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8:28 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Jury Awards $3 Million Verdict To North Texas Family In Fracking Lawsuit

Paul Moseley/Star-Telegram archive star-telegram.com/2013/12/26/5444166/drilling-in-barnett-shale-slows.html

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A family gets $3 million in a fracking verdict; a dozen cattle were killed on a highway near downtown Fort Worth; a jazz ensemble performs Thursday night; and more.

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Texas News
10:53 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Residents Opposed To White Rock Lake Restaurant Proposal Unload On Developers

Opponents to a restaurant near White Rock Lake wore green ribbons and held up cards with a thumbs down image.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Residents near Dallas’ White Rock Lake unloaded on developers Tuesday night as they pitched their plan for building a restaurant in the park at a location known as Boy Scout Hill.

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Humor
2:51 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

We’re Not Joking: Fort Worth Is The Country's Least Funny City

Fort Worth: You're not too funny for words.
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This is no joke: Fort Worth is the least funny big city in the country.

Yes, scholars have researched the topic and have even produced a book showcasing their work: The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny by Peter McGraw and Joel Warner.

They surveyed the 50 biggest cities in the country. They say they discovered that humor has a “local flavor” – what’s funny in Dallas might not be as hilarious in Chicago.

Fort Worth isn't too funny for words. Cowtown ranked dead last on a list that ranks the funniness of the 50 cities. Arlington, you’re a bit funnier, but not by much. Arlington placed No. 46 on the list.

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Education
11:28 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Skylar Tibbits, Young Tech Whiz, Inspires Dallas Students With 'Self-Assembly' And 4-D Printing

Skylar Tibbits stopped by the KERA studios before heading to the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field. There, he talked to and inspired college STEM students in the Dallas County Community College District.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Tech whiz Skylar Tibbits is an artist, architect and professor at MIT with his own lab. And he just turned 29.

Tibbits has grabbed global interest with his research into “self-assembly.” That’s where man-made objects build themselves. This stuff is catnip for college STEM students -- and Tibbits was in Dallas recently to talk with some of them.

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The High Five
7:22 am
Wed April 23, 2014

As Gov. Rick Perry Visits New York, He's Under Investigation In Texas

Gov. Rick Perry is under investigation regarding whether he abused his power in Austin.
Gov. Rick Perry's office

Five stories that have North Texas talking: the U.S. Chemical Safety Board says the West fertilizer plant could have been prevented; Austin City Limits announces its lineup; Gov. Rick Perry talks up Texas in New York; and more.

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Texas News
2:23 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Developers Hope To Counter Strong Opposition To White Rock Lake Restaurant Plan

Stephen Ingrum, a homeowner near White Rock Lake, opposes the construction of a restaurant in the park.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

A standing-room only crowd is expected Tuesday night when developers try to sell East Dallas residents on their plan to build a restaurant in White Rock Lake Park. So far, opposition from those living near the lake has been loud and far outweighs any visible community support.

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Politics
1:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

After Campaign Stumbles, Stefani Carter Fights To Keep Her Texas House Seat

State Rep. Stefani Carter, R-Dallas, left, faces former Dallas City Council member Linda Koop, right, in the HD-102 Republican primary runoff.
Texas Tribune

State Rep. Stefani Carter, R-Dallas, might have had an easy time seeking re-election to her seat in House District 102. But after she reversed a decision to run a statewide campaign for railroad commissioner last year, she re-entered what had become a crowded contest for her House seat. She ultimately finished second in the GOP primary, with 33 percent of the vote.

That leaves the two-term incumbent in a tight spot going into her May runoff with Linda Koop, a former Dallas city councilwoman, who finished with just under 35 percent.

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Sports
12:39 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Stars Hope To Even Playoff Series Against Ducks With A Wednesday Win

The home ice screen showed the score against Anaheim Monday as the victorious Stars gathered on the ice to celebrate.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The Dallas Stars and goalie Kari Lehtonen shut down the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks 3-0 Monday night in the third game of their best of seven playoff series.

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The High Five
12:15 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

In Texas, We Love To Talk And Text And Email (And Check Facebook) While We Drive

Texans love to text -- and do other stuff -- and drive, according to a new study.
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: how many Texans text while driving?; University of Texas at Dallas alums score big on “Shark Tank;” Wichita Falls is short on water; and more.

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Architecture
12:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Jeff Whittington Says Dallas City Hall Should Be Demolished (Well, Kind Of)

Dallas City Hall was designed by I.M. Pei, the famous architect.
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Are local journalists more in touch with the public's views on Dallas architecture than actual architects?

On Monday night, architects, local politicians, journalists and others gathered to compete in “Firmily Feud,” an architecture game show based on “Family Feud,” the classic game show. Four teams faced off: developers vs. the press; the city of Dallas vs. non-profits.

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