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This Couple Has Opened Their Home And Their Heart To Dallas' Refugee Children

Laura and Alex Laywell spend most of their days working with refugee kids in Dallas’ Vickery Meadow neighborhood. At night, they open their home to them.

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The High Five

KERA takes a look at five stories that have North Texas talking — buzz from D-FW and across the state.

DALLAS – Suzanne Sprague, KERA 90.1 Reporter: As soon as former Superintendent Bill Rojas announced he wanted to leave the Dallas public schools, local business leaders began calling for trustees to consider hiring a non-traditional candidate: someone with management and leadership skills, but not necessarily a background in education. Dozens of community leaders turned out last night to voice their opposition to this proposal. Adelfa Callejo is a long-time Hispanic activist.

Dallas, TX – This year's U.S. Presidential candidates have been putting more effort into reaching the nation's estimated 31.3 million Latinos, and a new survey indicates their attention is well warranted. A June-July poll conducted by a group of public broadcasters indicates that U.S. Hispanics believe strongly that they have a stake in this year's presidential election -- and that more than 5.8 million Latinos are preparing to vote.

Dallas, TX – Suzanne Sprague, KERA 90.1 Reporter: Nearly one million people come to the United States to live each year. The majority of those immigrants are Latino, like Cuca Gonzalez and her family, who live on Fort Worth's north side.

[A woman pours a glass a juice and asks, in Spanish, "Do you want some?"]

Dallas, TX – Bill Zeeble, KERA 90.1 Reporter: Education was the number two issue among Latinos, after racism and discrimination, in the Public Broadcasting Latino Poll 2000. That comes as no surprise to Dallas attorney Marcos Ronquillo. He recently served on the national board of MALDEF (the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund).

Marcos Ronquillo, Dallas attorney and MALDEF board member: I think everyone considers education a key to the American dream.

Plano, TX – [BAM!] Agghh; not bad.

Bill Zeeble, KERA 90.1 reporter: Chris Nash, A/K/A Chris Chronic, is teaching 19 year-old Justin Williams some professional wrestling basics in the Slam Shack ring at the back of a recreation center in Plano.

Chris Nash, professional wrestler and teacher: You going to hit? You're going to have your arms out. [Slap!] Make it pop. Make it hurt. [BAM!] Give it a reason. Don't have your arms out there for nothing. Or they'll get hurt. Awright?

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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 list of things you should do in the Lone Star State before you kick the bucket.

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