As almost half of the 15 members of the Texas State Board of Education complete their first term in January, at least one new face, and perhaps three, could join the ranks of newcomers to the board that oversees the state’s public schools.
By Becca Aaronson and Alexa Ura - The Texas Tribune
In the hope of reducing child fatalities in Texas, the department that oversees the state’s Child Protective Services division has ramped up its efforts to conduct predictive data analysis and reduce the turnover of CPS caseworkers, the agency’s commissioner told a state Senate panel Thursday.
Paris police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Michael Wayne Plummer II.
Plummer is sought in connection with an armed robbery of the Cefco Convenience Store at 2685 Lamar Ave. in Paris on Feb. 6.
Police said Plummer drives a white 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis with Oklahoma license plates 571-HKQ. The car has distinctive chrome trim along the sides and above the wheel wells. Plummer often travels to Hugo and Idabel, Okla., as well as Honey Grove, Greenville and Paris.
The suspect in Wednesday afternoon's drug bust in Commerce has been arraigned and identified as 24 year-old Treyvon Deair Hicks.
Hicks has been charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance of more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams in a drug-free zone. Judge Sheila Linden has set bond for the first-degree felony offense at $150,000.
Hicks was also arrested in 2013, 2012 and 2010 on assault charges, trespassing charges and interfering with a 911 call.
Lamar County landowner Julia Trigg Crawford inspects a TransCanada pipeline valve station on her property. The southern leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline is already operating, although the line is moving ordinary crude oil rather than tar sands.
Just as pressure was building on President Barack Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas, the project ran into another obstacle — and it came again from Nebraska.
A judge's decision Wednesday to overturn a Nebraska law that allowed the pipeline guarantees the legal fight will continue for at least several more months. It also could leave Nebraska's decision in the hands of the state Public Service Commission, a little-known board that regulates natural gas lines, grain warehouses and recreational vehicles.
The region is in for windy conditions on Thursday, and areas to the west of the region will experience very dry conditions as well.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday for these areas, including Collin County. This means that any fires that start will spread quickly and could threaten property and even life.
Make sure you dispose of cigarettes properly, do not burn anything outdoors, and be mindful sparks during construction projects.
The Fred Douglas Elementary School building in east Greenville, no longer in use, has received status as a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark from the state Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says. Black children attended the school in the days of segregation. A local church, Carter Temple, now owns the building and hopes to convert it into a community center.