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North by Northeast

Friday Morning at 9:00 A.M.

North by Northeast is a weekly conversation featuring knowledgeable guests and relevant topics that aim to provide context for what’s happening and what matters in Northeast Texas. Topics include development, education, health care, the environment and the economy. Sports and fine arts are also featured.

Rebecca Jowers, left, and Stephanie Dillon of the Pioema Foundation work to further the organizations mission of helping victims, increasing awareness, and fighting the scourge of human trafficking.
Mark Haslett

Texas ranks second in the nation in reported cases of human trafficking. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area alone, this criminal industry is estimated to generate almost a hundred million dollars annually through the sale of forced labor. Many of the victims are minors forced into sexual service.

College football players in action
TAMUC Photo

The state of California recently passed legislation, currently proposed to take effect in 2023, that could place the rights to generate revenue against a college athlete's own name, image, or likeness into the hands of the college athlete, something heretofore verboten by the NCAA in the name of amateurism.

North by Northeast host Mark Haslett visits with Dr. Andrew Baker and Dr. Mylynka Kilgore Cardona of the Texas A&M University-Commerce History Department.
Jerrod Knight

Texas A&M University-Commerce history professors Andrew Baker and Mylynka Kilgore Cardona discuss the Public History Project, recent partnerships between A&M-Commerce and area organizations, the East Texas War and Memory Project, and more. 

Live radio in progress: North by Northeast from KETR discusses Latinx issues on the TAMUC campus.
Jerrod Knight

Texas A&M University-Commerce is trying to become a Hispanic Serving Institution, a federal statistical category for institutions of higher learning. We talk about what it means, why it matters to A&M-Commerce, and the university's progress toward the goal. 

Guests include Dr. Fred Fuentes and Gina Segura from the enrollment office, and undergraduates Naeyli Fuentes (no relation) and Brayan Dicante.

The Ice Bowl is one of the most celebrated games in sports.
NPR.org

This Sunday's Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers game at AT&T Stadium will be far from an Ice Bowl. Kickoff-time temperature is forecast for the upper 80s, and even if a blue norther were to hit Arlington, it wouldn't matter inside the climate-controlled opulence of Jerryworld.

North by Northeast host Mark Haslett visits with student Britt as well as TAMUC's Karen Roggenkamp and Sarah Northam.
Jerrod Knight

Next week is Banned Books Week! On today's North by Northeast, we preview the annual event and talk about related topics with Texas A&M University-Commerce's Sarah Northam and Karen Roggenkamp! Northam is Head of Research and Instruction Services at James G. Gee Library and an Associate Professor in the Department of Literature and Languages. A&M-Commerce undergraduate Britt Beatte also joined in.

The "Reimagine Commerce" plan includes changes for the city's downtown.
KETR

This is North by Northeast, conversations that matter to Northeast Texas. On today's episode we discuss Reimagine Commerce. It’s an ambitious proposal designed to make Commerce a better place to live and work. Much of the plan involves a redesign of some of the town’s thoroughfares and that part has inspired some opposition as well as support.

The term "riparian" refers to the areas near rivers and streams.
Texas Water Resources Institute

There's something special about the plants and animals that are found alongside naturally occurring bodies of water.

The East Texas War and Memory Project documents the lives of veterans and their loved ones.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

In this edition of North by Northeast, KETR's Mark Haslett speaks with Andrew Baker, a professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce about the East Texas War and Memory Project, which documents the personal stories of veterans from our military and their loved ones. 

Running back Richard Cooper and the Lions begin the 2016 season against U. of Faith.
lionathletics.com

There’s all kinds of good news today at Texas A&M University-Commerce. 

Antipsychotic medications are often used to treat symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
NPR

One month ago on this program, we looked at the problem of widespread use of antipsychotic medications in Texas nursing homes. Texas currently leads the nation in the percentage of nursing home residents who’ve been prescribed antipsychotics. 

It's still possible that a Tipitina's "Music Office Co-op" could exist at the old A.L. Day school building.
Mark Haslett

There seems to be reason for cautious optimism about the Tipitina’s project in Commerce.

Running back Richard Cooper will be back for his senior season.
Daniel Kambel

The hottest week of the summer so far might not have too many people thinking about football. But, football season is closer than you might think. 

The Tipitina's Foundation operates "Music Office Co-Ops," like this one in Shreveport, that provide facilities for artists to record and produce audio.
Tipitina's Foundation

Whatever happened to Tipitina’s?

Wyman Williams
Mark Haslett

In Commerce, the condition of the streets is an ongoing issue. In some cases, the roadways are smooth and new, but on far too many blocks, potholes and other defects are a problem for those in city government, including new mayor Wyman Williams.

Heritage House served as the home for three past presidents of the school.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce interim president Dr. Ray Keck plans to live in Heritage House, the building which was home to school presidents Samuel Whitley, James Gee and Whitney Halladay. The move is part of Keck's drive to strengthen the recent development of campus life at A&M-Commerce.

Paul Elie, author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage
provided image

Book lovers, rejoice. There are plans to bring some today’s brightest writers to give presentations at Texas A&M University-Commerce as part of a speaker series to begin this fall.

"Ask why a specific medication is being prescribed, particularly if you’re seeing a change in behavior or personality from your loved one," AARP's Amanda Frederickson said.
NPR

Texas nursing homes lead the nation in the prescribing of antipsychotic medications to seniors. That has watchdog organizations concerned that people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia are being prescribed such drugs, which can be heavily sedating, for reasons of convenience rather than necessity.

Marcario Garcia, right, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman.
PBS

Next week on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce, a special presentation of a portion of PBS's documentary series Latino Americans: 500 Years of History will be aired in the Hall of Languages for anyone who would like to attend. The episode focuses on the Latino-American involvement in World War II and its aftermath.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks will not seek re-election, he said.
Brad Kellar

On Friday afternoon a search in Hunt County for a suspect in a double homicide ended with an arrest only hours after the murders occurred. On today's edition of North by Northeast, KETR's Mark Haslett speaks with local reporter Brad Kellar about the latest information on the homicides and man-hunt.

Wyman Williams
Mark Haslett

The City of Commerce is set to get a new mayor next week. Wyman Williams won the mayoral election last Saturday, and he’s scheduled to be sworn in before the city council begins its regular meeting next Tuesday evening.

The new Bonham High School campus is set to be built next to the existing one.
Bonham ISD

On May 7, Bonham Independent School District voters approved a bond proposal valued at about $30 million to construct a new high school campus. The vote passed 977-456 – a roughly two-to-one margin. As a result, property taxes will go up for homeowners aged 64 years and younger. For example, people owning a home valued at $90,000 would pay a little more than $150 in taxes annually. Homeowners 65 and older would be exempt under the state homestead exemption.

Negotiations continue between the city's attorneys and Chief Crews' legal representation, City Manager Darrek Ferrell said.
Mark Haslett

The City of Commerce is holding its municipal election this Saturday. The ballot also includes 10 propositions. That’s kind of a lot for a city election, so KETR invited former Commerce council member Jason Cunningham to explain these ballot measures. Cunningham is the owner of Commerce-based Benson Brothers towing and lived in Commerce for many years before moving to his current home in Hopkins County.

Carinne Manning
KETR

KETR is in its Spring Membership Campaign, and while this isn’t necessarily news, it does happen every spring. Every membership campaign is different, and we have particular goals and things that we’re doing this year. Carinne, if you could please explain to us what we’re doing this particular spring drive.

Storms that passed across Northeast Texas last night have made their way to the U.S. Southeast.
NWS

It’s storm season in Texas, and while last night’s storms didn’t do much damage in our part of the state, people are understandably anxious about April and May.  What we’ve seen so far is in part due to the El Nino pattern that gave us such a mild winter, with above average precipitation.

The ¡Profes! grant is a federally funded, 5 year, collaboration between the Departments of Educational Leadership and Curriculum & Instruction at Texas A&M University-Commerce. The grant is funded by the US Department of Education.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

In Texas, the school districts most in need of teachers with specialized training are also the districts that can have a hard time finding those teachers. Here in Northeast Texas, a multi-agency partnership involving Texas A&M University-Commerce has been working to help solve that problem.

The July 2015 death of Sandra Bland while in Waller County custody rasied questions about the safety of people with mental health needs while in custody of law enforcement or corrections.
Callie Richmond / The Texas Tribune

The Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice will hold a hearing at 1:30 p.m. March 30 to hear testimony regarding conditions for people in official custody who need mental health services while detained or incarcerated. Katharine Ligon with the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin is among the many who will be watching the conversation resulting from tomorrow's event.

The Lions handed West Texas A&M its first loss of the season on March 19.
lionathletics.com

Texas A&M University-Commerce softball head coach Richie Bruister could pick up his 400th career victory against Texas Woman's University this weekend in Denton.

Colby Carthel, shown here coaching against West Texas A&M in Canyon in 2013, has the Lions in contention for the NCAA playoffs.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The NCAA has announced disciplinary measures for West Texas A&M University's football program and three former WT coaches, including current Texas A&M University-Commerce football head coach Colby Carthel, current Texas A&M University-Commerce volunteer football coach Don Carthel and former West Texas A&M University wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator Joel Hinton.

 In addition to oil and gas, the commission also regulates the mining industry and pipeline safety in Texas. Despite its name, the agency no longer regulates railroads.
NPR

Two Democrats and two Republicans hope to be on statewide ballots in November for a vacant seat on the three-person Railroad Commission of Texas.

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