Archive http://keranews.org en Focus on Health: Disabled Texans Affected, Even Before Cuts http://keranews.org/post/focus-health-disabled-texans-affected-even-cuts <p>Priority one for state lawmakers meeting in Austin next week is to plug a $25 billion budget shortfall. Just how big is that? Well, if you shut down all the prisons, laid off every state trooper, eliminated every service except public education, higher education and health care, you still wouldn&#39;t cut $25 billion.</p><p>Governor Rick Perry and others have suggested Texas drop out of Medicaid, the federal-state health program for low income children, elderly and the disabled. It&#39;s Texas&#39;s fastest growing expense.</p><p>BJ Austin reports that even without future cuts, disabled Texans who qualify for Medicaid services can&#39;t get them.</p><p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 18:02:51 +0000 BJ Austin 12561 at http://keranews.org Focus on Health: Disabled Texans Affected, Even Before Cuts Letters from Sendai http://keranews.org/post/letters-sendai <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53578198474c3-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53578198474c3-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53578198474c3-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kera/local-kera-979900.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Dallas, TX – This year many farmers were unable to plant their rice crops near Dallas' Friendship City of Sendai, Japan. The tsunami in March flooded the fields, leaving them too salty for production. Through our Letters from Sendai project KERA heard from 24-year old Gen Shoji, a university student and director of a group that supports sustainable farming.</p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 19:45:02 +0000 7211 at http://keranews.org Letters from Sendai Economy Project: Health Insurance Discount For Unemployed http://keranews.org/post/economy-project-health-insurance-discount-unemployed <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-535781984603e-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-535781984603e-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="535781984603e-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kera/local-kera-870946.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Dallas, TX – If you lose a job with health insurance, the government requires employers to offer you the chance to keep those benefits for 18 months. It's called COBRA. But COBRA premiums can be expensive so the Obama Economic Recovery Plan created a more affordable COBRA benefit for laid off employees. In our Monday KERA economy segment, Alexis Yancey reports on how it may help struggling families.</p> Mon, 16 Nov 2009 23:22:47 +0000 5210 at http://keranews.org Economy Project: Health Insurance Discount For Unemployed Economy Project: Avoiding Foreclosure http://keranews.org/post/economy-project-avoiding-foreclosure <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53578198412e7-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53578198412e7-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53578198412e7-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kera/local-kera-868415.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Dallas, TX – A half-million people have benefited from the Obama Administration's program to help struggling homeowners since it began last march. But to qualify you have to have income. So what do you do if you're unemployed? In KERA's Monday economy segment, Alexis Yancey reports on an option for those with little or no income. It's called forbearance.</p> Mon, 02 Nov 2009 20:16:39 +0000 5164 at http://keranews.org Economy Project: Avoiding Foreclosure Lab To Test For Destructive Zebra Mussels http://keranews.org/post/lab-test-destructive-zebra-mussels <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-5357861da40cb-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-5357861da40cb-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="5357861da40cb-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kera/local-kera-856926.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Dallas, TX – A special lab in Denver will test water samples collected Tuesday at Lake Lavon. Biologists want to know if invasive zebra mussels have spread to the lake and beyond. KERA's Shelley Kofler says the economic consequences could be huge for the entire Trinity basin.</p> Tue, 25 Aug 2009 09:08:01 +0000 4934 at http://keranews.org Lab To Test For Destructive Zebra Mussels Economy Project: School Meals Still A Good Deal http://keranews.org/post/economy-project-school-meals-still-good-deal <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-535781983d45b-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-535781983d45b-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="535781983d45b-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kera/local-kera-856409.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Dallas, TX – Family pocketbooks may seem a little emptier today as North Texas parents send their children back to school. Many have had to scramble for classroom supplies, clothes, school shots and more. But in today's economy segment, Bill Zeeble says nutritious school meals still offer a big bang for the buck. Bill explains why they're something every family can afford.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2009 21:06:46 +0000 4927 at http://keranews.org Economy Project: School Meals Still A Good Deal Economy Project: Some College Financial Aid Still Available http://keranews.org/post/economy-project-some-college-financial-aid-still-available <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53578198397b5-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53578198397b5-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53578198397b5-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kera/local-kera-855148.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Dallas, TX – Financial assistance may still be available this fall for cash-strapped college students. In today's Monday segment on the economy, KERA's Shelley Kofler visits the financial aid office at the University of Texas at Arlington. She found encouraging news for families hit hard by the economy.</p> Tue, 18 Aug 2009 01:14:23 +0000 4897 at http://keranews.org Economy Project: Some College Financial Aid Still Available Commentary: Obama, Immigration and the Hispanic Vote http://keranews.org/post/commentary-obama-immigration-and-hispanic-vote <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53578198341d8-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53578198341d8-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53578198341d8-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kera/local-kera-815591.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Dallas, TX – Barack Obama becomes President tomorrow with mandates already on his agenda - the economy and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan among others. But commentator Rene Martinez believes the list also should include immigration reform.</p> Mon, 19 Jan 2009 07:59:53 +0000 4245 at http://keranews.org Commentary: Presidents and Preachers http://keranews.org/post/commentary-presidents-and-preachers <p>Dallas, TX – Barack Obama as president-elect caused some controversy - certainly among gays and lesbians -when he chose the conservative evangelical minister Rick Warren to give the opening prayer at Tuesday's inaugural. But commentator William Lawrence says controversy involving ministers and presidents is not uncommon.</p> Fri, 16 Jan 2009 17:03:23 +0000 4238 at http://keranews.org Dallas Streets to be Blocked in President's New Neighborhood http://keranews.org/post/dallas-streets-be-blocked-presidents-new-neighborhood <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-5357861da1e7f-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-5357861da1e7f-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="5357861da1e7f-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kera/local-kera-814958.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Dallas, TX – A Preston Hollow neighborhood in Dallas is expected to become a "gated" community today. KERA's BJ Austin says it's preparation for the arrival of the Bush's - the President and First Lady Laura Bush.</p> Wed, 14 Jan 2009 13:37:46 +0000 4231 at http://keranews.org