sam Houston’s snuff box and more than 200 other artifacts connected to the 1836 Battle of the Alamo arrive in San Antonio this week. Phil Collins will be there to greet them. 

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