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9:47 am
Tue September 30, 2014

From The Newsroom: NCTC Students Mourn Their Friends; Gov Hopefuls Prep For Debate

Four softball players from the community college’s main campus in Gainesville died over the weekend in a bus crash just north of the Oklahoma border.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

This morning's top local stories from the KERA Newsroom: Doualy Xaykaothao reports from a grieving school. And we hear a recap of last night's lieutenant governor debate - and look forward to tonight, when the candidates for governor of Texas debate at KERA studios. 

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Governor's Debate
8:23 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Greg Abbott, Wendy Davis Face Off In Debate At KERA: Here’s What You Need To Know

Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis campaigns KERA

Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis square off tonight in the KERA studios in their last governor’s debate. The hourlong debate starts at 8 p.m. We’ll livestream it here on KERANews.org. And we’re airing it on KERA 90.1 FM and KERA-TV (Channel 13).

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Education
8:20 am
Tue September 30, 2014

A Race Against The Odds, With A High School Diploma As The Trophy

Ashley Black reads her essay to her class, as it's recorded for an Audio-Visual assignment.
Christina Ulsh

Almost 90 percent of high school students in Texas graduate from high school, although there is large variation by race, ethnicity, family income, disability, and English proficiency. At Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth, 74 percent of African-American students graduate, while 80 percent of the Latino students do.

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The High Five
7:24 am
Tue September 30, 2014

CNN Money Says Everyone Is Moving To Texas Because Of Jobs and Cheap Housing

Texas added more than 387,000 residents between 2012 and 2013.
Jiri Flogel Shutterstock

Five stories that have North Texas talking: More people are heading to Texas, a patient in Dallas is being tested for the Ebola virus, the gubernatorial candidates debate tonight, and more.

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Politics
1:17 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Debate Shows Many Differences Between Lieutenant Governor Candidates

Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte took the stage together in Austin for their only debate in the race to be the next lieutenant governor.
The Texas Tribune

Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte went head to head Monday night in their only debate in the race to be the state’s next lieutenant governor. The Austin debate showcased their wide differences on nearly every issue.

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Health/Science
9:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Patient Is Being Tested For Possible Ebola, Dallas Hospital Says

A microscopic view of the Ebola virus.
Frederick A. Murphy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A hospital patient in Dallas is being tested for possibly contracting the Ebola virus.

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Lieutenant Governor's Debate
7:22 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

RECAP: Patrick, Van de Putte Square Off In Their Only Debate (Video)

At 7 p.m., Republican Dan Patrick and Democrat Leticia Van de Putte will face off in Austin at the only scheduled lieutenant governor's debate.
The Texas Tribune

The two state senators hoping to be Texas’ next lieutenant governor appeared at their only scheduled debate Monday night. Republican Dan Patrick and Democrat Leticia Van de Putte faced off in Austin. 

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KERA Newsroom
7:02 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

From The Newsroom: Book Suspensions Lifted, Narcissism Explored

twechy Flickr

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

In Highland Park, the books are back. The school district had pulled seven books from classrooms after parents complained. Over the weekend, the district reversed itself. And decoding the office narcissist.

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Politics
6:11 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Davis, Abbott Wrangle Over New Controversy As They Head Into Final Debate

Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott will square off in The Texas Debates: The Race For Governor at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Laura Buckman / Bob Daemmrich The Texas Tribune

A new controversy has flared up as the candidates for governor prepare for their last televised debate on Tuesday at KERA. It involves the Texas Enterprise Fund which was designed to award financial incentives to companies that create jobs.

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Texas News
4:12 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

North Central Texas College Remembers Four Softball Players Killed In Crash

The NCTC softball team was headed back from a scrimmage in Bethany, Oklahoma when an 18-wheeler struck their bus.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

On the campus of North Central Texas College in Gainesville, four softballs can be seen at the school's front entrance. Each has a number, a name, and the letters "RIP." 

 On Friday, an 18-wheeler hit a bus carrying 15 team-mates from the school's softball team, four athletes died.

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