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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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A Sulphur Springs man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a May murder in Dallas. 

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President Trump’s nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will need to go through a confirmation process in the Senate. But that’s not stopping those at the House level from giving their opinions on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. 

This morning the Hopkins County Commissioners Court formally asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to be more aggressive in keeping a flood-prone area of the county cleaner of debris.

A Collin County resident is one of three people in Texas confirmed to have contracted the Zika virus. That’s according to the latest update on Zika cases around the state compiled by the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

The owner of a planned luxury community conceived as a so-called “doomsday resort” in Fannin County is under investigation by the FBI. He also faces separate civil charges. 

John Eckerd, the man behind the planned Trident Lakes community in Northeast Texas, is accused of knowingly laundering $200,000 on behalf of a Colombian drug cartel.

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U.S. Drought Monitor

The City of Greenville says it will not be issuing burn permits for residents or businesses for a while. The move is the limit of the city’s authority to ban outdoor burning. 

Dallas and other Texas cities continue to attract entrepreneurs.
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A study released earlier this week names Texas the number one state in the country in which to start a business. KETR’s Scott Morgan spoke with one economist who’s not surprised to hear that.

Tuesday reached 102 degrees in Northeast Texas. Humidity is low, the skies are clear, and breezes are steady. That, of course, means the region is at risk for wildfires. And that should hold true for another week or so at the very least.

With the stakes so high, Kauffman and Henderson counties became the first in Northeast Texas to enact burn bans this summer. 

The SPCA of Texas seized 20 horses from a Dallas County equine boarding facility Thursday. 

A 27-year-old man was killed after being struck by an SUV on a Greenville road Thursday night.

One Texas crop had an unremarkable week. Another had a pretty good one.

A Denton County man is facing charges in a massive livestock fraud case that involves two states and 8,000 head of cattle that were never there.

TxDOT says it will lower the speed limit on State Highway 19 in Hopkins County. The road is an oft-maligned stretch blamed for numerous accidents, some of them fatal. 

One of the three solar farms under consideration in Hunt County looks to be a go. On Wednesday, the USDA approved a 96-acre solar farm off County Road 10-61 just north of Greenville.

The 10-megawatt site is projected to cost about 12 and a half million dollars to build. No word on what exactly it will power but the farm could provide some tax money to benefit the Greenville ISD.

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Air Force photo

The environmental group Sierra Club says the drinking water at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene may be contaminated and possibly unsafe for children. 

The high heat and heavy winds in Northeast Texas triggered the summer’s first large-scale ground fire in Hunt County Tuesday.

Louis Velasquez
Louis Velasquez

The CEO of hunger advocacy group Feeding Texas is hammering the U.S. House over Thursday's passing of its version of the 2018 Farm Bill. 

The Tyler Independent School District tabled a decision over whether to rename Robert E. Lee High School. 

The Texas Tribune asked every Texas member of Congress whether they support the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy that is separating families at the U.S./Mexico border.

The state’s  two Republican senators, Jon Cornyn and Ted Cruz, said no. U.S. Reps. From Districts 4 and 5 – John Ratcliffe and Jeb Hensarling, respectively – did not answer.

The Texas Rangers are looking into the death of a Dallas man who died while being booked into the Hopkins County Jail early Tuesday morning. 

Adam Frazier

Alabaman Rodney Smith Jr., the man crisscrossing the U.S. to mow lawns for free for the elderly and disabled, made it to Texas Tuesday. But he’s not the only person mowing Texas lawns for a good cause.

UPDATE: June 19, 2018, This story has been edited to add information about Texas firefighter suicides.

With the 2018 Farm Bill officially out of Senate committee and on its way to the Senate floor for a vote, at least one group in Texas is happy to see what the Senate has come up with. Hunger advocacy group Feeding Texas says it applauds the proposed Senate version of the bill.

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The Texas Animal Health Commission says it’s found cases of Equine Infectious Anemia in horses in four counties, including Dallas and Kaufman. 

Christin Hume
Christin Hume

You might have gotten – or will soon get -- If you own a home in Texas, you might receive a letter from Homestead Designation Services in Austin that asks you for $45 to file for a homestead designation.

You can save your money.

Officials in Grayson County say a pair of  friendly buzzards are responsible for starting a five acre ground fire in Sherman Tuesday night.  

Texas’ newest lake-to-be could be getting a new name.

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Melissa Lawless spent 10 and a half years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Much of it was on the front lines in the Middle East. Lawless was part of the first group of women in the Marines to be attached to ground combat troops in 2005.

You can call 9-1-1 from any cell phone, but now you can text to 9-1-1 in Cooke, Fannin, and Grayson counties.

Jonathan Perez
Jonathan Perez

Grayson is the latest county in Texas to join a statewide class action lawsuit against the makers of opioid drugs.

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