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11:24 am
Fri July 25, 2014

John Wiley Price Arrested, Indicted; Authorities Outline Bribery Charges

Longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, shown in a file photo, was arrested Friday morning.
BJ Austin KERA News

FBI agents arrested longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price this morning following a three-year investigation. We'll be updating this post through the afternoon. 

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Friday Conversation
8:18 am
Fri July 25, 2014

New Bike Czar Ashley Haire On The Roadblocks To Making Dallas Bike-Friendly

Ashley Haire moved to Texas two years ago to work on the "Horseshoe" highway project in downtown Dallas. She took over as the city of Dallas' bike coordinator in May.
Credit Portland State University

No doubt about it: North Texas is car country. The League of American Bicyclists ranked the 70 biggest U.S. cities in share of bike commuters, and four of the bottom 12 were in North Texas. Dallas came in at No. 65, and the city's new bike czar. Ashley Haire, is determined to change that. She sits down with KERA's vice president of news, Rick Holter, in this week's Friday Conversation.

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Texas News
8:06 am
Fri July 25, 2014

And The World Record For Breast Milk Donations Goes To...North Texas

The pasteurization and mixing lab at the Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas in Fort Worth.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

Is it something in the water? Because according to Guinness World Records, several North Texas women are among the most prolific producers of breastmilk in the world.

Until July 24th, Brittani Goodson was the world record holder for Most Breastmilk Donated.

"My Guinness World Record is 33,410 U.S. fluid ounces," she says.  That's more than 261 gallons.

 

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The High Five
7:27 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Big Hoss, The World’s Biggest TV Screen, Transforms Into Drive-In Movie Theater

Big Hoss, the world's biggest TV screen, will become a drive-in movie theatre this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
Texas Motor Speedway/Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Big Hoss is more than just the world’s biggest TV; a North Texas man will be exonerated today; Texas is one of the worst states for kids; and more:

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Education
9:56 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Young Mariachis Learn To Sing And Play From The Pros At Summer Camp

Mariachi music has a long history, dating back to 18th century Mexico. How do you get the younger generation interested in this old tradition of guitar strumming, violin playing and passionate singing? We checked out a mariachi summer camp for middle and high school kids at the University of North Texas at Denton.

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Arts
6:59 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Using Art To Get Better

Rachel Nash in her Deep Ellum photo gallery.
Jerome Weeks KERA News

The Crow Collection of Asian Art has been expanding, adding a sculpture garden, moving its gift shop. It’s also expanded its mission. The art museum is addressing the links between art and health – and so is a brand-new art gallery in Deep Ellum.

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KERA Newsroom
6:50 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

From The Newsroom: Airline Earnings Soar; Aspiring Mariachis Go To Camp

American Airlines

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: 

North Texas-based Southwest Airlines and American Airlines posted record earnings.

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Texas News
6:10 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Construction Pain For Long-Term Gain With Mixmaster Highway Horseshoe Project

The Horseshoe project will add capacity and improve safety in the Dallas Mixmaster, where I-35 and I-30 cross.
dallashorseshoe.com

Columns are sprouting, highways are being rerouted and displaced drivers are fuming.

Managers of the “Horseshoe” project, which is remaking part of downtown Dallas’ highway system, say the pain will eventually bring relief.

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Health/Science
5:39 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Think: Teaching Parkinson's Patients To Talk

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People with Parkinson’s Disease struggle with movements that used to be automatic. That includes walking, blinking and speaking. Today on Think, a speech-language pathologist talked to Krys Boyd about a North Texas program that’s helping Parkinson’s patients regain the ability to speak.

Samatha Elandary says problems for Parkinson’s patients start with a shortage of dopamine in the brain.

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Business
5:36 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Earnings for American and Southwest Airlines Soar

Less than a year after American Airlines and USAirways merged, the new American made the most money in a quarter than American has ever earned

American Airlines announced its most profitable quarter ever today, and its first dividend since 1980. Southwest also had a record quarter, and announced a companywide bonus. It’s a good time to be an airline based in North Texas.

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