KERA Public NewsRoom Archive



Barefoot Sanders: His Life and Career (2008-09-24)
KERA's Sam Baker looks back on some career highlights of Sanders.


Supporters Rally Outside Holy Land Trial (2008-09-23)
Supporters of Holy Land Foundation defendants rallied outside the federal court house Monday. It was the day of opening arguments in the downtown Dallas case. Five men stand accused of funneling money to the illegal Palestinian group Hamas. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports


Big Tex Gets Dressed for the Fair (2008-09-23)
Big Tex is standing tall and ready for Friday's opening of the State Fair of Texas. KERA's BJ Austin says he's also looking very sharp in some new duds.


Interview with U.S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders 1925 - 2008 (Part Two) (2008-09-22)
Sanders talked with 90.1's Sam Baker in 2006 shortly before his retirement about his beginnings in law, the qualities of a good judge, and addresses current criticism of federal judges.


Opening Arguments Presented in Holy Land Foundation Retrial (2008-09-22)
Opening arguments are set for this morning in the retrial of Holy Land Foundation directors. Federal prosecutors say leaders of the now-closed Muslim charity funneled money to the illegal organization, Hamas. The defendants deny it. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports


Interview with U.S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders 1925 - 2008 (Part One) (2008-09-22)
In the first of a two-part interview shortly before his retirement in 2006, Sanders talked with KERA's Sam Baker about his involvement with the Dallas school desgregation case.


Dallas Evacuees Heading Home (2008-09-22)
Dallas expects its final evacuees housed at the Convention Center to leave Wednesday when Galveston allows residents to return.


DNA Clears Another Dallas County Man (2008-09-22)
After almost 26 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Johnnie Earl Lindsey is a free man. KERA's BJ Austin says he walked out of a Dallas County courtroom today, the 20th man cleared by DNA testing in Dallas County.


Dallas To Approve Controversial New Budget (2008-09-22)
The Dallas City Council votes on a new $2.7 billion budget on Wednesday. There is no tax hike and the budget contains some cutbacks, but not as severe as first proposed. KERA's BJ Austin says the budget also contains a new revenue source that will raise eyebrows outside the city limits.


Dallas Councilman Offers New Cesar Chavez Blvd Solution (2008-09-22)
A compromise is being offered in the battle over naming a downtown Dallas street for Cesar Chavez. Council member Mitchell Rasansky has sent a memo to his colleagues suggesting that the Dallas Farmers Market be named Cesar Chavez Farmers Market.


Interview: Adonis Rose (2008-09-19)
Sam Baker talks with drummer Adonis Rose about his efforts to build an audience and "scene" for jazz in North Texas.


Evacuees Trapped Without FEMA Assistance (2008-09-18)
FEMA says the federal government will pay for a 30-day hotel stay for qualified evacuees who fled Hurricane Ike. But Dallas' emergency management director says evacuees at the city's convention center will have to stay there instead, because FEMA hasn't provided enough assistance.


Commentary: Accuracy of Hispanic Polling (2008-09-18)
You'll hear much in this election year about results of various polls, but while they can provide insight into society, commentator Edward Rincon warns there are reasons to be wary of some polls.


New Twist in Battle over Dallas Cesar Chavez Blvd (2008-09-18)
In a surprise move at Dallas City Hall the push to re-name INDUSTRIAL Boulevard for civil rights leader Cesar Chavez has new life. KERA's BJ Austin says the City Plan Commission has turned down the request of a council committee to name Industrial Riverfront Boulevard.


Hinojosa To Unveil Cost Cut Plan (2008-09-18)
Dallas schools superintendent Michael Hinojosa delivers his solution to a $64 million budget shortfall today when he faces the school board. The deficit was disclosed last week, and as many as 1,000 teachers now fear for their jobs. KERA's Bill Zeeble talked to the district's top two teachers union leaders for this report.


$50 Million Renovation of Cotton Bowl Unveiled (2008-09-17)
The Cotton Bowl is showing off a $50 million face lift. KERA's BJ Austin says bands, balloons and speeches marked the event.


Evacuees Can't Use Motel Assistance (2008-09-17)
FEMA says it will pay for 30 days of hotel expenses for hurricane evacuees whose houses are uninhabitable.


Dallas Part of Nationwide Drug Cartel Sweep (2008-09-17)
Dallas is part of a huge drug bust targeting Mexico's Gulf Cartel. More than 500 people are under arrest in eight states and Italy. KERA's BJ Austin says as part of Project Reckoning , drug agents seized $60 million in cash, and more than 43 tons of drugs.


Hewlett Packard to Cut 25,000 Jobs (2008-09-16)
Nearly 25,000 jobs will be cut from Plano-based Electronic Data Systems and its parent company Hewlett Packard. Most of those losses are expected to come from EDS. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Dallas Council reviews design for Trinity Park (2008-09-16)
Dallas City Council members do some more refining today on the design of the Trinity River Park. KERA's BJ Austin says the session could include more discussion about green design elements and how much they may cost.


Voters Asked to Oppose Dallas Convention Hotel (2008-09-16)
Remember the fight over the Trinity Toll road that ended up at the ballot box? Well, Dallas may be getting ready for a similar battle, but this time the project is the city's convention center hotel. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more an effort being announced today.


Fort Worth Passes New Budget (2008-09-16)
Water bills in Fort Worth are going up, but the tax rate stays the same in the new city budget that also eliminates jobs and departments. KERA's BJ Austin says one Councilmember voted NO, worried that the new budget is leaner and meaner.


Opposition Organized To Convention Hotel Owned by Dallas (2008-09-16)
Opponents of a Dallas convention center hotel have launched a 20,000 signature drive to put the issue on next spring's ballot. Dallas' mayor and others back the hotel. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Dallas Firefighters Do Search and Rescue on Texas Coast (2008-09-15)
Dallas firefighters on Texas Task Force Two are in Orange, on the Texas coast, helping with search and rescue after Hurricane Ike. KERA's BJ Austin says their work will likely take several more days.


Ike Causes Spike In Gasoline Prices (2008-09-15)
Gasoline prices in Texas are much higher this week . after Hurricane Ike tore thru the Gulf and slammed into the coast. KERA's BJ Austin says Triple-A reports a 14 cent increase since Friday that's up four percent in just three days.


1.6 Million Without Power in Houston (2008-09-15)
As of Monday afternoon, electricity had been restored to some Houston residents but 1.6 million are still without power. The city has imposed a curfew and emergency crews are dodging debris as they attempt to bring in supplies. Houston Public Radio reporter Laurie Johnson has been driving around Houston in her red mini-cooper taking stock of the situation. She talked to KERA's Shelley Kofler


Holy Land Retrial Set To Start (2008-09-14)
Federal Prosecutors try once again to convict Holy Land Foundation members of sending money to the outlawed Middle East group, Hamas. Last year's lengthy case ended in a mistrial. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports


Fullbright Scholar Praises Dallas' Emergency Operations (2008-09-14)
The city of Dallas coordinated Ike and Gustav efforts from its relatively new, state of the art emergency facility in the bowels of city hall. Officials like their new nerve center and how it works. So does a visiting Australian scholar, who hopes to take some emergency management ideas back to his homeland. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Damage to Houston Becoming Clearer (2008-09-14)
The recovery effort in the greater Houston and Galveston area is just beginning following Hurricane Ike. Officials don't know how many rescues have taken place. Neither do they know how many died. Capella Tucker reports from KUHF-Houston Public Radio.


Texas Assesses Hurricane's Aftermath (2008-09-14)
KERA has reports this morning from KERA reporters who tracked the hurricane from Dallas, Tyler and at the state command center in Austin.


Ike In Dallas (2008-09-13)
Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston and parts of Houston, but was kinder to Dallas, as KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Hurricane Ike Update - 12:01pm (2008-09-13)
Hurricane Ike Is Moving Inland and KERA's News Team Has The Latest.


Commentary: Uses of Money (2008-09-12)
Money's been called the root of all evil, but commentator Lee Cullum has a different perspective.


DISD Shortfall Could Cost Jobs (2008-09-12)
The head of Dallas' largest teachers union says Superintendent Hinojosa's job may be on the line. That's after he disclosed a $64 million budget shortfall this week. Teachers now worry their jobs are also at risk. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Preparations for Power Outages with Ike (2008-09-12)
Hurricane Ike is expected to blow into North Texas tomorrow morning with wind gusts of 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service. KERA's BJ Austin says Oncor Electric Delivery is urging people to prepare of power outages.


Houston, Galveston Get Ready for Ike (2008-09-12)
Galveston residents are getting ready for their biggest hurricane in a generation. Most have already left town as officials predict Galveston island could be completely submerged, or nearly so, by hurricane Ike. Houstonians are preparing too, by securing windows and gathering food, water and batteries. KERA's Bill Zeeble talked about the impending storm with senior news Producer Paul Pendergraft, of KUHF, Houston Public radio


Preparations for Power Outages with Ike (2008-09-12)
Hurricane Ike is expected to blow into North Texas tomorrow morning with wind gusts of 45 miles an hour - according to the National Weather Service. KERA's BJ Austin says Oncor Electric Delivery is urging people to prepare of power outages.


"Texas Task Force Ike" Readied as the State Prepares (2008-09-12)
State officials have posted a rapid response team in San Antonio to prepare for the aftermath of hurricane Ike. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more about the mission.


GM Says SUV Sales Inching Up (2008-09-11)
The President of General Motors North America says the company's Arlington plant has a pretty secure future. Comforting words for the 2,400 workers who soon will be the only GM employees building SUV's.


Dallas and Fort Worth See Influx of Evacuees (2008-09-11)
North Texas is ready for 288 busloads of Hurricane Ike evacuees from the Houston area. Hundreds more are coming by car to stay with family, friends or in hotels, out of harm's way. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Parkland Hospital Sets Fundraising Record (2008-09-11)
Dallas County's Parkland Hospital has received the largest private donation in the country for a public hospital. Now, officials will push for November's bond package to help pay the bulk of building the new hospital. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


DISD Reports Budget Shortfall (2008-09-11)
The Dallas Independent School District says it's $64 million in the hole for the school year that recently ended. A major financial reorganization is expected. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Texas Prepaid Tuition Plan (2008-09-11)
The state comptroller is offering Texans a plan that will allow them to pay current college tuition rates, even if inflation raises the price of an education. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more.


North Texas Ready for Hurricane Ike Evacuees (2008-09-10)
Texas is bracing for Hurricane Ike, now a Category Two storm roaring through the Gulf of Mexico toward the state's coastline. President Bush has declared a state of emergency in Texas, opening the pipeline of federal aid to state and local responders. KERA's BJ Austin says Dallas is preparing for hurricane evacuees for the second time in as many weeks.


New Prepaid Tuition Fund (2008-09-10)
The state comptroller today announced a new prepaid tuition program that will allow families to pay today's rate for a college education in the future.


Mighty Mites: Interview with Jim Dent (2008-09-09)
KERA's Sam Baker talks with sportswriter Jim Dent, author of Twelve Mighty Orphans, about the famed story of the Fort Worth Masonic Masons football team, better known as the "Mighty Mites".


Dallas Design for Trinity River Project Goes 3-D (2008-09-09)
Design plans for the Dallas Trinity River development are now in 3-D . KERA's BJ Austin says the park-planners hope this new, 20 foot long, model will give people a much better idea of what's to come.


Dallas Prepares for New Round of Evacuees (2008-09-08)
Dallas is getting ready for another round of hurricane evacuees ahead of Ike. KERA's BJ Austin reports officials believe they could see more refugees than those who fled Hurricane Gustav over the Labor Day weekend.


Plaintiffs Seek TRO Over Latest Farmers Branch Ordinance (2008-09-08)
Lawyers for some Farmers Branch landlords asked for a temporary restraining order - a TRO - to stop that city's latest renters ordinance from taking effect. KERA's Bill Zeeble explains.


Delegate: Palin Makes McCain More Acceptable (2008-09-05)
With the end of the Republican convention, delegate Annette Ratliff has become a convert. She originally supported Mike Huckabee, but tells KERA's Shelley Kofler she liked what McCain said last night, and thinks his running mate fills in the gaps.


Commentary: Crises and Change (2008-09-05)
With both presidential tickets set and the November election approaching, many people hope the country will take a new direction. But commentator Chris Tucker says that if we want change, we don't have to wait for Washington.


Group Attacks Tarrant County High Infant Death Rate (2008-09-05)
Tarrant County's infant mortality rate is one of the highest in the state, and is sparking a new outreach program aimed at mothers. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Jenny the Gorilla Dies at the Dallas Zoo (2008-09-05)
Jenny, the world's oldest captive Gorilla, has died. The Dallas Zoo says she had an inoperable stomach tumor. KERA's BJ Austin has more.


McCain Fans Gather At GOP Watch Party (2008-09-05)
More than 200 Republican faithful filled the Studio Movie Grill at Royal and Central Expressway in Dallas last night. They gathered to cheer their presidential nominee John McCain.


DISD Starts Fingerprinting All Employees (2008-09-05)
The Dallas Independent School District began fingerprinting employees at each campus today to comply with a state law to help protect students from those hiding criminal records. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Texas RNC Delegates Praise Palin (2008-09-04)
Dallas delegates to the Republican National Convention had been eagerly anticipating Sarah Palin's Vice Presidential acceptance speech. They weren't disappointed. Jodi Breisler reports from St. Paul.


Texas Delegate Comes Around to McCain (2008-09-04)
Last night during the Republican vice presidential candidate's speech at the convention, Mona Bailey from North Richland Hills was on her feet.


Texas Delegate On Why He's Always Supported McCain (2008-09-04)
Many Texas delegates at the Republican Convention, didn't originally support John McCain. They are just now warming up to him. But one of our contributing delegates, Dallas Attorney David Schenck, tells KERA's Shelley Kofler he's backed McCain from the start, and Schenck is expecting a knock out performance when the nominee takes center stage tonight.


Tx. Congressman Ron Paul Leads Counter RNC Rally (2008-09-03)
While Republicans convened in a hockey area in St. Paul, Texas Congressman and former Presidential Candidate Ron Paul counter-rallied Tuesday night in a basketball stadium in Minneapolis. As Jodi Breisler reports, Dallas area delegates were split in their reactions.


Evacuee Crowds Thin at Dallas Convention Center (2008-09-03)
The numbers of hurricane evacuees in the Dallas Convention Center are thinning, and officials are assessing the job done this time to accommodate hundreds fleeing a dangerous storm. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Commentary: Investing in Early Childhood Education (2008-09-03)
Friday, Sept. 5, community leaders, elected officials, and child care administrators will gather in Dallas for a community summit on early education. The summit, sponsored in part by KERA's Educational Resource Center, will stress the importance of investing early and investing well in the lives of Dallas' youngest citizens. Susan Hoff, CEO of the Child Care Group in Dallas, says it's been a long journey to bring people around to this way of thinking.


Eastfield College Cancels Classes (2008-09-03)
Eastfield College has suffered a power outage, so the community college says it is cancelling all of tonight's classes. Staff are working to identify the source of the problem. Eastfield College plans to resume its normal class schedule tomorrow morning.


TCU Coed Hopes to Energize Campus Conservatives (2008-09-03)
Tonight when Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks at the Republican Convention, the youngest member of the Texas delegation will pay close attention. 19-year old Kimberly Dena of Fort Worth is a TCU student majoring in political science and business. She talked to KERA's Shelley Kofler about why she wanted to be part of this convention.


Many Evacuees Await Help For Trip Home (2008-09-03)
Thousands of Gustav evacuees are returning home to Southeast Texas and Louisiana. The Texas Department of Transportation says traffic's heavy in places, but still moving well. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Gustav Changes Plans of Texas RNC Delegates (2008-09-02)
Dallas area delegates at the Republican National Convention have had their schedules changed with the arrival of Hurricane Gustav. Prominent Texan leaders gave up their limelight in prime time. Jodi Breisler reports from St. Paul, Minnesota.


Texas Prepares for Flooding (2008-09-02)
The state's Homeland Security director says Hurricane Gustav could drench North East Texas as early as today. KERA's Shelley Kofler was at the command post in Austin and has this story on possible flooding.


The State Fair Announces Fried Food Winners (2008-09-02)
The State Fair of Texas has crowned its tastiest, new, fried-food for 2008. Four judges ate their way through the finalists to choose the two winners of the annual Big Tex Choice Awards. And the winners are: Best Tasting: Chicken Fried Bacon; and Most Creative: Fried Banana Split. KERA's BJ Austin was there.


Republican Delegate Contributors (2008-09-01)
Because of Hurricane Gustav, we will provide the perspectives of GOP convention delegates at a later time. KERA previously aired contributions for Democratic convention delegates.


Hundreds flee to Dallas to ride out Hurricane Gustav (2008-09-01)
The Dallas Convention Center is host to a thousand people waiting out Hurricane Gustav -- anxious for any word home about the damage. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Dallas Red Cross Seeking Hurricane Help (2008-09-01)
In advance of Hurricane Gustav's Louisiana landfall, Red Cross volunteers were already set up to help evacuees arriving here. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports on the effort, and that more volunteers are needed.


Gustav Prompts Tx Republicans to Change Plans (2008-09-01)
Texas Governor Rick Perry and President George Bush skipped the Republican National Convention to be in Austin when Hurricane Gustav made landfall. The hurricane has altered plans for all of the Texas delegates attending the convention. KERA's Shelley Kofler takes a look at why the party shifted gears.


African-American Delegate Reflects on Obama Nomination (2008-08-29)
Last night when Barak Obama addressed supporters in Denver, Dallas Delegate LeVar Thomas took it personally. In our continuing series of delegate discussions he talked to KERA's Shelley Kofler about what he as an African American felt in seeing a black man nominated for President.


Dallas County Prepares for Gustav Evacuees (2008-08-29)
Gustav has the Texas Gulf coast on alert. Governor Rick Perry has put 5,000 National Guard troops on standby, and issued disaster declarations for 61 counties ahead of Gustav's arrival. The storm is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane as it passes over the warm Gulf waters this weekend. KERA's BJ Austin has more on local preparations.


North Texas Mayors Ready for Gustav Evacuees (2008-08-29)
Texas big-city Mayors are gearing up for Hurricane Gustav. KERA's BJ Austin says a day-long meeting in Fort Worth Friday was about legislative issues, but possible evacuation ahead of Gustav was a hot topic, too.


Dallas Democrats Cheer Obama's Nomination Speech (2008-08-29)
Thousands of Barack Obama backers packed dozens of watch parties around North Texas last night to witness history. The Democratic presidential candidate became the first African American to accept the nomination of a major political party. KERA's Bill Zeeble attended the Dallas County Democratic event in the Lakewood Theater.


Texas GOP On McCain Veep Choice (2008-08-29)
Texans heading to the national Republican convention are generally applauding John McCain's choice of a vice-presidential running mate. But KERA's Shelley Kofler reports Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is a virtual unknown who must still be introduced to the nation.


Obama Watch Party At Lakewood Theatre (2008-08-29)
Thousands of Barack Obama backers packed dozens of watch parties around north Texas last night to witness history. The Democratic presidential candidate became the first African American to accept the nomination of a major political party. KERA's Bill Zeeble attended the Dallas County Democratic event in the Lakewood Theater.


Governor Appoints Local Lawyer To Insurance Post (2008-08-28)
Fort Worth attorney Deeia Beck, an employment law specialist, has been appointed to the office of Public Insurance Counsel by Governor Rick Perry.


Plano Named Most Affluent City in the U.S. (2008-08-28)
Plano is the most affluent big U.S. city, according to a new report issued by the Census Bureau. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Crane Topples at Trinity River Pump Station (2008-08-28)
City of Dallas and federal safety investigators are asking questions after a crane toppled at a Trinity River pump station this morning, injuring two workers. KERA's BJ Austin reports Dallas-Fire Rescue officials say it could have been a lot worse.


Don't Drink & Drive: Labor Day Advice from Doctor (2008-08-28)
Doctors and police in Fort Worth have a message for those hitting the highways for a last summer road trip: Don't drink and drive this Labor Day weekend. They say the price is too high. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Final Convention Day: Look Ahead (2008-08-28)
Day four for the Democrats. The whole moves next door ... to a huge football stadium.


State Fair Fried Food Finalists Named (2008-08-28)
We're headed into Labor Day Weekend, and that means the State Fair of Texas is not far behind. This weekend, Fair officials will crown the new champion of exotic fried food. KERA's BJ Austin says the eight finalists for the 2008 Big Tex Choice Awards have been selected.


Texas Delegate Focused on Hispanic Voting (2008-08-28)
From Denver, Dallas immigration attorney and Obama delegate Liz Cedillo-Pereira spoke with KERA's Shelley Kofler about high points of Wednesday night.


Dallas County Loses Million Dollar Jail Lawsuit (2008-08-27)
A Dallas jury has awarded nearly $1 million to a man who suffered a stroke while in the Dallas County jail. Stanley Shepherd sued the county three years ago, saying he was denied basic health care while in the facility. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Chet Edwards at Democratic Convention (2008-08-27)
The political profile of Texas Congressman Chet Edwards seems to be soaring since he made Barack Obama's shortlist for Vice President. Over the weekend the Obama campaign asked him to make a prime-time speech tonight at the Democratic convention. Edwards talked to KERA's Shelley Kofler about his new-found visibility.


Texas Delegate for Clinton Ready to Move On (2008-08-27)
Texas delegates discuss Clinton's DNC speech and their initial support for the senator.


Power Breakfast: Preview to Biden on Wednesday Night (2008-08-27)
They'll be keeping Mr Off-script very much on-script at the convention. Good morning, I'm Todd Zwillich, this is Power Breakfast from the Democratic National Convention.


Texas Clinton Delegates React to Her DNC Speech (2008-08-27)
Hillary Clinton's speech at the Democratic Convention was a bittersweet moment for her delegates from Texas. But as Jodi Breisler reports, a few of them did not even get to see her speech in person.


Absences Mark Start of New School Year (2008-08-26)
About 30,000 students were no-shows in classrooms in the Dallas School District yesterday, the first day of the new school year. 125,000 answered the roll, and Spruce High School was off limits to about half the student body. Those students are being bused to different schools in a scramble to improve academics. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Fair Park's Future (2008-08-26)
A year from now, you may not recognize Fair Park. Some of its best known tenants are leaving. The Park is getting an extreme makeover, but will the changes be enough to save the historic landmark? KERA's BJ Austin reports.


The Democratic Convention Begins (2008-08-26)
In Denver this morning some 293 Texas delegates are helping to open the Democratic National Convention. With Joe Biden now named as Barack Obama's running mate attention has turned to what it will take to make this convention successful . KERA's Shelley Kofler pondered that question with some North Texan delegates who will be joining our broadcasts from Denver.


Texas Delegates Get No VIP Treatment at DNC (2008-08-26)
Political conventions can appear to be one big party. In some ways the Texas delegation was left off of the VIP list. Jodi Breisler reports from Denver.


Dallas Delegate Honoring Clinton in Denver (2008-08-26)
North Texas delegates attending the Democratic Convention are giving KERA an insider's look at our state delegation. This morning, KERA's Shelley Kofler talked to Dallas attorney and Clinton delegate Barbara Rosenberg about why today is important for many of the convention's women.


KERA to Host Senate Debate (2008-08-25)
US Senate Candidates John Cornyn and Rick Noriega have both accepted KERA's invitation to a one-hour televised debate. The candidates will square off October 16 at 8:00 pm in KERA's Dallas studios.


Democratic Delegate Contributors (2008-08-25)
Following are profiles of the five delegates who will be calling us from the Democratic Convention in Denver:


Texas Delegate - Kathleen Thompson (2008-08-25)
To get an insiders view of the Democratic Convention we're checking in with some North Texas delegates in Denver. This afternoon we heard from Kathleen Thompson a first time delegate and Obama supporter. When she talked to KERA's Shelley Kofler she was holding 31-pages of possible things to do.


Chet Edwards A Possible VP? (2008-08-22)
Reporters have been staking out the Waco home of Representative Chet Edwards all afternoon, since his name surfaced as a possible Barack Obama running mate. KERA's Bill Zeeble is outside Edwards' home.


Texas Delegates Await Obama's Veep Choice (2008-08-21)
Many Texans, like other Americans, have signed up for the Obama text message that will announce the Democrat's choice of a running mate. North Texas delegates heading for the national convention in Denver have some favorite contenders. KERA's Shelley Kofler talked with several who will be checking in with KERA from the convention next week.


Commentary: Dialogue In Journalese (2008-08-21)
In her commentaries for KERA, Paula LaRocque often pushes the need for plain concise English. Journalists have the concise part down, but she's says there's still work to do.


Preparing For School: A Few Tips (2008-08-21)
Public school starts Monday for most North Texans. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on what you'll need to be ready.


Jenny, the Elephant, To Stay in Dallas (2008-08-20)
Jenny the Elephant is staying in Dallas instead of moving to Mexico. Zoo officials say they are getting a companion for Jenny and putting a new elephant habitat on the fast track. KERA's BJ Austin says that surprise announcement is the latest development on an emotional controversy over Jenny's future.


Arlington Cutting School Budget to Save $$$ (2008-08-19)
Arlington schools could see cutbacks in campus supplies, teacher training and field trips when school begins next week. District officials, on Thursday, could approve $9 million in cutbacks to help erase an $18 million dollar shortfall. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Price Tag Grows For Fort Worth Trinity Project (2008-08-19)
Fort Worth's Trinity River project is going to cost a lot more than originally put on paper. KERA's BJ Austin says lawmakers, today, got an update on the project that will take 11 years, and cost $576 million.


Fort Worth ISD Program Helps Students Catch Up (2008-08-18)
Was it scary moving from your normal-sized middle school into that huge high school? What about your most dreaded subject that was about to get harder? Fort Worth ISD has done something about both. It's offered a short summer program to help incoming freshmen navigate both tough topics and confusing hallways. KERA's Bill Zeeble prepared this report on the district's transition program.


Dallas Borrowing $6 Million to Demolish Reunion (2008-08-18)
Dallas plans to borrow $6 million from a city fund to tear down Reunion Arena, with no deadline to pay it back. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Commentary: A Time Bomb (2008-08-15)
The economy's certainly a major issue this year for the presidential candidates, but commentator Merrie Spaeth suggests another money matter also deserves attention.


Senator Hutchison: Legislation to Opt Out of Highway Fund (2008-08-15)
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison says she'll introduce legislation that allows Texas to opt-out of the National Highway Trust Fund. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on what she told transportation professionals gathered in Irving.


First of Texas Seven Executed for Killing Irving Officer (2008-08-14)
Texas Seven prison escapee Michael Rodriguez was put to death last night in Huntsville for the Christmas Eve, 2000 murder of Irving Police Officer Aubrey Hawkins. Dozens of Police Officers stood vigil in support of the fallen officer's family. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


State Highway 161 in Limbo (2008-08-14)
The economy has placed the construction of State Highway 161 in limbo. The North Texas Tollway Authority says it may reevaluate whether to build the road in Grand Prairie which is essential for getting traffic to the Dallas Cowboys new stadium. KERA's Shelley Kofler has details.


Senator Hutchison on Russia-Georgia (2008-08-14)
In Texas today, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison said she stands behind the Bush administration's demand that Russia withdraw its troops from Georgian territory.


New Allegations in Dallas City Hall Corruption Investigation (2008-08-14)
There are new allegations against some defendants in the Dallas City Hall corruption case. These are not new charges in the case of bribes and city contracts. But prosecutors intend to introduce the accusations at trial. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Gasoline Prices Continue to Fall in Texas (2008-08-14)
Gasoline prices across Texas continue to fall. Triple-A's latest survey shows a gallon of regular unleaded in Texas dropped by nearly 10 cents last week. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Gasoline Prices Continue to Fall in Texas (2008-08-14)
Gasoline prices across Texas continue to fall. Triple-A's latest survey shows a gallon of regular unleaded in Texas dropped by nearly 10 cents last week. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


American Airlines Waives 3rd Bag Fee (2008-08-13)
American Airlines has waived fees to active military personnel for a 3rd checked bag. That follows a damaging story that a soldier was charged extra to ship his gear. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


TX Legislators Propose Bus Safety Measures (2008-08-12)
Some state lawmakers say they expect the legislature to crack down on illegal buses, like the one that crashed in Sherman last week killing 17 people. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.


Commentary: Organ Donations (2008-08-12)
The recent death of famed heart surgeon Michael DeBakey caused commentator Angela Wilson to remember when she realized the importance of being an organ donor.


Dallas County Closing Budget Gap (2008-08-12)
Dallas County Commissioners are whittling away at a $34 million shortfall - including elimination of space heaters for county employees as well as ketchup and mustard packets on jail food trays. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Dallas Wants to Charge Non-Residents for Car Crashes (2008-08-11)
Dallas City Hall wants to raise some new revenue in order to avoid a tax hike in next year's budget. One of the ideas is raising eyebrows among some council members. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Bus in Deadly US 75 Crash Operating Illegally (2008-08-08)
In Sherman, local, state and federal investigators are going over the wreckage of a charter bus that crashed into a grassy ravine alongside US 75 early this morning. At least 14 people are dead, and more than 40 injured. KERA's BJ Austin has the story.


Bus in Deadly US 75 Crash Operating Illegally (2008-08-08)
In Sherman, local, state and federal investigators are going over the wreckage of a charter bus that crashed into a grassy ravine alongside US 75 early this morning. At least 14 people are dead, and more than 40 injured. KERA's BJ Austin has the story.


Bus in Deadly US 75 Crash Operating Illegally (2008-08-08)
In Sherman, local, state and federal investigators are going over the wreckage of a charter bus that crashed into a grassy ravine alongside US 75 early this morning. At least 14 people are dead, and more than 40 injured. KERA's BJ Austin has the story.


Vietnamese Community Unites in Grief (2008-08-08)
News of the accident spread quickly in Texas' growing Vietnamese community. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports the grief is mingled with outreach.


Neighborhood Develops Strategy For Negotiating Oil Lease (2008-08-07)
For more than a year oil and gas companies have been approaching North Texas homeowners, offering to write a check in exchange for the rights to natural gas under their property. Some homeowners living over the Barnett Shale formation are cashing in big. Others are signing for a pittance. KERA reporter Rachel Stone talked to one neighborhood group about reports on how one Arlington neighborhood improved their chances for a good deal.


Neighborhood Strategy For Negotiating Oil Lease (2008-08-07)
For more than a year oil and gas companies have been approaching North Texas homeowners, offering to write a check in exchange for the rights to natural gas under their property. Some homeowners living over the Barnett Shale formation are cashing in big. Others are signing for a pittance. KERA reporter Rachel Stone talked to one neighborhood group about reports on how one Arlington neighborhood improved their chances for a good deal.


Citizens Demand Drilling Moratorium (2008-08-07)
A Fort Worth citizens group is taking their call for a gas drilling moratorium to City Hall. They want a hold placed on new permits until safety regulations are in place. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on the battle that is shaping up.


Downtown Dallas Gets New Corporate Headquarters (2008-08-07)
Downtown Dallas gets a new corporate headquarters . KERA's BJ Austin says Tenet Healthcare is moving into the 60-story green building.


EPA Rejects Governor's Request to Reduce Ethanol (2008-08-07)
The Environmental Protection Agency has denied Texas Governor Rick Perry's request to cut the federal ethanol mandate in half. KERA's Bill Zeeble explains.


Arlington Takes First Stop Toward Mass Transit (2008-08-06)
Last night Arlington council members approved a contract with the Fort Worth Transit Authority and joined the mass transit community. With a $75,000 grant Arlington will provide two city lots to drivers who want to park their cars and ride a T bus to Fort Worth in the morning, and return in the afternoon. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports the pilot program is a first step for a community that has rejected mass transit many times.


DISD Could Move Closer to a Tougher Ethics Policy (2008-08-06)
The Dallas school board could move a step closer to a tougher ethics policy today. It will consider stopping the district from doing business with companies tied to trustees. KERA's Bill Zeeble explains.


Supporters of Jenny Converge on Dallas City Hall (2008-08-06)
Jenny supporters plan to be back at Dallas City Hall next week to call upon Council members to drop plans to send the Zoo's only ELEPHANT to a safari park in Mexico. KERA's BJ Austin says it was standing room only for the group's first appearance Wednesday.


Medellin To Be Executed Tonight (2008-08-05)
Mexican born Texas death row inmate Jose Medellin is scheduled for execution tonight, for the rape & murder of two teenage girls in 1993. His lawyers say there's an international argument for a stay. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Industrial Boulevard To Get New Name (2008-08-05)
Industrial Boulevard in Dallas could get a new name today but NOT the big vote-getter in a city-survey. KERA's BJ Austin says Riverfront Boulevard is the front-runner.


The Invincible Summer of the Super Hero (2008-08-05)
Movies based on comic book characters - The Dark Knight, Iron Man and Hellboy II - have already earned more than one billion dollars this summer. KERA's Jerome Weeks looks behind the mask to find why we're still so fascinated by the superhero.


Deal or No Deal: The High Stakes Game for Reunion Arena (2008-08-04)
Reunion Arena in downtown Dallas sits dark, waiting for the wrecking ball. What happens next to that valuable piece of property could sound like an episode of the television show Dallas a world where a rich oilman called the shots. KERA's BJ Austin says a 30 year old land-swap deal could put Reunion's prime real estate in the hands of a modern-day billionaire.


Deal or No Deal: The High Stakes Game for Reunion Arena (2008-08-04)
Reunion Arena in downtown Dallas sits dark, waiting for the wrecking ball. What happens next to that valuable piece of property could sound like an episode of the television show Dallas a world where a rich oilman called the shots. KERA's BJ Austin says a 30 year old land-swap deal could put Reunion's prime real estate in the hands of a modern-day billionaire.


Deal or No Deal: The High Stakes Game for Reunion Arena (2008-08-04)
Reunion Arena in downtown Dallas sits dark, waiting for the wrecking ball. What happens next to that valuable piece of property could sound like an episode of the television show Dallas a world where a rich oilman called the shots. KERA's BJ Austin says a 30 year old land-swap deal could put Reunion's prime real estate in the hands of a modern-day billionaire.


Commentary: Dr. Caesar Clark - A Remembrance (2008-08-04)
Funeral services will be held today for Dr. C.A.W. Clark, a minister of national prominence who led Good Street Baptist Church in south Dallas for more than 50-years. Clark died July 27 at age 93. Rev. Gerald Britt explains why his passing leaves an emptiness in the African American church community.


Dallas Outlines Incentive Package for AT&T HQ (2008-08-04)
AT&T gets a multi-million dollar welcome gift at Dallas City Hall. The communications giant announced in late June it would be moving its headquarters from San Antonio to downtown Dallas. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Deal or No Deal: The High Stakes Game for Reunion Arena (2008-08-04)
Reunion Arena in downtown Dallas sits dark, waiting for the wrecking ball. What happens next to that valuable piece of property could sound like an episode of the television show Dallas a world where a rich oilman called the shots. KERA's BJ Austin says a 30 year old land-swap deal could put Reunion's prime real estate in the hands of a modern-day billionaire.


Deal or No Deal: The High Stakes Game for Reunion Arena (2008-08-04)
Reunion Arena in downtown Dallas sits dark, waiting for the wrecking ball. What happens next to that valuable piece of property could sound like an episode of the television show Dallas a world where a rich oilman called the shots. KERA's BJ Austin says a 30 year old land-swap deal could put Reunion's prime real estate in the hands of a modern-day billionaire.


The Buzz About Clute's Mosquito Festival (2008-08-01)
It seems like just about every weekend in Texas you can find a festival with something to celebrate. Andy Uhler from member station KUT has more on the buzz from Clute.


New School Ratings Show Some Progress (2008-08-01)
Students across Texas are doing better on the statewide TAKS accountability test. The Texas Education Agency released annual performance ratings today. But in Fort Worth and Dallas, there is still room for improvement. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Exxon Mobil Turns in Another Record Profit (2008-07-31)
Exxon Mobil, based in Irving, has turned in the biggest quarterly profit ever of any company in the nation. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


UTD Uncovers Cyber Security Breach (2008-07-31)
Personal, secure information about University of Texas at Dallas students has been exposed in a computer security breach. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


Dallas County Reports 5 Suspected Heat Deaths (2008-07-30)
Dallas County Health officials report FIVE suspected heat-related deaths during the long string of triple digit temperatures. Officials warn against being overconfident you can handle this heat. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Cong. Sessions' Burlesque Fundraiser Stuns Supporters (2008-07-30)
Texas Congressman Sessions' fundraiser with burlesque dancers shocks his supporters.


Hundreds of Bennigans, Steak & Ales Close Nationwide (2008-07-29)
Bennigans and Steak & Ale have abruptly closed hundreds of restaurants nationwide today, including more than 20 in north Texas. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Dallas Housing Director Resigns (2008-07-29)
Dallas Housing Authority President Ann Lott resigned late yesterday during a closed door meeting with board members.


Dallas County Commissioners Demand Layoffs (2008-07-29)
Dallas County Commissioners are warning the Sheriff and the District Attorney cut your budgets or we'll do it for you. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Dallas County Commissioners Make the Comics (2008-07-29)
Dallas County Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield may now add comic strip to his resume. He made it into Mallard Fillmore this week. KERA's BJ Austin explains


Electricity Conservation Alert (2008-07-28)
The Texas Public Utility Commission is asking consumers to limit electricity use. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on the Yellow Conservation Alert.


First Demolition for Fort Worth Trinity Uptown Project (2008-07-28)
Fort Worth brought out the wrecking ball Monday morning. The old Sims Motel on North Henderson is the first demolition for the Trinity River Uptown Project. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Dallas School Board Preserves Name Of Booker T. Washington For Arts High School (2008-07-25)
The Dallas School Board has recommended against changing the name of the Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet. At last night's board meeting, more than 2 dozen parents and students objected to renaming the school for Nancy Hamon, the donor who gave 10-million dollars to build the new campus. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Commentary: The Flip-Flop Test (2008-07-25)
As John McCain and Barack Obama vie for the presidency, we hear almost daily complaints about alleged "flip-flopping" on various issues. Commentator Chris Tucker has a two-part test for determining when a flip-flop is under way.


Commentary: Requiem For Two Modern Males (2008-07-24)
Commentator Rawlins Gilliland remembers two friends he viewed as unqiue role models.


Texas Senate Candidates Outline Energy Plans (2008-07-24)
Do either U.S. Senate candidates in Texas offer a viable energy plan? KERA caught up with Republican Senator John Cornyn and Democratic challenger Rick Noriega, both campaigning in North Texas this week. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Gasoline Prices Drop 7 Cents in a Week (2008-07-24)
Gasoline prices averaged a penny-a-day drop in the latest Triple-A weekly survey. Drivers may still feel the pinch, but the price is BELOW the dreaded four-dollar a gallon mark. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Dallas School Board Takes Up Two Hot Issues (2008-07-24)
The Dallas school board takes on 2 emotional issues at today's meeting, including one tied to race. It involves a lawsuit in which plaintiffs accuse the district of discrimination at mostly Black schools. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


Few Transportation Problems With Hurricane (2008-07-23)
Dolly in South Texas has brought few of the transportation problems produced by earlier hurricanes.


Texas Expands Wind Power (2008-07-23)
Texas leads the nation in generating wind power, using only a tiny fraction of the state's available wind. But state regulators have tentatively approved a $5 billion dollar plan to change that. Texas Public Radio's David Martin Davies reports from the Abilene area.


Fuel Company Accused of Cheating Drivers (2008-07-22)
A company with gas stations across the state is facing a huge fine and possible prosecution, following an investigation into drivers being swindled at the pump. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more.


Medical Care in Dallas County Jail Still Lacking (2008-07-22)
The Dallas County Jail gets an INCOMPLETE on its latest report card from a team of inspectors.


Dallas County Sheriff Cuts Ketchup to Fight Red Ink (2008-07-22)
Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is offering a long list of budget cuts -- from an I-T Coordinator to ketchup in the jail. Commissioners have ordered the Sheriff to cut more than six million dollars from her 2009 budget. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


A New Parkland Hospital Gets the Green Light (2008-07-22)
A NEW, billion-dollar Parkland Hospital got unanimous approval from the Parkland Board Tuesday afternoon.


New Dallas County Court for Prostitution Cases Convenes (2008-07-21)
A new kind court is not convening weekly on the 7th Floor of the Dallas County courthouse. It will hear only PROSTITUTION cases. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Commentary: Language of Business (2008-07-18)
Every day, of late, seems to bring more bad news about the economy. But commentator Lee Cullum believes much of this crisis could have been avoided.


Methodist Church Leaders OK Bush Presidential Complex For SMU (2008-07-17)
Church leaders who own Southern Methodist University have approved the contentious George W. Bush Institute, the think tank part of the presidential library coming to campus. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Bush Library Foes Hope to Stop SMU's Plans (2008-07-17)
Sparks could fly this morning between United Methodist leaders over the planned George W. Bush Institute at Southern Methodist University. That's the controversial part of the Bush Library and Museum complex planned for SMU. Opponents want Methodist delegates meeting in Dallas to reject the proposed think tank. They say it'll hurt the church-owned SMU because it's partisan. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports


Fort Worth Mayor Takes Trains to Talk Transit in Dallas (2008-07-17)
Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief had a much longer commute Thursday morning: to DALLAS aboard the Trinity Railway Express and DART. The Mayor led a delegation to meet with DART about light rail and streetcar lines. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


KERA Review: Kara Walker Exhibit (2008-07-17)
Artist Kara Walker uses an old-fashioned art form - the black paper silhouette - in controversial ways to explore issues of power, politics and racism. Commentator Matthew Bourbon has this review of a retrospective of Walker's work at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.


AA loses more than a billion dollars in the 2nd quarter (2008-07-16)
American Airlines lost 1 point 4 billion dollars in the 2nd quarter. KERA's Bill Zeeble has some details.


Dallas County Sheriff Meets with Labor Groups (2008-07-16)
Leaders of the FOUR Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy Associations are cutting the Sheriff some slack. Sheriff Lupe Valdez agreed to meet with the FOUR groups a day after they commandeered the courthouse steps to complain about her leadership. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


GM Employees Await Further Cuts (2008-07-15)
Employee's at the General Motors Plant in Arlington will be on pins and needles until next week. That's when they'll learn whether lay offs and additional production cuts announced today will affect them. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more .


American Airlines Could Furlough Up To 200 Pilots (2008-07-15)
American Airlines says it'll lay off as many as 2-hundred pilots by October. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Fort Worth may Move Downtown Charles Tandy Statue (2008-07-14)
The larger than life bronze statue of Charles Tandy may be leaving downtown Fort Worth, and its place near the former Tandy Center. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Dallas Police Crack Ring of Armed Home Invasion Robbers (2008-07-14)
Dallas Police say they've cracked a dangerous ring of home invasion robbers with the arrest of four men. Police believe they are responsible for as many as 70 violent home invasion robberies over the past three years in North Texas. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Lawmaker Wants to Repeal Campus Handgun Ban (2008-07-14)
A state lawmaker is setting his sights on the handgun ban in effect on college campuses. Representative Joe Driver wants to allow people with concealed handgun licenses to carry their firearms to universities across Texas. Nathan Bernier has more.


Dallas Police Look for Sophisticated Gasoline Thieves (2008-07-11)
Dallas Police have few leads in a different-kind of drive off from a gas station. This one was high tech and involved 350 gallons of stolen gasoline. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


CEO Gives Few Details About Arlington Plant Future (2008-07-10)
The Chief executive for General Motors, in Dallas today, sought to calm concerns about the viability of the company's Arlington Plant which will soon be GM's only SUV producer. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports the visit comes at a difficult time.


Wyly Theatre One Step Closer to Completion (2008-07-10)
In the Dallas Arts District, construction of the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre moved an important step closer to completion yesterday. KERA's Jerome Weeks reports.


Garland Police Elevate Random Shootings to Hate Crimes (2008-07-09)
Garland Police are upgrading charges against a 22 year old man arrested for a three-day roadway shooting spree last week --- categorizing the shootings as hate crimes . KERA's BJ Austin reports.


GM CEO Visits Dallas (2008-07-09)
When General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner addresses the Greater Dallas Chamber tomorrow, auto workers in Arlington will be listening for comments about their plant's future.


Arlington GM Workers in Survival Mode (2008-07-09)
When General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner speaks to the Greater Dallas Chamber on Thursday, GM workers in Arlington will be listening for encouragement. They are being handed what may be the toughest assignment in the GM family: become the sole producers of full-sized SUV's that will sell in a market shifting to fuel efficient vehicles. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on how the auto workers are hoping to meet the challenge.


Disfigured Solidiers Returning Home (2008-07-08)
U.S. soldiers coming home from war often struggle with the return to civilian life. But when a veteran's face is disfigured by severe burns, the challenge to get back to normal becomes an agonizing and prolonged test of will. KUT's Nathan Bernier spent time with two such veterans at rehabilitation facility in San Antonio.


SMU's Energy Institute Applauds Boone Pickens' Plan (2008-07-08)
The director of SMU's McGuire Energy Institute is cheering legendary Dallas oilman T. Boone Pickens and his new PLAN - launched this week to solve U.S. dependence on foreign oil. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


New AA Cuts at DFW International (2008-07-08)
American Airlines could cut another 2-hundred-9 jobs, this time at Texas airports. Most would come from Dallas/Fort Worth International. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


Democrats Debate Texas Two-Step (2008-07-07)
In Austin today Texas Democrats considered changes in the voting system that awarded Hillary Clinton the state's popular primary vote, but gave Barack Obama more delegates overall. Elizabeth Pierson Hernandez has the story from Austin.


Dallas County Commissioners Say They'll Elminate Central Collections (2008-07-07)
Dallas County Commissioners plan to eliminate a traffic ticket loophole that lets some offenders avoid their fines. Violators currently owe the county more than 2-hundred million dollars. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


North Texas Food Bank Launches Ambitious Goal (2008-07-07)
With gas & food prices climbing in a down economy, more and more people are turning to local food pantries. As a result, the North Texas Food Bank, which supplies hundreds of pantries across the region, is feeling the strain. But as KERA's Bill Zeeble reports, instead of tightening its belt, the Bank has just launched an unprecedented goal to feed all those in need.


Overnight Traffic Restrictions for I-30 Bridge Pothole Repair (2008-07-07)
TXDot is at work on I-30 bridge near downtown Dallas - doing Pothole Prevention. Overnight work has begun as crews re-build the bridge deck. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


New Citizens celebrate the Fourth (2008-07-04)
This will be a very special Fourth of July for 25 hundred people across the U.S. They will take the oath of citizenship on Independence Day. KERA's BJ Austin reports on one Irving woman who will celebrate the Fourth as a new U.S. citizen.


Commentary: Fourth of July & Freedom (2008-07-04)
As we celebrate Independence Day, commentator William Holston considers the real meaning of the holiday.


American Airlines Expects More Cuts (2008-07-03)
A day after American Airlines announced it could furlough 900 flight in next month, the Fort Worth carrier said thousands more face the same fate. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Dallas County Releases Yet Another Inmate From DNA Evidence (2008-07-03)
Dallas County has released its 19th inmate, based on DNA evidence. That tops its own national record for exonerations, as KERA's Bill Zeeble reports


Car Dealerships Adapt to the Times (2008-07-03)
Well-designed cars have often been called works of art. These days, car showrooms are becoming works of architecture. But in this economy, it's not just the look of dealerships that has changed. KERA's Jerome Weeks has this report.


American Airlines Could Cut 900 Flight Attendants (2008-07-02)
Fort Worth based American Airlines could furlough as many as 900 flight attendants by the end of next month, due to high fuel costs. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Court Halts Discovery Channel Project in Dallas County Jail (2008-07-02)
It'll be at least two weeks before the Discovery Channel knows if an hour-long documentary about the Dallas County Jail will be in its fall line-up. A Judge has temporarily stopped the project at the request of Dallas County Commissioners. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Private Schools Apply for TEA Dropout Grants (2008-07-02)
The Texas Education Agency has released a list of groups that applied for grants to help high school dropouts get their diplomas. One-tenth of the applicants were private schools. And as KUT's Nathan Bernier reports, that has drawn the ire of some state lawmakers.


Dallas-Fort Worth Has New Plan to Clean the Air (2008-07-01)
Dallas-Fort Worth has come up with a plan to clean up the air and becomes the first non attainment area in the U.S. to submit a State Implementation Plan for approval of the EPA. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Cornyn Joins Republicans Taking Alaskan Refuge Off Drilling Agenda (2008-07-01)
Texas Senator John Cornyn has reiterated his call for more U.S. oil drilling to increase the gas supply. But in a change of strategy, he no longer says we should drill in the arctic refuge. KERA's Bill Zeeble explains.


Call for Dallas to Go Smoke Free in All Buildings (2008-06-30)
The organization Smoke Free Dallas now wants to ban smoking everywhere INDOORS, including full-time bars. KERA's BJ Austin reports on the new campaign.


Treasure Hunters Pack Antiques Roadshow (2008-06-30)
Ever wonder whether the little watercolor you picked up at a flea market is really a priceless masterpiece? And what about grandma's ceramic milk jug-is it valuable? Thousands of North Texan's with similar questions hauled their gadgets and gizmos to the Dallas Convention Center Saturday. Appraisers with the Antiques Roadshow were there with answers, and a TV crew was taping for upcoming broadcasts. KERA's Bill Brown joined the crowd.


DISD Board Approves Spruce Reorganization and Budget (2008-06-27)
In a lengthy, contentious Dallas School Board meeting, trustees approved an unprecedented plan to send 10th and 11th graders of unacceptable Spruce High School to two other schools. Trustees also passed a one-point-2 billion dollar budget that provides no raises to support staff. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


AT&T Moves Headquarters to Dallas (2008-06-27)
AT&T will soon call DALLAS home. The world's largest telecom company is moving its headquarters from San Antonio to downtown Dallas. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


American Airlines Announces More Route Cuts (2008-06-27)
American Airlines and American Eagle are slashing dozens of routes from DFW Airport and other major operations. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


Dallas Dedicates 16 Million for UNT Law School (2008-06-27)
Work will begin soon on a University of North Texas LAW SCHOOL in downtown Dallas - even though state lawmakers haven't actually given the final okay. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Commentary: I'm Walkin', Yes Indeed, I'm Talkin' (2008-06-26)
A recent walk through the woods and the past reminded commentator Tom Dodge of the work still to do in the present on the environment.


Reunion Arena to be Demolished (2008-06-26)
The doors to Reunion Arena will be padlocked July first. Dallas City Council members have voted unanimously to DEMOLISH the 28 year arena. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


American Airlines Cuts More Routes (2008-06-25)
American Airlines and American Eagle are slashing dozens of routes from DFW Airport and other major operations. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


Tarrant County College District Buys Radio Shack's Fort Worth Complex (2008-06-25)
The Tarrant County College District has purchased Radio Shack's downtown Fort Worth complex for 2-hundred-38 million dollars. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


Dallas Votes to Get Tough on Cats and Dogs (2008-06-25)
Dallas has stricter rules for dog and cat owners - a new Animal Control Ordinance passed after three hours of emotional debate at City Hall. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Dallas Mayor Delivers First State of City Address (2008-06-25)
Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert says Dallas is working together and moving ahead. The Mayor delivered his first State of the City speech this morning. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Dallas Zoo Relocating Only Elephant (2008-06-24)
Jenny the Elephant is moving to Mexico. The single elephant at the Dallas Zoo will relocate to Africam Safari Park in Mexico. The move comes after Jenny's best friend, KeKe the elephant, died last month.


ATM Thieves Hit NorthPark (2008-06-24)
Dallas Police investigate another major crime at NorthPark Center. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Governor's Competitiveness Council Favors Controversial Coal and Nuclear Plants (2008-06-24)
Governor Perry's Council on Competitiveness, meeting in Austin, recommends eliminating delays to building both coal and nuclear power plants in Texas. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


Entrepreneur's Summer Job Pays Thousands (2008-06-24)
School's out, and many high schoolers are working summer jobs, like flipping burgers. But young entrepreneur Erick vant' Westeinde is flipping something else: cars. The 18 year old Jesuit High graduate has been so successful the past few years, he's already made a quarter million dollars renovating classic European cars . KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on this year's winner of TCU's Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year.


Commentary: A Memorable Summer Job (2008-06-24)
This time of year, many high school and college students are looking for summer jobs. Commentator Chris Tucker recalls a summer job that gave him far more than a paycheck.


Teenagers Held for Double Murder Shock Police (2008-06-24)
Garland police are very disturbed by the murders of two young men last week and the subsequent jail house confessions of the Dallas teenagers under arrest.


Dallas City Hall May Muzzle Weekly Public Speakers (2008-06-23)
The Dallas City Council may short-circuit the OPEN MIC time at the weekly council meetings. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


GM Cuts Production at Arlington Plant (2008-06-23)
General Motors has announced further production cuts of trucks and sport utility vehicles produced at its Arlington plant. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports, that will mean leaner paychecks for employees.


Mayor of Fort Worth Launches Streetcar Study (2008-06-20)
Streetcar tracks could become part of the downtown Fort Worth cityscape in the next few years. The Mayor has launched a Modern Streetcar Study Committee. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Commentary: New CD from Denton-based Centro-Matic (2008-06-20)
The new release from the Denton-based band Centro-Matic is called "Dual Hawks", but "Dual Personalities" could be equally appropriate. Commentator David Okamoto has a review.


Texas Job Growth Slowing (2008-06-20)
Employment numbers released today show job growth in Texas is still outpacing the nation. But - we're still feeling the downturn, as KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.


Take the Bus on Dump the Pump Day (2008-06-19)
It's Dump the Pump Day. For the third year, the American Public Transportation Association is calling on commuters to park the car and take mass transit. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Fort Worth Library Changes With the Times (2008-06-18)
The Fort Worth Library wants to pump up its profile as a place to go for more than just books. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Dallas City Council Looks at 18 Million in Budget Cuts (2008-06-18)
Eighteen million dollars in city services are on the chopping block at Dallas City Hall as council members grapple with a 25 million dollar shortfall. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


DISD Weighs School Closures (2008-06-18)
Dallas school administrators say H. Grady Spruce High School - rated unacceptable by the Texas Education Agency 3 years in a row - is the most likely to be closed by the TEA. So last night, they laid out options to avoid that. KERA's Bill Zeeble was at the town hall meeting in Spruce high school.


Stop and Go for Red Light Cameras (2008-06-17)
Richardson is adding new red light cameras while Dallas cuts back because of a four million dollar shortfall. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Mansion a Labor of Love for Historians (2008-06-17)
As investigators search for the arsonist who torched the Texas Governor's Mansion, a team of specialist begin restoring the historic treasure. KERA's Judlyne Lilly talked to two men who are part of that team and say their love of the mansion makes the mission bittersweet.


Hood Attorneys Seek Stay (2008-06-17)
Death penalty opponents say tonight's execution of Charles Dean Hood should be stopped because the judge in the case had a conflict of interest. Hood was convicted of murdering a Plano man and his girlfriend two decades ago. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


McCain-Obama Differ on Oil Drilling Ban (2008-06-17)
Tuesday afternoon, John McCain took his energy plan to the center of the country's oil and gas industry - Houston. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports the Obama campaign was reacting to the speech before it was delivered.


Judge Withdraws Execution Warrant (2008-06-17)
Tonight's execution of double murderer Charles Dean Hood has been stopped by a judge. The clock was ticking towards his lethal injection, which had been scheduled for 6 pm. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


New Group Raises Volume on the Industrial Blvd Name Game (2008-06-16)
The battle over a new name for Industrial Boulevard escalated today at Dallas City Hall - pitting Hispanics against Blacks and Anglos on the City Council. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


American Airlines and Pilots' Union Lack Mutual Trust (2008-06-16)
As American Airlines and its pilots near the end of the 2nd year of contentious contract negotiations, they seem as far apart as ever. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


TX Republicans React to Call for Selling Emergency Oil Supply (2008-06-14)
As oil prices continue to climb, Texas Republicans meeting at their state convention debated solutions.


Gov. Perry Previews Legislative Agenda at Convention (2008-06-14)
Governor Rick Perry kicked off the Republican Party's state convention Thursday by outlining some of his priorities for January's legislative session.


TX GOP Debate Gas Price Solutions (2008-06-13)
As oil prices rise to all time highs, Texas Republicans at their state convention in Houston are proposing solutions. KERA's Shelley Kofler is covering the convention and has more on what is becoming the number one issue this election year.


Ron Paul Shifts Campaign (2008-06-13)
Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul of Lake Jackson Texas says he's ending his official Presidential campaign to begin his new Candidate for Liberty campaign. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports from Houston where the GOP is holding its state convention.


Governor Perry Angry Over Mansion Fire (2008-06-13)
Governor Rick Perry isn't just angry and upset about the arson at the Governor's mansion, he's disturbed that someone was able to bypass security and get on the grounds of the home. Judlyne Lilly reports security is very tight around the building today.


Texas Fire Marshall Has Video of Mansion Arsonist (2008-06-13)
The State Fire Marshall says they've seen the person who set fire to the governor's mansion but don't know enough yet to make an arrest. KERA's Judlyne Lilly has more.


Video Shows Mansion Arsonist (2008-06-13)
A video shows someone setting the Governor's Mansion ablaze.


Crane Accident at New Cowboys Stadium (2008-06-12)
This week, North Texas has seen TWO construction-crane accidents within 24 hours. One worker was killed in Dallas; three injured at the new Cowboys stadium in Arlington. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Dallas Launches Summer Food Program (2008-06-12)
Public schools across the state & North Texas have launched or are about to start their summer food programs for low income children, many of whom receive free breakfast and lunch during the school year. The Dallas Independent School District alone will serve nearly a million meals this summer to children up to age 18. The state's Agriculture Commissioner says Texas could do even more. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


TX Republicans Say They Must Energize (2008-06-12)
Texas Republicans kicked off their state convention recalling the defeat Democrats handed them in Dallas County two years ago. From Houston, Shelley Kofler reports on the GOP challenges this November.


Commentary: North Korea (2008-06-12)
President Bush continues to draw low approval ratings in polls about his job performance, but commentator Lee Cullum takes a different on at least one issue.


Exxon Mobil to Sell Its Gas Stations (2008-06-12)
Irving Texas-based Exxon Mobil plans to sell its gas stations and get out of the retail gas business. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


New Call for Death Penalty Debate (2008-06-11)
Texas has resumed executions after a 7-month moratorium, and that has renewed a call in Dallas County for an end to the death penalty. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Paul Supporters Organized for TX GOP Convention (2008-06-11)
Likely Republican Presidential Nominee John McCain will not attend the Texas Republican Convention which kicks off tomorrow. But vanquished GOP contenders Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney will be there. So too will Ron Paul, whose supporters are expected to vocally challenge the selection of 200 delegates to the national convention.


Reunion Arena Headed for the Wrecking Ball (2008-06-10)
Reunion Arena's days are numbered. The vote of a Dallas City Council committee was unanimous to demolish the 28 year old arena. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Commentary: Get A Job (2008-06-10)
Some students will use the summer break for fun and relaxation. For others, it's off to work. Commentator Rawlins Gilliland recalls one memorable summer job.


Downtown Dallas Streetcar Line Gains Momentum (2008-06-09)
Talk about a downtown Dallas STREETCAR line is creating a buzz at City Hall. And one council member is going to bat to get several million dollars to jumpstart the project. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


TX Democrats Consider Scrapping Caucus Voting (2008-06-08)
Texas Democrats ended their state convention Saturday united behind Barak Obama. But they remained divided about the caucus process that gave him a majority of Texas delegates. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports from Austin.


Democratic State Primary Ushers in Support & Unease (2008-06-06)
Many Hillary Clinton supporters in Austin for the Democratic state primary say they're resigned to their candidate suspending her campaign tomorrow, but they're not happy about a Texas primary process that gave her the popular vote, but not the caucus vote. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports from the convention.


Plano Steroids Dealer's Death Ruled Suicide (2008-06-06)
Suicide is the cause of death in the case of a convicted steroids dealer. David Jacobs and his girlfriend were found dead in a Plano home yesterday. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Chelsea Clinton Meeting Supporters Friday Night in Austin (2008-06-06)
Democrats gathered for their state convention in Austin will tonight hear from Chelsea Clinton, on the eve of her mother bowing out of the Presidential Race. KERA's Shelley Kofler is at the convention and has more.


Two Dozen Dallas Parks Targeted for Gas Drilling (2008-06-05)
Natural gas rigs may soon be part of some Dallas parks including the big one along the Trinity. A public hearing in August is the final step toward drilling on city land. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Convention Democrats to Discuss Caucus Changes (2008-06-05)
Democrats gathering in Austin tomorrow for their state convention now know Barack Obama will be the party's Presidential nominee. But some hard feelings over Texas' chaotic, overcrowded primary caucuses still exists.


Dallas D-A to Serve on Statewide Criminal Justice Integrity Unit (2008-06-05)
The Texas Criminal Court of Appeals has named Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins to a new integrity unit . With its creation, Watkins' call for judicial reform is being heard statewide. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Commentary: Support The Veterans, Too (2008-06-05)
We recently recognized Memorial Day in honor of those who've died in war. Veterans Day commemorates those still with us who served in the military. But commentator Tom Dodge believes much more could be done for veterans beyond a holiday.


Dallas County to Hold Line on Taxes and Scrub Budget (2008-06-04)
Dallas County Commissioners promise not to raise taxes. The pledge comes as Commissioners struggle with a 17 million dollar shortfall in the current budget. It's double that in the 2008 budget outlook - if cuts are not made. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Dallas Police Chief Defends Use of Bait Cars Following Fatal Crash (2008-06-04)
The Dallas Police Chief is reviewing policies on the use of bait cars after a crash that killed an 83 year old grandmother. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Teachers Say They're Paying For Budget Shortfall (2008-06-04)
Some Dallas school teachers are protesting planned pay cuts in the upcoming school district budget, saying they shouldn't have to suffer for the district's financial shortfall. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


TX Democrats Urge Obama-Clinton Unity (2008-06-04)
Anchor Lead: The Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party says it's important for Clinton and Obama supporters to unite at this week's state convention in Austin. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports that may be a challenge.


Commentary: Inflation (2008-06-03)
Debate continues over if we're actually in a recession, but no one doubts the economy is cause for concern. Commentator Lee Cullum says the question is what to do about it.


Texas, Tomatoes and Salmonella Part of CDC Investigation (2008-06-03)
RAW TOMATOES are the targets of a 9-state investigation into a rare species of salmonella. Texas reports the most cases. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Polygamist Sect Parents Being Reunited with Children (2008-06-02)
Parents of a West Texas polygamist sect are picking up their children at various foster care locations across the state --- after the judge signed the final order ending one of the largest custody cases in U.S. history. Fort Worth is one reunion location. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


DISD Teachers Plan Protest (2008-06-02)
Some Dallas school teachers and support workers plan to protest a proposed pay cuts they say will cost them up to 5 thousand dollars a year. KERA's Bill Zeeble explains


Some Council Members Hesitant to bulldoze Dallas' Reunion Arena (2008-06-02)
The doors to Reunion Arena MAY be padlocked at the end of this month with demolition in the future. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Volunteers Hope to Head Off End-of-School Violence (2008-05-30)
More than a dozen Dallas Public School campuses are on a hot list for possible VIOLENCE as the school year comes to an end. A new community group wants to stop it before it starts. So, they're taking the concept of Hall Monitors to the streets. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


14-1: What Dallas Is Like Today (2008-05-29)
In the 20 yrs since a lawsuit forced a change to the Dallas City Council, the number of minority members has grown. Those aren't the only changes. In Part 3 of our series Sharing the Power, KERA's Bill Zeeble reports that the distribution of city resources has also shifted, to the benefit of once neglected parts of town. But some still worry about the current form of government.


Court strikes down Farmers Branch illegal immigrant ordinance (2008-05-29)
The Farmers Branch ordinance aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from renting in the city is unconstitutional. That's the ruling from Dallas federal judge Sam Lindsey. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Democratic Officials Hear Presidential Delegate Challenges (2008-05-29)
The Texas fight for presidential delegates continues today in Grand Prairie, where Democratic party officials are hearing delegate challenges. The state's Democratic convention meets next week. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Exxon Mobil Shareholders Reject All Stockholder Proposals (2008-05-29)
At their annual Dallas meeting, Exxon Mobil stockholders overwhelmingly rejected moves to separate the chairman from his additional CEO title. They also shot down every other proposal, from setting greenhouse gas goals to issuing climate change reports. Yet more calls for change came from outside, as KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Dallas and 14-1: History of the Voting Rights Lawsuit That Changed City Government (2008-05-28)
Sam Baker recounts what led to the lawsuit and voting plan that changed how Dallas elects its city officials.


Commentary: Myanmar (Burma) (2008-05-28)
Commentator William Holston reflects on the tragedy in Myanmar and its immigrants who live in north Texas.


Exxon Mobil Shareholders Reject All Reform Proposals (2008-05-28)
At their annual Dallas meeting, Exxon Mobil stockholders overwhelmingly rejected moves to separate the chairman from his additional CEO title. They also shot down every other proposal, from setting greenhouse gas goals to issuing climate change reports. Yet more calls for change came from outside, as KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Fate of Farmers Branch Elections in Judge's hands (2008-05-28)
A federal judge will now decide HOW Farmers Branch elects its City Council members. Three Hispanic residents are suing to change the at-large election system to single member districts: one of them majority Hispanic , which would assure a Latino Council member. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Lawsuits Seek Single-Member Districts in Farmers Branch, Irving (2008-05-27)
Sharing The Power Series: Part 1: This week, on radio and TV, KERA marks the 20th anniversary of a voting rights lawsuit that lead to more minorities on the Dallas City Council. In this report, Shelley Kofler looks at the racially-charged climate in Farmers Branch, where Hispanics say they need representation at city hall, but claim the election system prevents it.


Farmers Branch At-Large Elections Challenged in Court (2008-05-27)
The political stakes are high for Farmers Branch in a Dallas Courtroom as the judge hears arguments against the city's current at-large election system. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


ExxonMobil Faces Protests From Founders' Relatives (2008-05-27)
Irving based energy giant Exxon Mobil will see the usual share of protesters outside its annual stockholders meeting tomorrow morning at the Meyerson symphony center. But some protesters inside include relatives of company founder John Rockefeller. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports


Economist: "AA cutbacks will affect Texas economy" (2008-05-22)
Cutbacks and layoffs announced by American Airlines will have a ripple effect throughout North Texas - according to one local economist - who also predicts major changes in the airline industry in the face of 130-dollar-a-barrel oil. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Appeals Court: CPS Wrong to Seize Children from Compound (2008-05-22)
An Appeals Court says the state had NO RIGHT to seize more than 450 children from a West Texas polygamist compound. The ruling leaves those involved speculating about what happens next. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Dallas Homeless Spend First Night in new Center (2008-05-21)
Many of the Dallas homeless had a roof over their heads Tuesday night, after the grand opening of the Dallas Homeless Assistance Center. It has sleeping area for more than 300, as well as 19 counseling, health, employment, and housing organizations on the campus. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Illegal Immigration Foe Becomes Mayor (2008-05-21)
This week new mayors are taking the oath of office in a number of North Texas towns, including Carrollton, Frisco and Mansfield. Last night Farmer's Branch said good-bye to its long-time mayor and seated his controversial successor. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.


Southwest's Kelleher Gets Grand Send-Off (2008-05-21)
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher today presided over his last shareholders meeting as company chairman. And those in attendance made sure it was a lovefest. KERA's Sam Baker reports.


Two New Mayors Plan Alliance on Illegal Immigration (2008-05-21)
Illegal immigration is at the top of the list for two suburban-Dallas Mayors - both sworn into office last night. Carrollton's new Mayor, Ron Branson says he'll forge a new partnership with neighboring Farmers Branch to address the issue. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


American Announces New Fees, Layoffs (2008-05-21)
American Airlines is blaming record fuel prices for cost saving measures that will result in layoffs and new customer fees. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.


New Mayors to be Sworn in this week (2008-05-20)
Several North Texas cities are swearing-in new Mayors this week. They'll face a variety of challenges; from managing rapid growth to illegal immigration.


Legislators Consider Technical Careers (2008-05-20)
What's the best way to prepare high school students for the workforce? Texas lawmakers put that question to business and academic leaders today at a State Senate Committee hearing on Career and Technical Education. As KUT's Nathan Bernier reports - some experts are concerned that No Child Left Behind may be leaving a lot of vocational students in the dust.


NAACP picks Benjamin Jealous as new President (2008-05-19)
On Sunday, worshippers at Dallas' Friendship West Baptist Church learned the details behind their pastor's NOT being chosen to lead the NAACP. They thought Rev. Frederick Haynes was the organization's favorite candidate., but learned 35-year old Benjamin Jelous of Amnesty International USA would get the job. KERA's Steve Cumming has more.


Dallas Opens New Homeless Shelter (2008-05-19)
Dallas cuts the ribbon on its new, 23 million dollar Homeless Assistance Center this afternoon. It comes after years of debating a site, and how to best help the hardcore homeless. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Dallas Gives Green Light to Convention Center Hotel (2008-05-16)
The debate was intense, and not everyone agreed, but in the end, the Dallas City Council voted 11-2 in favor of a Convention Center Hotel. KERA's BJ Ausin reports


Dallas Investigates Fee Charged by Tow Company (2008-05-16)
Dallas City Hall wants to know WHY a local towing company is charging a fee that no one's ever heard-of. The city calls the inquiry a prosecution in progress. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Commentary: Bad Idea Day (2008-05-16)
We seemingly have a day, week or month honoring anything that appeared to be a good idea. That said, commentator Matthew Broyles offers a counter proposal.


Local Chinese Community Rallies for Quake Victims (2008-05-16)
The Chinese Community in North Texas is doing its part to help victims of Monday's 7.9 earthquake in the Sichuan Province. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


New Home for Think Video (2008-05-15)
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New Home for CEO Video (2008-05-15)
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Dallas Adds Name to Police Memorial (2008-05-14)
Dallas Police have added another name to the downtown Police Memorial: Senior Corporal Victor Lozada, killed in a motorcycle crash while escorting Senator Hillary Clinton's motorcade. KERA's BJ Austin was at the city's annual Police Memorial ceremony as Mayor Tom paid tribute to the 78 Dallas Police officers killed in the line of duty.


New Database Tracks Insurance Coverage (2008-05-14)
The state will begin using a car insurance data base to determine whether a driver has coverage - as required by law. But as KUT's Ben Philpott reports - the system is not without its critics.


Hewlett Packard buys Electronic Data Systems (2008-05-13)
The 14 billion dollar purchase of Plano-based EDS by Hewlett-Packard has been approved by both boards. Each company praises the deal, but local workers may worry about layoffs, and for good reason, reports KERA's Bill Zeeble.


23 Dallas Schools in Line for Special Makeovers (2008-05-13)
Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert has launched Operation Front Door the final education initiative he promised during his campaign. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Court Settlement Means Refunds for Allstate Customers (2008-05-12)
Texas homeowners insured by Allstate are getting a refund. KERA's BJ Austin explains.


Farmers Branch Leader Who Pushed Tough Illegal Immigration Ordinance Elected Mayor (2008-05-12)
He overwhelmingly defeated his opponent in Saturday's election. with 64 percent of the vote. Now, Tim O'Hare is the Mayor-elect of Farmer's Branch. Widely known for his ordinances against illegal immigration, O'Hare says there's a lot more he wants for his town than ridding it of illegal immigrants. On election night, O'Hare talked with KERA's Bill Zeeble.


Hewlett Packard Negotiating To Buy Plano's EDS (2008-05-12)
Computer services giant Electronic Data Systems, with headquarters in Plano, has confirmed it might be sold to high-tech power house, Hewlett-Packard. The price could 13 billion dollars. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


Guilty Pleas Cap Texas Syndicate Prosecution (2008-05-12)
Three members of the violent prison gang, the Texas Syndicate, cut deals with prosecutors on the first day of their high-profile trial. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Community Garden turns 20 in Dallas (2008-05-12)
In North Texas, more and more people are getting their hands dirty. Community Gardening is becoming a popular pastime. One garden in East Dallas celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. KERA's Rachael Dunlap has more.


Mayor Gears Re-Elected In Irving (2008-05-11)
Mayor Gears defeated two challengers in Irving, and wins outright for a 2nd term as Mayor. KERA's BJ Austin has more.


Dallas Passes $1.35 Billion School Bond (2008-05-11)
Dallas voters have approved a $1.3 billion bond package that will pay to build and renovate public schools. But supporters say the vote: 54-percent in favor and 46-percent against- was also a wake up call, as KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.


DISD's Next Steps (2008-05-11)
Dallas school officials expect to choose the first firms to build and renovate schools within the next 90 days. That thanks to voter approval of the $1.3 billion bond proposal Saturday. But Superintendent Michael Hinojosa says the relatively close vote also delivered a message that citizens want financial management problems cleared up.


Illegal Immigration Influences Farmers Branch and Irving Elections (2008-05-11)
Branch Mayoral races. We have reports now on each election, starting with Bill Zeeble's story from Farmers Branch, and BJ Austin's in Irving.


Commentary: Popular Vote (2008-05-09)
A longer than expected Democratic primary race has raised interest in re-evaluating how the U.S. chooses its president. Commentator Lee Cullum knows of a proposal out there worth considering.


North Texans vote Saturday in some hot elections tied to illegal immigrants (2008-05-09)
It's election day tomorrow, with the hottest races in Irving and Farmers Branch. So hot in fact, federal monitors will be there. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


DISD Bond Supporters Defend District (2008-05-08)
Former Mayor Ron Kirk is leading an effort to pass a 1.35 billion-dollar school bond in Dallas on Saturday. It would pay for 15 new schools, additional classrooms and renovations. Today Kirk responded to questions about why voters should trust DISD with the money while concerns exist about the district's financial management


Dallas County D-A Leads Reform of Justice System (2008-05-08)
Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins was a key player in an Innocence Roundtable at the State Capitol. Dallas County has more wrongfully convicted inmates released from prison because of DNA than anywhere else. KERA's BJ Austin sat down with District Attorney Watkins to talk about that, and what happens next.


Dallas Zoo Celebrates Oldest Gorilla in Captivity (2008-05-08)
Happy Birthday to Jenny! She is the world's oldest captive gorilla, and the Dallas Zoo threw a big party this week. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


DISD Bond Vote Tests Faith in District (2008-05-08)
Here's a fact: a number of Dallas schools are crumbling, poorly equipped or too crowded. Here's another fact: questions about board members receiving millions in contracts and delays in releasing an audit have raised questions about how school money is spent. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports voter trust will be an issue Saturday as Dallas decides on 1.35 billion dollars in school improvements.


American Airlines Leads in Late Arrivals (2008-05-07)
American Airlines ranked last in on-time arrivals and most frequently delayed flights in March, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


Dallas Budget Writers Start with Red Ink (2008-05-07)
The Dallas City Council is in the hole as it starts work on next year's 2 billion dollar budget. KERA's BJ Austin has the story


Commentary: Brazil Shows Oil Not Alcohol Is Key to Energy Independence (2008-05-07)
Advocates of producing ethanol as an alternative fuel sources thought the U.S. could mirror the success of Brazil. Commentator Sterling Burnett explains why he thinks it hasn't and won't happen.


Fort Worth Wants to Get Everyone Talking (2008-05-07)
Fort Worth is in a growth spurt, and the Mayor want to get input from everyone. What should Fort Worth look like in 15 or 20 years? To do that, the city is launching a series of town hall meetings. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Illegal Immigration Remains Hot In Irving Mayor's Race (2008-05-07)
The battle over deporting illegal immigrants is front and center in Irving, which has deported more illegal immigrants from its jail than any other city in the country. There's a 3-way race for mayor there right now, and one challenger says the incumbent hasn't done enough to solve the problem. Another says it's done too much. KERA Bill Zeeble reports.


Illegal Immigration Drives Farmers Branch Mayoral race (2008-05-06)
The council member who put the national immigration spotlight on Farmers Branch is running for mayor. Tim O'Hare wrote the ordinance aimed at keeping illegal immigrants out of the city. Businessman and volunteer Gene Bledsoe opposes him, saying O'Hare's policies are bad for Farmer's Branch. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Big Home Builder D R Horton Suffers Big Quarterly Loss (2008-05-06)
DR Horton, the nation's largest homebuilder headquartered in Fort Worth, lost more than a billion dollars in the 2nd quarter. The company blames the troubled housing market. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports


Large Pothole on I-30 Bridge Slows Overnight Traffic (2008-05-05)
Tx DOT is assuring afternoon commuters the I-30 bridge over the Trinity River at Beckley is SAFE - after an all-night repair job to fix a bottomless pothole in the center lane. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Dallas Museum of Art opens $27 million learning center (2008-05-02)
The Dallas Museum of Art opens a $27 million learning center and KERA's Jerome Weeks tells us that this weekend, you can see it for free.


Commentary: God, Government and Gasoline (2008-05-02)
The latest figures show the U.S. economy continues to grow, but at a snail's pace. Commentator Tom Dodge understands consumer fears, but does that explain what he's seeing of late?


Some Electricity Providers Will Offer a Moratorium on Disconnects (2008-05-01)
Some Texas electricity providers will offer a moratorium on power disconnects this summer, so at-risk consumers won't suffer heat-related illnesses or death. KERA s Bill Zeeble has more.


Student Deaths Prompt Substance Abuse Solutions (2008-04-30)
Southern Methodist University President Gerald Turner is recommending a ban on alcohol at all campus parties including fraternity events. He's also accepting most recommendations from a task force put together after student deaths tied to substance abuse. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Innocence Summit Scheduled for Austin (2008-04-30)
A state lawmaker has called an urgent summit for next week in Austin to look for ways to prevent innocent people from being convicted. KERA's Shelley Kofler Reports


DNA Frees Another Dallas County Man (2008-04-30)
For the 17th time, a wrongfully-convicted Dallas County inmate is a free man - after spending more time in prison than any other U.S. inmate subsequently cleared by DNA. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Dallas Homebuilding Giant Centex Loses Big In 4th Quarter (2008-04-30)
Home building giant Centex, headquartered here in Dallas, lost nearly a billion dollars in the 4th quarter, reflecting the serious decline in the housing market. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Study Shows More Autism Near Texas Coal Plants (2008-04-30)
Parents and children with picket signs rallied outside the downtown Dallas federal courthouse today to draw attention to new information about MERCURY pollution and autism. KERA's BJ Austin was there.


DART Seeing Green With Money From Feds (2008-04-30)
The money wasn't completely unexpected, but DART officials breathed a sign of relief yesterday when the US Department of Transportation agreed to cut an annual check for $84.5 million dollars. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on how the money will be spent.


Officials: Abuse of Boys Possible at Polygamist Compound (2008-04-30)
Child welfare authorities say they are now investigating the possible sexual abuse of boys taken from a polygamist community in West Texas.


Rev. Wright Preaches Social Justice in Dallas (2008-04-28)
Barack Obama's controversial pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright received an enthusiastic welcome yesterday at Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas. It was one of his first public appearances since clips from past sermons raised a storm on the campaign trail. KERA's BJ Austin reports


Border Fence Hearing (2008-04-28)
Texas Congressman Solomon Ortiz and 13 other Democrats in the US House are joining in a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security.


CEO, April 25, 2008 (2008-04-25)
A global real estate developer behind some of the building cranes towering over Uptown, Harwood International begins construction on a new 27-story office tower on the site of the former St. Ann Catholic school. This month, host Lee Cullum talks with Harwood founder and CEO Gabriel Barbier-Mueller about his plans for future development in the Design District and talks about whether or not we'll encounter another overbuilding crisis in Dallas like the 1980s.


Commentary: The Judy's (2008-04-25)
Music commentator David Okamoto looks back on the short-lived, but influential career of the rock band, The Judy's.


Audit Finds Air Traffic Control Managers Hid Mistakes (2008-04-24)
The FAA is placing new oversight on Dallas-Fort Worth air traffic controllers after two managers were found to be routinely and intentionally misclassifying operational errors - that's when planes violate distance requirements. KERA's BJ Austin has the story.


Dallas City Council Delays Land Purchase (2008-04-23)
The Dallas City Council has delayed a vote on buying 8 acres of downtown land for a convention center hotel but the Mayor says the project is still on track. KERA's BJ Austin has the story.


Calderon Says Immigrant Workers Fuel U.S.-Mexican Economies (2008-04-23)
Mexican President Felipe Calderon told Dallas's top executives yesterday: U.S. business investment in Mexico will create jobs that allow Mexicans to work at home. President Calderon also met with members of the Institute of Mexican's abroad, a government agency with immigration advisors in the United States. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on what they want, and what the President promised to do.


State's Top Lawyer Defends CPS Custody of Children from Polygamist Ranch. (2008-04-22)
The Texas Attorney General says the 437 children from the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints ranch in West Texas will STAY in state custody for a long time while their parents are identified and the investigation continues into the practices of the polygamist sect. KERA's BJ Austin has more


State Lawmakers Seek More Regulation of Topless Clubs (2008-04-22)
A State House committee wants to crack down on topless clubs and other sexually oriented businesses after DALLAS made national headlines after discovery of 12 year old girl dancing nude at a club. KERA's BJ Austin has the story.


Arts Magnet High School returns to Dallas' Arts District (2008-04-22)
At the new Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, construction and unpacking continue. And students are exploring the home they've waited two years to return to. KERA's Jerome Weeks has this report.


Commentary: Thoughts About Gardening (2008-04-18)
As spring comes to North Texas, commentator Chris Tucker celebrates an annual ritual.


Dallas County DA looks for death penalty debate (2008-04-17)
The Dallas County District Attorney is hoping an opinion on lethal injection from the U.S. Supreme Court will spark new debate about the death penalty. KERA's BJ Austin has the story.


Commentary: Scared to Death (2008-04-17)
Commentator Rawlins Gilliland writes about conquering your fears.


Judge to Decide Fate of Seized Children (2008-04-16)
Tomorrow a judge in West Texas will begin deciding who should have custody of more than 400 children removed from a polygamist ranch. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more.


Commentary: Virginia Tech: One Year Later (2008-04-16)
The nation learned of its worst college campus shooting on this date in 2007. Commentator Dawn McMullan wonders if we as a society have learned anything from what happened.


DNA frees a Garland man after 23 years in prison. (2008-04-16)
49 year old Thomas McGowan, from Garland, is a free man after 23 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He is the 16th person convicted in Dallas County to be exonerated by a DNA test. KERA's BJ Austin has the story.


A Plano Pakistani Imam Fights Deportation (2008-04-15)
A Muslim Imam from Plano must wait another two weeks before any movement on a request to STOP his deportation to Pakistan. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Peanut Butter Cookies Worth a Million (2008-04-15)
After tasting one hundred recipes in a single day, Pillsbury bake-off judges today announced the million dollar winner at Dallas' Fairmont hotel. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.


AA Pilots Launch New Picket Strategy (2008-04-15)
American Airlines pilots walked-the-picket line at DFW Airport and in front of a couple of high-profile American Airlines corporate customers today -- the Dallas Cowboys and the Staubach Corporation. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Commentary: Van Cliburn & the Cold War (2008-04-14)
Olin Chism looks back on the importance of Van Cliburn's win at the first Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958.


Texas Cooks Compete for $1 Million (2008-04-14)
Tomorrow Morning at Dallas' Fairmont Hotel the winner of the 43rd Pillsbury bake off will be awarded $1-million dollars.


Teachers cheer talk about changing TAKS (2008-04-14)
Momentum to make big changes to the TAKS test is getting some applause from a Dallas teachers' group. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Van Cliburn: The Man and his Music (2008-04-14)
On this date 50 years ago, Van Cliburn won the first Tchaikovsky International Piano competition in Moscow. At the height of the cold war, & just months after Communist Russia's Sputnik satellite shocked Americans, Cliburn's victory on Russian turf was shocking in its own way. But the pianist never felt like a victorious cold warrior. Instead, he embraced the Russians and music fans worldwide with his artistry. And in return, local fans embraced him. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


New Database Combats Texas Copper theft (2008-04-11)
A statewide computer database is the newest weapon in the war on copper thieves. KERA's BJ Austin reports.


American Airlines Aiming for Normal Operations by Monday (2008-04-11)
American Airlines is predicting all inspections of it's MD-80 fleet will be done by late tomorrow, but flight delays may continue through the weekend.


Think, April 11, 2008 (2008-04-11)
Should elections be less competitive? We'll talk this evening with UTD Associate Professor of Political Science, Thomas L. Brunell, Ph. D.. His new book is "Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections are Bad for America".


American Passengers Grounded (2008-04-10)
Today - for the third day in a row -American airlines expects to cancel more flights, as it continues re-inspections mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports the cancellations have already affected more than 100-thousand passengers.


Cannaday to Face Valdez in Dallas Sheriff Race (2008-04-10)
Former Dallas County Sheriff Jim Bowles will not get his old job back. He was overwhelmed in yesterday's republican run-off race by former Irving Police Chief Lowell Cannaday. Cannaday got 89-percent of the vote compared to Bowles 11% . KERA's Shelley Kofler reports the stage is now set for November.


Storms Tear Through Texas (2008-04-10)
Storms that roared across North Texas early this morning tore off roofs and toppled trees. KERA's BJ Austin has more.


Commentary: YouTube and Obama (2008-04-10)
Commentator Merrie Spaeth explains how YouTube is helping to change the approach to political campaign ads.


More AA Cancellations, More Stranded Passengers (2008-04-10)
Another day of cancelled American Airlines left many travelers at DFW Airport stranded and more than a little frustrated. KERA's BJ Austin has more .


American Airlines Flights Grounded (2008-04-09)
Tens of thousands of American Airlines passengers had their flights cancelled yesterday and today, as the airlines grounds planes for federally mandated inspections. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports DFW airport is among the airports hit hardest.


Dallas Council May Require Green Building (2008-04-08)
Dallas's residential and commercial builders may be forced to go green. It's all up to city council members who will vote on new energy-saving requirements Wednesday, as KERA's BJ Austin reports.


Commentary: Problems R.I.P. (2008-04-08)
Commentator Tom Dodge is having a problem with what some might be tempted to call "language issues". Those who would do so are part of the problem.


Think, April 4, 2008 (2008-04-08)
Before you argue that cattle put Fort Worth on the map, consider the importance of Art in the city's 20th Century rise to prominence. Fort Worth native, professor and critic Dave Hickey talks with Krys Boyd. Also, Alex Gibney on his new documentary covering the life of Hunter S. Thompson.


Challenges for Arlington's new Superintendent (2008-04-07)
Sam Baker profiles Arlington's new school superintendent.


Black Ministers' Still Calling for Social Justice (2008-04-04)
On this 40th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., some black ministers believe it's more important than ever to highlight the social justice challenges Dr. King preached about. They say the recent controversy surrounding sermons delivered by Barak Obama's pastor underscore a misunderstanding about what black ministers are saying.


FAA, Airlines Face Grilling over Safety Procedures (2008-04-03)
Southwest Airlines, the aviation industry, and the Federal Aviation Administration came under fire in Washington today. That's where the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure held hearings on the FAA's Safety procedures. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


Dallas jails face new inspections, tragic past (2008-04-03)
This week Dallas County leaders are on their toes as federal investigators again inspect the county jails where a number of inmates have suffered injury and death.


2 Veteran Republicans Fight to Face Dallas Sheriff Valdez (2008-04-02)
GOP officials are already saying this fall's Dallas County Sheriff's race will be among the hottest regional races in Texas. That's why Tuesday's runoff between Republicans Lowell Cannaday and former Dallas County Sheriff Jim Bowles is being so closely watched. Both men say they're the best person to beat incumbent Democrat Lupe Valdez. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports on the runoff.


Southwest Officials to Testify Following FAA Audit (2008-04-02)
Southwest airlines executives and the FAA are scheduled to testify in Washington today about airlines safety. The hearings come one day after the FAA results of a safety audit. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more.


Democratic Conventions (2008-03-31)
Thousands of confused Democratic delegates want changes to the party's caucus system following this weekends bewildering Senatorial District Conventions. While Barack Obama gained more delegates than Hillary Clinton in big cities, it's unclear who will win the most statewide. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports the party is clear it wants to fix the caucus problems. It just doesn't know how.


CEO, March 28, 2008 (2008-03-29)
CEO Trevor Fetter heads the nation's second-largest private hospital chain in the country. Plagued by government investigations including Medicare fraud, record settlements and mounting debt, the CEO of Tenet Healthcare believes the corporation has turned a corner on its problems.


Black Ministers (2008-03-28)
In Dallas Friday, black ministers who had planned to honor Barack Obama's embattled pastor instead defended him. The Reverend Jeremiah Wright cancelled plans to attend the two-day black church forum after public criticism of remarks Wright made during sermons. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on the black ministers' perspective.


American Airlines cancellations (2008-03-27)
For the 2nd day in a row, American Airlines canceled more than a hundred flights in order to double check safety standards on its fleet of MD-80s. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


Commentary: Admiral Fallon (2008-03-27)
Earlier this month, Admiral William Fallon resigned as commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East. Commentator Lee Cullum questions why this move had to happen.


Texas Growth (2008-03-27)
There was a general sense of celebration among state officials as the U.S. Census Bureau said the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area-for the second year in a row- leads the nation in population growth. Austin, San Antonio and Houston also ranked among the top ten. But what's behind the numbers? KERA's Shelley Kofler talked to Dr Karl Eschbach, the director of the state data center and asked- is this rapid growth good?


English Language Program Draws Complaints (2008-03-26)
The Texas State Board of Education is scheduled to vote Thursday on a controversial English language curriculum that would guide public schools for the next ten years. As we hear from Nathan Bernier, the board has heard complaints from dozens of teachers.


Working at Home (2008-03-25)
For years, some people have done relatively simple office jobs, working at home. Others may have wished they could. Now, thanks to ever-improving technology, a number of tasks once done exclusively in the office can be done at home. Bill Zeeble looks at one business doing just that.


Dallas Arsons (2008-03-24)
Following the latest Oak Cliff car fire early Monday, where a Constable's car burned, Dallas officials say they're cracking down. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Think, Mar. 21, 2008 (2008-03-24)
Who are the new Christians and how does their religious practice differ from the traditional church? We'll talk this evening with Tony Jones, author of "The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier". Also, ERA producer Sujata Dand discusses her documentary "Texas Trailblazer: Louise Raggio."


Review: Martin Puryear (2008-03-21)
Elegant, simple, homey. Jerome Weeks explains why those words describe a Minimalist sculpture exhibit in Fort Worth.


Interview: "Bob Bullock: God Bless Texas" (2008-03-21)
KERA's Sam Baker talks with journalists Dave McNeely and Jim Henderson about their new biography of former Lt. Governor Bob Bullock.


Interview: "Bob Bullock: God Bless Texas" (full version) (2008-03-21)
Full-length version of Sam Baker's interview with journalists Dave McNeely and Jim Henderson about their new biography of former Lt. Governor Bob Bullock.


Texas Trailblazer:Louise Raggio (2008-03-19)
40 years ago, Texas women couldn't own property, secure a bank loan or start a business without their husband's consent. Dallas attorney Louise Raggio single handedly changed all of that. In honor of Women's History Month, KERA produced a half hour documentary on the life of this Texas Trailblazer. KERA's Sujata Dand shares an excerpt.


Think, Mar. 14, 2008 (2008-03-18)
Host Krys Boyd talks with journalists Dave McNeely and Jim Henderson who write about "The Largest Texan" in their new book "Bob Bullock: God Bless Texas."


Severe Storms Impact Region's Airports (2008-03-18)
Heavy storms and high winds have plagued the region all day including the major airports. Thousands are stranded because of heavy flight cancellations. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Democratic Party Rejects Clinton Request (2008-03-17)
The Democratic party of Texas has turned down a Clinton campaign request to delay party conventions until the identity of caucus participants can be validated. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports the Clinton campaign lawyers are now reviewing options.


State Teams With HUD To Fight Foreclosures (2008-03-17)
Foreclosures across Dallas Fort Worth are up nearly 20 percent compared to a year ago. And the economy remains sluggish. Now, Texas has a hotline to help homeowners keep their homes. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Shaw Funerals (2008-03-13)
Funeral services for Rufus Shaw and his wife, Lynn Flynt Shaw will be held next Tuesday. Dallas police the prominent couple died following a suicide pact. KERA's Bill Brown reports the investigation has also uncovered evidence of financial difficulties.


Southwest Airlines Update (2008-03-13)


Southwest has completed yesterday's reinspection of 38 planes that were grounded following questions about whether the original checks had been done properly.


Cong. Johnson Believes FAA "Negligent" (2008-03-12)
Dallas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson met Wednesday afternoon with Southwest Airlines executives. She says she left the meeting believing the Federal Aviation Administration bears some responsibility for Southwest planes flying without required inspections, as KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.


Southwest Airlines Planes Grounded (2008-03-12)
Southwest Airlines has grounded 44 planes to reinspect for possible structural damage. The decision comes in the midst of an investigation into the airline's flying of planes that hadn't received critical safety inspections. Shelley Kofler reports from Dallas.


Review: Mudbone (2008-03-11)
A novel set in Jim Crow South became an award winner before it arrived in bookstores. But Jerome Weeks says the book has its faults.


Think, Mar. 7, 2008 (2008-03-11)
Author Ted Fishman on China's meteoric rise on the world stage; DMN business columnist Cheryl Hall on her recent series regarding the millennial generation.


Think, Mar. 7, 2008 (2008-03-11)
Author Ted Fishman on China's meteoric rise on the world stage; DMN business columnist Cheryl Hall on her recent series regarding the millennial generation.


Think, Mar. 7, 2008 (2008-03-11)
Author Ted Fishman on China's meteoric rise on the world stage; DMN business columnist Cheryl Hall on her recent series regarding the millennial generation.


Political columnist and former DART chair killed in apparent murder-suicide (2008-03-11)
INTRO: Police are awaiting autopsy and toxicology reports on the apparent murder suicide last night involving political columnist and blogger Rufus Shaw Jr. and his wife former DART board chair Lynn Flint Shaw. KERA's Sam Baker has more.


Community Stunned at Power Couple's Death (2008-03-11)
The deaths of Rufus and Lynn Flint Shaw last night have stunned Dallas' political community where the couple was well known. Among the most shocked was State Senator Royce West who retrieved a phone message foretelling the tragedy. As KERA's Shelly Kofler reports.


Think, Mar. 7, 2008 (2008-03-11)
Author Ted Fishman on China's meteoric rise on the world stage; DMN business columnist Cheryl Hall on her recent series regarding the millennial generation.


Commentary: Erykah Badu: "Honey" and Vinyl (2008-03-07)
The latest video from Dallas-based singer Erykah Badu is a trip down memory lane for 70s and 80s music lovers, but commentator David Okamoto says the video also speaks in a way to the present.


Primary's effect noticeable for Democrats (2008-03-07)
As Obama and Clinton camps continue to debate the winner of Texas delegate votes, the enormous primary turnout produced one big victory. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.


Inclement Weather Closings for Friday, March 7 (2008-03-07)
The following institutions have confirmed these closings or delays with KERA.


Commentary: Public Sense of Identity (2008-03-06)
How much does our place of origin determine our sense of who we are? Commentator Chris Tucker has been pondering that question.


Election Night Coverage (2008-03-06)
On March 4, KERA Public Broadcasting provided live, election night coverage of the Texas Primary. KERA's Shelley Kofler; Bud Kennedy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; SMU Political Science Professor Dennis Simon and Texas Weekly Editor Ross Ramsey provided analysis of local races and the Clinton-Obama contest.


Election Night Coverage (2008-03-06)
On March 4, KERA Public Broadcasting provided live, election night coverage of the Texas Primary. KERA's Shelley Kofler; Bud Kennedy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; SMU Political Science Professor Dennis Simon and Texas Weekly Editor Ross Ramsey provided analysis of local races and the Clinton-Obama contest.


John McCain clinches GOP bid in Texas (2008-03-05)
John McCain was the last Republican candidate standing as Texas voters last night made him the party's presidential nominee. McCain chose Dallas for his victory celebration, as KERA's Bill Brown reports.


GOP runoff in Dallas County Sheriff primary (2008-03-05)
Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez won her Democratic primary, but KERA's Rachel Stone reports there's a runoff on the Republican side.


Texas Local Contests (2008-03-05)
Tuesday night it appeared as though Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez might be headed for a runoff race with Democrat Roy Williams.


Mike Huckabee concedes in Irving, TX (2008-03-05)
Mike Huckabee conceded the race to John McCain last night in Irving, but KERA's Kim Malcolm reports the former Arkansas governor's volunteers still see him as the future of the Republican party.


Precinct conventions draw large crowds after Texas Primaries (2008-03-05)
Thousands of Democrats clogged polling places across the state as they lined up for the precinct conventions after regular voting ended. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports on the caucus process from one Dallas location, where hundreds of voters showed up to declare their preference for Senators Clinton or Obama.


Obama - Clinton Strategies (2008-03-04)
In the past few weeks the Presidential campaigns have spent millions of dollars, and the candidates have stumped hundreds of hours , all to court Texas voters. And when the polls close at 7:00 tonight, the strategists will be watching to see if their efforts paid off. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.


Young Voters May Make a Difference at the Polls (2008-03-03)
We've heard a lot about young people making a difference in this year's election. Rachael Dunlap is an SMU student tracking the youth vote. With one day left until our Texas Primary, she tried to get a feel for whether the expected surge of young voters will really happen.


Texas' Caucus Vote (2008-03-03)
In advance of tomorrow's big primary, many have heard about the so-called Texas 2-step, the caucus process that will select 30 percent of the state's national Democratic delegates - delegates who will vote for the presidential nominee. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on what caucus voters need to know.


Clinton Camp: Media Has Annointed Obama (2008-02-29)
Friday morning Hillary Clinton joined thousands of mourners in a motorcade accompanying the body of a fallen Dallas officer. Sr. Cpl. Victor Lozada Tirado was killed Feb. 22 when his cycle crashed while escorting the Senator's motorcade.


CEO, February 29, 2008 (2008-02-29)
CEO Mike Ullman took over the top post at JC Penney in 2004 on the heels of the company's revival under former CEO Allen Questrom. On CEO, Ullman talks with host Lee Cullum about the future of the nation's third-largest department store chain.


Commentary: Public attitudes about voting (2008-02-29)
The role of Texas in choosing the Democratic presidential nominee has likely led to the high turnout in early voting. But commentator Jennifer Nagorka wonders what becomes of that voter excitement after the choice is made.


Cliburn Celebration (2008-02-29)
Tomorrow, Fort Worth officially celebrates the 50th anniversary of piano legend Van Cliburn's Tchaikovsky competition victory in Moscow. His win stunned the world at the height of the cold war. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


Dallas Co. Republicans hoping to unseat Sheriff Valdez (2008-02-29)
Republicans seeking their party's nomination for Dallas County Sheriff tell what they would do to improve the county jail.


North Texans Face Foreclosures (2008-02-28)
In this sizzling primary season, the economy's among the hottest issues in Texas. While parts of the state are more economically insulated than the rest of the country, job losses and especially home foreclosures remain serious concerns in the Lone Star State. Bill Zeeble reports


Obama In Duncanville (2008-02-28)
Senator Barack Obama told more than a thousand supporters at Duncanville High School last night that he's ready to become the Democratic presidential nominee. Texas polls show him even with Senator Clinton. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


Housing & The Economy (2008-02-28)
In this sizzling primary season, the economy's among the hottest issues in Texas. While parts of the state are more economically insulated than the rest of the country, job losses and especially home foreclosures remain serious concerns in the Lone Star State. Bill Zeeble reports


Commentary: John McCain (2008-02-28)
Conservative talk show hosts have openly expressed their dislike for Republican presidential candidate John McCain. But commentator Lee Cullum questions their motivation.


Dallas Democrats Challenge Sheriff Valdez (2008-02-28)
The 8-candidate Dallas County Sheriff's race is among the most-contested, local down-ballot elections. In the Democratic party, 3 people want to oust first-time Sheriff Lupe Valdez, who is seeking re-election. KERA's Bill Zeeble assembled candidate comments on the top issue - the Dallas County Jails.


McCain In Texas (2008-02-28)
As the clear republican frontrunner John McCain has not had to campaign hard in Texas. At his first North Texas rally yesterday he seemed to be gearing up for November. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports from Richardson


Commentary: The Trappings of Conservatism (2008-02-27)
Despite a commanding lead in the race to become his party's nominee for president, some Republicans have yet to back John McCain, unsure if he's truly conservative. Commentator Mel Hays is unsure what that word means today.


Elections and health insurance (2008-02-27)
Democratic Presidential candidates have sparred over health insurance more than any other issue. What they have to say is important in Texas which ranks first for the number of uninsured people. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on what patients are facing and what they candidates say they will do.


Bill Clinton campaigns for Hillary in Dallas (2008-02-26)
Despite a surge in polls by Democratic opponent Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton says his wife can take Texas and Ohio. He campaigned for wife Hillary in Dallas Tuesday morning, urging residents to vote early. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Think, Feb. 22, 2008 (2008-02-25)
Robert Rummel-Hudson, whose daughter was diagnosed with a rare disorder that leaves her unable to speak, discusses his family's triumphs in the face of an extraordinary challenge. Also, photographer Peter Brown and writer Kent Haruf on their new book "West of Last Chance".


Clinton, Obama Trade Jabs in Texas Debate (2008-02-22)
Without a primary or caucus win in over two weeks, and with crucial contests in Texas and Ohio less than two weeks away, Hillary Clinton went on the offensive Thursday against Barack Obama in a televised debate from the Texas capital.
NOTE: Full audio of the debate will be available on KERA.org later this morning.


Clinton Cancels Rally (2008-02-22)
As Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama headed back to the campaign trail after their only Texas debate, the death of a police escort prompted Clinton to cancel plans. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.


Huckabee campaigns in San Antonio (2008-02-22)
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee campaigned across Texas this week, including a stop in San Antonio. Terry Gildea reports.


Democratic Debate Performance (2008-02-22)
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton headed back to the campaign trail today after their only Texas debate in Austin. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports on some of the debates unique moments, and how the candidates performed.


Presidential Showdown Set in Austin (2008-02-21)
The debate stage is set in Austin for a Texas-sized showdown between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports the democratic nomination may depend on what happens tonight.


Researchers question Texas school accountability rankings (2008-02-21)
The latest accountability rankings would seem to indicate a majority of Texas schools are making progress. But KUT's Matt Largey reports, a new study questions some of that progress.


Commentary: DISD Minimum 50 Grade Policy: "For" (2008-02-21)
Vincent Reyes, DISD's executive director of core curriculum and instruction, explains the reasoning behind the district's minimum 50 grade policy.


Commentary: DISD Minimum 50 Failure Grade Policy: "Against" (2008-02-21)
The Dallas school board recently upheld a long-standing, but controversial policy under which students can receive no lower than a 50 for a semester grade, even if they do no work. Commentator Michael Tate backs teacher groups who oppose the policy.


Mike Huckabee in Plano (2008-02-21)
Political pundits aren't favoring presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee to win the Republican nomination, but at a rally in Plano last night, he told supporters he can win in Texas.


Obama Draws 17,000 to Dallas Rally (2008-02-20)
Barak Obama supporters lined up outside Dallas' Reunion Arena this morning to make sure they had a seat for his first appearance in North Texas. Polls show he's running even with Hillary Clinton in this state, as KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.


Chelsea Clinton Visits Universities in North Texas (2008-02-20)
While her mother was campaigning in South Texas today, Chelsea Clinton visited three universities in North Texas. KERA's Rachael Dunlap attended her appearance at UT Dallas...


Review: J.M.W. Turner Exhibit (2008-02-19)
The Dallas Museum of Art is currently exhibiting the work of painter J.M.W. Turner. KERA's critic-at-large Jerome Weeks calls the show a "must-see".


Bush 41 endorsement of McCain irks Texas conservative group (2008-02-19)
Former President George Bush endorsed Republican candidate John McCain for president yesterday, but that did not sit well with some Texas conservatives. Laurie Johnson reports from Houston.


KERA StoryCorps: Betty Welch (2008-02-19)
Betty Welch, one of the North Texans who entered the StoryCorps booth at the Fort Worth Stockyards last fall, talks about the years she worked as a "stewardess" during the 1960s.


Senatorial Hopefuls in Richardson (2008-02-15)
Democratic candidates at an evening forum in Richardson, Texas, 12 February 2008. Candidates included Senate hopefuls trying to unseat Republican John Cornyn. One's Houston legislator Rick Noriega. The other's Corpus Christi teacher and party activist Ray McMurrey.


Commentary: Like A Movie (2008-02-15)
As concerned as he is about the amount of gore and violence in media, commentator Rawlins Gilliland is equally concerned about society's reaction to it.


Think, Feb. 15, 2008 (2008-02-15)
Arjun Makhijani, Ph.D., president of the Institute for Energy and Environment Research, joins host Krys Boyd to discuss the future of energy. Also, a new exhibit of Fort Worth artists at the Amon Carter Museum.


Commentary: Change is an Action Verb (2008-02-14)
Barack Obama's campaign for president has gained momentum on his call for change. Others running for the job have embraced the idea at one point or another, but it bothers commentator Mel Hays.


Dallas Agrees To Pay For Option On Possible Hotel Land (2008-02-13)
The Dallas city council has overwhelmingly ok'd spending half a million dollars for the option to buy some downtown land that could be the convention center hotel site. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Obama Wooing Texas Hispanics (2008-02-13)
Tuesday night, as Hillary Clinton was completing a rally among many Latinos in El Paso, some Hispanics backing Obama gathered at a favorite watering hole in Dallas. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on the importance of their support.


Clinton Wooing Rio Grande Valley Latinos (2008-02-13)
In McAllen this morning, Hillary Clinton sought to quell the momentum of Barak Obama's campaign by appealing to Texas Hispanics on the issue of immigration reform Steve Taylor , editor of the Rio Grande Guradian newspaper talked to KERA's Shelley Kofler about the atmosphere that surrounded the event


Young Voters Eyeing The Candidates (2008-02-12)
The turnout of voters under 30 has been rising since the presidential election 8 years ago, and turnout's expected to be even higher this time. KERA's Bill Zeeble talked to college students and to an election expert as Texas prepares to vote.


Obama Agrees to CNN Texas Debate (2008-02-11)
Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama has agreed to a February 21 debate in Texas that will be broadcast on CNN and Univision. Last week Hillary Clinton's campaign challenged Obama to a debate a week leading up to the March 4th primary. Obama's camp says this is the only Texas debate in which he will participate. It will be held in Austin.


Young Voter Interest Expected To Rise (2008-02-11)
The number of young voters has risen in every presidential election since 2000. And Political Science Professor Richard Nieme expects that percentage will rise yet again. He says Barack Obama's campaign is driving much of that new interest.


Obama Agrees to CNN Texas Debate (2008-02-11)
Obama Debate in Texas Kofler Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama has agreed to a February 21 debate in Texas that will be broadcast on CNN and Univision. Last week Hillary Clinton's campaign challenged Obama to a debate a week leading up to the March 4th primary. Obama's camp says this is the only Texas debate in which he will participate. It will be held in Austin.


Think, Feb. 8, 2008 (2008-02-08)
Delve into the Dallas Museum of Art's upcoming J.M.W. Turner exhibit; plus, details on this weekend's Dallas Morning News Wine Competition.


Democratic Presidential Debates (2008-02-08)
After a flurry of accusations by his opponent, Barak Obama has agreed to debate in Texas before the March 4th primary, as KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.


Texans Weigh in on Close Democratic Contest (2008-02-08)
Texas Democrats are reveling in the knowledge that they will now play an important part in choosing their party's Presidential nominee. KERA's Shelley Kofler watched the Super Tuesday votes roll in with one group in Colleyville where Obama and Clinton backers explained why they're supporting their candidates.


Review: Coming of Age (2008-02-07)
An exhibition now at SMU's Meadows Museum examines America's rise to prominence in the art world. KERA's critic-at-large Jerome Weeks calls "Coming of Age" a strong collection, despite a few weaknesses.


Commentary: Economy (2008-02-06)
The economy has become the major issue this election year, spurred on no doubt by the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Commentator Lee Cullum weighs in on the subject.


Texas and the Presidential Election - A Voters' Voice Special (2008-02-06)
It's been an exciting election week as Presidential candidates competed for Super Tuesday votes. Now they're headed to Texas to win the support of voters in our delegate- rich state.


Texas Republicans Prepare for March 4 Primary (2008-02-06)
As Super Tuesday primary results flowed in from across the country, KERA's Bill Zeeble talked to Republican voters getting ready for the March 4th Texas primaries.


Texas Republicans Gear Up For State Primary (2008-02-06)
For the first time in years, presidential primary candidates in both parties head to Texas for a March 4th match that could make a difference in the national race. KERA's , Bill Zeeble, talked to Republican voters about their primary preferences.


James Huffines Leading McCain Effort in Texas (2008-02-05)
University of Texas Regent James Huffines is in Phoenix tonight where he'll watch Super Tuesday voter returns with Presidential Candidate John McCain. Huffines says it's possible - but not likely - McCain will clinch the Republican nomination tonight.


Saavy Politicos Organizing Texas for Clinton-Obama (2008-02-05)
Texas is getting ready for the Presidential campaign to head to the Lone Star State for our march 4th Primary.


Another Suit's Filed Against Farmers Branch (2008-02-05)
The city of Farmers Branch and all city councilmen have been sued again, this time to stop last month's ordinance from ever taking effect. It would require potential renters to buy a city occupancy license before moving in. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Election 2008 - A Voters' Voice Project (2008-02-05)
On March 4th Texas primary voters will have their chance to weigh in on the most wide-open Presidential election in decades. Voters will also choose party nominees for important local and statewide offices.


Think, Feb. 1, 2008 (2008-02-05)
Dr. Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UNT and Dr. Dennis Simon, the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Political Science at SMU, discuss President Bush's last year in office and the upcoming election. Also, artist and UTD Associate Professor of Visual Arts John Pomara.


Dallas Mayor Sells Dallas to Mexico (2008-02-04)
Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert has just returned from Mexico where he was selling big D. At a time of heightened tensions over illegal immigration, Leppert wants to deepen ties between Dallas and Mexico. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


More Texans Registering to Vote (2008-02-04)
Excitement over the Presidential contest seems to have prompted many new voters to register in Texas. Today is the last day to register if you want vote in Texas' March 4 Primary.


Texas Holds Immigration Hearings (2008-02-04)
Legislative hearings today in Richardson looked into the controversial topic of imprisoned illegal immigrants. Federal officials have deported more illegal immigrants from Farmers Branch than from any city in the nation. And immigrant groups have protested. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Carona Takes Aim at Gang Weapon (2008-02-01)
A Dallas legislator says gangs operating across the Texas-Mexico border are the biggest homeland security threat in our state. And he has a plan to take away one of their favorite weapons - pre-paid disposable cell phones. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.


Texas Monthly's 35 (2008-02-01)
KERA's Sam Baker talks with Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith about some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area people on the magazine's list of 35 people who could shape the future of Texas.


Edwards Finance Chair Returns to Dallas With No Regrets (2008-01-31)
Dallas Attorney Fred Baron is Democrat John Edwards' finance chair. Upon leaving the campaign trail he talked to KERA's Shelley Kofler who asked: what can you say to donors who contributed millions to the Edwards campaign which is over? Baron conversation Tag: You'll find the interviews with both Presidential finance chairmen from Dallas on our website, kera.org.


Giuliani Finance Chair From Dallas to Support McCain (2008-01-30)
Dallas holds a unique place in the campaigns of two Presidential candidates who have ended their quests for the White House. Dallas is home for Attorney Fred Barron who raised millions for Edwards, and for businessman Roy Bailey whose fundraising made Guiliani the top recipient of Texas contributions. Mr. Baron has not returned our call, but Roy Bailey talked to KERA's Shelley Kofler during a cab ride in New York.


Fires Destroy North Texas Homes (2008-01-29)
Wildfires in Tarrant and Wise Counties have destroyed homes and forced evacuations. Governor Rick Perry has activated the state Emergency Operations Center to help respond. Kera's Shelley Kofler has more


Citizen Hopefuls Frustrated By 1.5 Year Backlog (2008-01-28)
More than a hundred people hoping to become U.S. citizens protested at the Dallas Citizen & Immigration office. They're frustrated by an application backlog of more than a year. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Texan Gives State of Union Spanish-Language Response (2008-01-28)
A Texan will deliver the Democrat's Spanish -language response to the President's State of the Union Message. State Senator Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio says this is the first time all the Spanish language broadcast networks will air the response. She told KERA's Shelley Kofler she wants to address the concerns she sees in the Hispanic community.


North Texas foreclosures jumped 10% (2008-01-25)
North Texas home foreclosures have jumped 10 percent over the past year, and keeps climbing. With recent mortgage problems tied to bad sub-prime loans, the Federal Reserve this week announced a 3-quarter point interest-rate drop. So the best local mortgage rates are down to their lowest point in nearly 4 years.


CEO, January 25, 2008 (2008-01-25)
Alan Boeckmann is CEO of Irving-based Fluor Corporation which designs, builds and maintains many of the world's largest capital projects. Heavily involved in the reconstruction effort in Iraq, Fluor also serves around 600 clients in more than 85 countries.


Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Plays Carnegie Hall (2008-01-24)
Host: The Fort Worth Symphony makes its debut this weekend on one of the nation's - maybe the world's - most legendary classical music stages, Carnegie Hall. For the opening Saturday program, it'll also present a world premiere. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Southwest Airlines Posts Another Profit (2008-01-23)
Southwest Airlines reported a 4th quarter and full-year profit for 2007. This is its 35th consecutive profitable year. More now from KERA's Bill Zeeble


DISD Admits 2006 State Champ High School Team Cheated (2008-01-23)
Dallas school superintendent Michael Hinojosa admits South Oak Cliff high school cheated when it won the 2006 state basketball championship, & the school must forfeit the award. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Think, Jan. 18, 2008 (2008-01-23)
Host Krys Boyd speaks with Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and Crow Collection of Asian Art Director Amy Hofland.


Farmers Branch Passes Another Measure Against Illegal Immigrant Renters (2008-01-23)
For the 3rd time in 14 months, the Farmers Branch city council has unanimously passed a renters ban targeting illegal immigrants. The first was changed, the 2nd is still tied up in court. Now, council members believe this one's legal. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Richardson Company Hiring 334 With Help of Grant (2008-01-23)
In the midst of gloomy economic forecasts, some uplifting news in Richardson: Aerospace Company, Rockwell Collins, will begin hiring 334 new employees immediately. It's part of an expansion made possible by a $1.7 million grant from the Texas Enterprise Fund. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Texas House decide who should get the money as KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.


Farmers Branch considering renter's ban targeting illegal immigrants (2008-01-22)
The Farmers Branch city council tonight will consider a new renter's ban ordinance designed to keep illegal immigrants from living there. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


North Texas Economy Coping (2008-01-22)
As the country braces for a possible recession, economists say Texas is stronger than most states because of growth in exports and energy related businesses.


Hamon donation to arts center (2008-01-22)
Philanthropist Nancy Hamon has donated $10-million to the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, money that will be used to add rehearsal and recital space to the Center's new opera house.

The gift puts the Center over its $275 million fund raising goal. When it opens next year, the Performing Arts Center will be the city's primary venue for music, opera, theatre and dance.


Commentary: Aged Beef (2008-01-18)
America's growing rate of obesity has commentator Rawlins Gilliland concerned - and annoyed.


New Austin City Manager from Fort Worth (2008-01-17)
Fort Worth Assistant City Manager Marc Ott will become the city of Austin's first African American City Manager. Austin councilmembers today voted unanimously to hire Ott who has overseen infrastructure services in Fort Worth. In his new position Ott will manage more than 12,000 employees and earn a salary of 242-thousand dollars a year. He takes over from retiring Toby Futrell on February 18.


Litton to Conduct at Meyerson (2008-01-17)
Tonight Andrew Litton returns to Dallas' Meyerson Symphony Center for a three-night engagement. Eighteen months ago, he stepped down as the Dallas Symphony's Music Director and conductor. KERA's Steve Cumming has an update on what Maestro Litton is up to.


Air Controllers Say Staffing Drop Dangerous (2008-01-16)
Air traffic controllers have produced statistics showing their number in North Texas decreased about 37 percent in the past two years, while the number of operational errors has gone up. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports on the implications for passengers and the Federal Aviation Administration's response.


American Airlines Loses Money In 4th Quarter (2008-01-16)
American Airlines lost 69 million dollars in the 4 quarter of 2007, but turned a profit for the entire year. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Cornyn Defends Feds in Border Fence Dispute (2008-01-16)
Texas Senator John Cornyn says the federal government's use of property for a Texas-Mexico border fence is important to national security.


Simmons Gives Record Amount of Money To UT Southwestern (2008-01-16)
A UT Southwestern medical fundraising effort has set a Dallas philanthropic record. Thanks to an additional 50 million dollars from Harold and Annette Simmons, the campaign has topped three quarters of a billion dollars. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on where the money will go.


Dallas Opera Announces World Premiere In Upcoming Season (2008-01-15)
The Dallas Opera today announced its inaugural season in the new Winspear Opera House, set for October, 2009.


North Texas Air Controllers Declare Staffing Emergency (2008-01-15)
Air traffic controllers in North Texas claim inadequate staffing makes flying risky for passengers. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more.


Review: People of the Book (2008-01-15)
Her last novel earned a Pulitzer Prize, but KERA's critic-at-large Jerome Weeks doesn't think Geraldine Brooks' newest work rises to the same stadard.


Think, Jan. 11, 2008 (2008-01-11)
Is there a list of essential resources for the new parent? If there is it most certainly includes the book "Touchpoints" by famed pediatrician and child advocate Dr. T. Berry Brazelton. Artist Thomas Allen will join us for the Scene segment to explore the world of pulp fiction via his photographs.


Countrywide's North Texas Employees Could Suffer (2008-01-11)
Some 10-thousand employees at Richardson's Countrywide operation are no-doubt wondering about their future. Bank of America is buying the troubled mortgage giant for 4-billion dollars. KERA's Bill Zeeble takes a look at what that may mean for homeowners who financed through Countrywide, and workers who depend on the company for a paycheck.


Commentary: The War on Plagiarism (2008-01-10)
It's one thing for a student to seek some help or guidance for a school assignment, but commentator Tom Dodge believes the situation has gotten out of hand.


Dallasites Are Paying Close Attention To Primaries (2008-01-09)
Host: Texans don't vote in the presidential primaries until March 4th, when each Party's candidate might already be chosen. But for the first time in years, that may not be the case. KERA's Bill Zeeble talked to some Texas voters who are closely following the campaigns.


Texas and the Presidential Election -A Voters Voice Special (2008-01-09)
As voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and around the country are casting early Presidential ballots, Texans are also weighing in- with their voices and the wallets.


Texans Keep Presidential Candidates in the Money (2008-01-09)
Some of the biggest Presidential fundraisers live in North Texas and they were closely following the results in New Hampshire. KERA's Shelley Kofler talked to fundraisers for the two candidates who've raised the most Lone Star money- Hillary Clinton and Rudy Guilliani.


Texas Offers Clean Car Subsidies (2008-01-08)
Texas will give thousands in cash to drivers of old, dirty vehicles, when they spend the money on cleaner ones. KERA's Bill Zeeble explains.


Commentary: Benazir Bhutto (2008-01-08)
Lee Cullum considers what the recent assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto means for Pakistan.


Texas Holds Biggest Stake In Supreme Court Death Penalty Argument (2008-01-07)
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard over the constitutionality of the death sentence by lethal injection. Texas, which leads the nation in executions, could be the most affected state by the court's decision. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


What If Texans Had Voted First? (2008-01-04)
Texans watching last night's Iowa caucus may be questioning whether their priorities get lost in a process where such a small state sets the pace for chosing Presidential nominees. This morning KERA's Shelley Kofler checked in with Dallas Morning News Political Reporter Gromer Jeffers who is in Des Moines.


Can Iowa Voters Represent Texas Priorities? (2008-01-03)
Since it is likely Presidential nominees will be chosen before the March 4 Texas primary, we wanted to know if Texans are fairly represented by a Presidential process that gives a state like Iowa so much influence? KERA's Shelley Kofler talked with SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson.


Another Convict Exonerated in Dallas (2008-01-03)
After 27 years behind bars for rape, Charles Allen Chatman is now free, thanks to DNA testing. He's the 15th Dallas convict released this way, and the county leads the nation in such exonerations. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Former Sheriff Running for Old Office (2008-01-03)
Longtime Dallas County Sheriff Jim Bowles wants his old job back. On the last possible day, he filed to run in the Republican primary. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports his candidacy unearths some old controversies.


Will The Texas Primary Matter? (2008-01-02)
As voters in Iowa today cast ballots for Presidential nominees, some Texans are feeling left out. By the time Texas holds its primary on March 4th, both major parties will probably have their representatives for November. KERA's Bill Zeeble talked to North Texan's about whether they believe their Presidential preference matters.


Police Will Crack Down On Celebratory Shooting (2007-12-31)
Dallas Police say they'll arrest anyone who fires a weapon tonight in celebration of New Years. The city's also launched a prime-time ad campaign. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Fort Worth Red LIght Runners Beware (2007-12-31)
The warning period's over in Fort Worth for red-light runners. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Ric Williamson Dies of Heart Attack at 55 (2007-12-31)
Texas Transportation Commission chairman Ric Williamson has died. The highly regarded and aggressive Transportation leader died Sunday of a heart attack. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


CEO, December 28, 2007 (2007-12-29)
Nina Vaca, CEO of Pinnacle Technical Resources, founded the company in 1996 as an information technology services provider to the Fortune 500. Under Vaca's leadership, Pinnacle has become the second-fastest-growing firm in a $20 billion industry, and now includes approximately 1,500 consultants across 38 states.


Commentary: Top 10 Texas CDs of 2007 (2007-12-28)
Commentator David Okamoto offers his choices for the top ten releases by Texas music artists.


North Texas Pakistanis Mourn Loss Of Bhutto (2007-12-27)
Pakistanis the world over, including here in North Texas, expressed deep sadness over the assassination of former Prime Minister Benzair Bhutto. A democracy advocate, she was campaigning for the People's Party of Pakistan in the January 8th election when she was murdered by a terrorist. The President of the local Pakistan Society Mohammed Younus, told KERA's Bill Zeeble he fears the upcoming election may now be stalled as a result of this tragedy.


Commentary: That's Rich (2007-12-26)
Just what defines being rich? Some observations from commentator Rawlins Gilliland.


Commentary: What To Do About Santa? (2007-12-24)
Commentator Matthew Broyles ponders when it's appropriate to tell children the truth about Santa Cluas.


Vaderville Holiday Lights (2007-12-21)
A lot of us like to put up lights during the holidays. But there are lights. Then there's Vaderville . As part of our Holiday Tradition's project KERA's Shelley Kofler joined the crowd that lines up for the show on Providence Street.


Think, Dec. 21, 2007 (2007-12-21)
How can our country change its image abroad and what does the next President need to do to lead the U.S. in a new direction? We'll talk this evening with General Wesley Clark (Ret.). Also, Dr. Carl Anderson, Ph.D., a Counseling Psychologist and Adjunct Professor at UT Austin, discusses the special work he does during the holidays - as Santa Claus at NorthPark Center in Dallas.


Commentary: Love (2007-12-21)
Amid the gifts, decorations and parties, it's easy to lose sight during the holidays of the things that really matter. Here's commentator Lee Cullum.


Commentary: The Hope of Christmas Light (2007-12-20)
Lights are a common form of joyful holiday decoration, but commentator Tom Dodge says they can carry more meaning at Christmas than you might expect.


Kwanzaa Is Among The Newest Holiday Traditions (2007-12-20)
The 41st annual Kwanzaa Celebration - a festival of African culture - starts the day after Christmas, and runs through January 1st. For 17 years, there's been a Kwanzaa Fest in South Dallas, in advance of the holiday. In another of our Holiday Traditions series, KERA's Bill Zeeble talks to some who've been at every one


Review: The Snow Queen (2007-12-19)
The Undermain Theatre has long been expert at presenting dark, ironic works, their basement space becoming a troll's cave where the theater takes full advantage of the dank atmosphere and the ghostly lights.


Democrats Win Republican Seat in Tarrant County (2007-12-19)
A democrat has won a Tarrant County legislative seat held by republicans for some three decades. Democrat Dan Barrett, a lawyer, defeated Republican Mark Shelton, a pediatrician, in a runoff race to succeed Anna Mowery whose retiring. Barrett received 52% or the vote, Shelton garnered 48%. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.


Commentary: Let's Repeat The Past (2007-12-19)
As Congress and the federal government try to address the sub-prime mortgage crisis, commentator Merrie Spaeth says a look back at the past would be in order.


Commentary: Holiday Conflict (2007-12-19)
This time of year, commentator Chris Tucker finds himself wondering about the personal price we pay for our political opinions.


FutureGen Goes To...Illinois, Not Texas (2007-12-18)
Texas has lost its bid to build the world's first coal-fueled plant with almost no emissions. The choice of Illinois leaves Lone Star State officials pondering their options. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


Inspector General Says Dallas Housing Mismanaged Millions (2007-12-17)
The Dallas Housing Authority may have to repay nearly 4 million dollars to the federal government because it cannot account for Section-8 housing money. The DHA also stands accused of mismanaging and altering its records. KERA's Bill Zeeble explains


Review: Stage West's Season's Greetings (2007-12-14)
Before there was National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, before there was A Christmas Story or Bad Santa or all the other dysfunctional families-at-Christmas comedies, there was Alan Ayckbourn's stage play, Season's Greetings.


Think, Dec. 14, 2007 (2007-12-14)
What political and news events shaped 2007 more than others? We'll talk this evening with William McKenzie of the Dallas Morning News and Bob Ray Sanders of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Our Scene segment will feature a piece by KERA Executive Producer Rob Tranchin. As you'll see, "Million Dollar Monarch" is a profile of not just a tree, but of the history that tree has witnessed.


Commentary: Chinese Products (2007-12-13)
Toy makers may have a difficult holiday sales period thanks to concerns about recalls earlier this year of products made in China. Commentator Jennifer Nagorka shares in those concerns.


Fort Worth's District 9 Runoff Could Be Close (2007-12-13)
A veteran school board member and a realtor are squaring off to claim the Fort Worth City Council seat being vacated by Wendy Davis. Today is the last day of early voting. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports that both candidates are campaigning on their public service experience.


Immigration and Speaker Top House District 97 Issues (2007-12-13)
Immigration and House Speaker Tom Craddick are top issues for runoff candidates in Tarrant County's House District 97 race. Republican Pediatrician Mark Shelton and Democratic Attorney Dan Barrett are competing to replace Anna Mowery, who is retiring after 19 years. KERA's Shelley Kofler talked with one candidate, while the other declined to be interviewed.


Commentary: Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert (2007-12-12)
6-months after Tom Leppert's election, commentator Lee Cullum says the new Dallas mayor's off to a promising start, but a tough road lies ahead.


Presidential Hopeful Huckabee Visits Dallas (2007-12-11)
Having risen in the polls, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee now faces tough questions on his record. The former Arkansas governor was just in the Park Cities raising money. While here, he talked to reporters about his long-ago desire to isolate AIDS patients, controversial clemencies, and the importance of his Evangelical supporters. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Think, Dec. 7, 2007 (2007-12-10)
What can be done to aid the world's poor and begin the end of global poverty? We'll talk this evening with Janet McKinley, Chair of the Oxfam America Board of Directors and Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women's World Banking.


Texas Mormons React to Romney Speech (2007-12-07)
Mormons in Texas were poised for scrutiny yesterday as Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney defended his Mormon religion during a speech in College Station. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on how this new attention is affecting the faithful and politics.


Death Penalty in Texas 25 years later: "Against" (2007-12-07)
Texas has executed 405-inmates since the state resumed use of the death penalty 25 years ago today. Commentator Timothy O'Leary thinks the death penalty is turning Texas into an international pariah:


Texas Mormons React to Romney Speech (2007-12-07)
Mormons in Texas were poised for scrutiny yesterday as Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney defended his Mormon religion during a speech in College Station. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on how this new attention is affecting the faithful and politics.


Death Penalty in Texas 25 years later: "For" (2007-12-07)
December 7, 2007 marks 25 years since Texas resumed use of the death penalty. J.R. Labbe explains why it remains a just and necessary form of punishment.


Pickens Gives $6 Million to Dallas' Jubilee Park (2007-12-07)
The disadvantaged Dallas neighborhood of Jubilee Park got a welcomed infusion of 6 million dollars cash from oil man T Boone Pickens Wednesday. Dallas will also help. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Review: Picturing The Bible (2007-12-05)
At the first Christmas, the Gospels tell us, the three wise men came from the East to adore the infant Jesus. Except the Gospels never mention their number.


University Park Bans Cell Phones in School Zones (2007-12-04)
University Park became the 2nd city in Texas to ban cell phone use in active school zones. The town joins Highland Park in the ban, and could eventually make it city-wide. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Dallas County Sheriff Valdez Will Run Again: Expect A Hot Race (2007-12-03)
On the first day to do so, Dallas County incumbent Sheriff Lupe Valdez has filed for re-election on the Democratic ticket. She could face a tough fight in the primaries and next fall's election. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


CEO, October 26, 2007 (2007-11-30)
Confronted by huge technological advances that may soon make the DVD obsolete, new Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes must reverse the fortunes of the movie rental giant while also positioning the company to compete in a digital download environment. This month, host Lee Cullum explores how the former CEO of 7-11 hopes to transform his latest venture into a blockbuster.


Priceless Historic Items Disappear From Dallas Hall of State (2007-11-30)
Priceless historic artifacts are missing from the Dallas Historical Society's collection in Fair Park's Hall of State. They include items that belonged to Mexican General and President Santa Anna. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports:


CEO, November 30, 2007 (2007-11-30)
"Fill the other guy's basket to the brim, then making money becomes an easy proposition." Kip Tindell began shaping his philosophy toward business as a student at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. And it was while he was in high school that he would begin shaping a flair for retailing that would later turn an industry on its ear. Host Lee Cullum talks with Tindell about corporate values and the evolution of The Container Store.


Priceless Historic Items Disappear From Dallas Hall of State (2007-11-30)
Priceless historic artifacts are missing from the Dallas Historical Society's collection in Fair Park's Hall of State. They include items that belonged to Mexican General and President Santa Anna. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports:


Priceless Historic Items Disappear From Dallas Hall of State (2007-11-30)
Priceless historic artifacts are missing from the Dallas Historical Society's collection in Fair Park's Hall of State. They include items that belonged to Mexican General and President Santa Anna. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports:


Commentary: Huckleberry Finesse (2007-11-30)
Controversy erupted in North Richland Hills over the approach used at Richland Hills High school to teach a Mark Twain novel. Commentator Tom Dodge weighs in on the issue.


Tollway Authority Delivers $3.2 Billion Check (2007-11-30)
The North Texas Tollway Authority this week delivered a check worth more than $3-billion dollars that it promised for the right to build State Highway 121, the most lucrative toll road in the country. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports .


Fort Worth Sees More Red Light Cameras (2007-11-29)
Beginning today, Fort Worth has joined numerous other cities by activating red-light cameras at 7 different intersections. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


AMR Says It'll Sell or Spin Off American Airlines (2007-11-29)
AMR corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, says it will sell or spin off its American Eagle subsidiary some time next year. The move's expected to improve AMR's bottom line. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


AMR Says It'll Sell or Spin Off American Airlines (2007-11-29)
AMR corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, says it will sell or spin off its American Eagle subsidiary some time next year. The move's expected to improve AMR's bottom line. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Commentary: Cut The Debates. Let's Have Some Conversation (2007-11-29)
Last night's presidential candidates debate was the latest in a series of such events that have left commentator Merrie Spaeth frustrated.


Police Identify Another Victim In The Tornado Bus Crash (2007-11-29)
Arkansas Police have identified 58 year old East Chicago resident Raul Lopez as one of the victims in Sunday night's crash of a bus headed to Dallas from Chicago. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


Dallas Mayor Announces Scholarship Plan (2007-11-29)
Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert officially unveiled the Mayor's Chesapeake Energy Scholarship Fund at Madison high school in Southern Dallas.


Sports Columnist Randy Galloway Talks About Tonight's Cowboys Vs. Packers (2007-11-29)
Tonight's football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers could be the biggest here in a long time.KERA's Bill Zeeble talked to Fort Worth Star - Telegram sports columnist and radio host, Randy Galloway.


Rove Predicts Clinton Will Be Democrats' Nominee (2007-11-29)
Bush Presidential Strategist Karl Rove today told a Dallas audience Hillary Clinton will probably be the Democratic Party nominee. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports the high-paid consultant then offered some free advice for the GOP opponent, whoever that may be.


Arlington Gang Meeting (2007-11-28)
In Arlington tonight, police, school and city officials will meet with parents to look for solutions to gang violence. The town hall summit follows the September shooting of a 19-year old gunned down during a backyard party. It was the city's fifth-gang related slaying this year.


Here Are Some Travel Tips For The Holidays (2007-11-21)
Dallas/Fort Worth international airport, among the busiest in the world, gets even busier for the holidays. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports on what passengers should know for easier navigation of the crowded terminals.


Holiday Feast With a Personal Touch (2007-11-21)
This Thanksgiving numerous churches and social service groups will celebrate the holiday by cooking for others who are less fortunate. Few do it with a more personal, loving touch than the employees and volunteers at an Oak Cliff restaurant that opens its doors to anyone who wants to enjoy the feast. KERA's Shelley Kofler takes us to Norma's Caf for the story of how this tradition has grown.


Immigration and Customs Enforcement Changes Jail Checking Policy (2007-11-21)
Federal deportation policies that affect criminal aliens, notably in Irving, has just changed. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has tightened its rules regarding locally jailed inmates it will hold for deportation. It says it'll no longer look at those arrested for minor, Class C, misdemeanors. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Commentary: Anger/Forgiveness (2007-11-21)
Many of us place a high value on forgiveness, but commentator Chris Tucker notes that many highly successful people just aren't ready to make nice.


Commentary: Bridge Maintenance (2007-11-20)
The bridge collapse in Minneapolis over the summer focused the need once again on the need to upgrade the nation's infrastructure. Commentator Sterling Burnett thinks it's a valid concern, but he can't say the same for a proposal to pay for the work.


Think, Nov. 16, 2007 (2007-11-19)
With their 3000th adult liver transplant, Baylor University Medical Center has just reached a transplant milestone achieved only by two other programs in the country. We'll explore the program this evening and talk about organ donation and transplantation. Also, photographer Jim Keen will join us during the Scene segment to talk about the vanishing way-of-life known as cattle ranching and his new book "Great Ranches of the West".


Communications Breakdown Stops All DFW Air Traffic (2007-11-19)
With the holiday travel season heating up, air traffic briefly ground to a halt this morning at Dallas/Fort Worth International airport. Officials blamed a communications break down. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports the problem's been temporarily fixed.


Review: Frankenstein: A Cultural History (2007-11-16)
Comedian Mel Brooks, who has a knack of transferring his films on to Broadway, just opened the stage version of Young Frankenstein, as stage hands went on strike. But this Frankenstein and all others bear little resemblance to the original in Mary Shelley's novel from the nineteenth century. KERA's critic at large, Jerome Weeks, believes a new book, Frankenstein: A Cultural History by Susan Tyler Hitchcock provides a good social context for what we now associate with a monster.


Dallas Schools Talks Merit Pay for Teachers (2007-11-16)
The Dallas School Board seems poised to approve what is often controversial - merit pay raises for teachers. Dallas is among more than a dozen districts nationwide that received federal funds for that purpose. The board could vote in 2 weeks. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Sinking of the Texas Clipper (2007-11-16)
KERA's Sam Baker talks with Bob Murphy of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's artificial reef program about why the state is sinking the Texas Clipper after decades of use for student training.


Trinity Designer : Winding River a Priority (2007-11-16)
Now that the devisive toll road vote is over, urban planners and architects are sharing plans for what the Trinity Corridor and its park will look like.


Commentary: Breast Cancer (2007-11-15)
Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects in fighting or recovering from a serious illness is trying to sustain a positive attitude throughout the ordeal. Circumstances recently forced commentator Sheron Patterson to question her efforts up to that point.


Dallas Stars Hockey Team Shakes Up Front Office (2007-11-14)
The Dallas Stars' upper management shake-up - with changes in the General Manager and President - are designed to inspire more wins for the moribund hockey team. But the new co-General Managers and even owner Tom Hicks aren't sure it'll all work. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Commentary: Karen Hughes (2007-11-13)
Karen Hughes next month will leave her Bush Administration job as undersecretary of state. Hughes was hired to enhance the image of the U-S in the greater Middle East, but Commentaor Lee Cullum says the odds were never in her favor.


Dallas County Sheriffs Candidate Receives Early Endorsement (2007-11-13)
Even though a candidate must win the primary race to get to the general election, Republican candidate for Dallas County Sheriff, Lowell Cannaday, is acting like he can skip that step entirely. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports Cannaday's been endorsed by some police groups to defeat incumbent Democrat, Sheriff Lupe Valdez, next year.


$3.5 Million in Private Donations for Dallas Homeless Assistance Center (2007-11-12)
Homeless advocates today announced $3.5 million in private donations to be used for the completion and operation of the Dallas Homeless Assistance Center.


N. Texas Boasts Largest Bollywood Operation in N. America (2007-11-12)
Hollywood is big. Bollywood is bigger. Bollywood's the nickname for the song-and-dance filled melodramas from India, where nearly a thousand films are produced each year. That's 5 times the number produced in Hollywood. Now, Texas boasts the largest chain of Bollywood outlets in North America. The chain, called Fun Asia, has been so successful, it was just purchased by a giant theater operation from India. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Review: Stine's "Dogs, Rats and Weasels" (2007-11-09)
Dogs, Rats and Weasels is a contemporary series of paintings by artist Rachel Stine currently on display at the Road Agent Gallery in Dallas. According to visual arts critic Matthew Bourbon, Stine uses animals in abstract landscapes to probe not only their existence, but ours as well.


Think, Nov. 9, 2007 (2007-11-09)
Walter Benn Michaels, professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, discusses his new book which argues that our cultural focus on identity might allow economic inequalities to flourish. Also, Timothy Potts, Ph.D., discusses the Kimbell Art Museum's upcoming exhibit, "Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art".


Rescue Plan for Road to Superbowl (2007-11-08)
A lucrative Collin County toll road may be the cash cow that insures an Arlington road needed for the 2011 SuperBowl is built in time. KERA's Shelley Kofler explains.


Review: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (2007-11-08)
When popular books and films, such as "The DaVinci Code" and "The Passion of Christ," move some audiences to re-examine their religious beliefs, it's been done with a serious tone. But can the weighty issues of sin and forgiveness get resolved in a comedy? The Risk Initiative Theater in Dallas thinks so by producing Stephen Adly Guirgis's play, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. KERA's critic at large Jerome Weeks has this review.


Commentary: Remembering Marchel Ivery (2007-11-08)
Funeral services were held November 5 for Dallas saxophonist Marchel Ivery. He died the previous week at age 69. David Okamoto looks back on Ivery's career and influence.


Override of President's Veto Helps Dallas' Trinity Corridor (2007-11-08)
On Thursday, the future of Dallas' Trinity Corridor faced a second test this week. First, voters decided to keep plans for a toll road in the flood plain. Then there was the vote in Washington to override President Bush's veto of the Water Resources Development Act. KERA' S Shelley Kofler reports that the outcome was important for increasing flood protection in Dallas.


North Texas Election Results (2007-11-07)
Texas voters passed all 16-constitutional amendments on yesterday's ballot, including a plan to put more money into cancer research and prevention. Another amendment will require state lawmakers to vote on record for final passage of bills. Also, other North Texas Election Results.


Senate Expected to Join House in Overriding Presidential Veto (2007-11-07)
Texas Senator John Cornyn's office expects the US Senate, like the House, to override the president's veto of important funding for water projects. The bill includes some 298-million-dollars for flood control in the Dallas Trinity River Corridor.


Commentary: Traffic Issues (2007-11-07)
No matter how the Trinity Toll Road issue had ended at the polls, no one disputes the traffic problems facing the Metroplex that were raised in the debate. In his commentary, Dr. Khaled Abdelghany, an SMU assistant professor in environmental and civil engineering, says finding solutions has been an issue urban areas have put off long enough.


Dallas Voters OK Trinity Toll Road (2007-11-07)
In the high profile & controversial Trinity River ballot issue, the No' side has prevailed. By a 53 to 47 percent margin, voters ok'd current plans for the high-speed toll road inside the levees. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Runoffs for FW City Council Dist. 9 and Tx. House Dist. 97 (2007-11-07)
A conversation about upcoming runoffs for two unexpired terms in Fort Worth.


Trinity Camps Pledge Cooperation (2007-11-07)
After months of confrontation and debate leaders of both sides on the Trinity Toll Road vote say they want to work together to build the best road and park possible. Toll road supporters claimed 53 percent of the vote compared to 47 percent for those opposed to a toll road in the park. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports on what it will take to make peace.


House Overrides Presidential Veto 321 to 54 (2007-11-06)
Dallas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson this afternoon took a lead role in the House of Representatives overriding the President's veto of the Water Resources Development Act. That vote was especially important to Dallas because the bill contains some $298 million for flood control in the Dallas Trinity River Corridor.


Think, November 2, 2007 (2007-11-02)
Tuesday is Election Day and voters will decide whether a toll-road will be part of the Trinity River Project or not. We'll discuss the issue this evening with Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and Councilmember Angela Hunt. And, UK artist Phil Collins talks about his project 'the world won't listen', which makes its world premiere at the Dallas Museum of Art next week.


NTTA Discusses Funding of Trinity Toll Road (2007-11-02)
On Friday, Nov. 2, KERA aired a story in which the chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission raised questions about the economic feasibility of the Trinity Toll Road whose fate rests with voters Nov. 6. Jerry Hiebert, the former executive director of the North Texas Tollway Authority, responded to the comments.


Prosper ISD Wants $710 Million to Accommodate Future Students (2007-11-02)
At $593.6 million, Fort Worth's school bond package may have attracted more attention, but the largest school bond package in North Texas on next week's ballot is in the Collin County town of Prosper. School officials there want $710 million for more school buildings, buses and land purchases for future construction.


Transportation Chairman says Toll Road "Not the Most Attractive" (2007-11-02)
In an interview with KERA. Texas's top transportation officials says the proposed Trinity toll road is- financially - not the most attractive toll road in North Texas. On Tuesday Dallas voters will decide whether to kill or continue planning for a high-speed toll road inside the Trinity River levees. In the final part of our continuing series, The Trinity Decision, KERA's Shelley Kofler has more of her conversation with Ric Williamson, and talks about the economics of the road.


Corps of Engineers Has Not "Signed Off" On Trinity Toll Road (2007-11-01)
Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, a supporter of the planned Dallas toll road, said in a debate the Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on the plan to build the road in the Trinity floodway. But the Army Corp tells KERA it's way too early for that. As part of our continuing series, The Trinity Decision, KERA's Shelley Kofler takes a look at the toll road and flood control, as she travels down the river.


Candidates Battle For A Likely Runoff In Texas District 97 (2007-11-01)
After nearly two decades in office, Republican Anna Mowery's retirement from Fort Worth State House District 97 has led to a flood of candidates. Seven hopefuls want to win the seat next Tuesday. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Trinity Decision: Is Toll Road Necessary to Rebuild Mixmaster? (2007-10-30)
Supporters of the Trinity Toll Road in Dallas say that if voters scrap the road in Tuesday's election, it may be impossible to fix the most congested transportation stretch in North Texas will suffer. KERA's Shelley Kofler joins me now as we continue our series of stories, The Trinity Decision. .


Trinity River Vote Will Impact Industrial Boulevard (2007-10-30)
Traffic planners say if voters reject the Trinity Toll Road, the most likely alternative is a highway along Industrial and Irving Boulevards. Such a speedway, paralleling the Trinity river on Dallas's downtown side - just outside the levee - could cost hundreds of millions of additional dollars. But there would be other benefits. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


In Oak Cliff, differing Trinity views (2007-10-29)
In Oak Cliff, where competing yard signs signal deep division, KERA's Shelley Kofler looks at the Trinity decision through the eyes of two residents who see things differently, and a heated Oak Cliff debate that packed an auditorium.


Anna, Tx. faces Nov. 6 vote on alcohol sales (2007-10-26)
Two years after voting to become Collin County's only city allowing sales of alcohol for off-premise consumption, Anna will vote November 6 on a proposed repeal.


Fort Worth Supt. discusses $593.6 million school bond package (2007-10-26)
FWISD's superintendent talks about the district's November 6th bond election.


Fort Worth Supt. discusses $593.6 million school bond issue (2007-10-26)
Full length version of Dr. Melody Johnson's talk with KERA's Sam Baker about the November 6th school bond election.


Texas voters to decide eminent domain issue November 6 (2007-10-26)
Houston state Senator Kyle Janek explains his push for changes to eminent domain laws.


CEO, October 26, 2007 (2007-10-26)
Confronted by huge technological advances that may soon make the DVD obsolete, new Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes must reverse the fortunes of the movie rental giant while also positioning the company to compete in a digital download environment.


Texas Legislators May Be Required to Vote on Record (2007-10-24)
The author of one of 16 constitutional amendments on the ballot statewide believes it could lead to more transparency in the Texas Legislature. Proposition-11 would require lawmakers to go on record for a 3rd reading or final vote of any major bill or resolution. Dallas House member Dan Branch believes it would make legislators more responsible for their votes.


CEO, August 31, 2007 (2007-10-23)
Terdema L. Ussery II, Esq., is in his tenth year as President and CEO of the Dallas Mavericks.


CEO, September 28, 2007 (2007-10-23)
Peter Altabef is President and CEO of Perot Systems - one of the largest companies in the information technology services industry.


Judge Declares Mistrial In Holy Land Case (2007-10-22)
A juror in the federal Holy Land Foundation trial tells KERA the prosecution made a travesty of justice in the case. A judge declared a mistrial, because the jury could not agree on the guilt or innocence of the defendants accused of funding the Middle East terror group Hamas. Prosecutors say they will try the case again, but the juror tells KERA's Bill Zeeble it might be a waste of time and money.


Think, October 19, 2007 (2007-10-19)
What is news? How is the media landscape changing? We'll talk this evening with Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. And, J. Larry Allums, Executive Director of The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, discusses how cultural literacy is more important than ever.


Commentary: Armenians (2007-10-18)
In his November 17th press conference, President Bush again took issues with a House panel resolution against the killing of Armenians during World War One. Commentator Lee Cullum says he's right.


Southwest Airlines Launches Its New Boarding Process (2007-10-16)
Monday marked the first day travelers flying with Southwest Airlines out of Love Field used the company's new boarding process.


Irving's Immigration Policy Draws Opposing Protests (2007-10-15)
For the second time in recent weeks opposing groups protested in Irving. The reason: the police department's policy of turning over suspected illegals to U.S. immigration. Reporter Steve Cumming reports.


Immigration Group May Take Irving to Court (2007-10-15)
Opponents of Irving's police policy of working with immigration say they'll ratchet up the pressure on city hall. That following emotional, competing protests on Saturday. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more.


Commentary: Open Enrollment (2007-10-12)
At least two candidates for president have unveiled proposals for health care reform. Commentator Jennifer Nagorka says the attention being paid to the subject comes not a moment too soon.


Think, October 12, 2007 (2007-10-12)
How does one become president of a nation? We'll find out this evening with former Mexican President Vicente Fox. He tells the story of his journey from humble beginnings in rural Mexico to the presidency of one of the world's largest and most important countries in a new book "Revolution of Hope: The Life, Faith and Dreams of a Mexican President" (Viking, 2007).


Rare Butterfly Spotted in Texas (2007-10-12)
A sighting of a rare butterfly in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas has enthusiasts in a flutter. On Monday, a visitor to the Falcon State Park photographed a Telea Hairstreak butterfly.


Immigration Issues Have Settled In North Texas (2007-10-11)
Immigration enforcement is a responsibility of the federal government. But increasingly in North Texas, cities are becoming involved. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports from Irving, where a controversial immigration policy has raised new tensions.


$3-Million Gift for Dallas Schools (2007-10-09)
The Dallas Independent School District now has an additional $3-million to help in an effort called Dallas Achieves. Its goal is to win the Broad prize, given to the nation's most outstanding urban district. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports the money comes from three foundations.


Hutchins CDBG (2007-10-09)
Dallas County Commissioners have left unclear when the city of Hutchins can begin two road projects using federal money.


Dallas Partners With Groups For Cleaner Air (2007-10-08)
The city of Dallas has teamed with public and private partners hoping to rid the region of its polluted air. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports that may be tough.


Commentary: A Day That Will Not Live In Infamy (But Should) (2007-10-05)
It's been two decades since a violent incident in Midlothian drew national attention. Commentator Tom Dodge hopes no one ever forgets it.


Think, October 5, 2007 (2007-10-05)
Host Krys Boyd will discuss the continuous merging of cultures not only in Texas, but in the U.S. with Dallas Morning News writer Macarena Hernandez and Alejandrina Drew, general manager of the Latino Cultural Center. Also, a preview of the new book "Reflection of a Man: The Photographs of Stanley Marcus".


Effect of S-CHIP funding proposals on Texas (2007-10-04)
A representative of Texas Health and Human Services comments on plans proposed and/or approved by the President and Congress to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program.


Sex Offenders Arrested After Using MySpace.com (2007-10-04)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says MySpace.Com could do more to make its Internet site safer. He said that while announcing the arrests for 14 convicted sex offenders who violated their parole by creating profiles on the website. KERA's Shelley Kofler says four live in North Texas.


Commentary: Cuba (2007-10-04)
President Bush's recent comments about Cuba didn't sit well with commentator Lee Cullum.


PotashniksTurn Themselves In (2007-10-02)
Key figures in the Dallas public corruption allegations turned themselves in to U.S. Marshals today/Tuesday. Apartment developer Brian Potashnik, and his wife and father, all pleaded not guilty. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Indictments Handed Down In Massive Dallas Corruption Case (2007-10-01)
In what may be the biggest public corruption case in Dallas history, nine remaining defendants are expected to turn themselves in to federal officials this morning. Seven did yesterday, and said they're not guilty. All were named in federal indictments handed down after a lengthy FBI investigation into alleged bribery and extortion in Dallas city hall. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Governor Perry Says Death Penalty Moratorium Not Needed (2007-09-28)
Late Friday afternoon Governor Rick Perry's office said the governor has no authority to issue a death penalty moratorium nor does he see a need for one, even though the US Supreme Court may halt additional executions as it considers whether lethal injection is cruel and unconstitutional.


DFW Announces KLM Non-Stop Flight to Amsterdam (2007-09-27)
DFW officials on Thrusday announced a new, international airlines will soon be flying into the airport. It will provide the region's first direct connection to Amsterdam. KERA's Shelley Kofler has details.


Students Demonstrate New Fitness Test (2007-09-27)
The Texas Education Agency has chosen the physical fitness assessment tool that'll be used to evaluate some 4 million Lone Star State students next Spring. And it showed it off at a Richardson school. The new law evaluates student's physical activity, with the long term hopes of improving health. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


KERA's This I Believe: The Weight of Words (2007-09-26)
Rebecca Spears recognizes the impact of words on our beliefs and on our actions. In her essay for KERA's This I Believe, she describes how they give us meaning in a confusing world.


Cheese Heroin - A Deadly Addiction: Young Child Addicts (2007-09-26)
The cheese-heroin crisis in North Texas has caught many medical professionals off guard. They're not used to seeing children addicted to heroin - some as young as nine years old. In the second part of our series, Cheese-Heroin: A Deadly Addiction, KERA's Sujata Dand finds out that the research on adolescent drug abuse is inconclusive; therefore the long-term prognosis for child addicts may be uncertain.


GM Strike Ends, Local Workers Pleased (2007-09-26)
Local G-M plant workers have expressed relief that their short strike is over. It essentially ended in the middle of the night - early Wednesday morning - when the United Auto Workers and General Motors reached a tentative contract agreement. For morning shift workers, their first day back is today. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


Dallas Toll Road Extension Opening (2007-09-26)
A new, 9.6 mile extension of the Dallas North Tollway will open this Friday in time for the evening commute.


Trinity Toll Road Debate Draws Hundreds (2007-09-26)
In one corner, Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and Former Councilmember Veletta Forsythe-Lill. In the other, Councilwoman Angela Hunt and Former Councilmember Sandy Greyson. Tuesday night the two sides came out swinging, challenging each others arguments during a debate on the merits of the Trinity Toll Road. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports the exchange packed an auditorium in Dallas' Oak Cliff.


Special Series: Cheese Heroin: A Deadly Addiction - Treatment (2007-09-26)
Medical professionals say children addicted to cheese-heroin are being turned away from residential treatment programs. Their concerns are part of a dispute over the best way to help the young addicts recover. Sujata Dand continues her series, Cheese Heroin: A Deadly Addiction by exploring how and why some treatment decisions are made.


New lecture series incorporates arts and sciences (2007-09-25)
The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts will partner with National Geographic Live! to launch the Brinker International Forum, a new lecture series featuring renowned artists and scientists, in September 2008.


Cheese Heroin: A Deadly Addiction (2007-09-25)
The Dallas County Health Department calls cheese heroin the most instantly addictive and deadliest drug they've seen since crack cocaine. More than 2 dozen teenagers in Dallas County and surrounding suburbs have died from the the drug --and just this week, two more deathsin Tarrant County. In the first part of our series Cheese-Heroin: A Deadly Addiction, KERA's Sujata Dand finds that medical professionals believe the number of drug fatalities will increase with school back in session.


Special Series - Cheese Heroin: A Deadly Addiction (2007-09-25)
With school back in session, medical professionals and educators are concerned an increasing number of students will become addicted to cheese heroin. Students come in contact with the drug at school, and recently cheese heroin fatalities have spread beyond Dallas to other North Texas communities. KERA's Sujata Dand begins a three-part series, "Cheese Heroin: A Deadly Addiction," by talking to girls who got hooked.


Congresswoman Johnson Backs Trinity Toll Road (2007-09-24)
Dallas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Mondy said she will actively campaign to defeat the November ballot referendum that would kill a high speed toll road inside the Trinity River levee.


Auto Workers Strike GM, Arlington Plant (2007-09-24)
With Monday's national walkout by GM's United Auto Workers, more than 25-hundred employees at Arlington's General Motors plant are on strike. Retiree and health benefits, along with job security, are driving the standoff. This is the first national strike by auto workers in 31 years. KERA's Bill Zeeble prepared this report.


Holy Land Trial's Outcome Carries A Lot Of Weight (2007-09-23)
Legal experts around the country say whatever the outcome, the Holy Land Foundation trial could change the way our government prosecutes terrorists. Five Holy Land members stand accused of secretly sending money to the Middle East terror group Hamas. The jury's still deliberating a verdict, after a long weekend off. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


CEO, September 28, 2007 (2007-09-21)
Peter Altabef is President and CEO of Perot Systems - one of the largest companies in the information technology services industry. With host Lee Cullum, Altabef shares insight about the company's strategic focus on healthcare services, the role of CEOs as good corporate citizens and the pitfalls of communicating by e-mail.


Think, September 21, 2007 (2007-09-21)
We'll get some perspective on the creative process this evening with Michael Auping, Chief Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Fort Worth Star-Telegram Pop Culture Critic Cary Darling will join us during the Scene segment to discuss the current crop of Hollywood's Iraq War movies and whether people will flock to see them.


Commentary: Dying Laughing (2007-09-21)
Funerals are sad occasions, but commentator Rawlins Gilliland says some have provided unintended moments of humor.


Commentary: Helicopters in News Coverage (2007-09-20)
Commentator David Margulies shares some concerns about the use of helicopters in broadcast news and traffic coverage.


KERA's This I Believe: Humility (2007-09-19)
Felipe Morales is an immigrant to this country and he worked hard to get where he is today. In his essay for KERA's This I Believe, he remembers a humbling encounter in our nation's capital that reminded him of everything he endured to achieve his dreams.


Trinity Toll Road Supporters Launch Campaign (2007-09-18)
Trinity toll road supporters who oppose a November referendum have launched their media campaign. They say that if the planned toll road is not built inside the river levee, traffic will gridlock downtown Dallas. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.


Commentary: Meat and Change (2007-09-14)
Commentator Chris Tucker has some thoughts on the difficulty of personal and political change.


Texans In Congress Differ on President's Troop Plan (2007-09-14)
Congressional representatives in North Texas are reacting differently to the President and General David Patraeus's plans to withdraw 30-thousand troops from Iraq by next summer. KERA's Shelley Kofler talked to Republican Congresswoman Kay Granger of Fort Worth and Democratic Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson about their views. First, Congresswoman Johnson.


Think, September 14, 2007 (2007-09-14)
New Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert discusses the city's future; photographer Frank Gohlke describes his unique approach to landscape, as seen in a new exhibit at Fort Worth's Amon Carter Museum.


Execution Stayed - Reason's A Stunner (2007-09-13)
In a surprising move by the Texas Criminal Justice Department, last night's scheduled execution of Joseph Lave was stayed, at the request of the Dallas District Attorney. The DA's office here now says evidence requested years ago by Lave's defense lawyers was withheld, and that's illegal. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


Commentary: Airportophobia (2007-09-13)
While necessary for the public's well-being, post 9-11 safety restrictions at airports have proven frustrating for passengers. For commentator Tom Dodge, they amount to one more reason he tries to avoid airports and air travel altogether.


Dallas Repeals "Verified Response" (2007-09-13)
With an overwhelming 11-to-4 vote, the Dallas City Council has repealed the verified response police policy. The change means that businesses will no longer have to confirm break-ins before police respond to alarms. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


KERA's This I Believe: Courage (2007-09-12)
In her essay for KERA's This I Believe, Mary Courtwright tells how she has learned the truth about courage over the years.


Think, September 8, 2007 (2007-09-11)
KERA'S Krys Boyd talked with former Middle East Envoy Ambassador Dennis Ross, and filmmakers Laurie Coyle and Rick Tejada-Flores.


Think, August 24, 2007 (2007-09-11)
KERA's Krys Boyd talked with two of the original Tuskegee Airmen, and artist Ron Mueck, known for his larger and smaller-than life sculptures, featured in an exhibition at Fort Worth's Modern Art Museum.


9-11 Losses Remembered at DFW Airport (2007-09-11)
The airline industry says it's almost recovered from the terrorist attacks that brought down 4 jets 6 years ago. But they still mark the anniversary with reverence. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


TXU Shareholders Approve Buyout (2007-09-07)
By an overwhelming majority, TXU shareholders have approved a 45 billion dollar buyout of the Dallas-based utility. The publicly held energy provider - the state's biggest - now goes private, in one of the largest takeovers in history. Some now worry the deal's debt will lead to rate hikes. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports


DISD: Some 100 Losing Jobs (2007-09-07)
Tomorrow, the Dallas school district will hold a job fair for employees being terminated because of the district's restructuring plan. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more.


Commentary: Pre-school Rankings (2007-09-06)
Commentator Susan Hoff examines a new voluntary ratings system for pre-schools in Texas.


Service providers advocate "housing first" in Texas (2007-09-06)
More than 400 social service providers meeting this week in Dallas say it costs taxpayers more to leave people homeless on the streets than to provide them the housing and the assistance they need to get back on their feet. KERA's Catherine Cuellar says that's why advocacy groups across Texas are working on plans to put the "Housing First" philosophy into practice.


KERA's This I Believe: Mirrors (2007-09-05)
In her essay for KERA's This I Believe, Mary Rixford examines how easy it is to overlook the person beneath the surface.


Dallas City Council To Reconsider Verified Response (2007-09-05)
The Dallas City Council will reconsider the policy of confirming burglaries before sending police to investigate tripped business alarms. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


DISD Restructuring (2007-09-05)
DISD continues to send out notices to employees let go under the district's restructuring program. The head of one education group said the terminations stretch across the board. KERA's Sam Baker reports.


Tollway Extension Opening This Month (2007-09-05)
The date has been set for opening the third extension of the Dallas North Tollway. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports that in three weeks six new toll lanes will connect the Frisco -McKinney area to downtown Dallas.


Commentary: Subprime Loans (2007-09-04)
Commentator Lee Cullum weighs in on the subprime lending troubles in the housing industry.


New Misdemeanor Law Not Embraced By All (2007-08-31)
A new state law that went into effect Saturday is designed to save money And keep police on the streets. Officers like it. But many prosecutors are recommending against House Bill 23-91. It let's officers issue citations for certain misdemeanors - like possessing small amounts of marijuana - instead of hauling people to jail. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


CEO, August 31, 2007 (2007-08-31)
Terdema L. Ussery II, Esq., is in his tenth year as President and CEO of the Dallas Mavericks. He is in his fifth year as CEO of HDNet.


Lawmakers Blast Plan to Turn Interstates Into Toll Roads (2007-08-31)
Some powerful elected officials say they strongly oppose a Texas Department of Transportation effort included in the agency's federal lobbying plan. The effort asks Congress to allow our state to buy segments of the Interstate system and turn them into toll roads. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more


Commentary: The Exception (2007-08-31)
Commentator Jerome Weeks reviews a new novel about mass murder that he found provocative, but less of the novel it could have been.


25,000 Katrina survivors call North Texas home (2007-08-30)
Two years ago, Reunion Arena and the Dallas Convention Center became emergency shelters for tens of thousands Hurricane Katrina evacuees arriving hourly from the Gulf Coast. Many remain in north Texas. KERA's Catherine Cuellar reports some are making progress, while others still need help.


Governor Commutes Death Sentence (2007-08-30)
In a rare legal move, Governor Rick Perry stopped last night's scheduled execution of Kenneth Foster, the getaway driver in the 1996 murder of a San Antonio man. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.


Anti-Gun Marchers Rally in South Dallas (2007-08-29)
Between 50 and a hundred protesters marched through part of south Dallas Tuesday demanding an end to gun violence. The demonstration marked the 44th anniversary of Martin Luther Kings' march on Washington. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more


North Texas Evacuees Still Receiving Help (2007-08-29)
As the nation marks this second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by examining the recovery in New Orleans, a group in North Texas continues to help the evacuees who remain here.


Texas Has Most Uninsured (2007-08-29)
The U.S. Census Bureau says median income in Texas edged up slightly last year, to almost $45,000. But other Census Bureau information paints a disappointing picture in Texas. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more.


KERA's This I Believe: Servitude (2007-08-29)
William Holston explains why he believes greatness is more often found in humble circumstances.


Dallas County Commissioners Reinstate Senior Exemption (2007-08-29)
Dallas County Commissioners have reinstated a 69 thousand dollar homestead tax exemption for homeowners 65 or older. That's on top of the property tax freeze for seniors already approved. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.


Commentary: Unwelcome to the Girl's Club (2007-08-28)
Women have often complained about a lack of gender parity in the workplace - and with good reason. But commentator Rawlins Gilliland says men can make the same complaints.


Bush Loses Another Loyal Texan (2007-08-27)
The resignation of U.S Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez eliminates one of the last high-ranking Texans George Bush took Washington. KERA'S Shelley Kofler talked to SMU Political Scientist Cal Jillson about how Gonzalez approached his job, and how the President's tendenency to hire longtime associates from home may have backfired.


Commentary: Okkervil River (2007-08-24)
Commentator David Okamoto reviews a new CD that says as much about the music sound in Austin as it does about the group that recorded it.


Challenges for Immigrant Students (2007-08-23)
KERA's Sam Baker reports on a DISD center that helps foreign-born students get the educational start in English language schools.


Richardson Schools Beating the Odds (2007-08-23)
This month when the state released results for statewide student testing, many urban school districts saw their ratings drop. Many blamed it on new tougher standards for passing math and science. But the Richardson school district exceeded the new goals, and for the second year in a row became the largest Texas district to be recognized . Only one category- exemplary - is higher. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports on how the district has beaten the odds to improve learning.


Commentary: Increasing America's Domestic Fuel Supply (2007-08-22)
Amid the search for new forms of fuel, commentator Sterling Burnett believes one sources is being all but overlooked.


Beginning of School Costly for Parents and Teachers (2007-08-21)
Parents and teachers say they're spending hundreds of dollars for essential school supplies not covered by the districts or legislature. In our ongoing series School Days KERA's Shelley Kofler takes a look at what they're spending to make sure children aren't shortchanged.


Special Reports: School Days (2007-08-20)
The beginning of school can be exciting. It can also be stressful and expensive. This week, KERA reporters explore education trends and issues. Join us for "School Days", with reports airing daily from Monday, Aug. 20 through Friday, Aug. 24 on KERA 90.1 during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Learn more about the education experience in North Texas.


Random Drug Tests Grow In Texas Schools (2007-08-20)
The Dallas Independent School District predicts that the number of parents asking the district to randomly test their children for drugs will double. The concept of school drug testing - once highly controversial - has gained popularity across Texas. The number of districts now taking part in a federally funded program will grow to 20 this fall. KERA's Bill Zeeble takes a look at why.


Texas Prepares for Hurricane Dean (2007-08-20)
Emergency preparedness teams across Texas are pitching in to plan for the effects of Hurricane Dean along the Gulf Coast. KERA's Shelley Kofler has details.


Dallas Prepares for Hurricane Dean (2007-08-20)
The City of Dallas has joined the Emergency Preparedness effort in the event Hurricane Dean lashes out at Texas. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more.


North Texas Toll Rates Going Up (2007-08-17)
Here's some news that may give rush hour commuters a case of road rage - but we hope not.


Dallas leads the state in all-female public education (2007-08-17)
Some parents and their daughters have found a way to avoid the distraction presented by boys at school. They're enrolling in an increasing number of all-girls public schools opening in Texas. The first was the Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School in Dallas. KERA's Catherine Cuellar talked to students and educators there about why the experience works.


Commentary: Jane Austen (2007-08-16)
Popular culture can't seem to get enough of writer Jane Austen. Commentator Lee Cullum considers the reasons why.


Dallas voters will consider Trinity tollway (2007-08-15)
Activists and Dallas city council members disagree over a planned tollroad within the Trinity River levees. But both groups support a fall election to let Dallas voters consider it for the second time in 10 years. KERA's Catherine Cuellar reports on today's debate in council chambers.


Study Shows Possible Asbestos Impact (2007-08-15)
At an emotionally charged community meeting last night, some West Dallas,residents learned they could be suffering from asbestos-related diseases. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports neighbors fear help might be hard to find.


North Texas will build 800+ green homes this year (2007-08-14)
North Texas will see the nation's biggest increase in new construction of high-performance homes over the next 12 months. KERA's Catherine Cuellar explains.


U.S. Chamber Launches Infrastructure Initiative (2007-08-10)
At a transportation summit in Irving today, the President of the U.S.Chamber of Commerce warned that the country's infrastructure is running out of capacity. Thomas Donohue then announced the Chamber's "Let's Rebuild America" initiative.


North Texas Planning for $2.5 Billion Transportation Windfall (2007-08-10)
How would you spend $2.5 billion dollars if it dropped in your lap? That's the happy dilemma North Texas transportation officials expect to have on their hands. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on where the money comes from and how it may be spent.


Commentary: Fear in Politics (2007-08-09)
As the campaign season continues, commentator Chris Tucker has some thoughts on the power of fear in politics.


Carrizo Oil & Gas will drill at UT-Arlington (2007-08-09)
About 500 homeowners who live near the University of Texas at Arlington crowded town hall meeting about the Carrizo Oil and Gas company's plans to drill on campus for natural gas in the Barnett Shale. KERA's Catherine Cuellar was there and reports on the hopes and fears of UTA officials and neighbors.


Federal Money for State Highway 121 Assured (2007-08-08)
Some good news for the North Texas Tollway Authority and it's effort to seal a deal to build State Highway 121 in Collin and Denton Counties.


Dallas Opera Director Resigns (2007-08-08)
The Dallas Opera's general director will step down at the end of October. KERA's Catherine Cuellar spoke to arts community members about the impact and timing of the announcement.


Senate Transportation Chair Denied Details on Deficient Bridges (2007-08-07)
The Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee says state transportation officials initially refused to tell him which Texas bridges have deficiencies when he requested the information. Senator John Carona of Dallas said he needed to know so he could make sure lawmakers provide money for repairs. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on how a tense relationship will need to improve if fixing bridges and roadways is a priority.


Texas Begins Inspections of Minnesota-Style Bridges (2007-08-06)
Inspectors from the Texas Department of Transportation's Bridge Division are fanning out across the state. This week they begin inspecting bridges similar in construction to the failed bridge in Minnesota.


Commentary: WalMartophobia (2007-08-03)
Even though millions shop there every day, you don't have to look far for complaints about WalMart. Commentator Tom Dodge has a few concerns of his own.


Rural south needs more doctors to treat AIDS (2007-08-03)
Texas has the largest HIV population in the country with the lowest reimbursement for Medicaid. Experts say that's part of the reason only a small number of doctors are willing to treat AIDS patients. KERA's Catherine Cuellar has more on what some patients go through to get treatment, especially if they live in rural areas.


Think, August 3, 2007 (2007-08-03)
Host Krys Boyd talks with Parkland Hospital's Dr. Ron Anderson about meeting the health care needs of a growing population. Also, market research analyst Kelley Styring on the evolution of the handbag.


Texas Officials Call "Deficient" Bridges Safe (2007-08-02)
Texas has more bridges than any other state. And many of them carry the same deficient rating given to the span that collapsed in Minnesota. KERA's Shelley Kofler talked to the Texas Department of Transportation about what that means -and whether a similar bridge failure could happen here.


Texas Officials Call "Deficient" Bridges Safe (2007-08-02)
Texas has more bridges than any other state. And many of them carry the same deficient rating given to the span that collapsed in Minnesota. KERA's Shelley Kofler talked to the Texas Department of Transportation about what that means -and whether a similar bridge failure could happen here.


CEO, July 27, 2007 (2007-08-01)
As President and CEO of one of the world's largest independent oil and gas companies, Anadarko's Jim Hackett says his industry is not keeping up with demand, and blames Congress for subsidizing alternative fuels. Get an insider's take on an industry many of us love to hate.


More Unacceptable Schools in Dallas and Fort Worth (2007-08-01)
The Texas Education Agency has delivered some disappointing news to Dallas and Fort Worth school districts. Both have more academically unacceptable campuses this year than last. Kera's Shelley Kofler says it reflects a trend statewide.


White House Drug Czar Talks About Cheese-Heroin (2007-08-01)
LOCAL OFFICIALS IN DALLAS COUNTY MET WITH WHITE HOUSE DRUG CZAR JOHN WALTERS YESTERDAY TO ASK FOR FEDERAL HELP DEALING WITH THE CHEESE-HEROIN CRISIS. KERA'S SUJJATA DAND REPORTS.


D.A. investigation of Trinity petition won't stop referendum (2007-08-01)
Leaders of Dallas activist groups who disagree about the placement of a road in the proposed Trinity River park seem to agree that political banter between Dallas County district attorney Craig Watkins and mayor Tom Leppert are just distractions from a referendum that's unlikely to be derailed, as KERA's Catherine Cuellar explains.


Dallas County may freeze seniors' tax rate (2007-07-31)
In two weeks, Dallas County may freeze the property tax rate for senior citizens. County commissioners are divided on how to best protect seniors while making sure county services are still adequately funded, as KERA's Catherine Cuellar explains.


Dallas DA and Sheriff Want Bigger Budgets (2007-07-31)
Both the Dallas County D.A. and Sheriff each want millions of dollars more from Commissioners for their budgets next year. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports they're not likely to get it all.


Presidential Candidates Mine Texas for Dollars (2007-07-27)
Republican Presidential Candidate Rudolph Guiliani touched down in Dallas Friday. His visit, like that of other White House contenders is less about votes and more about money.


Dallas County Receives Additional Funds for Heroin Epidemic (2007-07-27)
Dallas County will receive more than 400 hundred thousand dollars from the state to treat children addicted to heroin. KERA's Sujata Dand reports.


Citizenship application fee goes up Sunday (2007-07-27)
The number of legal immigrants in north Texas applying for citizenship has increased 80%, because fees go up Sunday. It's still possible to apply at the lower price, as KERA's Catherine Cuellar explains.


Commentary: Texas Democrats (2007-07-27)
The recent fundraising success here of some of the party's presidential candidates would seem to indicate hope for Democrats in Texas. Or does it? Here's commentator Lee Cullum.


Explosion Raises Questions About Industrial Sites Downtown (2007-07-26)
Should businesses housing dangerous chemicals be located in congested, downtown areas?


Holy Land Trial's Third Witness (2007-07-26)
On the 2nd day of testimony in the Holy Land foundation trial, a prosecution witness testified about a pile of mysterious data tapes found buried in the backyard of his recently purchased home. More from KERA's Bill Zeeble


Dallas Fire Official Talks About Explosion (2007-07-25)
Lt. Joel Lavender, of the Dallas Fire Department, talks to KERA's Shelley Kofler about the origins of the fire and explosions at Southwest Industrial Gases that tied up traffic and prompted evacuation Wednesday.


Dallas County Seeks State Funds for Drug Crisis (2007-07-25)
Dallas County Commissioner Ken Mayfield is in Austin today, asking state health officials for more money to treat children addicted to heroin. KERA's Sujata Dand says Dallas wants an additional half a million dollars to deal with the cheese epidemic.


Fire in downtown Dallas forces I-30, I-35E to close (2007-07-25)
Dallas police and fire-fighters have evacuated a half-mile radius southwest of downtown Dallas. That follows a fire and explosions at a welding supply company. KERA's Catherine Cuellar has more on the fire's cause and effect.


Holy Land Trial Hears First Prosecution Witness (2007-07-25)
The first prosecution witness in the federal Holy Land Foundation trial is a man the defense team tried to keep off the stand. KERA'S Bill Zeeble has more


Holy Land Trial's Opening Statements (2007-07-24)
On the first day of the high profile Holy Land Foundation trial in Dallas, the lead prosecutor charged the charity's leaders of funneling money to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. 90.1's Bill Zeeble says defense attorneys denied all charges. Here's more.


Commentary: Universal Health Care (2007-07-24)
The idea flopped during the Clinton administration, but commentator Tom Rodgers believes the time has come to revisit universal health care.


Holy Land Trial Starts (2007-07-24)
On the first day of the high profile Holy Land Foundation trial in Dallas, the lead prosecutor charged the charity's leaders of funneling money to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. 90.1's Bill Zeeble says defense attorneys denied all charges. Here's more.


Holy Land Trial's Opening Statements (2007-07-24)
On the first day of the high profile Holy Land Foundation trial in Dallas, the lead prosecutor charged the charity's leaders of funneling money to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. 90.1's Bill Zeeble says defense attorneys denied all charges. Here's more.


TXU Agrees to Pay $5 Million Fine (2007-07-23)
Dallas-based TXU has agreed to pay the second largest fine ever levied by the Texas Public Utility Commission. The agreement would also allow some customers to more easily drop TXU electricity contracts.


Think, July 20, 2007 (2007-07-20)
KERA's Krys Boyd talks with Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez on her job and the future of county law enforcement, and with Video Association of Dallas Executive Director Laura Neitzel on her film "Bodacious Boots" and the upcoming 20th Annual Dallas Video Festival.


Young Democrats of America convene in Dallas (2007-07-20)
About 1,000 young leaders, including more than 70 international delegates, are in Dallas this week for the Young Democrats of America's national convention. KERA's Catherine Cuellar reports on how the conference is viewed by local Democrats, and what participants hope the convention will accomplish.


SouthWest Airlines' Herb Kelleher And Colleen Barrett To Retire (2007-07-19)
Southwest Airlines has announced the retirement next spring of founder and current Executive Board Chair Herb Kelleher, and President Colleen Barret. 90.1's Bill Zeeble has more


Commentary: Stay-at-home Dads (2007-07-17)
Times may have changed, but commentator Matthew Broyles said some people have yet to adapt.


Jury Selection Starts in Holy Land Foundation Trial (2007-07-16)
Under a calm appearance, tensions simmer over this case that Muslims fear is putting their faith on trial. Prosecutors say they're seeking justice.


Interview with Dallas County Judge Jim Foster (2007-07-13)
90.1's Sam Baker talks with Dallas County Judge Jim Foster about issues during his first six months on the job.


Nobel Winners Suggest New Approach to Iraq (2007-07-13)
If your car breaks down you'd probably call a mechanic. If you break a hip, you want a great doctor to put you back together. So, who do you call for ideas on creating peace in Iraq? KERA's Shelley Kofler sat down with three women who know something about the subject: Nobel Peace Prize winners in Dallas for the International Women's Peace Conference.


Think, July 13, 2007 (2007-07-13)
KERA's Krys Boyd Krys Boyd talks with aerobics pioneer Dr. Kenneth Cooper about his plans to help Texas schoolchildren revitalize their health, and with the Dallas Museum of Art's Dr. Anne Bromberg about a new exhibit on ancient villas of the Roman elite.


Commentary: Something there is that doesn't love a wall (2007-07-10)
As America struggles with what to do about its illegal immigrant problem, commentator Tom Dodge tells of one educator who feels he's found an answer.


Women From Around the World Come to Dallas for Peace Conference (2007-07-09)
Beginning Tuesday, more than one thousand delegates from around the globe will meet in Dallas, developing plans to achieve what may seem impossible - peace. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on the third International Women's Peace Conference.


Think, August 10, 2007 (2007-07-06)
(repeat of July 6 program) KERA's Krys Boyd talks with author and film producer Robert M. Edsel about the link between art and war and with Sam Dean, Director of Special Projects at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History about "STAR WARS: Where Science Meets Imagination" - on display until September 3rd.


North Texas Regional Crime Prevention Summit to convene (2007-07-06)
90.1's Sam Baker talks with Dallas Police Sgt. Cheryl Cornish about tomorrow's North Texas Regional Crime Prevention Summit.


Commentary: Polyphonic Spree Review (2007-07-06)
The Dallas-based Polyphonic Spree has released its third CD. Commentator David Okamoto has a review.


Congressional Leaders Visit Flooded North Texas (2007-07-03)
The timeline isn't certain, but U.S. Senator John Cornyn says financial help is on the way for residents of a Haltom City Trailer Park. A little girl recently drowned in flood waters there. 90.1's Bill Zeeble toured the area with Cornyn who also talked about the President commuting Lewis Libby's sentence. He did not discuss his new political challengers.


Commentary: Kellogg's Cereal Advertising (2007-07-03)
One of the country's top makers of breakfast cereal recently announced a change in how and what it markets to children. But commentator Michael Tate's not impressed.


Texas Schools to move from TAKS to end-of-course exams: Pt. 2 (2007-06-29)
Michael Sorum, Chief Academic Officer for the Fort Worth School District, talks with 90.1's Sam Baker about how FWISD will handle problems stemming from TAKS testing while awaiting the switch to end-of--course exams.


Commentary: Anyone But Them (2007-06-29)
Many forces drive the American electorate, but commentator Chris Tucker says that one of the strongest is the desire to have someone anyone other than the candidates we have at the moment.


Texas Schools to move from TAKS to end-of course exams: Pt. 1 (2007-06-29)
Plano state Senator Florence Shapiro talks with 90.1's Sam Baker about the process of replacing the TAKS test with end-of-course exams.


Transportation Commissioners Chose NTTA Over Cintra (2007-06-28)
It's been a bruising battle. And when the smoke cleared Thursday, state transportation commissioners had chosen the North Texas Tollway Authority over Cintra to build State Highway 121 in Collin and Denton Counties. But some involved say it's not over yet, as KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.


North Texas braces for record June rainfall (2007-06-28)
The national weather service in Fort Worth expects a new record for rainfall will be set today or tomorrow, making this the wettest June on record in north Texas. KERA's Catherine Cuellar talked with people working round-the-clock at the National Weather Service in Fort Worth and emergency operations centers in Dallas and Denton to learn how they're handling so much rain.


Commentary: Plan B for Iraq (2007-06-27)
The commanding general for U.S. forces expects to assess by September if the current troop increase is having any impact on political reconciliation between Iraq's warring factions. Commentator Lee Cullum's not optimistic.


Transportation Chairman Ric Williamson discusses State Highway 121 (2007-06-27)
Thursday Texas Transportation Commissioner will award a multi-billion dollar contract for North Texas's State Highway 121. Commission Chairman Ric Williamson talked to KERA's Shelley Kofler about the choice between private contractor Cintra and the North Texas Tollway Authority.


North Texas health clinics participate in National HIV Testing Day (2007-06-27)
Clinics throughout North Texas are offering free HIV tests as part of National HIV testing day. KERA's Catherine Cuellar got tested to help those considering it know what to expect.


CEO, June 29, 2007 (2007-06-26)
This week on CEO, Lee Cullum talks to Sam Gilliland about how he led his online travel agency through turbulent times following 9-11 and the Iraq invasion. As President and CEO of Sabre Holdings, parent company of Travelocity, Gilliland represents a new breed of company leaders expanding globally and embracing a diverse workforce.


CEO, May 25, 2007 (2007-06-26)
On the 100th anniversary of Neiman Marcus, host Lee Cullum talks with Neiman Marcus President and CEO Karen Katz about company expansion plans, the legacy of Stanley Marcus, and a new chain of stores opening for young women.


Dallas mayor Tom Leppert's inaugural address (2007-06-25)
Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert's address from his inauguration at the Meyerson Symphony Center on June 25, 2007.


Commentary: Tom Leppert (2007-06-25)
Retired construction company executive Tom Leppert officially becomes mayor of Dallas today. Commentator Victoria Loe Hicks wants to remind him of a campaign promise.


Think, June 22, 2007 (2007-06-22)
What's it like to leave your homeland to seek asylum in the United States? Wednesday, June 20th marked the 7th Annual World Refugee Day as established by the United Nations General Assembly. Host Krys Boyd discusses the challenges of refugee resettlement with Marc Jennings, Regional Director for the International Rescue Committee. She also talks with former refugee Sharefa Daw who now lives and works in North Texas.


Commentary: Old Terms That Seem New (2007-06-22)
Commentator Paula LaRocque reflects on why so-called new terms seem a bit familiar.


Dallas Mayor Laura Miller Presides Over Her Last Meeting (2007-06-20)
After leading Dallas as Mayor for 5 years, Laura Miller presided over her last council meeting today. Granted, it was a briefing, not a voting session, but by this time next week, Mayor elect Tom Leppert will be in Miller's place. And what will Miller be doing? What does she and others think about what she's accomplished, or failed to? 90.1's Bill Zeeble has more


Commentary: Faith - It Goes Without Saying (2007-06-19)
Some people have no problem discussing religion anytime, anywhere. Others prefer to avoid the subject. Guess where commentator Rawlins Gilliland fits in.


Local Leaders Choose Native Road Builder Over Foreign Firm (2007-06-19)
Members of the regional transportation commission have opted for local over international in recommending the North Texas Tollway Authority as contractors for State Highway 121. Spanish-based Cintra originally had the lucrative contract. 90.1's Shelley Kofler says the announcement followed a detailed and emotional debate.


Women's Center of Tarrant County breaks ground on new facility (2007-06-19)
The 28-year-old Women's Center of Tarrant County has provided counseling to survivors of rape, education to prevent domestic violence, and referrals to appropriate social services. Last year, they helped 100,000 clients. Over the next year, the Women's Center will more than double its size. 90.1's Catherine Cuellar attended yesterday's groundbreaking in Fort Worth and talked to former clients about their hopes for the organization's future.


Leppert Post-Election Interview (2007-06-18)
Dallas Mayor-elect Tom Leppert talks with 90.1's Sam Baker about what he wants to accomplish at City Hall.


Dallas City Council Fields Seven New Members (2007-06-17)
Four new Dallas Council members from the southern sector join 3 from other parts of Dallas, and a brand new mayor. 90.1's Bill Zeeble reports.


Tom Leppert Wins Dallas Mayor's Race (2007-06-17)
Dallas businessman Tom Leppert beats City Councilmember Ed Oakley in mayor's race


Ed Oakley concedes in Dallas' mayoral race (2007-06-16)
Trailing almost 20% the entire night, Oakley's watch party celebrated the end of the campaign, but not a victory.


Commentary: Public Schools Accountability and Transparency (2007-06-15)
Texas in 2010 will begin replacing the TAKS test with end-of-course exams, but that's three away. Commentator Mel Hays says there's still the TAKS and other education concerns as great to address.


Think, June 15, 2007 (2007-06-15)
Transportation is a big issue in North Texas. How will the region handle the expected growth of the next few years? How will changes affect you? Host Krys Boyd talks with Gordon Dickson, Transportation Writer for the Star-Telegram and Shelley Kofler, KERA News Director.


Runoffs in Dallas City Council Districts 3, 7 & 8 (2007-06-14)
Editors of two Dallas southern sector newspapers talk with 90.1's Sam Baker about the June 16th runoff races in City Council Districts 3, 7 & 8.


Ed Oakley busy during the last days of Dallas' mayoral runoff (2007-06-12)
KERA's Catherine Cuellar reports from the Ed Oakley for Dallas mayor campaign.


Commentary: Conversations at a Reunion (2007-06-12)
Tom Dodge recently attended his high school reunion. He can tell you which one and what happened in this commentary.


Tom Leppert's Busy Final Days of Runoff Election for Dallas Mayor (2007-06-12)
Early voting's over. There are just 4 days left before Saturday's runoff election in Dallas, and the latest poll shows the mayor's race is neck and neck. KERA spent time with both candidates who are hoping to become the city's next leader. 90.1's Bill Zeeble reports on Tom Leppert's campaign.


Dallas Theater Center Names New Director (2007-06-11)
The Dallas Theater Center has introduced its new artistic director, Kevin Moriarty. He comes here from theater jobs in upstate New York, Rhode Island, and Brown University. 90.1's Bill Zeeble has more


Think, June 8, 2007 (2007-06-08)
What does the future hold for Fort Worth and where is the city is headed? KERA's Krys Boyd talks with Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief, who was re-elected on May 12th. Dr. Tim Seelig, who's served as the Artistic Director of the Turtle Creek Chorale for twenty years, joins Krys for the Scene segment of the show.


Dallas Now Boasts Elite Search and Rescue Task Force (2007-06-08)
The state's newest urban search and rescue team - Texas Task Force-Two - just became operational, and is based right here in Dallas. Thanks to a federal grant, it boasts high tech rescue tools it could not afford otherwise. 90.1's Bill Zeeble has more


Dallas Supt. Hinojosa: What's an appropriate role in education for the mayor? (2007-06-08)
Dallas Superintendent Michael Hinojosa talks about the idea of the mayor taking a more active role regarding education, and about DISD's effort to build relations with the city of Dallas.


South Texas Editor Discusses Border Bill (2007-06-08)
This week Governor Rick Perry appeared with South Texas sheriffs, to sign a homeland security bill. He said the legislation would make the border more secure. Steve Taylor, the editor of the Rio Grande Guardian, an online newspaper, has been following the bill and talked to KERA's Shelley Kofler about what it will accomplish.


Betty Culbreath and Vonciel Jones-Hill want to represent South Oak Cliff (2007-06-07)
Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill finished third in the mayoral race, which will be decided next week. Representation of his District 5 will be decided in a runoff between two community leaders well-known in South Oak Cliff. KERA's Catherine Cuellar talked with candidates Betty Culbreath and Vonciel Jones-Hill about the future of District 5 and their ideas for working with leaders city-wide.


Commentary: Life: What Were The Odds? (2007-06-07)
You never know what life will bring. A commentary from Rawlins Gilliland.


Commentary: No Child Left Behind (2007-06-06)
The No Child Left Behind education law is due to expire this year. Commentator Anne Foster considers the impact of the law to date and what should happen next to benefit education.


Fort Worth Opera Presents Its First World Premiere (2007-06-05)
The Fort Worth Opera has just taken a pair of risks it hopes will pay off. The 60 year old opera company - the state's oldest - presented its first main stage World Premiere over the weekend. Frau Margot is part of the ongoing opera festival, also a first here. 90.1's Bill Zeeble has more.


Lawmakers Point Fingers Over Failure of UNT Law School (2007-06-05)
Two Dallas democrats are blaming each other for failed legislation that would have created the UNT Law School in Dallas. KERA's Shelley Kofler recaps the debate in Austin and examines accusations being traded by Senator Royce West and Rep. Yvonne Davis.


Alabama Eye Doctor Wins 5th International Piano Competition in Fort Worth (2007-06-04)
A 46 year eye doctor from Alabama has won the 5th International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs that ended last night in Fort Worth. 90.1's Bill Zeeble has more


Four Cliburn Gold Medalists Play Together In Historic Performance (2007-06-04)
For the first time in 18 years, four Van Cliburn Competition gold medal pianists played on the same stage, at the same time. 90.1's Bill Zeeble met with them during a secret, late night rehearsal leading up to their brief,historic performance yesterday. Here's his sound postcard from Fort Worth.


Commentary: Being Well-informed (2007-06-01)
The Dallas Morning News in April reported the biggest newspaper circulation drop in the country. That and the public's evolving media habits have commentator wondering what it means to be well-informed.


KERA's Dallas Mayoral Debate (2007-06-01)
Dallas mayoral candidates Tom Leppert and Ed Oakley faced off in their first TV debate on Thursday, May 31.


Dallas Mayor Finalists Debate Live On TV And Radio (2007-06-01)
The 2 finalists for Dallas Mayor faced off last night in a live debate on KERA TV & radio, and Channel 11 television. 90.1's Bill Zeeble joined a watch party in Deep Ellum with 8 neighborhood residents who were let down by both candidates Ed Oakley, and Tom Leppert. Here's his report.


Think, June 1, 2007 (2007-06-01)
Host Krys Boyd talks with former astronaut and B612 Foundation chairman Rusty Schweickart on how to protect Earth from asteroids and comets.


Commentary: Terry McAuliffe (2007-05-31)
Then-President Bill Clinton had to all but write off Texas in his re-election bid. Commentator Lee Cullum considers if the same holds true for Senator Hillary Clinton.


Commentary: Memorial Day (2007-05-28)
On this Memorial Day, only about two million of the 16 million World War II veterans are still with us. Commentator Chris Tucker remembers one who recently departed.


Commentary: The Shakespeare Riots (2007-05-25)
While Shakespeare has remained popular for centuries, commentator Jerome Weeks reviews a book about a moment in particular that stands out.


Dallas Elementary School Worried About Drug Problem (2007-05-24)
TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF VACATION FOR DALLAS ISD STUDENTS, BUT ADMINISTRATORS WARN PARENTS THAT CHILDREN ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE TO DRUGS DURING THE SUMMER. 21 CHILDREN HAVE DIED IN DALLAS COUNTY AFTER TAKING THE DRUG CHEESE - A MIXTURE OF BLACK TAR HEROIN AND OVER THE COUNTER SLEEP AIDS LIKE TYLENOL PM. KERA'S SUJATA DAND ATTENDED A MEETING AT A DALLAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK WHERE 5TH GRADERS WERE CAUGHT WITH ONE COMPONENT OF THE DRUGS.


Commentary: The Question (2007-05-23)
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' first round of testimony before a Senate panel raised eyebrows - both in Washington and in the classroom of commentator Mel Hays.


North Texas Wins The 2011 Super Bowl (2007-05-22)
Regional cooperation and the new Arlington stadium are being credited with giving North Texas the edge in the competition to host the Super Bowl in 2011. 90.1's Bill Zeeble has more


Judge Stops Farmers Branch Illegal Immigrant Ordinance (2007-05-21)
A federal judge has stopped today's implementation of a Farmers Branch ordinance that could fine landlords for renting apartments to illegal immigrants. Meanwhile, leaders in Farmers Branch say they won't back down. 90.1's Bill Zeeble has more


Commentary: Cullum Rebuttal/Trinity River Project (2007-05-21)
In a recent commentary, Lee Cullum expressed concerns about a proposal to move a planned toll road out of the Trinity River Corridor project - the subject of a petition drive now underway for a public vote on the issue. Dallas city councilwoman Angela Hunt explains the reasons for the change in this rebuttal.


Commentary: The Judgment of Guns in Schools (2007-05-17)
The Governor's recent comment about possibly revisiting the issue of concealed handguns concerned commentator Dawn McMullan.


Trinity Vote campaign hopes to relocate tollway (2007-05-16)
During Dallas elections, volunteers asked voters to sign a petition to change the Trinity River corridor project. The Trinity Vote campaign wants a citywide referendum November 6th to decide if a planned toll road should be built inside or outside the levees along the river. KERA's Catherine Cuellar reports on the potential impact of the petition drive.


Commentary: House of Blues (2007-05-15)
A major name has arrived on the Dallas night club scene that commentator David Okamoto says could take the place of some recently-closed venues.


Leppert faces Oakley in Dallas mayoral runoff (2007-05-13)
In Dallas' 11-way mayoral election, Tom Leppert led, trailed by councilman Ed Oakley. Now both candidates are preparing for a runoff. 90.1's Catherine Cuellar has more.


KERA Post-Election Analysis (2007-05-13)
Analysis of election in Farmers Branch and Dallas mayoral/council races with SMU Journalism lecturer Lori Stahl, Gordon Jackson, Managing Editor of the Dallas Examiner and KERA 90.1 Reporter Bill Zeeble.


Farmers Branch Approves Ordinance to Fine Landlords (2007-05-13)
68 percent of Farmers Branch voters ok'd the ordinance that makes it illegal for landlords to rent apartments to illegal immigrants. 90.1's Bill Zeeble has more


Commentary: Hillary 1984 (2007-05-11)
Commentator Chris Tucker believes a film that recently caused a stir on the internet reveals much about how our politics and our society are changing.


TV Campaign ads in the Dallas mayoral race (2007-05-10)
SMU Assistant Professor and Political Communciations instructor Dan Schill talks with 90.1's Sam Baker about some of the TV ads in the race for mayor of Dallas.


Commentary: Farmers Branch (2007-05-10)
Among the items on Saturday's ballot in Farmers Branch is an ordinance against landlords renting apartments to illegal immigrants. Writer Tom Rodgers speaks against the situation in this commentary. KERA offered the Support Farmers Branch group an opportunity to present an opposing view, but received no essay by the deadline for broadcast.


DMA director Jack Lane to retire; Bonnie Pitman will be 1st female director (2007-05-09)
Dr. John R. Lane has will retire as McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art this time next year. The DMA board unanimously selected Bonnie Pitman, the current deputy director, to succeed Jack Lane next summer - making her the DMA's first female director.


Commentary: Legislative budgeting (2007-05-08)
Now in the homestretch of the session, state lawmakers are working on their chief duty - crafting a new state budget. But commentator Jennifer Nagorka wouldn't mind legislators stepping back a moment to reflect how they manage numbers and money.


Voters Will Decide Ordinance Issue In Farmers Branch (2007-05-08)
One of this Saturday's hottest local races - the Farmers Branch anti-illegal immigration ordinance - is drawing national attention. For the first time in the country, citizens will decide a controversial immigration measure that many say is a federal, not local, issue. Item 29-oh-3 could punish landlords who rent to illegal immigrants. Yesterday, Farmers Branch Mayor Robert Phelps urged citizens to reject the ordinance. 90.1's Bill Zeeble reports


Dallas' predominantly African-American southern sector will elect all new leaders (2007-05-07)
Outgoing Dallas mayor Laura Miller was unpopular with many black voters living south of I-30 in Dallas. Her departure coincides with turnover in all four Dallas council districts currently represented by African Americans. As 90.1's Catherine Cuellar reports, the sweeping change is seen as both a challenge and an opportunity.


KERA's This I Believe: Parenting (2007-05-04)
You could buy and read dozens of books on the subject in search of an answer, but in her essay for KERA's This I Believe, Lori Holman of Fort Worth found the key to being a good parent was closer than she realized.


Push in Congress for cleaner coal technology (2007-05-04)
Benjamin Show reports from Washington on the push in Congress for new coal technology.


Commentary: Jack Ingram (2007-05-03)
A hit from singer Jack Ingram's new CD may help reignite the trend of country covers of pop songs. But commentator David Okamoto doesn't think Ingram's the example to follow.


Fort Worth's District 6 votes on council and school bond (2007-05-01)
Early voting for municipal elections began this week throughout North Texas. Voters in far southwest Fort Worth will decide the District 6 city council race and consider the largest school bond measure in Tarrant County history. 90.1's Catherine Cuellar reports on how both issues affect inevitable growth and how it will be managed.


Commentary: Trinity River (2007-05-01)
There's a move underfoot to again change the Trinity River project in Dallas. The idea does not sit well with commentator Lee Cullum.


Some Young Voters WILL Vote May 12th (2007-04-30)
Early voting has just begun for the May 12th elections. Despite a few potential North Texas hot spots, including Farmers Branch and southern sector Dallas council seats, voter turnout's expected to be low. And it's even lower among the youngest voters. 90.1's Bill Zeeble has more


CEO, April 27, 2007 (2007-04-27)
Lee Cullum talks with Texas Instruments' president and CEO Rich Templeton about how he helped TI conquer the mobile phone market and become one of the most admired semiconductor businesses in the world.


Central Dallas Ministries Mayoral Candidates Forum (2007-04-26)
Leading candidates in the Dallas mayoral race address poverty in the southern sector of Dallas.


KERA'S This I Believe: Invincible Summer (2007-04-24)
Surviving the loss of a loved one is difficult, sometimes seemingly impossible. But in her essay for KERA's This I Believe, Teal Thawley writes there's an inner source of strength we can tap to survive.


KERA's This I Believe: Life Is Precious (2007-04-24)
It's unfortunate, but some of the best lessons in life often result from adversity. In his essay for KERA's This I Believe, Max Corneau of Rockwell wrote that he's had his share of adversity, and that it's shown him the value of life.


KERA's This I Believe: Making the Most of Life (2007-04-23)
As founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Nancy Brinker has spent the past 25 years raising the awareness of women about breast cancer - a mission that began with her sister. In this essay for KERA's This I Believe, Brinker explains how tragedy taught her to make the most of her life.


Commentary: Parent's view of shootings (2007-04-20)
In the wake of this week's shootings at Virginia Tech, commentator Chris Tucker has some thoughts from a parent's perspective.


Think, April 20, 2007 (2007-04-20)
KERA's Krys Boyd talks with Dr. David Daniel, President of the University of Texas at Dallas about the university's new Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Laboratory and what it means for the region.


KERA's This I Believe: Assimilation (2007-04-20)
Today, she's an art director for Neiman Marcus and a photographer whose work reflects her Taiwanese heritage. But the road to this point in life proved difficult for Jin -Ya Huang. In this essay for KERA's This I Believe, she chronicles her struggles with assimilation.


A View From the Other Side: Smoking in Europe (2007-04-16)
In 2003, the World Health Organization adopted a sweeping ant-tobacco treaty - the first international public health accord in history. Since then, nearly 140 countries have ratified the compact - including the majority of Europe. KERA's Sujata Dand continues her series on Europe and the United States with the catalyst that led to smoking declines, and what public health experts hope will translate to other parts of the globe.


A View from the Other Side: Philanthropy in Europe (2007-04-16)
Among industrialized countries, the United States is unique for its extremely low public funding for the arts. In Europe - the vast majority of arts funding is provided by the government So why are European arts organizations looking to the US for advice on fundraising? In the 3rd part of her series A View from the Other Side, KERA's Sujata Dand compares philanthropy in the United States and Europe.


AA Flight Attendants Protest Bonuses (2007-04-13)
Hundreds of American Airlines flight attendants marched in front of Corporate headquarters this morning protesting roughly 200 million dollars in bonuses going to some executives next week. 90.1's Bill Zeeble has more.


A View from the Other Side: Immigration in Denmark (2007-04-13)
Denmark has long been a country synonymous with peace and prosperity, with 5 million citizens enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. But a little more than a year ago, Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed sparked violent protests worldwide, tarnishing Denmark's reputation for tolerance. KERA's Sujata Dand continues her series A View from the Other Side with a look at how Denmark is trying to find balance between their Danish values and Muslim integration.


The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich (2007-04-13)
Marla Crockett talks with writer Howard Reich about how he had to confront the damage done to his family during the Holocaust.


Commentary: The Tropic of Censor (2007-04-13)
Several lists include Tropic of Cancer among the best novels of the past century, but the staff at Terrell High School in Kaufman County viewed the book differently. Commentator Tom Dodge weighs in on the controversy.


Dallas Logistics Hub celebrates grand opening (2007-04-13)
City, county, state, and federal officials were in Lancaster this morning to celebrate the grand opening of the 6,000 acre Dallas Logistics Hub, the largest industrial park of its type in North America. Many hopes and plans for revitalization of southern Dallas County hinge on the new development. 90.1's Catherine Cuellar reports.


A View from the Other Side: The US and Europe (2007-04-13)
KERA Reporter Sujata Dand recently traveled to Europe as part of the non-partisan American Marshall Memorial Fellowship - an opportunity to explore societies, institutions, and people on the other side of the Atlantic. She begins her 4-part series A View From the Other Side challenging misperceptions the US and Europe have about each other--beginning with two issues stirring heated debate today: the war in Iraq and immigration.


Think, April 13, 2007 (2007-04-13)
Host Krys Boyd talks with 30th District Representative, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.


Commentary: Finn (2007-04-12)
Jerome Weeks review the novel Finn -based on one of Mark Twain's most famous works and a provacative theory from a Texas historian.


Think, April 6, 2007 (2007-04-06)
KERA's host Krys Boyd interviews Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins. Plus, Art Critic and SMU Professor Charissa Terranova.


Checking In On Dallas Police Mental Illness Training (2007-04-05)
Over the years, Dallas Police have logged some disturbing encounters with mentally ill subjects. Police and subjects got injured, and in some controversial cases, those in custody died. So last year, Police Chief David Kunkle launched a training program for officers, to help them identify mentally ill subjects to improve the outcomes. 90.1's Bill Zeeble reports


Commentary: A Love Poem to the Season (2007-04-05)
We look forward to the beauty of Spring, but commentator Rawlins Gilliland says there's beauty year-round if we just bother to take notice.


Commentary: Radio for Pay (2007-04-04)
Commentator Stephen Whitley explains what finally drove him away from commercial radio.


Commentary: Reaction to NIH Day Care Research (2007-04-03)
New research from the National Institutes of Health indicates young children who spend large amounts of time in day care centers are more likely to misbehave up to about age 12. Susan Hoff, head of the Child Care Group in Dallas comments on the findings.


CEO, March 30, 2007 (2007-03-30)
Lee Cullum talks with real estate developer Lucy Billingsley of The Billingsley Company about her diverse portfolio and her biggest project yet, One Arts Plaza neighboring the Arts District in downtown Dallas.


Commentary: Raising Whose Taxes (2007-03-30)
As Congress considers federal budget proposals, commentator Merrie Spaeth wants to add her two cents about the subject of taxes.


Commentary: Public Debate on the Iraq War (2007-03-28)
Chris Tucker reminds those opposed to open public debate over withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq of an essential truth about America.


Dallas City Council Joins Super Bowl Bid (2007-03-28)
allas City council members have unanimously agreed to join other cities in a regional bid for the 2-thousand-11 Super Bowl. Last week, they weren't so agreeable. 90.1's Bill Zeeble explains


U.S. House panel takes up immigration (2007-03-28)
Iraq is the major focus in Washington right now, but later this spring Congress will again grapple with another I word - immigration. Many Texas Republicans are concerned that Immigration Agencies won't have the resources to enforce any new laws or create any new programs. Jill Morrison reports from Capitol Hill.


Dallas mayoral candidates address crime & economic development (2007-03-27)
Eleven candidates for Dallas mayor address key issues in the May election.


KERA's This I Believe: Water (2007-03-26)
A Fort Worth resident joins in ther growing concern about one of the state's natural resources.


Commentary: Bush and Chavez (2007-03-26)
President Bush may have sought to improve relations with Latin America during his recent visit to the region, but Lee Cullum says one person remains a thorn in Bush's side.


KERA's This I Believe: The Good Old Days (2007-03-26)
A Dallas resident believes there's less reason for optimism than before.


Think, March 23, 2007 (2007-03-23)
KERA's Krys Boyd talks with Steven Sawalich and Richard Pimental from the film, 'Music Within,' which screens at the AFI DALLAS International Film Festival Opening Night Gala this week.


Commentary: College-Ready Students? (2007-03-23)
School districts love to see students further their education after grade school, but how many graduating this spring are really prepared to do so? Commentator Mel Hays addresses this issue.


KERA's This I Believe: Tikkun Olam (2007-03-23)
A Hebrew phrase is the cornerstone of a Duncanville man's beliefs.


Commentary: Ray Nasher (2007-03-22)
Businessman, philanthropist and art collector Ray Nasher died last week at age 85. Commentator Lee Cullum shares some personal observations.


Commentary: SMU Protests (2007-03-22)
Regional leaders of the United Methodist Church have said yes to leasing part of the SMU campus for a proposed George W-Bush presidential library. The Park Cities will soon vote on a similar land deal, but commentator Dawn McMullan believes the project should have been located elsewhere.


AFI launches Dallas International Film Festival (2007-03-21)
The American Film Institute's Dallas International Film Festival kicks off tonight. The inaugural event has drawn attention from the media and sponsors, including KERA. But what's the point? 90.1's Catherine Cuellar discussed AFI Dallas with cinephiles, entertainment insiders, and festival programmers to see what's in it for them.


Raymond Nasher: 1921-2007 (2007-03-19)
Ray Nasher died suddenly Friday after returning from overseas. He was a philanthropist, advisor to presidents, successful contractor, passionate family man and art collector. He leaves not only large, important buildings and a world-class sculpture collection in Dallas, but a refined conception of how to define the best. Read more about Ray Nasher.


Ray Nasher Leaves A Legacy (2007-03-18)
A memorial service will be held this morning for Ray Nasher, who died suddenly Friday, after returning from overseas. He was a philanthropist, advisor to presidents, successful contractor, passionate family man and art collector. He leaves not only large, important buildings and a world-class sculpture collection in Dallas, but a refined conception of how to define the best. 90.1's Bill Zeeble has more.


Interview with Raymond Nasher (2007-03-18)
KERA's Sujata Dand interviewed Raymond Nasher earlier this year. They talked about what drove him to succeed and why he chose Dallas as the place to showcase his one-of-a-kind collection of sculpture.


Ray Nasher's Commitment To Excellence (2007-03-17)
I'm Bill Zeeble. With the passing of Raymond D. Nasher on Friday, Dallas lost a giant of philanthropy, artistic vision, and someone committed to both this city and to excellence.


Think, March 16, 2007 (2007-03-16)
How does a newspaper editor manage and meet the challenges of today's ever-changing media environment? Watch host Krys Boyd discuss this with Bob Mong, Editor of The Dallas Morning News. Krys then previews the Dallas International Film Festival with Michael Cain, CEO and Artistic Director of the AFI DALLAS International Film Festival.


Commentary: Two Boys from Cleburne (2007-03-14)
A new book has rekindled memories in commentator Tom Dodge of two local football greats from the past.


Angela Hunt And Supporters Seek Referendum To Stop Trinity Toll Road (2007-03-14)
Dallas city council woman Angela Hunt and a grassroots group want a referendum on November's ballot that would stop a planned toll way inside the Trinity River. That effort alone will take more signatures than the strong mayor' initiative of 2 years ago. 90.1's Bill Zeeble reports


Williams and Crenshaw reflect on 14-1 (2007-03-13)
Complete audio of Sam Baker's interview with the activists whose lawsuit resulted in the creation of Dallas' single member council districts.


Dallas activists Roy Williams and Marvin Crenshaw (2007-03-13)
In the last 16 years, Marvin Crenshaw and Roy Williams have watched the Dallas City Council Grow from 11 to 15 seats. People of color hold more of those seats - currently four African-Americans and three Hispanics. Williams and Crenshaw were the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and fronted the years-long legal struggle that led to the 14-1 voting plan in 1991.


Commentary: I Heard It On the "Net-vine" (2007-03-12)
As news media face greater scrutiny, more people seem to put faith in what they read on the Internet. And that worries commentator Rawlins Gilliland.


Angela Phillips is youngest candidate for Dallas office (2007-03-12)
Today is the filing deadline for municipal elections throughout north Texas. The youngest candidate, Angela Phillips, will be eligible to vote one day before the May election. She wants to represent Dallas council district 3, where she's lived for 17 years and 10 months - her life so far. 90.1's Catherine Cuellar spent time with Phillips on the campaign trail for this report.


Dallas Mayors Forum, unedited (2007-03-09)
Eleven of 23 Dallas Mayoral candidates talked issues in a Dallas hotel, invited by a Realtors PAC. Here's the full 90-minute session.


Think, March 9, 2007 (2007-03-09)
Krys Boyd interviews comedy actor and now novelist Gene Wilder. She also talks with Andrea Karnes, curator of the "Pretty Baby" Exhibit now on display at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.


11 Dallas Mayoral Candidates Talk Issues (2007-03-08)
In this campaign season's 2nd major forum for Dallas' mayor, eleven candidates answered questions Thursday from the MetroTex Association of Realtors, a political action committee. Keven Ann Willey, Editorial Page Editor with the Dallas Morning News, was the moderator. 90.1's Bill Zeeble reports


Commentary: When the Light Goes (2007-03-06)
Larry McMurtry's new novel out today takes readers down a familiar path, but commentator Jerome Weeks says McMurtry should have gone in a different direction.


Pope Picks A New Bishop For Dallas (2007-03-06)
The Dallas Catholic Diocese has a new Bishop. The Pope accepted Bishop Charles Grahmann's resignation turned in more than 7 months ago, and named Washington D.C.'s auxiliary Bishop Kevin Farrell to the post. Both talked to reporters in downtown Dallas today at the Sanctuario de Guadalupe,. 90.1's Bill Zeeble was there.


Dallas and the Sports Commission Gap (2007-03-05)
The board overseeing the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic last week decided to move the annual News Year's Day matchup to Arlington after the new Cowboys stadium is completed. Commentator Steve Davis says things might have ended differently had a long overdue step been taken.


Think, March 2, 2007 (2007-03-02)
KERA's Krys Boyd discusses an actor's life with Richard Thomas. She also speaks with Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bob Ray Sanders about Barack Obama and his bid for presidency.


Commentary: I Apologize (2007-03-02)
An airline's recent PR debacle prompted this commentary from Merrie Spaeth about the need for corporate leaders to hold themselves accountable.


Commentary: Giuliani (2007-02-28)
It took him a while to make up his mind, but former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani is now a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination. However, commentator Lee Cullum said that decision raises other questions.


Cotton Bowl Classic headed for Arlington (2007-02-27)
90.1's Sam Baker talks with freelance journalist Steve Davis about the decision to move the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic to Arlington.


TXU Confirms Record-Setting Buyout (2007-02-26)
TXU -headquartered in Dallas - has agreed to a record-setting buyout by a team of equity firms. The deal promises fewer controversial coal plants now proposed by TXU, lower electricity rates, and a future that's more environmentally friendly. 90.1's Bill Zeeble reports that may not be enough


CEO, Feb. 23, 2007 (2007-02-23)
CEO is a new KERA television and radio series hosted by Lee Cullum featuring Texas chief executives from the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Lee Cullum talks with Richard Fisher, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, about immigration, free trade and the gap between the wealthy and the middle class.


Commentary: Portmanteau Words (2007-02-23)
Commentator Paula LaRocque examines some words that are really blends of other words.


Commentary: Midlothian's Extreme Makeover (2007-02-22)
Growth is rampant throughout North Texas, and commentator Tom Dodge's home of Midlothian is no exception. But is the change good or bad?


Judge Over-Rules Fast Track:Coal Oppenents Rally in Waco (2007-02-21)
A judge has ruled Governor Perry lacked legal standing when he ordered a speedy permitting process for coal-fired power plants. The order may postpone hearings scheduled for today over whether 6 of 11 plants proposed by TXU can be built in North and East Texas. That didn't stop opponents from gathering last night in Waco, where they held a pep rally of sorts on why the plants should not be built. 90.1's Bill Zeeble has more.


KERA's This I Believe: Appreciating the Here and Now (2007-02-20)
A teacher from Fort Worth shares some important life lessons.


When the President came to town (2007-02-19)
Host Adele Campbell and guest Sam Childers of Dallas Coutny's Old Red Museum talk about sitting presidents who've visited Dallas. An excerpt from the North Texas Radio for the Blind program, The Eyes of North Texas.


When the President came to town (full, unedited program) (2007-02-19)
Full length version of NTRB's The Eyes of North Texas and its discussion of U.S. presidents who have visited Dallas.


Think, Feb. 16, 2007 (2007-02-16)
Host Krys Boyd discusses the future of Dallas with Mayor Laura Miller. She also talks with Sarah Jane Semrad about the La Reunion Artist Residency Program.


UNT's CyberCemetery keeps dead federal agency websites alive (2007-02-16)
Before most people used the Internet for research, librarians at the University of North Texas saw a flaw. Websites of agencies that lost federal funding disappeared without notice. That led to the creation of the CyberCemetery - where ephemeral government websites can be saved for all time. Now in its 10th year, UNT's CyberCemetery recently became the first non-military academy affiliated with the National Archives. 90.1's Catherine Cuellar has more.


Commentary: Marriage (2007-02-14)
There'll likely be some proposals on Valentine's Day, but commentator Sheron Patterson says more women may say no with good reason.


Love letters from famous Texans (2007-02-14)
An excerpt from the NTRB program, The Eyes of North Texas, featuring love letters from famous Texans.


Love letters from famous Texans (full, unedited program) (2007-02-14)
The complete episode of the North Texas Radio for the Blind program, The Eyes of North Texas, on love letters from famous Texans.


Commentary: Celebrity Influence (2007-02-13)
Anna Nicole Smith's death reminds us celebrities continue to fascinate millions of people. Commentator Chris Tucker has some thoughts about the growing - and not always positive - influence of celebrities on our society.


First U.S. of Fashion Genius Balenciaga Opens In Dallas (2007-02-13)
For the first time in 20 years, works by legendary 20th-century fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga are on display in this country at SMU's Meadows Museum. Balenciaga and His Legacy shows why the designer is considered an artist who continues to influence fashion. 90.1's Bill Zeeble reports


Commentary: DISD Meat and Potatoes (2007-02-09)
The superintendent of Dallas schools envisions DISD becoming the best urban school district within three years. Commentator Jackie Larson considers if that's possible.


Think, Feb. 9, 2007 (2007-02-09)
Host Krys Boyd discusses promoting America's Image with Karen Hughes, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.


Gov. Perry's Vaccine Order and State of the State Address (2007-02-09)
Ross Ramsey, editor of the online political newsletter Texas Weekly, talks with 90.1's Sam Baker about the Governor's executive order for an anti-cancer vaccine and his wish list for the Legislature.


Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief's 2007 State of the City Address (2007-02-08)
Mayor Mike Moncrief delivered his 2007 State of the City Address at the Fort Worth Convention Center on February 8, 2007.


Fort Worth redesigns high school to retain students (2007-02-07)
A third of all Texas students drop out before high school graduation, and the dropout rate in urban public schools is at least 50% according to a study released last month by the Intercultural Development Research Association in San Antonio. Educators see the need to find new ways to keep students in school. Fort Worth is one of several districts nationwide using private sector grants to overhaul the way teens are educated in an attempt retain them. KERA's Catherine Cuellar has more.


CEO premiere preview (2007-02-06)
Watch a video preview of the premiere episode of the new KERA TV show, "CEO."


Commentary: Hillary Clinton (2007-02-06)
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's recent entry into the race for president present an interesting dilemma for a certain group of voters. More from commentator Marisa Trevino.


Think, Feb. 2, 2007 (2007-02-03)
Watch the premiere episode of "Think" on KERA Channel 13.


Commentary: Walls (2007-01-31)
Despite the alternative mentioned in the President's State of the Union speech, plans remain for a wall along the U-S/Mexico border. Commentator Lee Cullum says recent history shows the idea isn't a good one.


Commentary: Sacred Games (2007-01-26)
One of the most aniticipated novels in the publishing world is a large novel set in India. Jerome Weeks reviews Sacred Games.


"Think" video preview (2007-01-25)
Beginning February 2, 2007, the KERA 90.1 radio talk show "Think" comes to television on Channel 13.


CEO video preview (2007-01-25)
CEO is a new KERA television and radio series featuring Texas chief executives from the corporate and not-for-profit sectors.


Dallas Museums Offer First Ever Joint Matisse Show (2007-01-24)
For the first time since it opened three-and-a-half years ago, the Nasher Sculpture Center has partnered with another organization, the Dallas Museum of Art, its downtown Dallas neighbor. Their joint show, Matisse, Painter as Sculptor, highlights the 20th century giant of painting whom curators say is an overlooked master sculptor, too. 90.1's Bill Zeeble has more


Commentary: Public Opinion and Foreign Policy (2007-01-23)
The Bush administration has many elements to consider in creating foreign policy, but commentator Jennifer Nagorka questions how heavily the administration weighs public opinion.


Office of Texas House Speaker: A History (2007-01-19)
Edited version of a talk between 90.1's Sam Baker and Dr. Michael Phillips, adjunct professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, talk about the history of the office of Texas House Speaker.


Commentary: Seeing Spots (2007-01-19)
The weekend's upon us. Like commentator Spencer Michlin, you may be looking forward to a movie at your local theater. But like Spencer, you may hate the idea of what comes before.


History of the office of Texas House Speaker (full-length version) (2007-01-19)
90.1's Sam Baker talks with University of Texas-Austin professor and White Metropolis author Michael Phillips about his book in the works on the history of the office of Speaker of the Texas House.


Public school, college, and government delays (2007-01-18)
A list of schools with delayed opening due to weather.


School Closures and Delayed Openings (2007-01-17)
An updated list of school, business, daycare, and government office closures and delayed openings, with links to other resources.


Commentary: Anti-Woman Women (2007-01-17)
Nancy Pelosi's recent swearing-in as the first female U.S. House Speaker was a historic moment. That's how commentator Rawlins Gilliland saw it, but he's not sure others got the point.


Commentary: Cut and Run (2007-01-12)
The Bush administration used the term against Demcrats when talking about the war in Iraq, but commentator Paula LaRocque examines the origin of "cut and run".


SMU faculty members share concerns about Bush presidential library (2007-01-11)
The George W. Bush presidential library is all but certain to be housed at Southern Methodist University, after other finalists were eliminated from consideration last month. As negotiations draw to a close, faculty members are calling for transparency in the process. 90.1's Catherine Cuellar has more.


Commentator: Mitt Romney (2007-01-11)
Mitt Romney's announcement of his intent to run for President generated plenty of press, but commentator Lee Cullum has some concerns about the former Massachusetts governor.


Texas Legislature Preview (1/9/07) (2007-01-09)
90.1's Sam Baker and Texas Weekly editor Ross Ramsey talk about the new session of the Texas Legislature.


Farmers Branch Voters Will Decide (2007-01-08)
The Farmers Branch City Council has unanimously approved putting the renters' ordinance before the voters May 12th. In the meantime, it'll impose the measure as scheduled, this Friday. 90.1's Bill Zeeble has more


Thanks-Giving Square celebrates a century of interfaith worship in Dallas (2007-01-05)
Thanks-giving Square in Dallas is honoring the centennial of the city's first Thanksgiving holiday interfaith worship service. The year-long celebration begins this Sunday with the world premiere of newly-commissioned music, interpreted by north Texans of various faiths and cultures. 90.1's Catherine Cuellar has more.


Texas House Speaker's Race (2007-01-04)
90.1's Sam Baker talks with Dallas Morning News editorial writer William McKenzie about efforts to oust Tom Craddick as Texas House Speaker.


Commentary: Gerald Ford Was Funny (2007-01-03)
During funeral services yesterday, former President Gerald Ford was remembered as a decent man of integrity, and someone who brought much needed calm to the nation. But commentator Merrie Spaeth believes not enough attention was paid to Ford's sense of humor.