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Dallas, TX

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News for North Texas, reports and opinion from KERA staff and freelance commentators.

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Top Stories: The Confederate Statue Removal Debate; What Is Dallas' Cultural Plan?

9/22/2017
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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: The recent removal of the Robert E. Lee statue at a park in Dallas has intensified a debate over whether Confederate statues and memorials should be taken down, moved to a museum or left alone. Protesters recently gathered at Oak Lawn Park, formerly known as Lee Park, in Oak Lawn to express their dissatisfaction over the statue's removal.

Duration: 00:08:53


Voices From Those Against The Removal Of Confederate Statues In Dallas

9/22/2017
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The recent removal of the Robert E. Lee statue at a park in Dallas has intensified a debate over whether Confederate statues and memorials should be taken down, moved to a museum or left alone.

Duration: 00:02:31


Top Stories: Texas House Speaker Seeking Another Term, But Republican Caucus Chairs Aren’t Pleased

9/22/2017
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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: San Antonio Republican Joe Straus is seeking another term as Texas House Speaker in the 2019 session. But at their retreat this weekend, Texas Republican caucus chairs will discuss ways to oust him.

Duration: 00:07:05


A Life-Changing Moment: A Year After The Dallas Shootings, Trauma Surgeon Quits His Job

9/22/2017
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The nation came to know Dr. Brian Williams in the days after July 7, 2016. He was working at Parkland Hospital that night when wounded police officers were brought into his operating room.

Duration: 00:09:53


Top Stories: Keeping Gorillas Healthy At The Zoo; Spotlight On Author Deborah Crombie

9/21/2017
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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Here in North Texas the Dallas Zoo is working to make their gorillas more heart-healthy. To do that, they’re trying to get an accurate blood pressure reading for the animals. But that’s been quite a challenge. KERA's Stephanie Kuo visited the zoo and found out it takes months of training and trust.

Duration: 00:09:30


Taking A Great Ape's Blood Pressure Isn't Easy. The Dallas Zoo Has Been Trying For Years

9/21/2017
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For the past few years, the Dallas Zoo has been trying to get an accurate blood pressure reading for their gorillas – without having to put them to sleep. It’s part of a national effort across several accredited zoos to better understand cardiovascular health in apes to prevent heart attacks in captivity.

Duration: 00:03:50


In Richardson, Career Day Connects High School Students With Grammy Winners

9/21/2017
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Richardson high school students got to rub shoulders with music industry insiders on Wednesday, including Grammy award winners. The professionals were in North Texas for Career Day, an event organized by the Grammy Museum .

Duration: 00:02:27


Top Stories: High School Students Learn From Grammy Winners

9/21/2017
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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: High school students from Richardson ISD got to rub shoulders with Grammy award-winners for a career day event organized by the Grammy Museum.

Duration: 00:07:05


Top Stories: Working To Identify 'Fake News' Online; Downtown Dallas Harvey Shelter Closes

9/20/2017
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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: A team of researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington is working to identify and fight “fake news” with a focus on Twitter bots. Professors Chengkai Li and Mark Tremayne are on the team that's funded by a UT-Austin grant, and they spoke with KERA's Justin Martin.

Duration: 00:09:12


'Bot Vs. Bot': North Texas Researchers Creating Software To Identify Fake News On Twitter

9/20/2017
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A team of researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington is developing algorithms to detect automated accounts — also known as "bots" — that spread misinformation online. The project focuses on Twitter bots that spread fake news and their threat to national security. But identifying the characteristics of these bots can help the everyday social media user, too.

Duration: 00:04:11


How Alexa Gets Her So-Called Skills

9/20/2017
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Amazon’s Alexa voice platform is getting smarter. At the start of the year, she knew how to do only 7,000 things. Now, she has more than 15,000 so-called skills . These include everything from turning off your lights, to finding a restaurant nearby, to playing NPR.

Duration: 00:03:46


Top Stories: Dallas Closing Downtown Harvey Shelter Today; The Winner Of This Year’s Nasher Prize

9/20/2017
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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: City officials are closing the downtown Dallas shelter hosting Hurricane Harvey evacuees today.

Duration: 00:06:48


Of All Things To Entice People To Get Screened For Colon Cancer: Reminders In The Mail

9/20/2017
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What, if anything, can convince people to get tested for colorectal cancer? Researchers have tried a variety of methods — from reminding patients during yearly checkups to paying them — but there may be a cheaper, easier way to boost screening rates, using snail mail.

Duration: 00:03:43


Top Stories: Straus Calls Out Confederate Plaque; Teachers Pay Cost Of Supplies

9/19/2017
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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Texas House Speaker Joe Straus wants a controversial Confederate plaque removed from the State Capitol in Austin. The plaque, called "Children of the Confederacy Creed,” rejects slavery as an underlying cause of the Civil War. It was installed in 1959.

Duration: 00:08:58


Teachers Shell Out For Glue Sticks And Markers So Their Students Won't Go Without

9/19/2017
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One way teachers offset poverty in the classroom is by reaching into their wallets. For some parents, filling a shopping cart with school supplies is a chore. For others, it's an impossibility. Many teachers would rather spend their own money, than see kids in their class go without.

Duration: 00:03:51


Top Stories: Traffic Is A Mess This Morning, Thanks To A Spilled Load Of Chicken Parts

9/19/2017
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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Traffic’s been tied up for hours along northbound I-35E thanks to a truck that lost its load of chicken parts.

Duration: 00:07:23


As Surgical Tech Booms, Community Colleges Train Students To Keep Up With Changing Field

9/19/2017
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Technology continues to transform operating rooms, and community colleges in North Texas that train surgical technologists must evolve, too.

Duration: 00:04:05


A Lying Jailhouse Snitch Sent A Man To Prison; Texas Passed A Law To Prevent That

9/18/2017
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John Nolley always insisted he didn't kill his friend. He spent nearly 19 years locked up for the gruesome murder. Then, a judge released him from prison, citing evidence that undermined the jailhouse informant who testified against him – evidence never given to his lawyers during the trial.

Duration: 00:06:00


Top Stories: Fort Worth Closes Harvey Shelter; New Law Targets Lying Jailhouse Informants

9/18/2017
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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Fort Worth is closing its shelter for Hurricane Harvey evacuees. At one point, about 250 people were staying at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center. On Sunday night, the count was down to about 50.

Duration: 00:08:36


How To Prevent Falls — A Common, But Dangerous Problem

9/18/2017
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Falling is a common problem in senior adults that can have serious consequences, including loss of independence, brain traumatic injuries and even death.

Duration: 00:04:24

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