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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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U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has taken himself out of the running to be the next director of the FBI. 

Photo by George Hale, KETR
Photo by George Hale, KETR

A Fort Worth-based sand mining company that had been  seeking to widen parts of two county roads in northern Fannin County has pulled its petition. Metroplex Sand & Gravelhas formally withdrawn its plans to widen County Roads 1010 and 1020. The company wanted to widen the roads, in part, to create a conduit for its fleet of trucks. 

If you live in Leonard and have not yet received your monthly water bill, you’re far from alone. 

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President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey has sparked no shortage of backlash. While Democrats have called the firing "downright Nixonian," Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn pounced on what he says is the Democrats’ wanting to have their cake and eat it too.

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Sunday marked a new milestone in U.S. population. The US Census Bureau’s U.S. and World Population Clock rolled over to 325 million in the United States on the morning of May 7.

One year earlier, the United States posted a population of 322 million, 776 thousand, 678. According to the Census Bureau, the United States adds one new person every 14 seconds.

Texas is the second-most populous state as of 2016, with just under 28 million people. Dallas County and city ranked ninth on their respective lists.

U.S. life expectancy by county
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On Monday, NPR looked into the lifespan gap that, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows residents of some US counties live as much as 20 years longer on average than residents of others.

It’s been nearly a decade since the U.S. housing market crash. Home values nationally have been on a steady upward climb for months. But the aftershocks of the housing crisis have a few ripples to work through. 

You may have seen the signs at banks and outside municipal offices in Fannin County that say ‘No Excuse for Child Abuse.’ That message seems to have gone somewhat unheeded. 

The latest seasonal outlook from the Texas Water Development Board shows drought removal likely for Texas by the end of July. 

A typical crawfish chimney in a yard in Northeast Texas.
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Call them crayfish, crawfish, crawdads, or mudbugs, 'tis indeed the season for crawfish ---- and the clay chimneys they leave for a calling card ---- in yards and ditches all over Northeast Texas.

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While recent rainfall has put alkfalfa pastures in good stead, Northeast Texas farmers could be delaying cutting due to soggy ground. 

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U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-11th) will take over the federal investigation into whether Russia meddled with the 2016 presidential election, now that House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes is temporarily stepping aside. 

Conaway is a graduate of East Texas State University, who lettered for Lions football in the late 1960s. He was a member of two Lone Star Conference championship teams before graduating in 1970 with his bachelor’s in accounting.

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Photo/Texas AgriLife Extenion

Texas continues to be among the few states whose farmers respond to national agriculture surveys. 

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On March 30, John Quinones, a correspondent for ABC News and host of the network’s reality program “What Would You Do?” visited Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Photo by U.S. Drought Monitor.
Photo by U.S. Drought Monitor.

Drought conditions in Texas have gotten worse over the past week. The latest report from the Texas Water Development Board found that rainfall deficits as high as 50 percent off normal over the past two months have left more than a third of Texas in some stage of drought.

Misrepresentation in mortgage applications is up. That’s the verdict from First American Financial Corp. in Santa Ana California. 

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Photo by California Division of Fish & Wildlife

Who didn’t love ‘Babe?’ The 90s’ favorite talking piglet was cute, spunky, and like many of us in rural northeastern Texas, lived in quiet farm country. But cute, spunky livestock, of course, is not the problem. 

Those opposed to plastic bags turned out in Austin yesterday to fight against a bill designed to overturn the state’s bag ban. 

Texas has added 179,000 new non-agricultural jobs since the beginning of the year, but the unemployment rates in Northeast Texas grew slightly in December.

Dollar for dollar, Texas  is still one of the most expensive states in which to own a home. 

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Mark Haslett/KETR

  Basic concept plans for a proposed Muslim cemetery near Farmersville were unanimously approved by the Collin County Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night. 

Volatile weather in Northeast Texas these past few days has brought needed drought relief to the region. 

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The man wanted in connection with a November bank robbery has been located in Arizona.

Courtesy U.S. Drought Monitor
Courtesy U.S. Drought Monitor

Extreme drought conditions have expanded in Northeast Texas. 

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Scott Morgan looks at the office of county constable in Texas, in a two-part audio feature.

The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday approved a bill that looks to resolve a land dispute along the Texas/Oklahoma border at Red River.

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Photo by Scott Morgan, KETR News.

An armed robbery at a Commerce Dollar store  Wednesday night ended when city police shot the suspect as he was leaving. 

Photo by Mark Haslett, KETR News
Photo by Mark Haslett, KETR News

Update: Thurs. 02/02/2017, 2 p.m.: TxDOT spokesman Ryan LaFontaine said in a phone interview Thursday that the type of oil involved in Monday's spill was light crude. He said that while the oil was contained within a day, it will likely take "several weeks" to clean the site fully. 

The site of Monday's oil pipeline spill in Collin County.
Photo by Mark Haslett, KETR

A construction accident in northeastern Collin County Monday spewed at least 1,400 barrels of crude oil. Cleanup efforts Tuesday were still underway at the site on State Highway 121, between Trenton and Melissa, just outside the unincorporated town of Desert.

House Republicans in Washington saw their Midnight Rule Relief Act passed largely along party lines yesterday. The bill allows Congress to repeal any rule finalized in the last 60 legislative days of the Obama administration with a single vote. This is the second such measure passed in the republican controlled house in less than two months.

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