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What Does The Superintendent Turnover In Dallas Mean For Kids?

On Tuesdays for the next several weeks, we’re looking into the remarkable number of help-wanted ads for school superintendents across the country, from Los Angeles to Newark to Fort Worth. Today we dig into the checkered history of the top job in Dallas. With Mike Miles’ departure last month, the district is looking for its 8th permanent leader in two decades. How has that turnover shaped a struggling district that’s the 2nd largest in the state?
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Remaking Foster Care

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

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A North Texas city has stopped using treated toilet water to supplement its water supply after a catastrophic drought was followed by heavy springtime rains.

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On Tuesdays for the next several weeks, we’re looking into the remarkable number of help-wanted ads for school superintendents across the country, from Los Angeles to Newark to Fort Worth. Today we dig into the checkered history of the top job in Dallas. With Mike Miles’ departure last month, the district is looking for its 8th permanent leader in two decades. How has that turnover shaped a struggling district that’s the 2nd largest in the state?

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: The Irving-based Boy Scouts of America is changing its stance on gay leaders.

Scouts For Equality

Update: Irving-based Boy Scouts of America voted to lift it's blanket ban on openly gay adult leaders Monday evening. This change will go into effect immediately. Below is a statement posted on the Boy Scouts' Newsroom Blog:

A Thorny Infection Attacks North Texas Rosebushes

16 hours ago
John Hartman, Univ. of Kentucky, Bugwood.org

Prized rosebushes in North Texas are at risk from an infection called ‘Rose Rosette.’ The disease is incurable and has already cost Southlake about a half-million dollars. Steve Huddleston is the senior horticulturist for the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and he joins KERA's Justin Martin for a look into ‘Rose Rosette.’

Cruz And Cornyn Clash On Senate Floor

19 hours ago
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

When John Cornyn was installed as U.S. Senate majority whip in January, he was optimistic that his party's takeover of the chamber would translate into harmony between the establishment wing of the GOP that he represents and the Tea Party wing that includes his junior senator from Texas, Ted Cruz.

Texas has seceded twice in its history. The attempt during the Civil War didn’t go well but one could say breaking away from Mexico did. And there are those who would like to try secession again from the United States.  The Texas Nationalist Movement says they are building momentum and voters could soon have their say about Texas independence.

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Local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: The Irving-based Boy Scouts of America is expected to end its blanket ban on gay adult leaders. Instead, the group's national executive board is scheduled to ratify a resolution today that would allow individual Scout units to set their own policies for choosing leaders. 

Pot Dabbing: The Risks Some Take For A Buzz

Jul 27, 2015
hightimes.com

Many just roll up pot and light a match. But  a growing  number of people are going to dangerous lengths to get a greater buzz.  It involves extracting the active ingredient from marijuana and turning it into a wax-like substance. You then heat a small bit or “dab” of it and inhale the vapor.

In this edition of Vital Signs, Dr. Ashley Haynes of the North Texas Poison Center explained to why pot dabbing is a bad idea.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: 

A state appeals court Friday threw out one of two felony charges against former Texas Governor and current presidential candidate Rick Perry.

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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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