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Scott Morgan

Former reporter/host

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, until his departure in March 2019, was to present up-to-the-minute local news during All Things Considered each afternoon here on 88.9 KETR. He also contributed as a reporter to other news products from the station.

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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. 

USDA photo
USDA photo

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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Official photo.

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.

Photo/Texas AgriLife Extenion
Photo/Texas AgriLife Extenion

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

John Quinones
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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. 

Photo by California Division of Fish & Wildlife
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. 

Mark Haslett/KETR
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. 

Police photo.
Police photo.

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. 

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.

Photo by Scott Morgan, KETR News.
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.

Collin County, Texas
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Police have identified three men who died in a mid-air collision over McKinney on Saturday.

TxDOT
TxDOT

The Texas Department of Transportation will be starting two major road restructuring projects in Northeast Texas in the first two weeks of the year. 

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Recent rainfall has moved much of Northeast Texas into moderate drought. And while being in any state of drought might not be ideal, several counties in the region, including Fannin and Grayson, had until the Texas Water development Board’s most recent status report this week been classified as areas of severe drought. Lamar county was one of three counties in the region to have been classified in extreme drought.

The Texas transportation Commission says it will free up more than $3 million to help the beleaguered TAPS Public Transit overcome its lingering debt. TAPS, the Texoma Area Paratransit Partnership, which provides transportation options to mainly seniors in Fannin, Grayson, and other regional counties, has been saddled with an almost $5 million debt problem. The debt grew from money owed to vendors and contract employees. Recently TAPS has considered a plan to sell or dispose of as many as 30 buses. 

The U.S. energy grid.
The U.S. energy grid. / National Renewable Energy Laboratory

State Senator Bob Hall (R-2)

is drumming up support for a Texas initiative to protect against electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, attacks.

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Shares in Australia-based Mosman Oil And Gas Ltd sagged by more than a third this morning, after the company told investors that a deal to acquire oil from a Wood County oil field had fallen through.

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