Business/Economy http://keranews.org en Following Backlash, Dallas-Based Chili's Cancels Autism Fundraiser http://keranews.org/post/following-backlash-dallas-based-chilis-cancels-autism-fundraiser <p>Chili's has canceled a fundraiser for a group that states on its website that autism can be triggered by vaccinations, a position that has been widely discredited by the medical community.</p><p>Chili’s, which is part of Dallas-based Brinker International, had planned on donating a portion of its sales on Monday to the National Autism Association. On its website, the Massachusetts-based group says it believes that vaccinations can "trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children."</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:04:08 +0000 Associated Press 47625 at http://keranews.org Following Backlash, Dallas-Based Chili's Cancels Autism Fundraiser Government Program Steers Private Sector To Greener Buildings http://keranews.org/post/government-program-steers-private-sector-greener-buildings <p>A Staples distribution center in Coppell has saved more than $65,000 on its energy bill annually, thanks to green measures, employees, and a little help from the U.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">S. Department of Energy.</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:36:13 +0000 Doualy Xaykaothao 46489 at http://keranews.org Government Program Steers Private Sector To Greener Buildings Texas Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.7 Percent, A Five-Year Low http://keranews.org/post/texas-unemployment-rate-falls-57-percent-five-year-low <p>The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 5.7 percent in January and became the state's lowest jobless figure since November 2008.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday reported the seasonally adjusted rate for January is the sixth straight month of declines in statewide unemployment.</p><p>The nationwide jobless rate stood at 6.6 percent in January.<br />&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:20:31 +0000 Associated Press 46165 at http://keranews.org Texas Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.7 Percent, A Five-Year Low One Crisis Away: Where To Find Help http://keranews.org/post/one-crisis-away-where-find-help <p>There are a lot of non-profit organizations in Texas devoted to financial assistance and low income programs designed to give people a leg up. As KERA continues to explore life on the financial edge through our new series One Crisis Away, we’ll compile a list of places where people can go to find help.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:58:51 +0000 Courtney Collins 41243 at http://keranews.org One Crisis Away: Where To Find Help Meet The Man Trying To Battle Poverty In Dallas http://keranews.org/post/meet-man-trying-battle-poverty-dallas <p>Earlier this month, Dallas Mayor&nbsp;<a href="http://dallascityhall.com/government/mayor/mayor.html" target="_blank">Mike Rawlings</a>&nbsp;announced the formation of a task force to fight poverty in the city. As part of&nbsp;<a href="http://keranews.org/topic/one-crisis-away" target="_blank">KERA’s One Crisis Away</a>&nbsp;initiative, <a href="http://www.kera.org/think/"><em>Think</em></a> host Krys Boyd talked about how Dallas will take on the challenge with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.citysquare.org/about/executive-management/larry-james/" target="_blank">Larry James</a>, the man the mayor chose to lead the task force.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:10:14 +0000 Jeff Whittington 45750 at http://keranews.org Meet The Man Trying To Battle Poverty In Dallas Family, Friends Remember Isac Madrid, Rockwall Man Featured In 'One Crisis Away' http://keranews.org/post/family-friends-remember-isac-madrid-rockwall-man-featured-one-crisis-away <p>Isac Madrid, the 25 year-old Rockwall man featured in KERA’s series <a href="http://keranews.org/topic/one-crisis-away">One Crisis Away</a>, was laid to rest Monday. Over the past few months, he shared his family’s story about the challenges of facing both a health and financial crisis.</p><p>Leaving behind a devoted wife, young son and large extended family, Monday’s service was filled with people who loved Isac.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:31:33 +0000 Courtney Collins 45706 at http://keranews.org Family, Friends Remember Isac Madrid, Rockwall Man Featured In 'One Crisis Away' Startling Stats, And Three Ways To Dig Out Of Being 'One Crisis Away' http://keranews.org/post/startling-stats-and-three-ways-dig-out-being-one-crisis-away <p>The numbers are staggering: One of every six Texans lives below the poverty line. One in three has no savings account. Two of every three have a sub-prime credit rating. Those numbers, and the real-life people they represent, are what propels Woody Widrow.</p><p>Widrow is executive&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">director of <a href="https://raisetexas.org/">Raise Texas</a>, a nonprofit network of organizations focused on helping people build financial stability. As part of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the </span>KERA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;series </span><a href="http://keranews.org/topic/one-crisis-away" style="line-height: 1.5;">One Crisis Away</a>, he sat down for a Friday Conversation.</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Rick Holter 45529 at http://keranews.org Startling Stats, And Three Ways To Dig Out Of Being 'One Crisis Away' These Kids Learn The Financial Ropes Now So They Don’t Fall Later http://keranews.org/post/these-kids-learn-financial-ropes-now-so-they-don-t-fall-later <p>The importance of a steady job and careful budgeting is something a lot of people discover as adults. And that discovery is often made after financial disaster strikes.</p><p>That’s not the tune playing in the Dory household. KERA's series <a href="http://keranews.org/topic/one-crisis-away">One Crisis Away</a> spotlights the one in three North Texans who don’t have enough money in the bank to survive 90 days after a financial disruption.</p><p>J.C. and Schnique Dory are raising her two kids to respect money now so they don’t get into trouble later. The message seems to be sticking.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:31:35 +0000 Courtney Collins 45426 at http://keranews.org These Kids Learn The Financial Ropes Now So They Don’t Fall Later VIDEO: Two Kids Sound Off About Making Good Financial Choices http://keranews.org/post/video-two-kids-sound-about-making-good-financial-choices <p>KERA's series <a href="http://keranews.org/topic/one-crisis-away">One Crisis Away</a> looks at four families on the financial edge. In this profile, Schnique Dory's two children, Jaelyn and Schnthia, share their perspective on saving, spending and seeking employment. The kids, 13 and 11, live with Schnique and her husband, J.C., in the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement. <a href="http://keranews.org/post/these-kids-learn-financial-ropes-now-so-they-don-t-fall-later">Read their story here.</a></p><p>http://youtu.be/zjS7eGf8hIM</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Courtney Collins 45444 at http://keranews.org Study Up For 'Think': Thanks To Likes, Shares And Retweets, Teens Used As Marketers http://keranews.org/post/study-think-thanks-likes-shares-and-retweets-teens-used-marketers <p>Today on <em>Think</em> at 1 p.m. Krys will be talking to Frontline correspondent Douglas Rushkoff about the online relationship that teens have with brands, celebrities and companies.</p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:46:53 +0000 Caydee Daniel 45228 at http://keranews.org Study Up For 'Think': Thanks To Likes, Shares And Retweets, Teens Used As Marketers