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Luke Clayton

Lake Tawakoni catfish guide Tony Pennebaker is Luke's guest this week. Tony operates Thunder Cove Guide Service out of Lake Tawakoni Marina. Tune in and get some up to date tips on catching both blue and channel catfish.

Booksmart, Facebook

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie reviewer, says "Aladdin" is an effective live-action remake of the animated Disney classic.  She's surprised that the movie was directed by Guy Richie, known for his violent films, and says some children do find the villains in the "Aladdin" very frightening.  Alice greatly enjoyed the R-rated teen comedy "Booksmart."

A sheriff’s office vehicle is parked next to a dog search unit truck during searches in Quinlan, TX.
George Hale

Sheriffs deputies and volunteers searched a former residence of missing woman Carey Mae Parker's ex-boyfriend, a law enforcement official said Thursday.


Mental Health Bill Thwarted, Revived In Texas Legislature

May 23, 2019
State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, has tried to kill several bills this session.
Juan Figueroa / The Texas Tribune

A major mental health bill prioritized by the state's top leaders as a way to help prevent school shootings was partially revived late Tuesday night hours after it appeared to have been abruptly killed on a technicality during a dramatic night in the Texas House. 

Texas Expansion of Medical Cannabis Program Advances In Senate

May 23, 2019
The version of the bill approved by the Senate would expand the list of conditions that qualify for the medicine to include all forms of epilepsy; seizure disorders; multiple sclerosis; spasticity; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and others.
NPR

Marijuana advocates were handed an unlikely victory Wednesday after the Texas Senate advanced a bill greatly expanding the list of debilitating medical conditions that can legally be treated by cannabis oil in the state. 

 

Carmen Ponder and S. Lee Merritt in Dallas on June 13, 2017.
Mark Haslett

A former Texas A&M University-Commerce student whose arrest two years ago drew national attention is now suing the City of Commerce and former Commerce police chief Kerry Crews. The Commerce Journal reports that the suit was filed in U.S. District Court on Sunday.

KETR

Shelley Corrales, finance director and planning coordinator for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, looks ahead to the chamber's summer events.  Non-profit members of the Greenville Chamber can register to be selected as a winner of funds from the "Chamberopoly" event Saturday,  July 27.  Shelley says anticipate population growth in Greenville means the city needs significant constuction of new homes.

There won't be any "time change" item on Texas ballots in November. Maybe in 2021.
Katherine Streeter / NPR

This isn’t the biggest bill ever to die a quiet death in the Texas Legislature, but it might be one of the more talked-about once lawmakers decide to pack it in for this session and head home to their respective districts.

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Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk reflects on a recent USA Today article that compares the economic status of each U.S. state with a particular country.  Texas' Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $1.6 trillion compares with Russia.  Dr.

Kevin Bailey, Texan Theater, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says the Hunt County Comic Expo is hosting the first-ever Greenville Art Car Show on Saturday (May 25) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Held on the courthouse square in downtown Greenville, the Art Car Show will put one-of-a-kind creations on display for the public to enjoy. In addtion will the return of Pokewalk Greenville from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Gather at the courthouse square, enjoy  some fresh air, and spend time with friends and family to capture Pokemon. 

 

Texas House Passes Public University 'Free Speech' Senate Bill

May 20, 2019
State Troopers in riot gear pushed protesters away from the building where white nationalist Richard Spencer was speaking at Texas A&M in 2016.
Michael Stravato / The Texas Tribune

The Texas House tentatively approved a bill Friday evening that would require public colleges and universities across the state to come up with more uniform policies on free speech. 

Texas House Advances Bill Banning Cities From Partnering With Planned Parenthood

May 20, 2019
A bipartisan group of state legislators, medical professionals and abortion rights advocates gathered Friday at the Capitol in opposition to Senate Bill 22.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

Texas and its local governments would no longer be able to partner with abortion providers or their affiliates — even for services like sexual health education and pregnancy prevention initiatives — under a bill the Texas House passed in a preliminary vote late Friday after hours of emotional debate. 

'Chick-fil-A' Bill Advances In Legislature

May 20, 2019
Conservative political figures' calls for "Chick-fil-a Appreciation Day" in 2012 resulted in long lines, such as this one in Wichita, Kansas.
NPR

A Texas Senate bill banning any governmental entity from punishing a private business for its past donations to religious organizations was one short step away from becoming law. Critics condemn it as anti-LGBTQ legislation.

NE Texas Children's Museum, Facebook

Sharline Freeman, the director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce, says the museum has had about 1,000 visitors per week since March, with groups coming from as far away as Hugo, Okla.  Sharline says the museum may draw 35,000 visitors this year.  The Children's Museum is preparing for a move to a a building on Highway 11 on the east side of Commerce in the fall.  The "Summer Adventure Kickoff" is scheduled for Friday, June 7.

Luke's guest this week is Larry Weishuhn, Mr. Whitetail. Join Larry and Luke "around the campfire" this week. These two old friends will make you feel as though you were right there with them.
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Luke visiting with Larry Weishuhn, aka Mr. Whitetail, around the campfire...

Texas A&M Agrilife

Hunt County Master Gardener Cynthia Beacom recommends the hardy hibiscus as a reliable perennial plant for Northeast Texas landscaping.  She says the tropical hibiscus will probably not survive the winter in this region.

Dallas Police: Former Rockwall Priest Among Subjects of Interest

May 16, 2019
Bishop Edward J. Burns during the diocese's May 15 press conference at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Oak Lawn, across the street from the diocese, in response to a May 15 police raid.
Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

The Dallas Police Department executed a warrant Wednesday at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas to search for documentation and data as part of an investigation into child sex abuse allegations. The raid was part of an effort to secure information about priests suspected of having committed sexual abuse. One of the priests named as a person of interest by Dallas police served at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Rockwall, however, it is not publicly known whether the incident that police are investigating occurred in Rockwall or elsewhere.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, wrote recently in her blog about her favorite Texas writers.  They include H.C. Brands, the author of the history of the Texas Revolution, "Lone Star Nation," whom she didn't like until she heard him speak.  Others include S.C. Gwynne, author of "Empire of the Summer Moon," and local authors Thad Sitton and Jim Conrad, authors of "Freedom Colonies."

Branded Ranch Rodeo, Facebook

Bert Cooper, director of Community Seeds in Lone Oak, previews the annual Branded Ranch Rodeo beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Hopkins County Civic Center in Sulphur Springs.  It's a major fund raiser for Community Seeds, a faith-based organization that helps people get on their feet.

Apple

Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentator, reflects on an article speculating that Apple Airpods, wireless ear buds, might be the next major game changer in technology.  Airpods are the best selling Apple product in the first two years on the market, topping even the iPhone.

Texan Theater, Facebook

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville, and one of the leaders of the annual Bras for the Cause event, says the organization recently announced its 2019 theme -- "Brallywood" -- at a "Table Talk" event at the Texan Theater in Greenville. Pud says Bras for the Cause -- which supports treatment of cancer victims at Hunt Regional Medical Center -- is within reach of the $1 million mark in donations raised.

Tiger Darrow played cello and performed her song "Need Me" in the KETR studios.
Matt Meinke

Tiger Darrow is a young woman with a ton of talents. She acts, sings, music produces, plays multiple instruments, and already has a reputation for making music the way she wants to. Her move to New York City eight years ago proved that Texas couldn't even contain all her talent!

Facebook, Disney

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, says the most anticipated summer movies of 2019 include live-action versions of "Aladdin," starring Will Smith as the Genie, and "The Lion King," starring James Earl Jones as Mufasa.

A truck outfitted to carry search dogs is parked near Carey Mae Parker's former home in January 2019.
Brittany Gryder

We're working on a solution to problems accessing Buried on certain podcast apps. In the meantime, every episode is available at KETR.org/Buried

People study graphics depicting proposed changes to U.S. Highway 380 at a public meeting in Princeton on May 9.
John Kanelis

If you had any thought that the Texas Department of Transportation was going to knock out a planned realignment of U.S. 380 through Collin and Hunt counties just like that, well, you can set that thought aside.

A&M-Commerce Athletics

Texas A&M-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray relates plans for the NCAA Division II softball tournament at the John Cain Family Softball Field this weekend.  Tarleton State and Cameron open the tournament at 3 p.m. today (Thursday, May 9) followed by the Lions vs. Dixie State at 5:30 p.m.  The Lions are ranked seventh in the nation.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says in the 19th and early 20th Century, rural Northeast Texas families were excited to be vistited by the "chicken peddler," who accepted their older chickens in return for various household products.  Farm women, in particular, were excited to see the chicken peddler because they rarely made the trip into town.

Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum

Susan Lanning, director of the Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum in Greenville,  relates plans for "A Taste of the 1890s" Saturday evening (May 11), in which foods popular in the late 19th century will be available to sample.  Tickets for the event should be purchased by Wednesday, May 8.

Trucks will spray portions of Commerce beginning around 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays this summer.
KERA

The City of Commerce will once again be spraying for mosquitoes, beginning May 6 and continuing through Sept. 26.

Lions To Host NCAA D2 Softball Regionals

May 6, 2019
The Lions will play their first game of the competition against Dixie State at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The No. 7 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team is the second seed in the South Central Region in the final edition of the NCAA regional rankings, as released Monday. As the second seed, the Lions will host half of the regional field in a double-elimination tournament, the first time in program history the Lions have hosted an NCAA regional.

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