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8:07 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

State's First GED Testing Center In A Library Is In Dallas

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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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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Texas News
6:11 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Rockwall Middle School Experiment Destroyed In Tuesday's Rocket Explosion

Orbital's Antares rocket crashed seconds after liftoff Tuesday night.
NASA.gov

Tuesday night's explosion of a rocket bringing fresh supplies to the International Space Station destroyed valuable cargo and a number of scientific experiments -- including one from students at a Rockwall middle school.

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Texas News
2:59 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Fort Worth Veterinarian Lou Tierce Indicted On Charges Including Animal Cruelty

Dr. Millard "Lou" Tierce.
Credit Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's office.

A Fort Worth veterinarian accused of animal cruelty was indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury today.

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Texas News
1:00 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

A Texas Health Care Worker Self-Quarantines After Returning From Sierra Leone

Bombaert Patrick Shutterstock

A Texas nurse has agreed to self-quarantine at home after she returned from Sierra Leone earlier today. The nurse, who has not been identified, was working with Ebola patients in the West African country.

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Animal News
12:09 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

[Video] Meet The Dallas Zoo’s Latest Addition: A 6-Foot Baby Giraffe

The new calf, which doesn't have a name yet, stuck close to mom Chrystal’s side yesterday.
The Dallas Zoo

The Dallas Zoo’s 12-member giraffe herd has a new member: a newborn male giraffe.

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Politics
11:27 am
Wed October 29, 2014

In Blue Dallas County, Republicans Play Defense

Signs greeting early voters outside the Lakeside Activity Center in Mesquite.
Ross Ramsey The Texas Tribune

On the first day of early voting, politics was not at the top of Dallas' concerns. Instead, residents were obsessed with Ebola, a disease less threatening to their lives, statistically, than the furniture in their homes. 

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The High Five
9:32 am
Wed October 29, 2014

UT-Arlington Graduate Threatens To Sue If Maine Enforces Ebola Quarantine

Igor Stevanovic Shutterstock

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A nurse and UT Arlington grad is pushing back against forced Ebola quarantines, Republican Dan Patrick has avoided the media in his campaign, what keeps affluent North Texans up at night, and more.

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KERA Newsroom
8:42 am
Wed October 29, 2014

From The Newsroom: Back In The Classroom Post-Concussion, Where's Dan Patrick?

We forget that those high-profile concussions sideline players from more than just the field. When it comes to high school football players who get hit hard, schoolwork can be a challenge.
David Smith flickr

Today's top local stories from the KERA Newsroom: Lauren Silverman reports on an academic rehab program for concussion sufferers at Trinity Christian Academy. And Shelley Kofler looks into Republican Dan Patrick's recent "stealth campaign" tactics.

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Politics
6:18 am
Wed October 29, 2014

A Proposed Fracking Ban Sends Denton Voters To The Polls

This first-time voter, Katheryn Chapman, made signs to show where she stands on the fracking ban in Denton.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

There’s been an uptick in early voting in Denton, as much as 6,000 compared to the last mid-term election, and many say it’s because of a proposal to ban fracking within city limits. The city that sits on top of 500 square miles of valuable gas reserves could become the first Texas town to prohibit hydraulic fracturing.

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