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6:53 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

From The Newsroom: Greg Abbott In Arlington; Kudos For Stevie Ray Vaughan

The Texas Tribune

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Governor-elect Greg Abbott was in Arlington today to talk to local lawmakers about the upcoming legislative session. Also, the American Graduate series Generation One continues with how one Chinese student is adjusting in the United States. And finally, Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble are in the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame.

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Government
5:32 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Governor-Elect Abbott Brings Agenda To North Texas

Texas Gover-Elect Greg Abbott, cntr, surrounded by North Texas Legislators in a visit with lawmakers here.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott was in Arlington Tuesday to talk with local lawmakers about his priorities heading into his new job and the January legislative session.

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Business/Economy
3:17 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

One Crisis Away: At Age 73, Real Retirement Is Not An Option

Shirley Martin, age 73, still works as a Walmart greeter five days a week.
Dane Walters KERA News

KERA’s series One Crisis Away put a face on asset poverty by chronicling four North Texas families dealing with life on the financial edge.

This holiday season, we’re catching up with those families including 73-year-old Shirley Martin. Health issues forced her to retire from her career as a cook a decade and a half ago. But she was back working a year later.

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American Graduate
2:44 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

'Generation One': Chinese Students Leave Mom And Dad Behind For School In The U.S.

Niuying Cao, a 10th grader who goes by Arron, is from China. She attends International Leadership of Texas in Garland.
Christina Ulsh KERA

A decade ago, about 600 Chinese students attended high school in the United States. Today, there are more than 38,000. For many, it’s their first time away from home and their first time in new country. Meet one teen who’s making the transition at a school in Garland. It's the focus of the latest installment in a KERA American Graduate series called Generation One.

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Texas News
2:32 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Dissecting Denton: How This North Texas City Banned Fracking

State lawmakers, the oil and gas industry and national environmental groups are asking deep questions about Denton, home to two universities, 277 gas wells and now, thanks to a rag-tag group of local activists, Texas’ first ban on hydraulic fracturing.
Brandi Korte / Frack Free Denton Texas Tribune

Cathy McMullen taps the brakes of her Toyota Prius after driving through a neighborhood of mostly one-story homes in Denton. “There,” she says, nodding toward a limestone wall shielding from view a pad of gas wells.

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Texas News
2:30 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Texas A&M May Name Historic Building After Rick Perry

Rick Perry as a student and a cadet at Texas A&M University.
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M University/Texas Tribune

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents will meet on Thursday to consider renaming a historic building on the flagship College Station campus after a famous alumnus: Gov. Rick Perry.

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KERA Newsroom
11:43 am
Tue December 16, 2014

From The Newsroom: Teacher Pay; High School From Shanghai To Garland

Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles wants to reward teachers based on outstanding performance, not experience.
Sujata Dand KERA News

Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Teen girls from different countries bond over Emily Dickinson while learning English at a Garland charter school. First, though:  Dallas teachers face an important deadline next month - a key step in the overhauled evaluation system the superintendent introduced this fall. 

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The High Five
8:27 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Nina Pham And Dog Bentley Present Early Christmas Gift To Dallas Animal Services

Nina Pham, holding her dog Bentley, visited Dallas Animal Services Monday.
Dallas Animal Services/Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Nina Pham and her dog, Bentley, visit Dallas Animal Services; Barrett Brown is to be sentenced Tuesday; a nativity scene goes up at the Texas Capitol; and more.

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Education
8:21 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Deadline Looms For Dallas ISD's Teacher Evaluation Plan

Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles says he wants to reward teachers based on outstanding performance.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Dallas teachers are nearing a key deadline in the evaluation system that Superintendent Mike Miles introduced this fall. He wants to reward teachers based on outstanding performance, not years served or advanced college degrees. That’s raised hackles among teacher organizations.

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KERA Newsroom
6:50 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

From The Newsroom: Grading Dallas Teachers; Dramatic Immigrant Stories

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Local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: The deadline is approaching for the new evaluation system the Dallas school district has put in place for teachers. Also, Dr. Kent Brantly talks about how hospitals can ease the stigma of healthcare workers who help fight Ebola in West Africa. 

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