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North Texas News and Commentary



News reports and opinion from KERA staff and freelance commentators.



Published: Tue, 20 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:22:44 GMT

Copyright: North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc.
 



Roundup: New Law Creates Demand For Meningitis Vaccine

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

New Law Creates Demand For Meningitis Vaccine and Gov. Fails to Get Key Endorsement


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Dallas Mayor Pushes Education Initiative

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

When Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings campaigned for office, he said public education would be a top priority. What's happened since then? KERA's Bill Zeeble takes a look.


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New Candidates Stir Up Senate Race

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

A Republican and a Democrat, each with some name recognition, have entered the race to replace retiring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. KERA's Shelley Kofler says the biggest buzz surrounds broadcaster Craig James.


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Commentary: Holiday Incense And Sensibilities

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The holidays are a season of traditional comfort and joy. But Rawlins Gilliland believes that they're also a window open to the world as it was and might still be.


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AT&T Pulls Out of Acquisition Deal

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Dallas based telecom giant AT&T has pulled the plug on its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA. Bill Zeeble has more on how this might affect consumers.


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Dallas Hairsylists' Death Ruled Accidental

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The Dallas County Medical Examiner has ruled the death of a hairstylist found in her burning car "accidental". But police say that does NOT close the investigation.


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Perry Campaigns For Support In Iowa

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Texas Governor Rick Perry concludes his first of several bus tours in Iowa before that state's January 3 caucus. KUT's Ben Philpott reports.


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North Texas Hospitals To Tackle Infection Control

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

North Texas is one of two dozen U.S. locations selected for the "Partnership for Patients" initiative. It's a public-private collaboration to improve patient safety and reduce hospital acquired infections.


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KERA Health Checkup: Holiday Depression

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

In a KERA Health Checkup, Sam Baker discusses holiday depression with Dr. Randy Basham, a U.T. Arlington Associate Professor of Social Work.


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Texans May Lose Clout With April Primary

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

A federal judge has signed off on an agreement to delay Texas' March primary election until April 3. That will give candidates time to adjust to final redistricting maps. But KERA's Shelley Kofler reports Texas may lose some of its influence in choosing a republican presidential nominee.


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One Holiday Tradition Finally On Track

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

There's something about an electric train at Christmas that brings out the kid in all of us. And as KERA's Courtney Collins explains, a couple in Rockwall decided it's never too late to play conductor.


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Agreement On Texas Primary Date Expected Today

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

An agreement on when Texas will elect their party nominees could come as early as today. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports Republicans and Democrats say they're close to deciding when Texas should hold political primaries.


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Occupy Dallas: Still Standing Even Though Tents Are Down

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

It's been a month since Occupy Dallas protesters were evicted from their camp behind City Hall. Protesters promised to continue daily downtown demonstrations but that faded.


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Commentary: Capitalism Kaput?

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The idea of capitalism has always drawn mixed reaction, but the scales seem to tip even more toward the negative of late. Commentator Merrie Spaeth says it's time for big business to get pro-active.


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SMU Experts Look At AMR

Wed, 14 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The North Texas economy will take a hit from AMR's bankruptcy, even if it's not evident yet. That's according to Southern Methodist University business experts. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on the school's annual economic review.


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TAB Billboard Targets Colleges

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The Texas Association of Business wants the state to withhold some money for community colleges until graduate rates rise. The group has even put up billboards to encourage support. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports the Dallas County College District says the business group doesn't know the whole story.


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Dallas Couple Leading Fair Park's Future

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

For more than 100 years, a "marriage" between the city of Dallas and the State Fair of Texas has kept Fair Park going. But, it's not a marriage of equals. In this instance, one has money, one doesn't.


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New Water Restrictions For Dallas Customers

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Dallas water customers are under "Stage 1" drought restrictions effective today. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


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KERA Health Checkup: Nutrition Labels

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

In this KERA Health Checkup, Sam Baker talks about nutrition labels with Lona Sandon, a Registered Dietitian at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center.


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Arlington Police "Tweet Along" DWI Enforcement

Fri, 09 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The Arlington Police Chief will be on patrol with the DWI Task Force tonight, and is staging the Department's first "Tweet-along." KERA's BJ Austin explains.


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Bunuelos: It's A Holiday Tradition

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

KERA's Courtney Collins takes us to a kitchen in Garland where Koni Ramo Kaiwi is trying to preserve one of her holiday traditions. Bunuelos have long been on the holiday menu in many Latino homes. Koni wants to make sure her grandchildren can recreate their magic for holidays to come.


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Parents Protest DISD Discipline Policies

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Some DISD parents and activists are demanding changes to what they call unfair school discipline policies that create a pipeline to prison. KERA's Bill Zeeble was at a demonstration outside Dallas County's Juvenile Justice Center.


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Controversial Solid Waste Operation Approved In Aledo

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

A controversial solid waste transfer station in Aledo got the green light Wednesday from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Opponents argued the big trash operation is too close to schools.


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Exide Opponents Turn Up Heat On Frisco Council

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Citizens who want the Exide lead battery plant out of Frisco are turning up the heat on city officials. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports on demands they presented to the city council last night.


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Texas Parks & Wildlife Needs $4.6 million

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

he Texas Parks and Wildlife Department faces a $4.6 million shortfall following a difficult period of wildfires and drought. Bill Zeeble has more on the Department's plan to improve the bottom line.


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Commentary: Peace Corps

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Commentator Diane Brown explains why her time in the Peace Corps didn't work out as planned.


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AMTRAK Injuries May Have Resulted From "Friendly Fire"

Tue, 06 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

"Friendly fire" may have injured the officer and bystander wounded on the Chicago-bound AMTRAK train Monday. But Dallas Police Chief Brown says police actions likely saved lives, as KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


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Residents Want Lead Battery Plant Out Of Frisco

Tue, 06 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Tuesday night a group of Frisco citizens plan to demand the city council use a zoning tactic to close the Exide lead battery plant. The confrontation comes as Exide scrambles to meet government mandates to clean up toxic levels of lead.


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Dallas Police Go After Shoplifting Operations

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Dallas Police and local retailers are launching a new approach to "organized retail theft." KERA's BJ Austin says the new program will pump up the volume on shoplifting crimes just in time for the holidays.


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Officer, Passenger Wounded on AMTRAK Train, Shooter Dead

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

In Dallas, an undercover narcotics officer and AMTRAK train passenger survived their wounds from a gunman onboard. The shooter is dead after officers killed him. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on the bizarre incident at Union Station.


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Plano Teen Could Win Big Science Prize

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

16 year-old high school Junior Kevin Chang, from Plano, could win a prestigious national science contest later this morning. The top prize is $100,000 in scholarship money. KERA's Bill Zeeble talked to Chang in Washington D.C., the site of the finals.


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Health Checkup: Blood Donations

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

In a KERA Health Checkup, Sam Baker talks with Dr. Jeanie Chiu of Carter BloodCare about the importance of blood donations.


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DFW Airport Ponders Impact Of AA Bankruptcy

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

DFW Airport Board members will wait at least another week to get additional details of American Airlines' bankruptcy, and how that might affect the airport's finances.


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AIDS Numbers Rising In Dallas County

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

On this World AIDS Day, the Dallas County number of newly diagnosed HIV/AIDS cases is rising. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on the worrisome trend, and some efforts to reverse it.


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Commentary: Donald Judd

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Commentator Joan Davidow remembers the late sculptor Donald Judd and the Chinati Foundation he founded in West Texas.


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AMR, American Airlines Parent, Files For Bankruptcy

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Even though American Airlines' parent, AMR, filed for bankruptcy Tuesday, passengers may see no changes in the carrier's operations.


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New Election Districts Generate Scramble

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Fort Worth Council member Kathleen Hicks yesterday became the first Democrat to file for Tarrant County's newly created Congressional District 33. It's a race that is expected to draw a big field of competitive candidates.


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Outgoing Senator Shapiro Looks At Texas Education

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Texas public schools are awaiting results from last month's brand-new STAAR test. The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness replaces the old test and will become the required end-of-course exam. Outgoing Plano Senator Florence Shapiro, Chair of the Education Committee, sat down with KERA's Bill Zeeble to talk about this test and other education issues.


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New Chief At Parkland Hospital

Mon, 28 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Parkland Hospital gets a new CEO this week. Dr. Thomas Royer will take over Thursday. Longtime CEO Dr. Ron Anderson steps aside to become a "Senior Adviser" to the new CEO.


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Cyber Monday: Surge Expected In Online Holiday Shopping

Mon, 28 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

U.S. retailers are expecting a big "online" holiday shopping rush today. It's "Cyber Monday". KERA's BJ Austin reports one local marketing expert says the online shopping day is growing faster than Black Friday in-store sales.


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Health Checkup: Battling Holiday Weight Gain

Mon, 28 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

In a KERA Health Checkup, Sam Baker talks about avoiding holiday weight gain with Dr. Christopher Ray of the University of Texas at Arlington's Center for Healthy Living and Longevity.


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Arlington Police To Ticket Texting Drivers

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Starting Friday, Arlington police will begin enforcing a ban on texting and driving. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


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Police Search For Minors In DART Death

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Dallas Police have arrested two boys so far in the alleged murder of a 19 year old DART rider. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports the suspects are between ages of 12 and 14.


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Commentary: Mentoring

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Commentator William Holston on benefits of mentoring.


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Funding Problems Scale Back Sheriff DWI Enforcement

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Dallas County Sheriff's Deputies are part of the County's 45-agency DWI Task Force, but their presence won't be as big as last year. KERA's BJ Austin says federal funding for holiday enforcement is frozen.


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Dallas's No-Kill Task Force Asking Public For Ideas

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The City of Dallas and animal advocates are joining forces to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on the effort to make Dallas a no-kill community.


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Dallas Readies for Anniversary of JFK Assassination

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Today marks the 48th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination in downtown Dallas. As always on this date, Dealey Plaza draws more tourists than usual. KERA's Bill Zeeble talked to some of them, and also has more on plans for the 50th anniversary.


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Holiday Travelers Navigate Airport Obstacles

Mon, 21 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Three million Texans will be traveling for Thanksgiving this week. KERA's BJ Austin says North Texans with plane tickets will have to navigate construction inside and outside of the two major airports.


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Health Checkup: Cholesterol

Mon, 21 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

In a KERA Health Checkup, Sam Baker talks about cholesterol with Dr. Jeff Schussler, a cardiologist at Baylor Medical Center.


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Hundreds Of School Districts Sue Texas Over Funding

Mon, 21 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Texas school districts say they're struggling after lawmakers cut more than $4 billion from the education budget earlier this year. Some, like Cedar Hill, tried making up the loss with a tax. Hundreds of other districts are now preparing to sue the state like they did a decade ago, to restore funding.


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Teachers Track Education Funding Cuts

Fri, 18 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

A survey by one teachers group is providing a look at how state budget cuts may be affecting Texas school districts. KERA's Shelley Kofler says the survey comes as lawsuits challenging school funding take shape.


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Occupy Dallas Members Evicted, But Still Here

Fri, 18 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Occupy Dallas members evicted from their base behind city hall say they're not going away. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on the large police effort to dismantle the camp, and the discord among some city officials questioning the move.


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Texas House Speaker Puts Legislators On Economy Watch

Thu, 17 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus says his top priority for the next legislative session is the economy.


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Commentary: Occupy Dallas

Thu, 17 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Commentator Lee Cullum weighs in on the Occupiers movement in Dallas and elsewhere.


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Former Mayor Bartlett Says Banks Reducing Foreclosures

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

If you're facing foreclosure you're more likely to get help from a bank than a federal loan program. That's according to former Dallas Mayor Steve Bartlett who now heads a private bankers group working to keep homes out of foreclosure.


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Roundup: Status Quo At Occupy Dallas

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

After a morning conference between attorneys for the city and Occupy Dallas, protesters remain in their tent compound behind City Hall. But Occupy Dallas attorney Jonathan Winocour says the protesters must watch their p's and q's.


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Fight Continues Over EPA Clean Air Rules

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Texas utilities may soon have to comply with tighter air regulations after Texas Republicans failed to defeat new clean air standards. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.


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'Occupy Dallas' Facing Possible Eviction

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Occupy Dallas attorneys meet with city officials Wednesday morning to discuss concerns that protesters have violated the agreement allowing them to camp behind City Hall. A federal judge yesterday cleared the way for the city to evict the protesters.


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Texans Weigh In On Government Creating Jobs

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

There is no issue more important in the presidential election than jobs. Every candidate has a plan for putting people back to work. But exactly what should the government's role be in making that happen? KERA recently asked a panel of 12 North Texas voters that question as most of President Obama's $447 billion dollar jobs bill stalled in Congress.


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Commentary: The American Dream Street

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

We're still at war and unemployment remains high. But commentator Rawlins Gilliland says you don't always have to look far to see signs of progress in this country.


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Roundup: Court Hearing On Removal Of 'Occupy Dallas'

Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Occupy Dallas and the city will be in court again Tuesday. The city wants to remove Occupy Dallas campers from behind City Hall - citing a breach of the agreed-upon permit.


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Dallas Children's Health Report: Child Abuse Prominent

Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

A new report about children's health in Dallas County shows nearly one third live in poverty and child abuse and neglect cases increased 39% over the past decade.


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Former Dallas Animal Services Manager Tells His Side

Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Tyrone McGill hopes to return to work this week in the city of Dallas Code Enforcement Department. The former director of the Dallas Animal Shelter was found not guilty of animal cruelty charges last week after a three-day trial and more than a year on paid leave. McGill told his side of the story to KERA's BJ Austin.


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Bond Losses Further Damage School Funding

Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The Cedar Hill School District says it will try convincing voters to pass another bond proposal after citizens narrowly rejected package last week. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on Cedar Hill's dilemma.


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KERA Health Checkup: Tinnitus

Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

90.1's Sam Baker talks about tinnitus with Dr. Kenneth Pugh, head of Audiology at the University of Texas at Dallas.


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Feast Of Sharing Brings Out New Faces

Fri, 11 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Thanksgiving arrived early for some DFW residents Thursday. Grocery store chain, HEB and Central Market, sponsored its fifth annual Feast of Sharing. KERA's Jacqueline Fellows reports organizers saw new faces this year.


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Commentary: Veterans Day

Fri, 11 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Veterans Day honors members of the nation's military, past and present. But commentator Jennifer Nagorka says there's more we can do for vets after they've left the service.


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Not Guilty: Former Dallas Animal Shelter Manager

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The former manager of the Dallas Animal Shelter is "not guilty" of animal cruelty. A jury returned that verdict Thursday. KERA's BJ Austin says the outcome stunned one longtime animal welfare activist.


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State Rejects Confederate License Plate

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

At an emotional hearing in Austin Thursday, the state's Motor Vehicle Board rejected a Confederate license plate option for vehicles. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports that does not mean the brakes will hold.


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Perry Campaign Begins Damage Control

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Political operatives, reporters and pundits alike agreed - the biggest story to come out of last nights republican debate in Michigan was Governor Rick Perry's gaffe. As Ben Philpott reports For KUT News, the more important story is what his performance on stage may have started behind the scenes.


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Dallas To Cut Ribbon On New Convention Hotel

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The Omni Convention Center Hotel opens in downtown Dallas Friday. There are high hopes for the 500 million dollar, city-owned hotel because if it falters, taxpayers pick up the tab. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


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Dallas Symphony Near Insolvency

Wed, 09 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Unless fortunes change, the Dallas Symphony will run out of money in late January. Last night Dallas Symphony Board Chairman Blaine Nelson told a group of top donors that based on current revenue and expenses, the symphony will be insolvent within 90 days.


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Broadcasters Today Test National Emergency Alert System

Wed, 09 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Today radio and television stations across the country will broadcast the first national test of the Emergency Alert System. KERA listeners have heard the system tested before.


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North Texas Wins Pilot Education Program

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

A newly-launched pilot education program could help more North Texans attend college. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports TexCan - the Texas College Access Network - will target first generation and low-income students.


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Pecan Prices Rising Again

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The ongoing drought is only part of the reason for an increase in pecan prices.


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Texans Vote On Amendments

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

It's Election Day in Texas. Voters are deciding ten state constitutional amendments. Rich Parsons, with the Secretary of State's office says early voting was about 2%.


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Occupy Protest Investigation Continues

Mon, 07 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

One Occupy Dallas protester remains jailed after Saturday's arrest. No court hearing is scheduled yet, as seven others are now free. Meanwhile, several investigations continue to find out what really happened Saturday. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


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Texans Rate Immigration Top State Concern, Economy Top U.S. Problem

Mon, 07 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Many Texans believe the biggest issues facing the country are different than those facing Texas. That's the result of a statewide poll conducted by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune.


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Tuesday Vote: 10 Constitutional Amendments

Mon, 07 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Texans decide ten constitutional amendments at the polls Tuesday. Proposition 9 would allow the Governor to pardon someone who has successfully completed a "deferred adjudication". That's a plea agreement that includes probation and community service.


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KERA Health Checkup: Diabetes

Mon, 07 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

In a KERA Health Checkup, Sam Baker talks with Dr. Natalie Strand about diabetes and the difference between Types 1 and 2 of the disease.


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Texans Rate Immigration Top State Concern, Economy Top U.S. Problem

Sun, 06 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Many Texans believe the biggest issues facing the country are different than those facing Texas. That came through loud and clear in a statewide poll conducted by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune.


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Meet Some Occupy Dallas Campers

Sun, 06 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The Occupy Dallas movement is now a month old. Some members here have marched in protest, been arrested, and freed. They've camped at several sites, and they're still here.


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Infant Removed From Occupy Dallas Camp

Fri, 04 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMT

State child welfare officials say they have taken a 9-month-old boy from his homeless parents at an Occupy Dallas camp. KERA's Bill Zeeble witnessed yesterday's event and has more.


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March Against Landfill Plan: But Done Deal

Fri, 04 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The controversy over where to dump the trash in Dallas flares up again this weekend. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


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Kids In Business To Help Fund Schools

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Some Carrollton-Farmers Branch elementary students are in the "greeting card" business this year. KERA's BJ Austin says it's a money-making idea from the district's Educational Foundation - which is working to help fill the gap left by state budget cuts.


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Roundup: Fatal Sewer Line Accident

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMT

One worker is dead, another missing in a sewer line accident in Fairview - south of McKinney in Collin County.


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Commentary: By Shakespeare?

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMT

He's the one writer Hollywood can't seem to get enough of. There've been several adaptations of Shakespeare's works over the last decade or so. A new film taking aim at the writer himself - sort of - prompted a commentary from Tom Dodge.


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Dallas Council Take Ethics Class

Wed, 02 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMT

A "makeover" for the Dallas City Hall "ethics" policy is in the works. KERA's BJ Austin says City Council members got a few ideas at an SMU ethics forum Wednesday.


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Time's Run Out On DISD's Resignation Deal

Wed, 02 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The midnight deadline has passed for excess Dallas teachers to take a resignation deal. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports the school district doesn't yet know how many took the offer, prompted by the state's education budget cuts.


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Arrest In Carrollton Abduction Murder

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Carrollton Police charge a family "in-law" with the murder of a 10 year old girl over the weekend. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


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North Texas Voters Weigh In On Perry Campaign

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Texas Republicans surveyed in a new poll don't seem to be buying Gov. Rick Perry's campaign claim that his policies are responsible for Texas' job-creating economy.


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New Location For Dallas Observation Wheel?

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The giant "observation wheel" planned for Founders Plaza in downtown Dallas may go elsewhere. KERA's BJ Austin says Great City Attractions has dropped its application for Founders Plaza and is looking at "city-owned" locations this week.


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Water Restrictions Begin Tuesday

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

New watering restrictions go into effect Tuesday for customers of the North Texas Municipal Water District, just east of Dallas near Lake Lavon.


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KERA Health Checkup: Washing Your Hands

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

In a KERA Health Checkup, Sam Baker talks with Dr. Anna Bowen of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the importance and proper way to wash your hands.


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Cardinals Stun Rangers, Forcing Series To Game Seven

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

It's do or die for the Texas Rangers tonight after losing Game Six in the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-9 in the 11th inning. KERA's BJ Austin says downtown Dallas Rangers fans are disappointed, but optimistic the Trophy will be coming to North Texas.


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Commentary: Halloween

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Commentator Paula LaRocque explores the meaning and history behind Halloween.


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Prop 5 Affects Local Agreements

Thu, 27 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

On this fall's constitutional election ballot is a proposal that supporters claim would make it easier and cheaper for local governments to enter into interlocal agreements.


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Seniors Put Hensarling On Notice

Thu, 27 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

A group of seniors rallied at Congressman Jeb Hensarling's Dallas office today. They had a simple message; cutting senior benefits won't fix the deficit.


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Rangers Fans Dressed For Success

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Game Six of the World Series will be played Thursday night after a "rain-out" Wednesday. KERA's BJ Austin says because of the postponement, fans have an extra day to get decked-out in Rangers shirts and hats!


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Prop 4: Redeveloping Blighted Areas

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Right now early voters are considering 10 amendments to the Texas Constitution. Supporters of Proposition 4 say it would give counties new opportunities to develop blighted areas. Opponents claim it could lead to eminent domain abuse.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kera/.jukebox/media/kera/991307/mp3/news/podcast/256/991307.mp3