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Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 6/26/15

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Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 6/19/15

Lemonade: The Sequel

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If you were with us last Friday, you will recall that the topic was the lemonade stand set up by two little girls in Overton, Texas for the purpose of raising money to buy their daddy a Father’s Day present.

Unlike the countless lemonade stands that set up shop in neighborhoods all over America every summer, this particular lemonade stand drew national attention – to the great consternation of the city elders of Overton.

As we reported, the two little girls in Overton were told that they needed a health permit and a peddler’s permit in order to sell their lemonade. The heaping of a regulatory burden intended for commercial businesses upon the backs of two small town little girls struck a chord, and there was a minor national uprising about it.

I spoke again with Overton Mayor C.R. Evans on Friday. There is good news that emerged from that conversation.

According to the mayor, had the girls not placed their lemonade stand in the street, the police officer who started all of this would have just driven by. But since they set themselves up in such a way as the officer judged to be dangerous, the officer got involved. From that involvement, the subject of regulatory compliance arose.

It is technically true that state law requires the issuance of a health permit in order to sell food. It is also true that there is no carve out in the law for the tiny enterprises of children.

But it is also true that common sense must play a role in the enforcement of any law. Making sure that the girls were situated in a way so as not to endanger themselves is perfectly appropriate. Holding a lemonade stand – an enterprise that will vanish as quickly as it appeared – to the same regulatory standard as a commercial business is perfectly ridiculous.

From what I gathered from Mayor Evans Friday, everyone involved now wishes that the subject of permits and regulatory compliance had never come up. Since this story arose, the City of Overton has been besieged by calls from the media and angry calls from ordinary Americans. The City of Overton knows this one could have been handled better, and has since bent over backwards to help those two little girls.

My conversation with Mayor Evans has me convinced that he’s a good man.

The bad news in all of this is that we have reached the point in America that a story such as this one is not only plausible but hardly surprising. In too many instances at every level of government in every corner of the country, the first instinct of regulators is to stifle enterprise.

The good news is, however, that we’re not yet ready to just take it lying down. There’s some fight left in us. There is a point at which we will rise up and protect our freedom.

The national attention that this story in Overton, Texas attracted is, in the end, a sign of health.

The modern state: protecting us from us.

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Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 6/12/15

More Severe Weather Across the Plains States for the Weekend

iStock/Thinkstock(TOPEKA, Kan.) — Damaging winds and hail were forecast in parts of the Plains states after more than 10 tornadoes were reported and damaging winds and hail struck parts of Colorado and Kansas on Friday.

Egg-sized hail was also reported in eastern Colorado. South of Denver, heavy rainfall caused many roadways to be covered in water.

On Saturday, severe weather was forecast from Fargo, North Dakota, to Omaha, Nebraska, stretching southwest towards Colorado. A couple of tornadoes will be possible over eastern Nebraska.

On Sunday, the threat was forecast to shift further south and to expand eastward to include Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, and Indianapolis. A couple of tornadoes were possible and damaging winds and hail were again expected.

 

 

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Friends, Fellow Royals Could Be Godparents to Princess Charlotte

Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) — Now that Princess Charlotte’s christening has been confirmed for early July, a new question awaits: Who will the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appoint as their only daughter’s godparents?

A royal godparent traditionally makes his or her first big appearance at the christening, and they’re expected to play a big role in a young royal’s life.

“There’s a feeling that because of their role as members of the royal family that they need as many confidants as they can get apart from their parents,” said Robert Jobson, royal editor of the U.K.’s The Evening Standard.

So who is possibly on the shortlist?

Royal babies traditionally have about six godparents. William and Kate, like Princess Diana, are thought to want their newest child’s godparents to be a blend of traditional and more modern choices. That’s how they chose godparents for their nearly 2-year-old son, Prince George.

Many people would like to see Pippa Middleton, Duchess Kate’s younger sister, as well as Prince Harry, William’s younger brother, selected, but royal experts say that’s unlikely.

“Tradition for godparents is not to choose members of the family, certainly not the immediate family,” said Victoria Murphy, royal correspondent for The Daily Mirror and ABC News’ royal contributor.

Zara Phillips Tindall, Olympic medalist and equestrian, the granddaughter of the Queen and daughter of Princess Anne, was selected to be Prince George’s godmother. Zara and her brother, Peter, grew up spending time side-by-side with her cousins, Princes William and Harry.

Royal insiders say Peter Phillips, Princess Anne’s oldest child and the Queen’s first grandchild, is a favorite for a role as godfather to Princess Charlotte

Peter was so close to William and Harry during their childhood and teenage years that Peter was called to Balmoral immediately after the death of Princess Diana in 1997 to support Diana’s sons, William and Harry.

Still, William’s step-siblings — Duchess Camilla’s daughter, Laura Lopes, and her son, Tom Parker Bowles — are possibilities. Another possibility is William’s cousin Princess Eugenie, the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.

Kate and William, who first became sweethearts in college, could also pick from friends they met together.

“I think it is possible she might choose a good friend from university this time,” ABC News Royal Contributor Victoria Murphy said, referring to Duchess Kate.

The friends who are likely to make the cut include William’s longtime pal, Thomas van Straubenzee, who attended Ludgrove and Eton with William. Old Etonian Fergus Boyd and Olivia Bleasdale, who shared a house with William and Kate when they first fell in love at St. Andrews, are firm favorites also.

Captain Mark Dwyer, who has been a longtime mentor to William and Harry, and Tiggy Pettifer, who was the princes’ beloved nanny, also could make the cut.

They pair could also pick one of their most trusted aides, such as Kate’s chief of staff, Rebecca Deacon, or William’s chief of staff, Miguel Head.

Finally, don’t count out Princess Diana’s sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Cynthia Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes.

The Duke and Duchess have honored William’s late mother every step of the way. William, of course, gave Kate his mother’s engagement ring and, in a poignant tribute to Diana, they recognized her in Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana’s name.

Princess Charlotte’s July 5 christening will take place at St. Mary Magdalene, the same church where Princess Diana was baptized in 1961. William and Kate have indicated their children will be reminded of their grandmother’s place in history. What better way to honor Diana than to let select one of her sisters as Princess Charlotte’s godmother.

Whomever William and Kate pick, one thing is certain. The godparents will need to be prepared.

“When they pick people to be godparents, they’re putting them into the spotlight and some of their friends really don’t want that be in the spotlight, so it will definitely be someone who is kind of willing to take that on,” Murphy said.

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Chris Pratt Says He Was ‘Fat and Unhappy’ Before Getting into Shape

ABC/Rick Rowell(LONDON) — After packing on the pounds, Chris Pratt transformed himself for last summer’s blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, appearing buff on the cover of Men’s Health UK, the Jurassic World star opens up about how he felt being overweight.

“When I was fat and unhappy, the only moments of respite I got were when I was eating. I felt great shoveling food down my neck and totally negative in between,” he tells the magazine. “Now meal times are sometimes lame, because that’s the way it can be when you’re eating healthily. But all the time between meals, I feel great.”

Pratt in part blames falling in love with wife, actress Anna Faris, for his initial weight gain.

“I put on weight because I’d fallen in love with a woman who loved to feed her man,” he explains. “We were drinking a lot of wine and having fun. I was her little Hansel out in the woods and she was fattening me up to put me in the fire. It was like Momma Bear and Papa Bear. She would eat a little bit, I would eat all of mine and the rest of hers.”

Pratt kept gaining weight for his role as Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation, the NBC comedy that ended earlier this year. “I announced it to the whole cast, and then it became a bit of a game: how fat can I get and how fast,” he tells the magazine. “I would eat four burgers at every read. I became really fat and got up to almost 300 pounds. I had real health issues that were affecting me in a major way. It’s bad for your heart, your skin, your system, your spirit.”

Now, Pratt chooses to be optimistic about life.  “Your attitude is a choice,” he says. “It’s how I was raised. Are you going to leave people feeling good? It’s about understanding that your attitude is contagious and asking yourself if it’s worth catching.”

Pratt stars in Jurassic World, which opens nationwide June 12.

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Barbie Gets a New Look, Can Now Wear Ballet Flats

Mattel(NEW YORK) — After 56 years of standing on high heels, Barbie’s feet are getting a break with a new design that, for the first time ever, allows her to wear ballet flats.

“If you recall, the regular feet on the Barbie — she could wear flats, but they wouldn’t lie flat,” said Adrienne Appell, toy trend specialist for the Toy Industry Association. “Now, she has an adjustable ankle that allows her to wear flats.”

Prior to making over the Barbie Fashionistas collection, Mattel’s original design had Barbie positioned upright on her tippy toes, only allowing a stiletto to fully touch the ground while she “walked.”

Appell told ABC News that, in addition to the doll’s newly movable feet, Barbie Fashionistas will now feature different facial sculpts, eye colors and a number of different hair colors and styles.

“She isn’t just blonde with three different skin tones,” she said. “It’s really an array that’s more custom and it’s important because we live in a multicultural world. Girls like to find dolls that look like them, or their friends. Now it’ll be easier for them to identify.”

Mattel released the following statement to ABC News.

“The Barbie Fashionistas line was designed to represent the world girls see around them. With 23 dolls that feature 14 different facial sculpts, eight skin tones, 18 eye colors, and 23 hair colors with fashions reflecting authentic street style. This line represents a continued evolution of the Barbie brand.”

Barbie Fashionistas dolls’ new design can been seen on barbie.com and sell on the site for $9.99 each.

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Texas School District Employee Accused of Sexual Assault

MANSFIELD (AP) — A Mansfield school district employee has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child after an alleged incident at a school in the suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth. Mansfield Independent School District released a statement Monday evening saying school officials had been alerted to the alleged assault at Mary Orr Intermediate School. The statement says the district police department arrested an employee. The employee’s name has not been released. The school district is working with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office to conduct an investigation.

“Scandal” Possibly Kills Off a Major Character

ABC/Ron Batzdorff(NEW YORK) — Scandal fans were up in arms Thursday night after one of the main characters might have met his or her demise.

 

 

SPOILERS AHEAD

Jake, Olivia Pope’s former flame, who is played by Scott Foley, was stabbed at the end of Thursday night’s show by Pope’s new man, Russell, played by Brian White. Russell took a blade to Jake on an order from Olivia’s father, played by Joe Morton.

Fans took to Twitter to discuss, only to see a tweet from Foley himself.

“So, there it is. Thank you Twitter for tonight and all of the Thursday nights. It’s such an honor. #Scandal,” he wrote.

He also tweeted a few expletives.

Even fellow show star Joshua Malina wrote, “It has been a real pleasure working with @scottkfoley. #Scandal,” so maybe he really is gone!

Foley replied, “Very kind. Especially from you.”

Even the mastermind himself tweeted about the big event.

 

 

 

 


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Broadcast Schedule for Week of July 6, 2015

MONDAY, JULY 6

TUESDAY, JULY 7
ARIZONA AT TEXAS 6:30PM ESPN 92.1FM

WEDNESDAY JULY 8
ARIZONA AT TEXAS 6:30PM ESPN 92.1FM

THURSDAY, JULY 9

FRIDAY, JULY 10
SAN DIEGO AT TEXAS 6:30PM ESPN 92.1FM

SATURDAY , JULY 11
SAN DIEGO AT TEXAS 7:30PM ESPN 92.1FM

SUNDAY, JULY 12
SAN DIEGO AT TEXAS 1:30PM ESPN 92.1FM
ESPN/MLB..ST. LOUIS AT PITTSBURGH, 6-10:30PM ESPN 92.1FM

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