Local News From Red River Radio

6:06, 7:06, 8:06

Kate Archer Kent brings you up to date each weekday morning with local news and feature stories from across our listening area. Tune in for her reports at 6:06 a.m.,  7:06 a.m., and 8:06 a.m. during Morning Edition. Her stories can also be heard on line in our Red River Radio Archive.

Courtesy: NASA

EXPLORING MARS WITH CURIOSITY - Dr. Roger Wiens is the leader of the ChemCam laser instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover which landed on Mars in 2012.  He will present a seminar on his work with NASA and explain the various things discovered with this mission.  The seminar will take place Friday,  March 24 at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas in the Education Building Room 117 at 7pm.  The event is free and open to the public.

Courtesy: Rep. Trent Ashby

HIGH SCHOOL REQUIREMENT:   The Texas House dug into bills this week  that measure student performance.    The House Public Education  Committee weighed a number of bills including one filed by Lufkin Republican Trent Ashby  --  House Bill 1776 – would eliminate the US  history exam as a high school graduation requirement  AND replace it with the same civics test that is given to people who apply for US citizenship.

Courtesy: KUT.org

Texas lawmakers met Monday at the Capitol to consider changes to Child Protective Services which is a top priority this legislative session. A federal judge ruled the state agency violates children’s  constitutional rights.  A  new bill, HB 1549, is aimed at improving prevention and early intervention for vulnerable children.  It would call on the agency to implement a  new evidence-based program that would determine the frequency of in-home visits with families based on their history of abuse or other risk factors.

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