Eric Aasen http://keranews.org en A Barbecue Showdown: North Texas Pitmaster Competes On National BBQ Show http://keranews.org/post/barbecue-showdown-north-texas-pitmaster-competes-national-bbq-show <p><em>Five stories that have North Texas talking: A local barbecue guru competes on a national show; Glenn Beck expands his media empire; an earthquake hit Dallas Thursday; and more:</em></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:42:37 +0000 Eric Aasen 48180 at http://keranews.org A Barbecue Showdown: North Texas Pitmaster Competes On National BBQ Show On Anniversary Of Explosion, West Pays Tribute -- And Looks Forward http://keranews.org/post/anniversary-explosion-west-pays-tribute-and-looks-forward <p><strong>Update, Friday afternoon:&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, the morning after a citywide memorial, KERA’s Doualy Xaykaothao talked with Amber Adamson, author of an upcoming book called “The Last Alarm: First Responders’ Stories of the West Explosion.”</span></p><p></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update, Thursday afternoon:&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A year after a deadly explosion, West is rebuilding.</span></p><p>The small central Texas town paid tribute Thursday night to 15 people killed a year ago when a fertilizer plant exploded in a ball of fire. The blast injured hundreds of people, destroyed homes and schools and left a nearly 100 foot-wide crater.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:21:06 +0000 Doualy Xaykaothao & Eric Aasen 48166 at http://keranews.org On Anniversary Of Explosion, West Pays Tribute -- And Looks Forward ‘They Want To Be Normal:’ Dallas Writer Who Grew Up In West Reflects On His Hometown http://keranews.org/post/they-want-be-normal-dallas-writer-who-grew-west-reflects-his-hometown <p><em>D </em>Magazine’s Zac Crain is Facebook friends with practically half the town of West. He grew up just 500 yards from the fertilizer plant that exploded a year ago. He talked with KERA about life after the explosion. “It worried me that it was a town that could die out," he said. <a href="http://frontburner.dmagazine.com/2013/04/18/leading-off-41813/">Crain reflected on the town </a>the morning after the explosion. (Here's an <a href="http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/20/17814583-first-person-west-my-hometown-is-gone?lite">expanded version.</a>) <a href="http://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/2013/july/west-texas-love-and-loss-in-a-small-town?single=1">Crain also profiled the town for <em>D </em>in July. </a></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:11:58 +0000 Doualy Xaykaothao & Eric Aasen 48165 at http://keranews.org ‘They Want To Be Normal:’ Dallas Writer Who Grew Up In West Reflects On His Hometown Cheers! Meet The Brewmasters Behind The North Texas Craft Beer Craze http://keranews.org/post/cheers-meet-brewmasters-behind-north-texas-craft-beer-craze <p>In the past few years, North Texas has gone from a brewery desert to one of the country’s hubs for craft beer.</p><p>Credit new state laws and imaginative brewmeisters who are getting creative and creating tasty pints. A few North Texas beer scientists recently discussed the craft beer craze on <a href="http://www.kera.org/think/">“Think,” KERA’s midday talk show.</a></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:03:22 +0000 Eric Aasen 48142 at http://keranews.org Cheers! Meet The Brewmasters Behind The North Texas Craft Beer Craze Dallas Is Both A Basketball And Hockey Playoff Town (For Now) http://keranews.org/post/dallas-both-basketball-and-hockey-playoff-town-now <p>For the first time since 2008, Dallas is a basketball -- and hockey -- playoff town.</p><p>The Dallas Stars started their first postseason run in six years Wednesday night against the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks in California. (The Ducks defeated the Stars in the first game, 4-3. <a href="http://stars.nhl.com/club/schedule.htm">Game 2 is 9 p.m. Friday in California.</a>)</p><p>Their basketball brethren, the Dallas Mavericks, are harboring some long-shot dreams, too: They start the NBA playoffs this weekend, their first postseason appearance since 2012.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:48:18 +0000 Bill Zeeble & Eric Aasen 48136 at http://keranews.org Dallas Is Both A Basketball And Hockey Playoff Town (For Now) Marking The One-Year Anniversary Of The West Explosion http://keranews.org/post/marking-one-year-anniversary-west-explosion <p>Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the day when West, Texas, changed forever. A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant rocked the small town in McLennan County, killing 15 people, including 12 volunteer firefighters, and injuring more than 200.</p><p>A memorial service, called West 4-17 Forever Forward, takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the West Fair and Rodeo Grounds. A moment of silence will be observed at 7:51 p.m., marking the time of the explosion.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:01:49 +0000 Eric Aasen & Doualy Xaykaothao 48121 at http://keranews.org Marking The One-Year Anniversary Of The West Explosion Tony Romo Is Among The World's Highest-Paid Athletes http://keranews.org/post/tony-romo-among-worlds-highest-paid-athletes <p><em>Five stories that have North Texas talking: Romo and company make a ton of money; remembering the one-year anniversary of the West explosion; the latest on Ted Nugent; and more. </em></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:30:22 +0000 Eric Aasen 48122 at http://keranews.org Tony Romo Is Among The World's Highest-Paid Athletes Watch Dan Patrick’s Full Debate Response On Declaring Bankruptcy In The 1980s http://keranews.org/post/watch-dan-patrick-s-full-debate-response-declaring-bankruptcy-1980s <p>Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's campaign released a television ad Wednesday that criticizes his opponent, State Sen. Dan Patrick, for not repaying his personal bankruptcy debts in the 1980s.</p><p>The ad features footage from the Jan. 27 "<a href="http://keranews.org/texas-debates-race-lieutenant-governor">Texas Debate: The Race For Lieutenant Governor</a>," filmed at KERA's studios. The debate moderator,&nbsp;KERA’s Shelley Kofler, is shown asking Patrick about the bankruptcy. You can watch <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJEny9VljRc">the Dewhurst ad</a>, called "Mother of All Debts," and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUjIngCN57O70jAo5Ez6Kmqw&amp;v=eX9yX8RUp5w">Patrick's full response to the question during the debate</a>, and read <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/218654950/PR-14-04-16">the Patrick campaign's response to the ad</a>.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:58:13 +0000 Eric Aasen 48081 at http://keranews.org Watch Dan Patrick’s Full Debate Response On Declaring Bankruptcy In The 1980s Dallas Is The Worst Outdoor City In America, Outside Magazine Declares http://keranews.org/post/dallas-worst-outdoor-city-america-outside-magazine-declares <p>Dallas isn’t outdoorsy, <em>Outside</em> magazine says. It calls Dallas “outdoor-challenged.” In fact, the magazine has declared that Dallas is the worst outdoor city in the country.</p><p><em>Outside</em> surveyed the 50 biggest cities in the country. So how did the magazine crunch the numbers?</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:03:04 +0000 Eric Aasen 48043 at http://keranews.org Dallas Is The Worst Outdoor City In America, Outside Magazine Declares Greg Abbott Will Get A $20,000 Tax Refund, While Wendy Davis Gets An Extension http://keranews.org/post/greg-abbott-will-get-20000-tax-refund-while-wendy-davis-gets-extension <p><em>Five stories that have North Texas talking: it’s tax time for the political candidates; GOP convention officials to visit Dallas soon; remembering Margaret Crow; and more.</em></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:16:16 +0000 Eric Aasen 48067 at http://keranews.org Greg Abbott Will Get A $20,000 Tax Refund, While Wendy Davis Gets An Extension