Texas News
11:00 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Texas Children Fare Better In Some Areas But Have Long Way To Go In Others

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A new report published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that Texas ranks within the bottom 10 states in the overall well-being of children. The state has improved in half of the measures used for the rankings, but it still has a long way to go.

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Government
9:39 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Rep. Veasey Clocks In At Job Sites As He Campaigns For Higher Wages

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey operates controls that release liquid nitrogen into a cement mix.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

As the congressman for a district with unemployment that's higher than the state average, and income that's lower, Rep. Marc Veasey has made jobs his top priority.  Not just creating jobs, but raising salaries for the people who live in Congressional District 33 which stretches from West Fort Worth to West Dallas.

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KERA Newsroom
6:54 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

From The Newsroom: A Report On Kids' Wellness; A Congressman Joins A Road Crew

According to the annual report Kids Count, 72 percent of fourth graders aren’t proficient in reading.
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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: 

A new report on children's well-being is out and Texas ranked pretty low.

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Health/Science
4:48 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Think: Diagnosing Mental Illness

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How do you know if you’re going crazy? It may sound like a funny question, but it’s one that psychiatrists seriously consider every day.

Today on Think, Dr. Joel Gold talked about how he works through the possibility.

Gold says diagnosis is often a matter of perspective.

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Health/Science
4:48 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Reporter/Doctor Talks Of The Flight 17 Death Of Her Mentor, AIDS Researcher Joep Lange

Seema Yasmin is a professor in practice at the University of Texas at Dallas and a staff writer at the Dallas Morning News.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

The Malaysia Airlines tragedy last week has rocked the world of AIDS research. An international AIDS conference started Sunday with a tribute to the half-dozen researchers who died on Flight 17. 

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Education
4:47 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Pilot Project Will Teach Fort Worth Pre-K Kids How To Tackle Stress

A student at Momentous Institute shows off a glitter ball. These balls help teach children how to cope with stress and anxiety.
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Here’s a question. Do you know the difference between your amygdala and the hippocampus? There’s a group of 3 year olds in Oak Cliff who do. And soon, pre-K children in Fort Worth may know, too. The district is teaming up with Momentous Institute in a new partnership aimed at teaching young children how to take care of their social and emotional health.

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Awards
3:17 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

KERA News Adds 6 Trophies To Award Shelf; That's 21 So Far This Year

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KERA News collected a half-dozen trophies last weekend, these from the Houston Press Club's Lone Star Awards. That brings the station's total award haul this year to 21 -- including second place for best newscast among large stations nationally from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. Here's a rundown of the station's awards this year.

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Health/Science
11:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Study Up For 'Think': Can Culture Make Us Crazy?

In the past, delusions were thought to be caused by misfiring neurons. But NYU professor Joel Gold suggests that in order to better provide treatment for mental illness, a person’s culture and background must be considered.
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Our surroundings affect the way we think and act. But psychiatrist Joel and philosopher Ian Gold take this idea further to mental health. The two brothers examined specific cases where society and culture have played a role in producing delusions. Joel joins Krys Boyd today on Think at noon to talk about their latest book, Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness.

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KERA Newsroom
10:31 am
Tue July 22, 2014

From The Newsroom: Superintendent Miles Stays; New Border Security

In his new contract, Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles won't get a raise, but he will be allowed to consult.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom:  Around 4 this morning, the Dallas school board voted to extend Superintendent Mike Miles' contract through July 1, 2017. Bill Zeeble was there. And we hear about Governor Perry's plan to send National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border.

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Education
8:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Dallas School Board Extends Contract of Superintendent Mike Miles

The DISD school board back in session at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Early this morning, the Dallas school board voted to extend the contract of Superintendent Mike Miles through July 1st, 2017. Miles won't get a raise but will now be allowed to consult.  The closed session lasting nine hours may have set a Dallas school district record. It began a little past 5:30 p.m. Monday and trustees didn't emerge until almost 2:45 a.m. Tuesday. They then had an additional hour of open discussion.

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