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The Explosive Science Behind Fireworks

Look up into the night sky this holiday weekend and you'll certainly see some fireworks, but what goes into making these colorful displays? Amy Walker is a professor with the University of Texas at Dallas. She has her Ph.D. in chemistry, so she knows a thing or two about the science behind the boom.
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Remaking Foster Care

Learn about Texas' efforts to redesign the foster care system.

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The Dallas and Fort Worth school districts are searching for new superintendents. They’re not the only school systems with help-wanted ads. Chicago, Newark and Los Angeles also have openings.

For this week’s Friday Conversation, we asked the question: is it hard to keep a superintendent in a big-city school district?

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's spokesman fired back at Collin County prosecutor who accused him of a first-degree felony. 

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Look up into the night sky this holiday weekend and you'll certainly see some fireworks, but what goes into making these colorful displays? Amy Walker is a professor with the University of Texas at Dallas. She has her Ph.D. in chemistry, so she knows a thing or two about the science behind the boom.

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Prosecutors are planning to present a first-degree felony securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: peas in guacamole?; a co-defendant pleads guilty in the John Wiley Price federal corruption case; a roundup of things to do over the July 4 weekend; and more.

Prosecutors Developing Criminal Case Against Texas AG Ken Paxton

Jul 2, 2015
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The potential criminal case against Attorney General Ken Paxton is apparently growing more serious, with the state's top lawyer hiring heavyweight legal counsel of his own as special prosecutors prepare to take felony charges before a Collin County grand jury.

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Dwaine Caraway wants John Wiley Price’s seat on the Dallas County Commissioners Court. It promises to be a lively race – especially against the backdrop of Price’s corruption case.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: After two key people agreed to plea deals, what's next for Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price?

The Justice Department says it is investigating "possible unlawful coordination" by several major airline carriers. American, Delta, Southwest and United Airlines have all confirmed receiving letters from the Justice Department.

In a statement, American said the department "seeks documents and information from the last two years that are related to statements and decisions about airline capacity."

A United spokesman said the company is complying fully in regard to the probe.

Not All Texas School Districts Will Bring Back Sodas And Fried Foods

Jul 1, 2015
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Students eager to purchase soda and fried foods when they return to school in the fall may be disappointed, despite Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's recent announcement that both will be welcome back on Texas public school campuses after a 10-year ban. 

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American Graduate: Homeless In High School

For many teens, high school is tough enough. For about 110,000 homeless students who attend Texas public schools, it's even tougher.

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Here Are 39 Things You Should Do In Texas Before You Die

Texas Independence Day is March 2. (On that day, back in 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was adopted at Washington-on-the-Brazos.) So, to celebrate, the KERA News staff figured we’d come up with a list of quintessential Texas experiences – a bucket list of things you should do in the Lone Star state before you kick the bucket. Pack your bags, fuel up your car, and come take a tour with us across the state …
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Remembering The Vietnam War

Hear from North Texans who fought, the families left behind, and the legacies they've created at home.

Growing Up After Cancer

The journey of one North Texas boy and his family

One Crisis Away: Inside A Neighborhood

The cost of living poor can be high. Residents of Jubilee Park face challenges every day -- challenges that the neighborhood is working to solve.

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