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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, 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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  The FBI says the CEO of a Fort Worth-based cyber-bank duped hundreds of investors out of more than $4 million in a cryptocurrency scheme. Federal officials arrested AriseBank CEO Jared Rice in connection with the allegations Wednesday night.

According to court documents, Rice is accused of touting AriseBank as the country’s “first decentralized banking platform,” based on a proprietary digital currency called AriseCoin. 

The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute is making it easier to report wild hog sightings in the state. The NRI has a new webpage where Texas residents can provide details of how many hogs they saw, where they saw them, and what kind of damage the animals cause – such as crop or fence damage, wallowing, or rubbing.

UPDATED 7:15 p.m., Nov. 27, 2018: The students are in stable condition at regional hospitals, according to a statement by Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Three Texas A&M University-Commerce students are in the hospital following a crash that shut down parts of State Highway 24 in Campbell Tuesday morning.

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Phone scams can be terrifying, not to mention embarrassing to those who fall prey to them. So embarrassing that most victims don’t want to even tell their stories. 

But Commerce resident Judy Rudoff says her embarrassment over falling victim to a scam is a small price to pay to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else. 

Two weeks out from the 2018 midterms and state GOP groups are weighing in on what led to the purpling of many parts of Texas. One Republican party leader says the state’s conservatives might want to look in the mirror.

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Students in Kaufman County are getting a shortened week of classes, due to a large water main break on Kaufman Tuesday afternoon. The break triggered a boil water notice and led to the Kaufman ISD canceling classes on Wednesday and Thursday.

Starting in December, the Reno Police Department in Lamar County will start listing the names of those with outstanding warrants on its Facebook page. Police Chief Jeremy Massey says the hope is to pare down a backlog of warrants in the city courts.

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Mental health. It’s not always something people in college stop to think about. But just because everything seems to be going right, that doesn’t mean everything actually is.

On Tuesday, Texas A&M University-Commerce got a visit from mental health advocate and speaker  J. Danee Sergeant, who spoke about living with mental illness … and the value of self-compassion.

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Incarcerated veterans in Collin County will now be able to tap into services aimed at helping them get their lives back on track once they leave jail. The County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday announced the opening of the VALOR program. That stands for Veterans Accessing Lifelong Opportunities for Rehabilitation.

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Collin County voters Tuesday passed three county bond propositions that will put $740 million into county road projects.

While the so-called blue wave did manage to drip into a few parts of Texas Tuesday, Northeast Texas stayed as red as it has ever been.

Greenville voters look to have passed a tax swap. That's a plan to trade a piece of the district's tax rate with an equal piece of the district's operations budget. 

As of 10:45 p.m., 3,696 voted in favor of the tax swap; 3,369 voted against.

Voters in Leonard Tuesday passed a measure to allow the sale of beer and wine at stores in the city. About 55 percent of voters said yes to the proposition.

Republican John Ratcliffe will retain his office in U.S. House of Representatives District 4. Ratcliffe defeated Democrat challenger Catherine Krantz, a Democrat and Ken Ashby, a Libertarian.

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Among the 150-plus U.S. troops who landed on the tiny Pacific Island of Tinian to help clean up the wake of Typhoon Yutu is a native of Leonard in Fannin County. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zeth McKee is an engineer assistant with Okinawa-based Combat Logistics Battalion 31. The batallion was sent to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Nov. 3, according to a statement by the U.S.M.C.

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  U.S. military officials have identified the remains of a 20-year-old Collin County native who was lost early in the Korean War. 

November is the heart of deer season. In Texas it’s also the month drivers are most likely to hit one on the road.

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Black voters really are less likely to vote in most elections. Young black adults are less likely still. Danyelle Harrell has a theory as to why that is.

“I feel like, growing up in a black household, it wasn’t something that we were necessarily always encouraged to do,” says Harrell, a general member of NAACP Unit No. 6809. That’s the student NAACP chapter at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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However the midterms turn out, there is a potential for a post-election shakeup in the Trump White House. One of the positions thought to be on thin ice is that of attorney general. President Trump and AG Jeff Sessions have not always seen eye to eye.

Fannin County Clerk Tammy Biggar says that large turnout in early voting in the county has triggered extended hours next week. County polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on  Tuesday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Nov. 1. Early voting in Fannin County is at the Civic Center (Armory), 1100 West 5th Street, in Bonham. Times for other weekdays remain 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Update, Oct. 23, 2018, 7:50 p.m.: Early voting totals at the end of the day Tuesday in Lamar County were 3,137.

Early voting is moving at a snappy pace in Northeast Texas. Hunt and Lamar counties, first-day totals are even besting first-day turnout from the 2016 presidential election.

On Tuesday the Sulphur Springs City Council unanimously agreed to a development deal with Luminant Mining Co. that would transfer ownership of a 4,000-acre former mining site to the city.

On Tuesday Grayson County Commissioners OK’d plans to widen parts of U.S. Highway 75. The Texas Department of Transportation is looking to widen the highway, up to six lanes. The project will cover the four-mile stretch between FM 14-17 and Texoma Parkway. 

Greenville officials say 33-year-old Thomas Harris, the man who crashed his car into Greenville’s Graham Park Lake last weekend, has died.

Harris died after being taken off life support Monday. He’d been unresponsive since the crash Saturday evening. The cause of the crash isn’t known yet. Harris reportedly drove into the lake near the intersection of Sockwell Boulevard and Sayle Street.

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The atypical weather across of Texas this year  has thrown several of the state’s biggest cash crops out of joint. The USDA’s October crop production report finds cotton, soybean, and peanut crops down notably from a year ago.

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Correction: The audio story cites Texas as having 15 million more voters than a year ago -- 15.8 million is actually the total of all registered voters in Texas. As of Oct. 18, 2018, there are about 1.7 million more registered voters than in the last midterms.

Northeast Texans are as motivated to vote as anyone else in the state next month. That became especially clear in the waning days of registration, when clerks in Northeast Texas counties took in unusually high numbers of new registrants.

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Record numbers of voters are gearing up in Texas for next month’s general election, all of them pumped to speak their minds about who they want to lead the country and state.

And while it’s hard to tell in Northeast Texas whether the tide of new voters is leaning red or blue -- both sides are enegrgized, remember -- Collin County elections administrator Bruce Sherbet says has seen at least one demographic stepping up -- younger adults. Listen below for more.

How safe and secure are your votes as you enter them into voting machines? Fannin County election officials say residents can trust in the system, even if they need to be careful they’ve selected the right candidates.

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One of the ripple effects of this past summer’s drought around Texas has been a downswing in wild animals in some parts of the state. On Wednesday, the Texas Farm Bureau reported that game birds like quail and turkey are fewer in number thanks to dry months across what at peak drought was about 80 percent of Texas.

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The ACLU of Texas says it wants to know what roles two Northeast Texas sheriff’s departments played in a late-August immigration roundup at a trailer manufacturing company in Lamar County. But law enforcement officials say there’s nothing to find. 

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