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6:42 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Autumn At The Arboretum: Pumpkins And Gourds And Squash, Oh My!

There are 65,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash out and about at the Arboretum.
Dallas Arboretum

It takes 50 well-trained professionals three full weeks to flip the calendar from summer to autumn at the Dallas arboretum. Creating a pumpkin village that spans an entire acre doesn’t happen overnight. The exhibit opens Saturday, Sept. 20.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

RECAP: Greg Abbott And Wendy Davis Face Off In Valley Debate (Video)

Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis faced off in their first governor’s debate Friday night in the Rio Grande Valley.
Gabe Hernandez Associated Press/The Monitor

Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis debated tonight in Edinburg, near the Texas-Mexico border. KERA aired the debate live. If you missed it, watch it below.

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Arts
1:57 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Will Get The Hollywood Treatment

'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' was Ben Fountain's debut novel. He previously wrote the short story collection 'Brief Encounters with Che Guevara.'
Credit HarperCollins

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, the 2012 novel by Dallas writer Ben Fountain, will be adapted for the big screen.

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Economy
12:55 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Texas Added Jobs And Unemployment In August

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Unemployment across Texas rose slightly to 5.3 percent in August.

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State Fair Of Texas
12:15 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Big Tex Returns, With New Clothes And New Moves

Big Tex stands at 55 feet tall.
Pablo Arauz Pena KERA News

The country’s “quirkiest landmark” is back. Big Tex made his annual reappearance today in Fair Park. The 55-foot cowboy sported a brand new navy shirt with red pockets and white stars, a flipped color palette from last year, and tailored boots and jeans.

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Transportation
10:18 am
Fri September 19, 2014

State Invites More Toll Roads Despite Signs Of Resistance

Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association's conference on Sept. 16 in Austin.
Charlie Pierce The Texas Tribune

Even as billions of dollars in toll road projects are in various stages of development across Texas, state leaders say their home is still a hot spot for new toll projects.

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The High Five
9:20 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Up For Auction In Dallas: A Really Old (85-Million-Year-Old) Swordfish

The skeletal rendition of an 85 million-year-old swordfish will be sold later this month by Heritage Auctions in Dallas.
Heritage Auctions

Five stories that have North Texas talking: a really old swordfish will be auctioned off; Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis face off in the first Texas governor’s debate; Ron Washington apologizes; and more.

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Texas News
9:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Immigration Still In Spotlight As Valley Hosts First Governor's Debate

Volunteers at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church shelter in McAllen search for shoes to fit an immigrant child.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Tonight, the eyes of the Texas will be on the Rio Grande Valley when gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott meet in Edinburg for their first televised debate. 

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KERA Newsroom
8:59 am
Fri September 19, 2014

From The Newsroom: Life In The Valley; Privatizing Space Expeditions

A volunteer at Catholic Charities in McAllen tries to comfort a crying baby from Guatemala, who can't nurse because her mother has eaten so little and can no longer produce milk.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: The first debate between the candidates for Texas governor will be tonight in the Rio Grande Valley. The focus has been on the region for other reasons -- the increased number of Central Americans crossing the border – and residents say the national attention has brought stereotypes.  

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Friday Conversation
7:47 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Ex-Astronaut Ed Lu On Deflecting Asteroids And Building The Private Space Business

Ed Lu spent over 200 days in space and now owns a company that identifies and re-directs asteroids.
Adelina Sun KERA News

The private space business is booming, and Texas is a primary launch pad. For this week’s Friday Conversation, KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, sits down with Ed Lu – a longtime astronaut who now has his own space company.

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