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Texas Politics
10:28 am
Mon June 2, 2014

NRA: Open-carry actions 'counterproductive' for gun owners

Credit NPR

The National Rifle Association has issued a public statement denouncing some highly publicized actions by open-carry advocates in Texas as "weird" and "counterproductive for the gun owning community."

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Tomorrow's Water Today
8:13 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Water board won't get final word on Marvin Nichols Reservoir

Credit NPR

Northeast Texas Municipal Water District administrator Walt Sears discusses the three hurdles that any new reservoir in Texas must clear. A project must first be included in the state water plan, which is published by the Texas Water Development Board. Then, another state agency, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, must issue permits for the project. Finally, the new reservoir must receive federal approval.

Sears also mentions that Sen. Kevin Eltife, an East Texan, serves on the new legislative oversight committee set up to assist the Texas Water Development Board. 

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Ivey: Strict NCAA academic standards could come to D2

Ryan Ivey
Credit TAMUC Marketing Communications

The NCAA is holding Division I athletic programs to a higher academic standard through something called the Academic Progress Rate (APR).  The University of Nevada-Las Vegas and University of Idaho football teams have been barred from post-season play, and in the 2012-13 season, the University of Connecticut men's basketball team (the 2013-14 national champions) was forced to sit out the postseason.  Texas A&M University-Comme

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Girl Scouts giving more emphasis to STEM activities

Frances Dalbey
Credit Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way Executive Director Frances Dalbey says about 35,000 girls in Northeast Texas are members of the Girl Scouts, one of many organizations assisted by the United Way.  Frances says the Girl Scouts are now putting more emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Commerce ISD likes results of STAAR tests

Charlie Alderman

Commerce ISD Director of Curriculum and Instruction Charlie Alderman says the preliminary report on STAAR testing of students in the CISD is encouraging, although the official, complete results won't be released for some time yet.  Also, he discusses plans for the implementation of "endorsements" for students entering Commerce High School this fall.

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City of Greenville
3:11 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Municipal government assuming tourism duties

Greenville Chamber President and CEO Brendon Payne appeared before the Greenville City Council Tuesday, prior to the council’s vote to move tourism-related activities under the direction of the City of Greenville.
Credit Brad Kellar

The City of Greenville will be taking over tourism-related duties this fall, after a split Greenville City Council voted to cut funding to the Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Tuesday’s council meeting began with several people again asking the council to keep the hotel/motel tax money with the CVB, including Melva Hill, chair-elect of the chamber’s board of directors, who said she was confused as to why the council was taking the action.

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Delta County
2:54 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Cooper HS seeks new principal

Outgoing Cooper High School principal Chris Kiser.
Credit Cooper Review

During a regular meeting of the Cooper ISD Board of Trustees newly-elected members Thomas Darden, Blake Randle and Anita Moody were sworn in by former Delta County Judge Ted Carrington. Moody made the motion and with no objections the same officers will fulfill their duties. President Thomas Darden has been at the helm of the Board for the past 12 years.

The Board accepted the resignation of High School Principal Chris Kiser. Following graduation, Kiser will be joining former Cooper ISD Superintendent Jason Marshall at Palestine ISD.

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Hunt County
2:39 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Greenville pool to be open this summer

The Ja-Lu Municipal Swimming Pool will be open this summer, after the Greenville City Council Tuesday approved a contract with the YMCA of Greenville and Hunt County to operate the facility.
Credit Brad Kellar

The Ja-Lu Municipal Swimming Pool will be open this summer, after the Greenville City Council voted Tuesday to enter into a contract with the YMCA to operate the pool for the 2014 season.

But the status of the pool in the years ahead is in doubt.

“We need to make a decision about the future of that pool,” said Council member Jeff Dailey, wondering if the city would not be facing the same choice 12 months from now.

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2014 Elections
2:27 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Southern counties oust Deuell

Texas Senate District 2
Credit votebobhall.com

Last night, State Sen. Bob Deuell experienced a demi-version of what Mitt Romney endured in 2012. He won most of the geographic territory, but not the most votes.

Bob Hall, the retired businessman who defeated incumbent Deuell in the race to be the Republican nominee for the Texas Senate District 2 seat, did so by a whisker-thin margin. Hall collected 18,230 votes to 17,930 for Deuell.

That 300-vote margin came in part from Hall’s success in the southern part of the district and in the suburbs of Dallas.

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2014 Elections
1:55 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Murray, Carrington to compete for Delta Co. bench

Credit Cooper Review

In a much-anticipated primary runoff election, 732 Delta County voters made their voices heard in the Republican candidate race for County Judge. Opponent Jason Murray received 421 total votes to incumbent Herb Brookshire’s 311, giving Murray the majority with 57 percent. He will face Democratic candidate Ted Carrington in the general election in the fall.

Lieutenant Governor republican Dan Patrick overpowered his opponent David Dewhurst to earn 54 percent of the County’s votes (364 to 309). Attorney General Ken Paxton overshadowed Dan Branch by 56 percent (364 to 281). 

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