Goats and Soda
10:33 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

So For Halloween You're Dressing Up As ... A Sexy Ebola Nurse?

Dallas-area resident James Faulk turned his yard into an Ebola treatment center for Halloween. But he has a serious side: his Twitter account raises funds for Doctors Without Borders, a group active in the fight against the virus.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 4:25 pm

People living in the United States have little to no reason to fear contracting Ebola, a deadly viral illness causing an epidemic in West Africa. Yet on Friday night, some Americans will dress up in hazmat suits akin to what health workers wear when treating an Ebola patient.

And of course, there's even a "sexy" version.

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KERA Newsroom
6:39 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

From The Newsroom: A Message To Teachers; Polishing 'The Golden Apple'

Nytesia Ross is from Tyler and recently performed at a nationwide poetry contest in Washington, D.C.
Courtesy Nytesia Ross

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: A young North Texan uses slam poetry to send a message to teachers. Also, getting speakers for TED Talks was not always easy. And Lyric Stage in Irving revives the cult favorite musical, The Golden Apple.

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Education
6:20 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Young Poet Takes Aim At Substandard Teaching

Nytesia Ross
Courtesy Nytesia Ross

Nytesia Ross, a 19-year-old from Tyler, Texas, recently performed her original poem called "Teach Me" at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

She was one of five winners of a nationwide poetry competition about the challenges that students face as they try to graduate from high school, and her poem was addressed to high school teachers. 

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Education
5:51 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Another Dallas School Auditor's Fired

Another Dallas Schools internal investigator was fired Thursday. Don Smith helped investigate the E-rate problem, worked to uncover a purchasing scandal in the technology department, and was reportedly looking into another tech contract when he was fired.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

A top auditor with the Dallas school district was fired Thursday morning. The Dallas Morning News reports Don Smith was dismissed by his boss.  Some board members reacted differently about the sudden dismissal.

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Business/Economy
2:32 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

An Unvarnished Interview With T. Boone Pickens On Plunging Oil Prices

Legendary oilman T. Boone Pickens says operators are to blame for plunging oil prices.
Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

Crude oil prices are plunging, but T. Boone Pickens isn’t surprised. The billionaire oilman has seen plenty of spikes and dips during more than 60 years in the industry, including some he predicted.

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Texas News
2:23 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

After Plant Explosion, West Breaks Ground On New Schools

West ISD plans to build a new campus to replace middle and high schools leveled in April 2013.
West ISD/Huckabee

West, the Central Texas town devastated by last year's fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people, will be getting two new schools.

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Education
10:58 am
Thu October 30, 2014

At Dallas Public Library, You Can Get Your GED -- A First In Texas

Kevin Franklin, who's 57 and homeless, says it's never too late to take and pass the GED. He's enrolled now, and plans to the take the test in the library's new testing center
Bill Zeeble KERA News

A quarter of Dallas adults never graduated from high school. The Dallas Public  Library hopes to change that with a new GED testing center unveiled Wednesday in its main downtown building. It will be the first of its kind in a Texas library.

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The High Five
8:40 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Hackers Attack Cleburne Servers, Which May Be Linked To Controversial Dog Shooting

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the FBI is investigating a cyber attack on Cleburne, Sam Wyly gets into more trouble over selling art, gas prices keep falling in North Texas, and more.

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Commentaries
7:29 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Domestic Violence In Immigrant Communities

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Each minute, 24 people are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States. That’s according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and William Holston of the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas explains in this commentary why immigrants face additional challenges.

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KERA Newsroom
6:45 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

From The Newsroom: Strides For The GED, Speed Writing A Novel

Dallas Public Library

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

Dallas’ downtown public library unveiled plans today to make it the first in Texas with an official GED testing center. That will let 3,000 more students take the high school equivalency test each year.

And the secret of writing a novel in 30 days.

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