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Mark Haslett

Go west, Commerce Tigers fans.

The Commerce football and basketball teams, along with their neighbors from Caddo Mills, will be heading west to face new district opponents Dallas Life Oak Cliff, Red Oak Life, Scurry-Rosser and Sunnyvale.

Greenville, meanwhile, will enjoy a more East Texas theme, with the Lions joining Hallsville, Longview, Longview Pine Tree, Marshall, Mount Pleasant, Sulphur Springs and Texarkana Texas High.

Here are the districts including schools in the KETR service area. Complete list here.

State Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) was recently elected president pro tempore of the Texas Senate.
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State senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), whose district includes Lamar, Franklin and Wood counties, will serve on an advisory board set up to help the Texas Water Development Board disburse new money for water projects.

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Orthodox Christians in Texas and around the world celebrate the Feast of the Nativity - Christmas Day - on Jan. 7.

That's because Dec. 25 in the old Julian calendar falls on Jan. 7 using the newer Gregorian calendar - the one that's in common use today.

Orthodoxy, of course, isn't the most common form of Christianity in Northeast Texas. There is one Orthodox parish in the KETR listening area - St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKinney.

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A federal appeals court today will review the recently passed Texas law regulating abortion providers.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is set to hear arguments over a ruling declaring parts of the 2013 law unconstitutional.

A coalition of Texas abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, has sued to block two provisions. One requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges near where the abortion is performed. The other restricts how doctors administer abortion-inducing drugs.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers efforts to control high salt levels in the Red River were successful at first. But the project was put on hold while studies weighed the impact of salinity reduction on striped bass populations. Then, federal funding for the project slowed to a trickle before drying up entirely.

Certified public accountant, certified financial planner and author Jim Ainsworth, one of our commentators on the political scene, says if a recent Time magazine article, "Why Texas Is Our Future," is correct, it's probably a good thing for the country.

The 16 rules for the Christmas family tamalada

Dec 20, 2013
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Texas Public Radio contributor Yvette Benavides of San Antonio describes the joys and tribulations of the Christmas tamalada. It's a labor of love and female bonding, but like any family event, there are unwritten rules.

Tyler Junior College partnership announced

Dec 20, 2013
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Texas A&M University-Commerce and Tyler Junior College have formally announced their partnership to simplify the transfer process for students transitioning from associate degree programs at Tyler Junior College into bachelor’s degree programs at A&M-Commerce. The statement came on Dec. 19.

The three-year partnership goes into effect Dec. 20, 2013, and will allow Tyler Junior College students to complete their four-year degrees through A&M-Commerce via online courses, on-campus classes or a combination of the two.

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Could restorative justice - also known as victim/offender mediation - work as an option for punishment of low-level crimes? The Texas Public Policy Foundation's recent report "Reviving Restorative Justice: A Blueprint for Texas" suggests yes. Derek Cohen explains and discusses the reasoning behind an approach that emphasizes the offender's debt to the victim rather than the offender's debt to the state.

Paris Junior College has campuses in Paris, Greenville and Sulphur Springs.
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Paris Junior College president Pamela Anglin will be at the school for the forseeable future - but it didn't look that way one month ago.

In October, Anglin announced her decision to leave to go work for Blinn College in Brenham. But just last week, Anglin announced that she had decided to stay.

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If you're boating in one of 17 North Texas counties - including Collin, Fannin, Kaufman and Rockwall - there are some new rules on the way.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department regulations are aimed at halting the spread of invasive zebra mussels. Boaters must drain and dry vehicles and other equipment before leaving the lake. KETR spoke with a TPWD staffer, Ken Kurzawski, about the new guidelines

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Lake Fork, which sits about 90 miles east of Dallas, will play an increasing role in meeting the water needs of the city and its thirsty, rapidly growing suburbs.

A report in the Nov. 19 Rains County Leader details the short-term and long-term plans to use Lake Fork water in the metro Dallas area, which were discussed at a meeting Of the lake Fork Sportsman Association on Nov. 12 in Emory.

20K acre-feet withdrawal pending pump completion

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The proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir would flood 70,000 acres of bottom land, including hardwood forests that have been identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as "high value" habitat. A report published last week by Austin-based Environment Texas opposes the project, which it says would harm Northeast Texas so as to supply water for Dallas - a city with comparatively poor water conservation practices. 

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One north Hunt County family was evacuated in the early hours of Nov. 6 after an above-ground pumping station began spraying crude oil near their home.

County 911 dispatchers received a call about the leak at 11:39 p.m. on Nov. 5, according to Hunt County Emergency Management Coordinator Richard Hill. A Wolfe City Fire Department crew responded to the site near Farm-to-Market Road 118, just north of the intersection with County Road 4304, Hill said.

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For a plan that purports to thoughtfully guide Texas through a more crowded and thirsty future, the 2012 State Water Plan reads unsettlingly like a playbook from the last century: dams to divert already limp river flows, big pipes pumping rural water hundreds of miles to thirsty city centers, and dozens of evaporation-prone reservoirs to fill in for those that have already gone dangerously dry.

Texas climatologists planning for future

Oct 26, 2013
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Texas has a tough climate. Throughout human habitation here, people have regularly suffered through extended periods of drought followed by violent flooding and storms. But, with all things being equal, things have always managed to return to something we know as normal. So why should we care about climate change, Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, says she is sometimes asked.

Debt issues tied to SH 130 could impact toll projects

Oct 23, 2013
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A year ago this week, a toll road opened in Central Texas that represented two milestones for the state. While its posted 85 mph speed limit — the highest in the country — drew international headlines, many state and local leaders were more interested in the road’s unique financing: A private consortium designed and built the road and agreed to operate and maintain it for 50 years in exchange for a cut of the toll revenue. 

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Less than a week after stepping down from the Texas Rangers front office, baseball's all-time strikeout and no-hit leader is stumping for Proposition 6, the ballot measure that would create a new water fund for Texas. Meanwhile, in Northeast Texas, regional planner Bret McCoy explains a detail of Prop 6 at last week's board meeting in Mount Pleasant.

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Paris Junior College president Dr. Pamela Anglin submitted her resignation at a special meeting of the college's Board of Regents at a special meeting on Oct. 18. Anglin's last day at the college will be Dec. 31, 2013.

"The last ten years I have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful faculty and staff," Dr. Anglin said in a statement.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry has been traveling the state, drumming up support for the water-fund initiative that will be on statewide ballots in November. Perry spoke at Lavon Lake on Oct. 10 after having giving similar presentations at San Angelo and Lake Travis earlier in the week. Why is the governor making this issue a high priority?

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Kris Kristofferson, the man who lived a dozen different lives before the age that most men are settling into one, isn’t done. He’s got at least one more role to play on this earthly stage. At 77, Kristofferson has become the thankful one.

I got lucky, I got everything I wanted

I got happy, there was nothing else to do

And I'd be crazy not to wonder if I'm worthy

Of the part I play in this dream that's coming true

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Four men are dead after what police suspect was a quadruple homicide in Paris.

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The bodies of Romello Dewain Steward, 18, of Paris; Devante Larry Atkins, 21, of Paris; Brijonne Rashad Woods, 24, of Paris; and Billy Charles Carey, 32, of Garland were recovered by Paris police at a house early Friday morning, according to an official release.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call from a woman at about 11:23 p.m. last night, police said. She was reporting someone bleeding, the report said.

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If Congress can't come up with a new Farm Bill before 2014, a default to old price controls could cause chaos for producers and consumers of dairy products.

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Opponents of the new restrictions on abortion facilities in Texas are taking their case to court.

The Center for Reproductive Rights has confirmed the group’s first day in federal court will be Oct. 21.

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A long-anticipated plan for a new lake in southeastern Fannin County – Lake Ralph Hall – received state approval today.

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When planned improvements to State Highway 66 from Rockwall to Royse City involved changing Royse City's historic downtown, citizens spoke up. Jim Hardin of the Herald-Banner tells what happened next.

Foes of Obamacare fight policy by discouraging enrollment

Sep 23, 2013
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The new Health Insurance Exchanges - where people without health insurance can pick a plan - go live online on Oct. 1. 

Case of missing woman still unsolved

Sep 23, 2013
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Six years ago a woman who lived just outside of Wolfe City apparently walked away from her home and was never seen again.

“It is like she just walked off the face of the earth,” Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said of the 2007 disappearance of Lisa Chandler.

A reward remains in effect for information concerning Chandler’s whereabouts, although Meeks said there are no new leads in the case.

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Milton Babb of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce discusses this weekend's Rally 'Round Greenville events, including a performance by country musician Jack Ingram.

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Commerce mayor John Ballotti joins KETR's John Mark Dempsey for a discussion about the Commerce streets project and economic development in the city. It's the first installation of KETR's Blacklands Cafe, a news magazine feature heard during Morning Edition.

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