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9:19 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Fort Worth-Trained Doctor Says He's Thrilled To Be Alive After Recovering From Ebola

A sign, in French, warning locals never to touch or manipulate dead animals in the forest because of Ebola.
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It’s been an emotional roller coaster for friends, family and colleagues of Dr. Kent Brantly. The lows came when the Fort Worth-trained doctor contracted Ebola in Liberia and had to be flown to a special isolation ward in Atlanta.

Thursday, though? A new high. Brantly has recovered from Ebola, and was discharged from Emory University Hospital. Many of his Texas friends cried seeing him on TV for the first time since he took ill.

The KERA Radio Story.

When Brantly came out of a side door, gripping the hand of his wife Amber, wide-eyed toward the crowd at, the audience couldn’t contain itself, applauding and cheering.

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KERA Newsroom
7:03 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

From The Newsroom: A Teary Viewing Party, A Passionate Demonstration

Dr. Kent Brantly speaks on television.
Image from WXIA-TV livestream

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

Dr. Kent Brantly, the Fort Worth trained physician with Ebola, was discharged from the hospital, and seeing him on TV made many of his Texas friends cry. And North Texans react to the tension in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Texas News
6:39 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Dallas Reacts To Unrest In Ferguson, Missouri

Pablo Pena KERA News

The ripples of tension that began in Ferguson, Missouri 12 days ago are being felt in North Texas.

There have been town hall meetings, heated exchanges and several protests.

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Texas News
3:05 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

In Dallas, Poverty Has Skyrocketed Over The Past Decade

The Dallas mayor's annual Back to School Fair offers free school supplies, as well as health, vision and dental screenings.
Twitter/Mayor Mike Rawlings (@ Mike_Rawlings)

Dallas’ poor population has exploded.

From 2000 to 2012, the number of poor people in Dallas rose by 41 percent. That far outweighs the city's overall 5 percent population growth during the same period.

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Business/Economy
3:02 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Cargo Thefts Are On The Rise, Despite Drop in Vehicle Thefts

Vendors at this week's international auto theft conference are showing off new technology to tag cars and property, including using micro-dots.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

It’s a tough time to be a car thief – the number of vehicles stolen in the United States has plummeted by more than half in the last 20 years. So you’d think it’s a pretty good time to be someone who tracks down car thieves, but at the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators conference, there were other concerns.

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Health/Science
1:56 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

'I Am Thrilled To Be Alive,' Says Kent Brantly, Who's Recovered From Ebola

Dr. Kent Brantly, the Fort Worth-trained doctor who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, spoke publicly for the first time about his recovery from the Ebola virus.
Image from WXIA-TV livestream

Dr. Kent Brantly, the Fort Worth-trained doctor who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, says he's thrilled to be alive. 

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Business/Economy
1:52 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

North Texans With Jobs Are Going Hungry

The North Texas Food Bank serves 13 counties. Clients made more than 3 million trips to pantries last year.
Courtney Collins KERA News

North Texas is 91 million meals short. That’s how many breakfasts, lunches and dinners it would take to feed everyone in the region who’s hungry.

The North Texas Food Bank filled about two thirds of that void last year, and the traditional client is changing. In fact, more people with jobs are getting meals from food pantries than anyone else.

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Science
1:35 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Study Up For 'Think': What We See When We Read

A collection of Peter Mendelsund's designs featured in the Book Culture bookstore in New York.
Nathaniel Bellows / Twitter

How do the words we read on a page translate into the images we see in our head? Peter Mendelsund, Associate Art Director for Alfred A. Knopf Books, joins Krys Boyd on Think today. At 1 p.m., he’ll discuss the neuroscience behind reading, which he covers in his book What We See When We Read.

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Science
12:17 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Study Up For 'Think': A Look At The Rover On The Red Planet

This summer marks the second year since the Curiosity Rover's landing on Mars.
intelfreepress / Flickr

Two summers ago, the Mars Curiosity rover made its landing on the red planet. Approximately thirty-five million miles from Earth, the $2.5 billion robot has had faced its ups and downs. At noon, Marc Kaufman, author of Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission, talks with Krys Boyd on Think about the rover’s journey so far.

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KERA Newsroom
9:45 am
Thu August 21, 2014

From The Newsroom: 'Sin City 2' And Stolen Cargo

Graphic novelist Frank Miller and film director Robert Rodriguez at the world premiere of 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.'
Sin City // Facebook

Top local stories from the KERA Newsroom this morning: Car theft is down, but there's a spike in cargo theft. Doualy Xaykaothao reports on special problems for investigators. And our Big Screen team looks at the dichotomous career of Austin director Robert Rodriguez, whose film Sin City 2 is out tomorrow.

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