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City of Greenville
10:21 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Life sentence issued in drug dealing case

In the 354th District Court House, Greenville resident, Tyrone Denard Anderson has been sentenced to life in prison for dealing crack cocaine.
huntcounty.net

A local man with a lengthy criminal history was sentenced to life in prison Thursday, after being found guilty of dealing crack cocaine.

Tyrone Denard Anderson of Greenville was sentenced as a habitual criminal, after having been previously convicted of at least four felony offenses.

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The Morning Bell
7:10 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Many want standardized testing to disappear in public schools

straighterline.com

After asking many people what they thought about standardized testing, the majority came back negative:

"Standardized testing in Texas puts a TON of pressure on teachers to prepare their students to do well on the tests, NOT to teach them things they should actually be learning. It's a huge hinderance to learning." -Matthew, Commerce.

"I say no. I believe it puts too much pressure on students and teachers. I definitely believe that it should not be a key factor in whether you graduate or not. Some students do great in school but terribly on tests." -Josh, Callisburg.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Lent can be about taking up a personal challenge

NPR

First United Methodist Church of Commerce senior pastor Valarie Englert says a significant number of non-Christians observe the period of Lent leading up to Easter, which she says is not necessarily about giving up things that you enjoy; it can be about taking up a personal challenge.

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City of Greenville
5:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Board meeting again on development prospects

Credit City of Greenville

  The Greenville Board of Development/4A Corporation is scheduled again this week to talk about some potential economic development prospects.

The Board is set to meet in a special called session in order to conduct discussions on eight companies and/or projects during a closed door session.

The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday in Suite 804 of the Paul Mathews Exchange Building, 2500 Stonewall Street.

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City of Greenville
4:48 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Greenville Police Department awarded 'recognized' status

Credit Greenville Police Department

  The Greenville Police Department received a significant honor Tuesday night, when it was formally presented with an award designating it as a “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency.”

Rockwall Police Chief Mark Moeller, Area/Regional Director with the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program, explained the distinction says a lot about the department.

“It means your police department is one of the best police departments in the State of Texas,” Moeller said in presenting the award at the beginning of Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting.

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Texas Water
4:14 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Here's what the Galveston Bay oil spill looks like

Crews of workers line the Galveston coast in an attempt to contain the 168,000 gallon oil spill from Saturday.
Richard Carson/Reuters/LANDOV

Responders are scrambling to contain the slimy mess left by an oil spill in Galveston Bay.

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Texans in U.S. Government
10:59 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Hall to visit with Jones on KETR

U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall in Sulphur Springs in February.

Texas’ 4th Congressional District Rep. Ralph Hall will join Dr. Dan Jones, president of Texas A&M University-Commerce, for a live broadcast of 88.9 KETR’s The President’s Perspective at noon on Wed. April 2.

Hall, the World War II veteran who, at 90 years old, is the oldest serving member of Congress, will sit down with Jones and KETR’s Jerrod Knight for a live broadcast from the studio headquarters of NPR in Washington, D.C.

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Texas Government
9:02 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Shop in Dallas? That bag will be 5¢

KUT

Amid debate over whether plastic bag bans violate the state's health and safety laws, Dallas on March 26 became the largest city in Texas to pass an ordinance restricting use of the bags.  

The Dallas ordinance, which the City Council approved by a vote of 8-6, doesn't ban plastic bags outright. Rather, it limits their use by imposing a 5-cent-per-bag charge on retailers, which will receive 10 percent of the revenue. The rest will go to the city to spend on educating the public about the environmental hazards of plastic bags. The ordinance goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015. 

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Hunt County
8:03 am
Thu March 27, 2014

SPCA gains custody of seized horses

SPCA

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Texas has gained custody of allegedly cruelly treated equines, seized last week from a property near Greenville.

The SPCA of Texas joined with Hunt County Constable Precinct 1 Terry Jones in taking custody of five mares, two yearlings, one colt and one mule from a property on State Highway 34, about four miles north of Greenville on march 19. One deceased horse was also found on the property.

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Texas Water
8:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Oil spill threatens Galveston Bay's fishing industry

An oil tanker collided with a barge pushed by a tow boat and releasing an estimated 168,000 gallons of oil into the Galveston Bay.
NPR

Oiled birds and stranded boats have been some of the most compelling visual images of the devastation in Galveston Bay in the wake of an oil tanker collision that might have released up to 168,000 gallons of fuel oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday.

But marine scientists and fishing industry officials worry that the spill poses longer-term dangers beneath the surface of the bay’s waters, which are among the most productive in the world and a key resource for a multibillion-dollar recreational and commercial fishing industry.

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