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6:50 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

From The Newsroom: Airline Earnings Soar; Aspiring Mariachis Go To Camp

American Airlines

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: 

North Texas-based Southwest Airlines and American Airlines posted record earnings.

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Texas News
6:10 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Construction "Pain" For Long-Term "Gain" With Horseshoe Road Project

The Horseshoe project will add capacity and improve safety in the Dallas Mixmaster, where I-35 and I-30 cross.
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Columns are sprouting, highways are being rerouted and displaced drivers are fuming.

Managers of the “Horseshoe” project, which is remaking part of downtown Dallas’ highway system, say the pain will eventually bring relief.

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Health/Science
5:39 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Think: Teaching Parkinson's Patients To Talk

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People with Parkinson’s Disease struggle with movements that used to be automatic. That includes walking, blinking and speaking. Today on Think, a speech-language pathologist talked to Krys Boyd about a North Texas program that’s helping Parkinson’s patients regain the ability to speak.

Samatha Elandary says problems for Parkinson’s patients start with a shortage of dopamine in the brain.

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Business
5:36 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Earnings for American and Southwest Airlines Soar

Less than a year after American Airlines and USAirways merged, the new American made the most money in a quarter than American has ever earned

American Airlines announced its most profitable quarter ever today, and its first dividend since 1980. Southwest also had a record quarter, and announced a companywide bonus. It’s a good time to be an airline based in North Texas.

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Texas News
3:55 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Dallas County To Exonerate Man Who Didn't Request DNA Testing

Craig Watkins is the Dallas County district attorney.
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Dallas County is set to exonerate another North Texan.

What makes this case different is that Michael Phillips didn’t request DNA testing or actively proclaim his innocence. That’s a first for Dallas County – or anywhere in the country, according to the Dallas County District Attorney’s office and the National Registry of Exonerations. 

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Texas News
1:29 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Tesla's Interest In Dallas County Inland Port Raises Profile Of Quiet Area

Goods from around the world arrive at Union Pacifics Intermodal Terminal in the Inland Port.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Could South Dallas County become home to one of the world’s largest factories? Developers and local officials recently learned electric-car manufacturer Tesla is checking out an area known as the Inland Port as it considers where to build its battery plant.

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Study Up For 'Think'
11:04 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Study Up For 'Think': Marijuana By Numbers

The first four months of the legal marijuana market in Colorado brought $11 million in tax revenue for the state.
Brett Levin Flickr CC

With the legal weed market starting up in Colorado and Washington this year, marijuana is being widely discussed among scientists and researchers across the country. Today at noon on Think, we'll be speaking with Dr. Francesca Filbey and Dr. Robert Morris, two researchers at UT Dallas who've recently completed studies about pot, addiction and crime.

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The High Five
7:19 am
Thu July 24, 2014

One Year After Kidd Kraddick’s Death, His Co-Hosts Keep His Show On The Air

Dallas-based radio host Kidd Kraddick died last July.
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Marking the one-year anniversary of Kidd Kraddick’s death; Dallas Animal Services is overrun with abandoned pets; a Tarrant County resident has been diagnosed with measles; and more.

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Education
8:39 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Clock Is Ticking On Dallas School Home-Rule Charter For November Ballot

Attorney Mark Melton, on the board of the non-profit Educate Dallas, worries state lawmakers could make a home-rule charter much easier if the current effort doesn't put a new charter before voters in November
Bill Zeeble KERA News

More than a month ago, a committee was appointed to rewrite the Dallas school system’s charter under the controversial home-rule process. The panel has to finish that charter by mid-August to get it on the ballot this November. That seems unlikely -- and there could be consequences.

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KERA Newsroom
6:49 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

From The Newsroom: All Eyes On The 'Inland Port'; Measles In Tarrant County

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: 

Since news of Tesla possibly building a battery factory in southern Dallas County, eyes are on a private area of industrial land known as the 'Inland Port.'

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