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North by Northeast

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.
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.

The Lions and Mustangs have dominated the Lone Star Conference in recent years.
lionathletics.com

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.
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.

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.

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.

Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama at KETR on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Sarah Northam

Market forces can start with producers and consumers alike. Frederick Luis Aldama says that when it comes to depictions of Latino culture, the top-down and bottom-up dynamics can have different goals. 

Frederick Luis Aldama, at left, visited KETR on March 10. Also pictured are KETR's Matt Meinke, center, and Mark Haslett, right.
Sarah Northam

Frederick Luis Aldama, who recently spoke on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce, says that Latino culture and mainstream culture in the United States are converging in new and important ways. Aldama also points out that Latino culture in the U.S. is itself increasingly diverse.

I-30 Eastbound Traffic to be Detoured Sunday Near Mt. Vernon
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Interstate 30 between Rockwall and Greenville will be in a state of transition more or less indefinitely, although not continuously. The highway is being widened to improve carrying capacity and safety.

Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas
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Perhaps more than any figure, Sam Houston personifies the spirit of Texas: Brave, ambitious, generous, unpredictable, prone to excess, humorous and sometimes violent. Texas State Historian Bill O'Neal, an East Texas State University alumnus, has written "Sam Houston: A Study in Leadership," a new work which will be premiered during a free public event on March 2 at Universities Center Dallas.

Senior guard Anthony Adams is averaging 13 points per game for the Lions.
lionathletics.com

Don't be fooled by the fact that the Lions aren't at the top of the Lone Star Conference. The Texas A&M University-Commerce men's basketball team, which won the LSC tournament last season, are among the six teams considered to be legitimate contenders for this year's conference crown. 

Artaejah Gay and the Lions have returned to winning ways during the 2015-16 season.
lionathletics.com

With last Saturday's victory over Eastern New Mexico, the Texas A&M University-Commerce women's basketball team assured itself of its first winning season since 2009. KETR's play-by-play announcer Charlie Chitwood discusses this year's Lions in advance of next week's Lone Star Conference tournament.

Crowning the Center Point Queen: Center Point, in Camp County, began as a Freedmen's community following the Civil War. In 1899, G.W. Goulsby opened a one-room school, the first in the settlement. In 1916 a new five-room school was built.
image courtesy of Edgie Reeves / Northeast Texas Digital Collections

For years, documents vital to the history of African-Americans in Northeast Texas gathered dust in storage or were known only to a few people. The African-American History Collection, part of the Northeast Texas Digital Collections at Texas A&M University-Commerce, provides an online archive that allows people around the world to see historic photographs, peruse school yearbooks, read church publications and hear oral histories.