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The High Five
8:11 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Governor's Debate And TribFest Made For A Busy Weekend In Politics

State Senator Wendy Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott before their debate at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance in Edinburg on Friday.
Joel Martinez The Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: state politics dominated the weekend, a life-sized statue of Larry Hagman is unveiled in Weatherford, Dallas' annual gay pride parade drew thousands, and more.

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Texas News
7:44 am
Mon September 22, 2014

McKinney Is The Best Place To Live In America, Money Magazine Says

McKinney in Collin County is the best place to live in America, according to Money magazine's 2014 ranking.
City of McKinney Facebook

McKinney: You’re No. 1.

That’s according to Money magazine, which this morning unveiled its annual list of best places to live in America.

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Vital Signs
6:28 am
Mon September 22, 2014

C.diff: Another Good Reason To Wash Your Hands

Always wash with soap and water. Hand sanitizers aren't always effective.
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While most healthcare-associated infections are on the decline, the Centers for Disease Control reports one remains at high levels. It’s called clostridium difficile colitis. What most people refer to as C.difficile or C.diff causes an infectious diarrhea linked to 14,000 American deaths each year.

In this edition of Vital Signs, Dr. Pranavi Sreeramajou, Chief of Infection Prevention at Parkland Hospital, says awareness is key to fighting C.diff.

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Politics
12:14 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Texas Lt. Governor Candidates Agree On Almost Nothing

Evan Smith, l, Texas Tribune Editor, interviews an animated Senator Dan Patrick at the Tribune Festival in Austin. Patrick wants to be the next Lt. Governor
Bill Zeeble KERA News

In a precursor to their only head to head debate scheduled a week from today, Lt. Governor candidates Dan Patrick, and Leticia Van de Putte appeared on the same stage at different times. Each of them sat for a Q&A session with Evan Smith at the Texas Tribune’s annual festival in Austin.

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Politics
12:01 am
Mon September 22, 2014

With Four Weeks Until Early Voting, Abbott And Davis Try To Connect

Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis, candidates for governor.
Mark Graham/Cooper Neil The Texas Tribune

The candidates for governor are back on the campaign trail after mixing it up in their first debate Friday night. On Saturday Democrat Wendy Davis sat for an hour-long interview in Austin. Republican Greg Abbott stayed in the Rio Grande Valley, hoping to attract Latino votes.

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Arts & Culture
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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