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As testing expands, the presence of COVID-19 in Texas nursing homes is becoming apparent.
NPR

One death in a Paris nursing home and dozens of other confirmed COVID-19 cases in that home and one in Rockwall are consistent with a nationwide trend of residents and staff of long-term care facilities coming down with the illness caused by the coronavirus.

An undated photo of Whitley Hall on the campus of A&M-Commerce. Like much of Northeast Texas, the campus is quieter than usual.
Texas A&M University-Commerce / Marketing and Communications

In an effort to keep up with coronavirus and COVID-19 developments around the region, this blog will be kept during the crisis. A statistical account of COVID-19 cases in the KETR listening area and local restrictions in place can be found here. This blog will be kept in reverse chronological order, with newest entries at the top.

Last updated, April 15, 3:09 p.m.

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.

Members of the Rockwall County Commisioners Court awarded themselves a hefty raise.
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I stumbled upon an item in the Dallas Morning News online edition that, to be honest, made my jaw drop damn near into my lap.

from Rockwall Pediatrics
from Rockwall Pediatrics

A Rockwall County pediatrician has had his medical license indefinitely suspended allegedly throwing a child against a wall and other alleged erratic behavior. 

TPWD photo
TPWD photo

Almost two dozen homes in Rockwall flooded last night when Rockwall Lake overflowed. The flooding is the latest in a spate over overflows along spillways, roads, and streams around Northeast Texas this week

WikiCommons
WikiCommons

If you’re thinking of drinking and driving over New Year’s Weekend, know that law enforcement agencies in Northeast Texas will be participating in the "No Refusal Program” for DWI stops.

Rockwall residents can now stay tuned to the city’s government dealings in re   al time. 

While national numbers for hate crime were up in 2016, numbers for Texas showed a slight drop.

Severe storms in the region injured one man and damaged multiple homes in Rockwall on March 29.
KETR

In Rockwall, one person suffered non-life-threatening injuries and about half a dozen houses suffered major structural damage as a result of severe storms that swept across the region during the early-morning hours of Wednesday.

A note opposing the ordinance was left in a men's room at City Hall in Rockwall.
Kevin Jefferies

An ordinance to restrict bathrooms based on the sex listed on one’s birth certificate failed to make it to a vote Monday May 2nd in Rockwall. The ordinance introduced by Mayor Jim Pruitt had no other support from the council. Many transgender people and their allies gathered to voice their opposition to the ordinance and saw their wishes fulfilled with the proposal failing…but why it failed may still give pause.

A note opposing the ordinance was left in a men's room at City Hall in Rockwall.
Kevin Jefferies

A proposed "bathroom bill" in Rockwall was introduced at a May 2 public meeting, but failed to receive the support from the city council to bring the measure to a vote. 

Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt had no support on the city council for his ordinace to regulate bathroom use by birth sex on May 2.
Kevin Jefferies

ROCKWALL- After two rounds of open forum, over 30 people addressing the council, and almost four hours of city government in action, Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt’s proposed ordinance to regulate public restrooms according to biological sex failed when no other councilman seconded Pruitt’s call for a vote.

For the May 2015 election in Rockwall County, there are eight propositions, while one mayoral seat and 11 city council seats will be decided.
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For the May 2015 election in Rockwall County, there are eight propositions, while one mayoral seat and 11 city council seats will be decided.

Rockwall

Mayor: Jim Pruitt, Dennis Lewis

City Council, Place 1:David White (uncontested)

City Council, Place 2: John Hohenshelt (uncontested)

City Council, Place 3: Freddie Jackson, Kevin Fowler.

City Council, Place 5: Scott Milder (uncontested)

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North Central Texas Council of Governments

Opponents of a proposed toll road between Greenville and far northeastern Dallas County plan to present their objections to elected officials throughout the area on Tuesday.

The activist group Texans United for Reform and Freedom (TURF) plans to hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. on Tue. Oct. 14 in front of the Hunt County Auxiliary Courtroom at 2700 Johnson St. in Greenville. TURF also plans to make its case during the Hunt County Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. at that same location.

Mark Haslett / KETR

For about a year and a half, Dallas-area media didn't pay a whole lot of attention to the North Central Texas Council of Governments transportation study of the "Blacklands Corridor" between Greenville and northeastern Dallas County. There was a bit of a rumble in early 2013 when it seemed developers might try to put in a toll road along the old Blacklands Railroad right-of-way, but when the Council of Governments shot down that plan, the whole story went onto the back burner for a while.

Mark Haslett

The latest in a series of public meetings presenting the possibility of a new toll road in the region was held in Rockwall last night. KETR’s Mark Haslett reports.

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Texas High School Football Helmet Project

Rockwall's Heath High School was the lone school from the KETR listening area to appear in The Associated Press preseason Texas high school football poll.

Here is the poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, and points based on rankings. 

Class 6A

1. Allen (15)        231         

2. Katy (5)            208         

3. Cedar Hill (5)  204         

4. DeSoto            172         

5. Euless Trinity 119         

6. Southlake Carroll         105         

7. Denton Guyer              79