The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Texas is home to three of the bottom five cities in terms of credit card debt, according to a recent study. Our "One Crisis Away" initiative takes a look at the numbers.


Too much credit card debt is sometimes enough to push people over the financial edge.

According to a new survey, three of the five worst big cities for credit card debt are right here in Texas.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says cilantro imported from Puebla, Mexico is likely the cause for hundreds of cases of cyclosporiasis in the last two years.

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: One North Texas city hit hard by the drought is ending its wastewater recycling program.

Ben Noey, Jr. / The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

A North Texas city has stopped using treated toilet water to supplement its water supply after a catastrophic drought was followed by heavy springtime rains.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

On Tuesdays for the next several weeks, we’re looking into the remarkable number of help-wanted ads for school superintendents across the country, from Los Angeles to Newark to Fort Worth. Today we dig into the checkered history of the top job in Dallas. With Mike Miles’ departure last month, the district is looking for its eighth permanent leader in two decades. How has that turnover shaped a struggling district that’s the second largest in the state?


The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: The Irving-based Boy Scouts of America is changing its stance on gay leaders.

Scouts For Equality

Update: Irving-based Boy Scouts of America voted to lift it's blanket ban on openly gay adult leaders Monday evening. This change will go into effect immediately. Below is a statement posted on the Boy Scouts' Newsroom Blog:

John Hartman, Univ. of Kentucky,

Prized rosebushes in North Texas are at risk from an infection called ‘Rose Rosette.’ The disease is incurable and has already cost Southlake about a half-million dollars. Steve Huddleston is the senior horticulturist for the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and he joins KERA's Justin Martin for a look into ‘Rose Rosette.’

Cruz And Cornyn Clash On Senate Floor

Jul 27, 2015
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

When John Cornyn was installed as U.S. Senate majority whip in January, he was optimistic that his party's takeover of the chamber would translate into harmony between the establishment wing of the GOP that he represents and the Tea Party wing that includes his junior senator from Texas, Ted Cruz.