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U.S. Drought Monitor
U.S. Drought Monitor

Texas is in its worst state of drought in more than three years. 

WikiCommons
WikiCommons

The number of flu deaths in Collin and Dallas counties combined reached 86 this week. Seven new flu-related deaths in Dallas County Wednesday bring the total to 38; another five deaths in Collin County were confirmed Thursday bring the total to 48.

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WikiCommons

Texas is one of five states to have more than 10 percent of its voting age population behind bars for felony convictions, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts that looks at the rise in felony incarcerations between 1980 and 2010.

USDA photo
USDA photo

Texas has joined a dozen states in a lawsuit over cage-free products sales. 

The national unemployment rate dipped below 4 percent in October, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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WikiCommons

A nearly decade-long land dispute between the Federal Bureau of Land Management and private property owners along the Red River has ended in a settlement favoring the landowners.  

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

WikiCommons
WikiCommons

On Nov. 7, Texas voters will decide what to do with seven proposed amendments to the state Constitution. It is an uncommonly uncontroversial set of bills that have generated almost no enemies.

Here’s a rundown of what those propositions are and what they mean.

On Tuesday, Texas voters will decide whether to approve seven amendments to the state Constitution. One measure, Proposition 2, looks to make it easier for Texas homeowners to borrow against home equity. The proposition lowers fees for tapping into home equity loans and lowers financial limits on borrowers who want to refinance.

WikiCommons
WikiCommons

Almost five months after an outbreak of cyclospora parasites started making Texans sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still don’t know exactly why. 

Official photo
Official photo

After eight terms in the Texas Legislature, State Rep. Larry Phillips (R-62nd) will end his time in office next year.

Photo courtesy Trident Lakes
Photo courtesy Trident Lakes

Trident Lakes, the Ector-based community designed for upscale living with extreme survivalist security measures plans to double in size in the wake of recent global events.

No Gas Shortage, But People Panic Anyway

Aug 31, 2017
The mobile app GasBuddy, which accepts consumer reports of gasoline prices at various locations, is one way that people have been tracking the recent rise in gasoline prices.
Mark Haslett

Fears of a gasoline shortage in Texas that began Wednesday night led to a consumer panic that continued across the region through Thursday. However, state officials urged people not to hoard gasoline, and to be patient with the current price spike related to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Official photo
Official photo

A survey by the Texas Tribune finds that several Texas members of Congress oppose President Trump’s assertion that both left-wing and right-wing activists were to blame for last week’s violence in Charlottesville, Va.

But half of the state’s federal lawmakers have chosen to remain mum.

WikiCommons
WikiCommons

Over the past month, The Texas Department of State Health Services has seen a spike in the intestinal illness that comes from consuming food or water contaminated with Cyclospora parasites.

Mount Pleasant Republican Thomas Ratliff
State of Texas

Thomas Ratliff, who has represented Northeast Texas on the Texas State Board of Education since 2011, chose not to run for re-election in this year's Republican Party primary election. The top two finishers in that contest - Mary Lou Bruner and Keven M. Ellis - will face one another in a May 24 runoff election, as neither candidate won a majority of the March 1 vote. Ratliff is candid in his concerns about Bruner, who he sees as someone who would be a "distraction" on the 15-member body that manages the state's Permanent School Funs and sets textbook standards for the state's public schools.

In the patchwork of insurance coverage, a hospital can be "in network," but still offer "out of network" services.
NPR

There’s a new law in Texas that could help people who receive unexpectedly high medical bills due to inconsistencies in their health insurance policy.

US Highway 271 bridge in Lamar County closes

May 30, 2015
Satellite view of US Highway 271
Google

According to authorities the bridge on US Highway 271 crossing from Lamar County over the Red River into Oklahoma will close at approximately 11:20 a.m. on Saturday, May 30 due to rising waters.

Paris Junior College has campuses in Paris, Greenville and Sulphur Springs.
Paris Junior College

After enrollment in Texas community colleges peaked at 732,681 in 2011, that number has dropped to 694,881 as of fall 2014. That decline means fewer total hours spent in classrooms, which is the criterion used by the state to fund community colleges. Paris Junior College has made significant budget cuts since the 2011 legislature made enormous cuts to community college budgets. Paris Junior College president Dr. Pamela Anglin says that PJC's funding should remain close to that which was allocated by the 2013 legislature.

Campbell Soup is a major employer in Lamar County.
businessclimate.com

Campbell Soup Co. said it has started a voluntary early-retirement program for certain U.S.-based salaried employees as part of its efforts to reduce costs, according to a Nasdaq.com report.

Campbell operates a production facility in Paris, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in December 2014. The Paris location, one of three domestic production facilities for the multinational corporation, employs more than 900 people.

Federal judge strikes down Texas abortion regulation

Aug 29, 2014
NPR

A federal judge on Friday struck down new requirements for Texas abortion facilities — a decision that could have shuttered all but a few abortion clinics in the state. The standards were set to go into effect Monday. 

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           

Lauren Shafer

Riding rock n' roll like a "Sandworm," Arlington's The House Harkonnen turn the notion of traditional Texas music on its head.

KERA

One can forgive John Ratcliffe and his supporters for looking ahead to the former federal attorney's role in Washington, D.C.

Not only does the new Republican nominee for the Texas 4th congressional district seat come from a GOP-dominated district, but he also won't even be facing a Democratic opponent in the general election in November. Instead, Ratcliffe will be on the ballot with Libertarian J.P. Raley and independent Kenneth Lee Kammer in a contest that Democrats have decided to sit out.

KUT

You don't have to look too hard on the Paris Independent School District's web page to find the open letter to parents and friends about the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, commonly known as the STAAR test.

Perry: Texas will not comply with prison anti-rape law

Apr 2, 2014
NPR

More than a decade after the Prison Rape Elimination Act unanimously passed Congress, federal standards for implementation of the law have been finalized. Now, Gov. Rick Perry and some prison reform advocates are at odds over what those standards mean for Texas lockups and the taxpayers who pay for them.

NPR

Joining the many cities across the nation that have banned smoking in restaurants and other businesses, the Paris city council passed an ordinance on March 24 that prohibited cigarette smoking in most enclosed public places.

Under the ban: Restaurants, schools, health care facilities, hotels and motels, most indoor businesses that are open to the general public.

Exempt from the ban: Bars and nightclubs, tobacco shops and sexually oriented businesses. 

NPR

State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Canton) has been in the news for his letter to the Texas Attorney General's office questioning the legality of municipal bans on plastic bags. KETR spoke with Flynn, who described the motivation behind his letter.

Same-sex marriage advocates battle in court

Feb 12, 2014
NPR

A federal court in San Antonio will hear arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the legitimacy of Texas’ constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. It is one of several cases pending in courts statewide, a venue in which gay rights activists say their odds of winning legal protections are far better than in the conservative state Legislature.

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