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Daniel Starks

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Daniel was born and raised in Commerce, TX, and has been a life-long listener of 88.9 KETR. After listening to ‘The Art of Sound’ with Mark Chapman as a child, he enjoyed the thought of being able to broadcast across NE Texas.  He is now a Radio/Television student at Texas A&M University-Commerce and hopes to continue his work in radio after he graduates. He has been heard in the past as the host of ‘All Things Considered’, ‘Movie Picks with Alice Reese’ and ‘The Morning Bell’.

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Commerce Rotary Club

For the past nine years, the Commerce Rotary Club has been bringing the residents of Commerce and surrounding areas Commerce Idol. The program brings together different talents from different ages and puts them into a two hour show that is guaranteed to make you laugh, and cheer!

On Saturday March 22, hundreds of people filled the Commerce High School auditorium to cheer on their classmates, friends, and parents. The winners of the event took home a cash prize and a gorgeous trophy.

Here are the winners for this year's Commerce Idol

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Jim Henson's Muppets are back on the big screen once again, and this time they are crazier than ever. Many stars join the cast of Muppets Most Wanted including Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, and many more.

Listen as Alice Reese brings her review of Muppets Most Wanted, Divergent, and Bad Words.

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Possible tuition increases are on the way for Texas A&M University-Commerce students, but this time you may actually appreciate them.

This week on The Morning Bell, we discuss these increases and what it could mean for your future years at the university.

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The Oscars may be awarded and done with, but Hollywood is still working towards this  year's awards. One of the first movies on this list is The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Listen as Alice Reese gives her review on The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Bethlehem.

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After a few weeks of continuing our talk of the use of tasers in schools, we concluded by asking for your opinion, and you gave it!

Listen as Daniel Starks reads some of your comments on the matter on this week's The Morning Bell.

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It may feel like spring outside with the high expected to be 80 degrees on Tuesday, but a cold front is headed to the region that should drop the temperatures down 30 degrees in some areas.

With the cold front comes very high winds overnight on Tuesday and into Wednesday. A Wind Advisory has been issued for the region from 10 p.m. Tuesday night until 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Drivers need to be cautious on roadways, lightweight objects need to be tied down or taken inside, and hats need to be held on tight!

It's that time of year again: Storm Season. Are you prepared? This week we will talk about different ways you can get your severe weather information, and how to get in in a timely manner.

Here are the closures and delays for Tuesday, Mar. 3.

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Winter Weather may be a pain for travelers, but it is the perfect time for photographers to get some of the most beautiful pictures.

Do you have any photos of the winter weather you would like to share? If so, email them to daniel@ketr.org with the subject "Winter Weather Photos" and also where you are from. We will post these to our website!
 

Stay safe!

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With the threat of winter weather moving back into the region, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of North Texas. The advisory is in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday morning and will last through 9 p.m. Sunday night.

A Winter Weather Advisory means that road conditions could become hazardous to drive on, so extra precaution is required when traveling.

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Alice Reese has given her seal of approval for Non-stop, and she joins other critics with the same feeling who have given the movie an '8' according to the Internet Movie Database.

Listen as Alice talks about Non-stop, Son 0f God, Omar and The Wind Rises. Alice also touches on two more Oscar-nominated movies, American Hustle, and Gravity.

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After a recent letter was sent from the ACLU of Texas to the Texas Education Agency asking them to ban the use of tasers in schools, Daniel Starks spoke with Commerce Independent School District Chief of Police, Joe Venable to get his take on the matter, since he is on the front line every day when it comes to disorderly conduct in schools.

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What was originally a multi-hundred page book, Winter's Tale does not translate very well to the big screen, according to Alice Reese.

Listen to what she has to say about it, plus In Secret, and 3 Days to Kill.  Alice will also talk about the Oscar nominated movie, 12 Years a Slave.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, along with six other organizations, have asked the Texas Education Agency to stop the use of tasers by law enforcement in schools.

Daniel Starks talks with Matt Simpson, Policy Strategist for the ACLU of Texas, about the letter they sent and why they got involved this week on The Morning Bell.

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The suspect in Wednesday afternoon's drug bust in Commerce has been arraigned and identified as 24 year-old Treyvon Deair Hicks.

Hicks has been charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance of more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams in a drug-free zone. Judge Sheila Linden has set bond for the first-degree felony offense at $150,000.

Hicks was also arrested in 2013, 2012 and 2010 on assault charges, trespassing charges and interfering with a 911 call.

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The region is in for windy conditions on Thursday, and areas to the west of the region will experience very dry conditions as well.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday for these areas, including Collin County. This means that any fires that start will spread quickly and could threaten property and even life.

Make sure you dispose of cigarettes properly, do not burn anything outdoors, and be mindful sparks during construction projects.

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A search warrant was executed by the Commerce/University joint SWAT with the aid of Hopkins County/Sulphur Springs SWAT Wednesday afternoon.

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All of North Texas is currently under a Wind Advisory until 6 p.m. Friday evening.

Wind gusts as high as 35 mph are possible as a cool front moves through the region. Don't expect temperatures to drop much. We could be seeing 73 degree temperatures by Monday.

With windy conditions, an elevated fire risk is possible for the western portion of North Texas, where humidity levels will fall below 30 percent, making for drier air conditions.

Robocop is back on the big screens, but this time there is to be a lot less violence than the original. That being said, it's still just as good!

Listen as Alice Reese brings her review of Robocop and also touches on two more Oscar nominated movies, Wolf of Wall Street, and Nebraska.

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College tuition is one of the biggest challenges that college students face when planning their futures. Texas A&M University-Commerce is doing what they can to help out.

Daniel Starks speaks with A&M-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones on this week's edition of The Morning Bell.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for the region until 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. Winter Weather Advisories are also in effect for Franklin and Wood counties.

Ice accumulations are possible on bridges and overpasses late Monday night and early Tuesday morning. Areas in the northern portion of the region could see icing of roadways making travel hazardous.

Stay with KETR.org and KETR-FM 88.9 for up-to-date weather information.

Alice Reese tell us that The Lego Movie, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, is a must-see for families.

The Lego Movie has a star-studded cast including Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Shaquille O'Neal and more.

Listen as Alice gives us a review of this movie and The Monuments Men. She will also give a short preview of the Oscars coming up on March 2.

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Greenville Independent School District has been placed in a new district after the recent "reclassification and realignment" conducted by the University Interscholastic League (UIL).

This recent change will make Greenville ISD have to travel significantly further than in their past, and Superintendent Don Jefferies talks with Daniel Starks about what that means for the district on The Morning Bell.

Here is a list of closing and early releases for Thursday.

Bland ISD: Closing at 1:00 p.m.

Blue Ridge ISD: Closing at 12:30 p.m.

Boles ISD: Closing at 12:30 p.m.

Caddo Mills ISD, releasing at 1 p.m.

Campbell ISD, Releasing at Noon

Commerce ISD, Releasing two hours early (correction)

Cooper ISD, After-school activities canceled.

Cumby ISD,  closing at 11:30, opening tomorrow at 10 a.m.

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The snow is here and leaving its mark, so how much are you expected to get?

Some locally heavier amounts are possible throughout the day.

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth is expecting that most of the snow will end from the Southwest to the Northeast after noon today. With the high being below freezing, however, any accumulations should stay throughout the day.

Snow on the roadways may melt away this afternoon depending on their frequency of use, but KETR has already gotten reports of slick spots  so please exercise caution when driving.

Greenville Herald-Banner

While facing charges of sexual assault, Celeste Police Chief Roger Eugene Mueller III has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

According to the Greenville Herald-Banner, police got a call of a gunshot victim at Mueller's home at around 7:45 p.m. Monday night. He was transported to Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville, where he died shortly after.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks tells the Herald-Banner that Texas Rangers have taken over the investigation.

UPDATE: 9:08 p.m. Saturday -

The National Weather Service has extended the Winter Weather Advisory to include Hunt, Delta and Lamar counties in our region until 9 pm Sunday night.

Original Story follows:

Another cold snap is on the way to North Texas, and this time it could bring some wintry weather with it.

A Winter Weather Advisory has already been issued for Collin, Rockwall, and Fannin counties from 6 am to 9 pm Sunday.

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UPDATE, Jan. 31,  4:15 p.m. 

Officials have identified Kara Elizabeth Croop, 33, as the victim in the Jan. 31. Police said that her husband, Scott Croop, 39, shot her in the street outside of their home on the 400 block of Cookston Lane before shooting himself. Scott Croop was pronounced dead on the scene, while Kara Croop was severely wounded and transported to a Dallas hospital, officials said.

Original story follows

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That Awkward Moment, starring former Disney Channel star Zac Efron, is hitting the big screen. But Alice Reese says, while entertaining, it's very awkward indeed.

Marvin Beaty
Bonham ISD

The Texas State Board of Education on Thursday voted to drop Algebra II from the required curriculum for high schoolers. This comes at a time where many states are starting to do the exact opposite by adding Algebra II to their required curriculum.

Dr. Marvin Beaty, Superintendent of Bonham ISD explains his views on the matter on this edition of The Morning Bell.

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