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The new facilities will be built at 8750 North Central Expressway
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Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Mark Rudin discusses the university’s plans for a new site in Dallas at 8750 North Central Expressway, immediately north of Loop 12, during today’s North By Northeast.

Keturi DeLong is Vice President of Philanthropy and Engagement at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
TAMUC

There's more to chairtable giving to what you might think. In this week's North By Northeast, Texas A&M University-Commerce Vice President of Philanthropy and Engagement Keturi DeLong describes the insider's perspective on philanthropy. We discuss the ethics of donor-centered fundraising, the relationship between human behavior, and an old lesson we learned as kids: It really is better to give than to receive.

Commerce police will be enforcing parking rules near the university campus more strictly in the coming weeks.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Director of Public Safety Chris Bassham and City Manager Howdy Lisenbee talk city government: COVID vaccine distribution logistics, tips for severe storm season, water distribution during emergencies, and some changes to be aware of regarding parking near the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus.

Sarah Northam, foreground, and Adam Northam stopped by KETR's studios to talk about what's happening at the university library.
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The Velma K. Waters Library on the campus of  Texas A&M University-Commerce has remained open throughout the pandemic - though with some changes. The university's library provides resources and services for members of the general public as well as students, faculty and staff.

Lake Tawakoni is a reliable source for Commerce's water, but the pipeline between the lake and the city will be due for an upgrade in the coming years.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) provides low-interest loans and grants for communities to improve water infrastructure. But in order for a municipality to be eligible for such funds, that city must participate in the Texas Water Development Board’s planning process.

The winter storms that covered most of Texas in snow and ice also interrupted electrical and water service across the state.
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Commerce City Manager Howdy Lisenbee appeared on KETR's North By Northeast on Tue. Feb. 23, the day after water service was restored following the historic winter storms of the previous week.

Commerce City Manager Howdy Lisenbee discusses the city's plans for improving local streets.
KETR

In Commerce, the condition of the city's streets presents one of the biggest challenges to local government. City Manager Howdy Lisenbee describes the timeline for upcoming improvements. The good news: Some long-needed repairs and upgrades are on the way. The less-good news: It probably won't happen for about a year.

Commerce streets were weighed in the balance and found wanting, according to a 2020 survey.
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In the first of two conversations about City of Commerce roads on KETR's North By Northeast series, city manager Howdy Lisenbee discusses a 2020 street assessment, the criteria used in deciding which streets will get repaired first, and the options cities have for servicing rough roads.

Lisenbee is scheduled to return to the program on Feb. 2 to discuss what specific actions the city plans to take this year regarding road repair.

Howdy Lisenbee began working for the City of Commerce on Nov. 2.
City of Commerce

KETR's North By Northeast conversation series returns in 2021 with a focus on the City of Commerce. New Commerce City Manager Howdy Lisenbee introduces himself to listeners around the region. In today's get-acquainted chat: His first name (it's not a nickname), a little about the public trust, the latest on City Hall re-opening (by appointment starting Jan. 19) and those controversial traffic circles (not in current plans for State Hwy. 24).

John Kanelis
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Maybe spending a sunny November morning listening to a couple of geezers talking about journalism and politics isn't the ultimate public radio experience, but if nothing else, it's very public radio.

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.

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

The Lions and Mustangs have dominated the Lone Star Conference in recent years.
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Today we continue our 2016 season preview of Texas A&M University-Commerce football. Our guest is KETR’s Lions color commentator Brock Callaway. 

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
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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.
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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.

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.
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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.

Texas held statewide primary elections on March 1.
Mark Haslett

Several Northeast Texas party primary elections are headed for a May 24 runoff.

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.

Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama of The Ohio State University spoke on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on Mar. 10.
Sarah Northam

Identity can be a tricky sea to navigate, particularly when dealing with matters of ethnicity and culture. Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama discusses how, in order to continue toward the long-term goal of a "post-racial" society, we need to build some understanding of identity first.

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