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Curtis Grimes on #TTRMS | Wednesday, April 19th

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SHINER, TX — Curtis Grimes will be our guest Wednesday, April 19, 2017, on the Texas Thunder Radio Music Showcase, Live from TKO’s Bar-Grill-Music located in the Historic William Green Building, at 103 E 7th in Shiner!
Doors open at four, and the Texas Thunder Radio Music Showcase begins at 8 pm. There is no charge to attend and all ages are welcome.

Curtis Grimes

Curtis Grimes

April 19th – 8:00pm

Connect: @CurtisGrimes

Like thousands of guys, Curtis Grimes started singing sad songs after he broke up with his gal. But unlike most of them, Grimes was good enough to make a living off his music after he got over his heartbreak. Born in 1986 in Gilmer, Texas, Grimes was a star athlete in high school, and as a pitcher with their baseball team, he helped take his team to the state championships. A strong student as well as a star on the diamond, Grimes won a scholarship to Centenary College in Louisiana, but after splitting up with his fiancee, he set aside both baseball and academics for a while. As he sorted out his feelings, Grimes began toying with his roommate’s guitar, and soon he bought his own six-string from a pawn shop and began playing in earnest. Grimes resumed his academic career at Texas State University in San Marcos, but he brought that guitar with him and began playing and singing for friends at parties. Grimes received positive feedback from his friends and moved up to playing local bars and frat parties.
Grimes was working often enough that he formed a band, and after winning a contest that earned him an opening slot at a Kenny Chesney concert in Austin, he decided it was time to make music a full-time job. Grimes began playing the country circuit in Texas and Oklahoma, and 2009 saw the release of Grimes’ first album, a self-released effort titled Lonely River. Grimes got a taste of national exposure in 2011 when he was chosen to compete on the popular television talent competition The Voice. Grimes auditioned with Blake Shelton’s hit “Hillbilly Bone.” Shelton, who was one of the judges, didn’t bite, but Cee Lo Green was impressed and became Grimes’ coach for his eight-week run on the show, which took him to the quarterfinals. As The Voice increased Grimes’ visibility, he released a seven-song EP, 2011’s Doin’ My Time, and continued to tour regularly. In 2014, Grimes unveiled his second full-length album, Our Side of the Fence, while the 2015 EP Bottom of the Fifth saw Grimes making his way onto the Billboard Independent Albums chart, peaking at 29. (The title song also topped the Texas Regional Radio chart, as did the tunes “Baby Don’t Cry,” “Our Side of the Fence,” and “The Cowboy Kind.”) In November 2016, Grimes dropped another full-length effort, Undeniably Country; the first single from the album, “From Where I’m Standing,” became another Texas radio hit. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

TTRMS Performance: 2013, 2017

Top Songs: From Where I’m Standing,” “Bottom of the Fifth,” “Home to Me,” “Our Side of the Fence

The Texas Thunder Radio Music Showcase is a seasonal radio show, produced by Texas Thunder Radio, and hosted by Egon Barthels, from TKO’s Bar-Grill-Music in the Historic William Green Building at the corner of Avenue E (US90A) and 7th in Shiner, Texas. There is NO CHARGE and ALL AGES are welcome. Monetary tips to performing artist are welcomed and encouraged. With respect for artists on the TTRMS Radio Show, we kindly ask those in attendance to keep conversation noise down, during the show, which is from 8-9pm.

TTRMS April 17 Schedule

Texas Thunder Radio Music Showcase LIVE radio show airs Wednesdays at 8pm|CT on Texas Thunder Radio at 94.3 and 99.9FM , TexasThunderRadio.com, and Texas Thunder Radio on the TuneIn Radio App! Thank you for your support of Live Music!

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Horse attacks alligator at Florida state park in dramatic video

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By David Rind

BananaStock/iStock/Thinkstock(OCALA, Fla.) — A group of friends at a Florida state park caught the moment a horse attacked an alligator on video.

Krystal Berry and her friends went to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Ocala on Wednesday to celebrate their recent graduation from nursing school and were filming the unlikely enemies as they stood near each other in a field, she told Storyful.

In the video, the group of horses appears to be grazing near the alligator when one closest to the reptile suddenly charges toward it, running over the alligator at least twice as it hisses back angrily.

The alligator appears to fight back, attempting to bite the horse after the force of the attack sent it into the air.

The encounter transfixed a small crowd, which seemed to be on the gator’s side.

“Just leave him alone,” one person behind the camera says.

The animals then retreat, with the horse trotting away quickly, keeping an eye on the alligator as it slowly crawls to the opposite side of the field.

Berry asked park officials to check if the animals were harmed in the scuffle, and she said they told her that neither showed any signs of stress or bleeding.

Paynes Prairie is located about 10 miles south of the University of Florida in Gainesville and is a popular recreational destination for students. The university’s mascot is the Florida Gators.

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NFL linebacker James Laurinaitis announces retirement

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By David Rind

Jonathan Bachman/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) – NFL linebacker James Laurinaitis says he is retiring after eight seasons in the league.

Laurinaitis made the announcement on his Twitter account, writing “I still love the game but the body says it’s time to move on.”

He started all 112 games while a member of the Rams franchise, and leaves the game at the Rams’ franchise leader in solo tackles with 654.

Laurinaitis played just six games for the New Orleans Saints last season before a quad injury landed him on injured reserve.

The 30-year-old was drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft

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Wrongfully convicted men go from serving time to serving others

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By David Rind

Philmoto/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two men wrongfully convicted for murder have transitioned from serving time to serving others.

Shabaka Shakur and Derek Hamilton’s relationship began behind bars after the two men were convicted of crimes neither had committed.

“He was the first person who told me, ‘You have to learn the law yourself, you can’t really trust lawyers to get you out. If you’re innocent, you learn the law and start working on the cases yourself.’ And I never forgot that,” Shakur said, looking back on his first time meeting Hamilton.

They began teaching themselves law in prison, aligning with other self-taught lawyers at Auburn Correctional Facility in New York, who, like them, were advocating to get their sentences overturned. They formed a group called the Actual Innocence Team, handwriting all of their motions, and aggressively building out their cases and getting feedback from one another.

Each spent several years in solitary confinement while in prison but never lost sight of their pursuit for justice. “The solitude can be a place where you have no interference. For me, I was obsessed with proving my innocence so while it was a terrible and degrading experience, it also gave me moments where it was absolute quiet where I could just get into this cases and really just stay focused on what I had to do,” Hamilton said.

“It motivated me to dig deeper, to write clearer, to explain the law better, to make it clear that we were right,” Shakur added.

After years of trying to prove their innocence and multiple denied motions, Shakur and Hamilton finally succeeded in their fight for freedom.

Hamilton, who was convicted of a 1991 murder in Brooklyn, spent 21 years in prison. He was released in 2011 and eventually exonerated in 2015. Shakur spent 27 years in prison after being convicted on two counts of second-degree murder for a 1988 homicide. He was released in 2015 after a district attorney dismissed his indictment.

After being arrested, both men were questioned by former NYPD detective Louis Scarcella. Though he has denied any wrongdoing, Scarcella’s practices have been under immense scrutiny leading to the review of multiple cases and release of several defendants. The release of Hamilton and Shakur can be credited to their search for justice and the efforts of former Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, who created a team to look into wrongful conviction claims.

Now as free men, the two have teamed up as business partners opening up a restaurant in the same borough they were arrested in. Brownstone Bar and Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, has given the two men a chance to reunite with their neighborhood after two decades. It also provides an opportunity for former felons and prisoners to get back on their feet.

“We hire people that come from prison, some of the hardest workers we know. … These are guys we can trust. Society doesn’t trust him, we do. For us, we just want to get out here and give people opportunities we didn’t have,” Hamilton said.

For Hamilton and Shakur, time is essential — dealing with how much of it they’ve lost and how much is still left. They have chosen to focus their energy on the Innocence Project to help others who may be wrongfully convicted. The pair is also pushing for national and local policy change on how criminal cases are handled.

“For me, you could never get time back,” Hamilton said. “We want to make sure that every day we spend on this earth henceforward, we want to do something positive, giving people opportunities.”

They both agree that two decades is a lot to make up for but they are hoping their legacy can stand the width of time they’ve lost.

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Texas Senate News for April 12

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By jcht2010

COUNTY CLERK MARRIAGE LICENSE BILL CLEARS SENATE
County clerks with a sincerely-held religious objection to same sex marriages could give that responsibility to a deputy under a bill that received final approval by the Senate on Wednesday. Bill author and Granbury Senator Brian Birdwell believes that forcing a person to violate their religious beliefs at work is unconstitutional. His bill, SB 522, would allow a county clerk to notify the commissioner’s court that they cannot issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and then the court could delegate the responsibility to another clerk’s office employee, or even an outside agency if no one in the office is willing. “Under this bill, county clerks will be able to fully follow the law without being forced to compromise their religious liberty, the license is issued and is executed to the couple requiring the license and simultaneously the right of conscience to clerks and judges is protected,” said Birdwell. The bill would prohibit a person from refusing to issue a license for a reason that is protected under law, such as religious affiliation or race. It would also permit judges to refuse to perform a marriage ceremony under the same sincerely-held religious objection.
Also Wednesday, the Senate approved a bill aimed at reducing prescription opioid addiction and abuse in Texas. It’s become a crisis, said McAllen Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa. “Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than HIV or AIDS did at its peak,” said Hinojosa. “More than gun homicides and car crashes combined. In 2015, 52,000 people died of drug overdoses, more overdoses than any other period in US history.” His bill, SB 316 would require doctors and pharmacists to check a state database, called the prescription monitoring program, that tracks opioid prescriptions before they prescribe or dispense one to a patient. It would also require pharmacists to report any opioid prescription they dispense to the database within one business day. It also allows the Texas State Board of Pharmacists, who currently operates the prescription database, to monitor the database to find ways to identify problematic prescription trends, like doctor shopping, and send electronic alerts to doctors.
In committee this week, the Senate Finance committee approved a bill Monday that would expand sales tax collections for purchases made online. Current law requires that the customer calculate and remit the sales tax on out-of-state internet purchases to the comptroller. San Antonio Senator Carlos Uresti said the law is little known and seldom complied with. “The result is that out of state retailers are able to offer goods at prices that are 8.25 percent cheaper than those of local businesses, putting them at a competitive disadvantage,” said Uresti. His bill, SB 1713, would require internet marketplaces with more than $250 thousand in annual sales or more than one thousand transactions to calculate, collect and remit sales taxes for purchases made by Texas customers. He said studies estimate Texas could be missing out on upwards of $250 million in sales tax revenue every year from internet purchases. The bill remains pending in committee.
Also on Monday, the Senate State Affairs committee voted in favor of legislation that would allow first responders to carry a concealed handgun in places where it is normally prohibited. Dallas Senator Don Huffines told members that firemen and EMTs often find themselves in danger on the job. “Most recently firefighters and paramedics put themselves in harm’s way when they assisted police officers with retrieving downed officers during the July 7th, 2016 ambush of law enforcement in Dallas,” he said. “Similar incidents are reported with regularity, nevertheless these brave men and women are deprived of their liberty to defend themselves.” His bill, SB 1408, would permit a licensed-to-carry first responder to take a 20-hour course that includes topics like self-defense and conflict de-escalation. Then they would be allowed to carry a handgun concealed on their person while they are on the job even in places where it’s normally prohibited. The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.
The Senate will reconvene Tuesday, April 18 at 12 p.m.
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