Texas News
7:16 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Dallas' Homeless Getting Keys To A Better Future

John Rhodes, 59, is homeless but recently found shelter at Austin Street Center in Dallas.
Stella M. Chávez KERA News

Chronic homelessness can seem unsolvable. People bounce around from the street to jail to hospitals and back to the street. On Thursday, ground was broken on an $8 million dollar effort to stop that cycle in southern Dallas. It's called the Cottages at Hickory Crossing.

The KERA radio story

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12:00 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Cheers! Meet The Brewmasters Behind The North Texas Craft Beer Craze


In the past few years, North Texas has gone from a brewery desert to one of the country’s hubs for craft beer.

Credit new state laws and imaginative brewmeisters who are getting creative and creating tasty pints. A few North Texas beer scientists recently discussed the craft beer craze on “Think,” KERA’s midday talk show.

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9:05 am
Sat April 19, 2014

A Geek's Guide To Record Store Day, From Hüsker Dü To The Impulse Buy

KXT program director Mark Abuzzahab pulls out a hand-pressed, marbled vinyl copy of 'The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends,' released in a 10,000 unit run for Record Store Day 2012.
Lyndsay Knecht KERA News

Saturday is National Record Store Day, when special limited-edition releases appear on the shelves of music shops around the country – and quickly disappear. Mark Abuzzahab is program director for our sister station, KXT 91.7. He tells us his game plan for emerging with treasures from the greats -- and shares the best Record Store Day buys in his trove. 

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Governor's Race
2:44 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Anti-Corruption Unit Chief: No Wendy Davis Docs Passed To FBI

State Sen. Wendy Davis, a Texas gubernatorial candidate, talked with the media in Austin earlier this week.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera Texas Tribune

The agency charged with prosecuting state public corruption cases wrapped up an investigation into state Sen. Wendy Davis last year without finding any issues worth pursuing, its director said, and did not uncover anything it believed it should refer to the FBI.

The Public Integrity Unit closed an investigation into a complaint made against Davis’ law firm last year. The Dallas Morning News reported Friday that documents related to Davis’ legal work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry into the agency's board members, citing a letter from the Public Integrity Unit about its own closed investigation into Davis.

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1:16 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Konni Burton, Mark Shelton Face Off In Tight Runoff Battle For Wendy Davis' Senate Seat

Tea Party candidate Konni Burton and former state Rep. Mark Shelton are vying to represent Senate District 10 in a Republican runoff election.
Mark Graham Texas Tribune

The two Republicans campaigning to replace state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Fort Worth Democrat who is running for governor, are locked in a tight primary runoff battle.

But it is not just conservatives who are watching the outcome. If the swing district changes hands in November, the Republican Party, which already controls the state Senate, will inch closer to meeting a crucial voting threshold in the upper chamber.

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The High Five
12:42 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

A Barbecue Showdown: North Texas Pitmaster Competes On National BBQ Show

Here's some of the barbecue served up at Meat Church in Waxahachie. (Looks good, doesn't it?) Meat Church pitmaster Matt Pitman is competing on a national barbecue show Saturday night.
Meat Church Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A local barbecue guru competes on a national show; Glenn Beck expands his media empire; an earthquake hit Dallas Thursday; and more:

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West Explosion: One Year Later
11:21 am
Fri April 18, 2014

On Anniversary Of Explosion, West Pays Tribute -- And Looks Forward

“We remember those fallen, but we also have a fantastic story of rebuilding this town," says West Mayor Tommy Muska.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Update, Friday afternoon: Today, the morning after a citywide memorial, KERA’s Doualy Xaykaothao talked with Amber Adamson, author of an upcoming book called “The Last Alarm: First Responders’ Stories of the West Explosion.”

The KERA Radio Story.

Update, Thursday afternoon: A year after a deadly explosion, West is rebuilding.

The small central Texas town paid tribute Thursday night to 15 people killed a year ago when a fertilizer plant exploded in a ball of fire. The blast injured hundreds of people, destroyed homes and schools and left a nearly 100 foot-wide crater.

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West Explosion: One Year Later
10:11 am
Fri April 18, 2014

‘They Want To Be Normal:’ Dallas Writer Who Grew Up In West Reflects On His Hometown

"Everybody I talked to -- they seem like they’ve bounced back," Zac Crain with D Magazine says about West. He grew up in the small town, which was rocked by a fertilizer plant explosion in April 2013.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

D Magazine’s Zac Crain is Facebook friends with practically half the town of West. He grew up just 500 yards from the fertilizer plant that exploded a year ago. He talked with KERA about life after the explosion. “It worried me that it was a town that could die out," he said. Crain reflected on the town the morning after the explosion. (Here's an expanded version.) Crain also profiled the town for D in July.

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Friday Conversation
8:33 am
Fri April 18, 2014

From Beauty Queen To CEO: Colleen Walker To Take The Helm At The Perot Museum

Colleen Walker will be the second CEO of the Perot Museum starting in June.
The Perot Museum

Colleen Walker’s path to becoming the next CEO of Dallas’s Perot Museum of Science and Nature is a little unusual. She’s a former Miss Colorado, and she studied architectural engineering in college before getting her MBA from Harvard. Fresh off seven years of running the Girl Scouts of North Texas, she talks with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, about the Perot challenge, which she’ll take up in June.

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12:48 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Dallas Is Both A Basketball And Hockey Playoff Town (For Now)

It's playoff time for Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. They face the San Antonio Spurs this weekend. Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars are also in the playoffs -- against the Anaheim Ducks.

For the first time since 2008, Dallas is a basketball -- and hockey -- playoff town.

The Dallas Stars started their first postseason run in six years Wednesday night against the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks in California. (The Ducks defeated the Stars in the first game, 4-3. Game 2 is 9 p.m. Friday in California.)

Their basketball brethren, the Dallas Mavericks, are harboring some long-shot dreams, too: They start the NBA playoffs this weekend, their first postseason appearance since 2012.

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