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KERA Newsroom
6:56 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

From The Newsroom: Grieving Families Speak; Millenials On Consumerism

Jose Velasquez holds a family photo. He is a relative of one of the workers who died in last week's Downtown Dallas fire.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Family members of the three men who died in last week's downtown fire want answers. Also, how Millenial attitudes are changing consumer spending, and a Fort Worth art exhibit captures the gritty style of New York artists in the 1980's.

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Education
6:20 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

UNT Students Show Denton High Schoolers How To Get To College

Elia Alducin-Garcia, UNT master's student, mentored students at Guyer High School on how they can prepare for college
Dianna Douglas

Administrators at Guyer High School in Denton County got tired of seeing immigrant kids miss out on college. The school started a new mentoring program with the University of North Texas to bring college students to campus in the hopes that college will seem a little less far away. 

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Texas News
4:30 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

After 3 Workers Killed In Downtown Dallas Fire, Families Want Answers

The relatives of the three men killed in last week's downtown Dallas fire.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Family members of the three men who died last week in the Thanksgiving Tower fire in downtown Dallas spoke publicly for the first time Thursday.

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Texas News
1:15 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Perry Declines Texas A&M Building Honor

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 Academic Building at Texas A&M University will not have its name changed to the Governor Rick Perry ’72 Building after all.

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Arts & Culture
12:12 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Update: Alamo Drafthouse In Richardson Won't Show 'Team America' Instead Of 'The Interview'

Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson pledged to screen "Team America: World Police," which lampoons Kim Jong Il.
Wikipedia

Update: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Richardson won't be showing "Team America: World Police" after all.

The theater posted on Twitter: "Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Team America 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize & will provide refunds today."

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KERA Newsroom
9:29 am
Thu December 18, 2014

From The Newsroom: A Year of 'Boyhood'; Moviegoers Sound Off On 'Interview' Cancel

Stephen Becker and Chris Vognar agree 'Boyhood' was the film of 2014.
'Boyhood'

Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Movie-goers tell Doualy Xaykaothao what they think about Sony Pictures' decision to cancel the Christmas Day release of The Interview, a comedy about the attempted assassination of North Korea’s leader. And our Big Screen team reveals their choice for film of the year.

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The High Five
7:34 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Favorite Album Of The Year: People Really Like Dallas’ St. Vincent

NPR listeners picked Dallas' St. Vincent as their favorite album for the year.
Courtesy of the artist/NPR

Five stories that have North Texas talking: a Central Texas TV meteorologist is shot; Eric Williams is sentenced to death in a Kaufman County killing; Dallas’ St. Vincent is a fan favorite; and more.

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StoryCorps In Dallas
7:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

'A Good Feeling': This Dallas Man Learned How To Read At 51 Years Old

George Brister, left, with his teacher, Doug Butler. The two met through Literary Instruction for Texas.
StoryCorps

The StoryCorps MobileBooth is in Dallas, and for the next few weeks, we’ll hear some of the stories being shared by North Texans. 

George Brister moved to Dallas from New Orleans when he was 17. He worked various jobs for years, but could never get ahead because he didn’t know how to read or write.

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KERA Newsroom
6:47 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

From The Newsroom: Eric Williams Sentencing; Adult Literacy In North Texas

The murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McClelland and his wife Cynthia occured last year. The county's assistant DA was also killed.
Bill Zeeble KERA

Local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Eric Williams has been sentenced to death for the killing of Cynthia McClelland, the wife of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McClelland. Also, why immigration is only one factor in the changing demographics of the U.S. And we'll hear from one man who learned how to read at age 51, and how adult literacy is still a problem in North Texas.

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Texas News
4:05 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

In Bid For Texas House Speaker, Scott Turner Looks To Beat The Odds

State Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, spoke at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth in August.
Cooper Neill/Texas Tribune

Scott Turner has never been the type to take things slow.

In high school and college, he was known for his fast feet, a talent that led to an eight-season career in the NFL despite naysayers telling him he was too small.

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