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Scott Morgan

Host: All Things Considered

Scott Morgan has been an award-winning journalist since 2001. His work has appeared in several newspapers and magazines as well as online. He has also been an editor, freelancer, speaker, writing teacher, author, and podcaster.

Scott's role is to present up-to-the-minute local news during All Things Considered each afternoon here on 88.9 KETR, and he also contributes as a reporter to other news products from the station.

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Record numbers of voters are gearing up in Texas for next month’s general election, all of them pumped to speak their minds about who they want to lead the country and state.

And while it’s hard to tell in Northeast Texas whether the tide of new voters is leaning red or blue -- both sides are enegrgized, remember -- Collin County elections administrator Bruce Sherbet says has seen at least one demographic stepping up -- younger adults. Listen below for more.

How safe and secure are your votes as you enter them into voting machines? Fannin County election officials say residents can trust in the system, even if they need to be careful they’ve selected the right candidates.

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One of the ripple effects of this past summer’s drought around Texas has been a downswing in wild animals in some parts of the state. On Wednesday, the Texas Farm Bureau reported that game birds like quail and turkey are fewer in number thanks to dry months across what at peak drought was about 80 percent of Texas.

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The ACLU of Texas says it wants to know what roles two Northeast Texas sheriff’s departments played in a late-August immigration roundup at a trailer manufacturing company in Lamar County. But law enforcement officials say there’s nothing to find. 

President Trump is celebrating a revamped trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, known as the USMCA, but his replacement for NAFTA still needs to be passed in Congress.The president also says he’s genuinely unsure how a vote would go.

Note: 10/3/2018 9:37 a.m. -- This story has been edited to add contact information for the Texas Rangers, and for grammar.

The Texas Rangers are looking for more victims to step forward in the wake of a sexual assault involving a Kauffman County deputy constable. 

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Frances Dalbey, director of the Hunt County United Way, discusses a program being offered to parents by the Greenville ISD and the Raffa Clinic called "Capable Kids," that will "help build stronger families by giving you the confidence, tools, and skills you need to raise healthy, caring, and responsible children." It's offered be

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The price of prescription drugs can lead poorer patients to sometimes ugly choices. Six months ago, St. Vincent de Paul of North Texas, based in Dallas, soft-launched a pharmacy where you don’t have to worry about making life-altering choices – spend money on food or utilities, or spend money on medicine. On Tuesday, the pharmacy officially opened its doors.

Over in Hunt County, commissioners Tuesday voted to rename a piece of FM 1570  in honor of late County Judge John Horn. A stretch between US highways 380 and 34 would be named the John L. Horn Memorial Highway.

The measure will have to go before the Texas Legislature next year.

Landowners near Bois d’Arc Lake say proposed zoning issues will hurt Fannin County residents and business owners. The county is looking to regulate all land within 5,000 feet of the lake now under construction.

The ACLU of Texas sent a letter to 36 counties Monday requesting those counties update election and voting information including how to register with Spanish language instructions.

Titus County in Northeast Texas was one of the counties to receive the letter.

The FBI says violent crime in Texas was up in 2017 – at the same time the ratio of police officers to residents dropped to its lowest level in decades. The stats are from the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report, or UCR, released Monday.

The Chisum and Roxton ISDs in Lamar County will merge – if voters say it’s OK next year. Chisum ISD voted Monday night to consolidate with Roxton. Back in July Roxton announced it would look to consolidate with a neighboring district, citing QUOTE an increasingly deep and unsustainable budget shortfall.

The Republican State Senator for District 2 is looking to trigger a conversation at the federal level regarding Social Security for civil servants in Texas.

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At the end of its 2018 fiscal year, the Fannin County Children’s Center says the rate of abuse cases around the county has more than doubled from the year before. So has the number of forensic interviews conducted.

According to the FCCC, the Children’s Advocacy Center "received 266 new referrals in the fiscal year ending August 31, 2018. This was a 116 percent increase over the previous year. The CAC staff also conducted 240 forensic interviews in the same year, which was a 124 percent increase over the previous year when 107 interviews were done. 

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Drought in Texas has not been good for the state’s cotton crops. Neither has all the rain. Depending on where growers are in the state, extra dry or extra wet weather has been problematic for cotton growers. That’s according to the Texas Farm Bureau, which reports that cotton harvests across the US are down about 5 percent from last season. And that despite that plantings are up more than 11 percent.

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Millennials in Texas cities are suffering the weight of debt more than anywhere in the country. So says a report released this week by finance and loan website LendingTree.

  

Update, 3:20 p.m.: The 9-1-1 syatem is back up. However, NCTCOG "will continue to monitor before making the decision to return to normal operations. 9-1-1 calls are still being manually rerouted to the ten digit non-emergency number."

Statement by North Central Texas Council On Goverments -911 on Wednesday's 9-1-1 outage.

If you are being affected by the outage, call local non-emergency numbers for emergencies.

NCTCOG Homepage: https://www.nct911.org/latest-news

A Lamar County woman is in the hospital in Plano after officials say she was mauled by a pack of dogs in Deport this weekend. The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office says 74-year-old Jackie Brooks was visiting her sister and went for a walk near County Road 16080 on Saturday morning.

A minor school bus accident sent four North Lamar ISD students to the hospital this morning. In a statement, District Superintendent Jason Adams said None of the students’ injuries were serious, and some students were quickly released.  

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Nearly 2 million households in Texas are considered “food insecure” by the US Department of Agriculture.  On Wednesday, the USDA released a study of how many American households either cannot easily afford or have limited access to food. That study found that 14 percent of Texas households were considered food insecure through 2017. That compares to a national average of just below 12 percent.

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The best place to buy a house in the U.S.? North and Northeast Texas. That’s according to a new report by personal finance website WalletHub, which ranks three Collin County cities as the top three markets to buy in the country.

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Funeral services for Hunt County Judge John Horn are set for Friday. The Herald Banner reported that county offices will be closed so that county employees may attend the services.

Horn unexpectedly died over the weekend. His death has left a question of filling his seat. Horn was running for re-election in November. He was unopposed on the ballot. County Commissioner Jim Latham told the Herald Banner that Horn’s name will remain on the ballot and that a new county judge will be appointed in 2019.

Sulphur Springs police Sunday arrested a man they say drove more than 100 miles across the state to dump a woman’s body, and then got his car got stuck in a ravine.

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U.S. Customs & Immigration Enforcement said Friday that the number of undocumented workers arrested in an enforcement raid on A sumner-area business is 159. Of those, 145 were Mexico nationals. The remainder a mix of Guatemalan, Honduran, and Salvadoran nationals.

It’s almost Labor Day and that means a three-day weekend for most working people – but not for everyone. Not even for everyone at Texas A&M University-Commerce. 

If you’re a student at A&M-Commerce this semester, you will have the day off, but if you’re staff, you won't.

That’s because for this academic year, the Texas State Legislature has decreed that state universities get 13 holidays. Last year, there were 14. Any given year, the number will be between 12 and 15.

Campbell Soup Co. announced Thursday that it will be selling off its fresh foods and international businesses to concentrate on its core soups and snacks businesses. The move is not expected to affect the company’s soup canning plant in Paris. The company is looking o save nearly a billion dollars by 2022.

Hunt County Constable Don Morrison says he’s stepping down from his post. 

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The fate of a proposed Muslim cemetery in Collin County is on the negotiating table following word from the U.S. Department of Justice.

A recent study out of Harvard that looks at rates of opioid overprescription by U.S Congressional district finds that while Texas overall has lower overprescription rates than the national average, Districts 4 and 1 greatly exceed that average.

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