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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, many people fled to North Texas.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: the Dallas County district attorney is taking a leave of absence; Dr. James “Red” Duke has died; a Texas teen is battling a brain-eating amoeba; and more.

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Dallas ISD board members plan to discuss Michael Hinojosa’s performance as interim superintendent in a closed session tomorrow night. How that discussion goes may determine how the district moves forward in its superintendent search.  

James 'Red' Duke, Doctor Who Treated Connally After JFK Was Shot, Dies At 86

Aug 25, 2015
University of Texas Health Science Center

Dr. James "Red" Duke, a trauma surgeon who attended to Texas Gov. John Connally on the day of the John F. Kennedy assassination, has died in Houston. He was 86.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk is taking a four-week unpaid leave of absence due to a “serious episode of depression.”

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Susan Hawk announced this afternoon she’s taking four unpaid weeks off. That comes after a three week absence for what she calls a “serious episode of depression.”

Courtney Collins / KERA News

For people battling back from an injury, or trying to live with a chronic condition, medical gear can be key to recovery. If insurance won’t pick up the tab, the cost can be devastating.

A North Texas nonprofit that’s part salvage yard and part repair shop is trying to bridge the gap.

Mexican Government Files Brief In Birth Certificate Case

Aug 25, 2015
Josh Denmark / Texas Tribune

The denial of birth certificates to U.S. citizen children born to immigrant parents not only jeopardizes their dignity and well-being, but it could also threaten the unique relationship between Mexico and Texas, the Mexican government said in a brief tied to a lawsuit filed against the state.

Ben Noey Jr. / The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Fort Worth's new superintendent Kent Scribner spent the first day of school meeting with students and teachers. In his last job in Phoenix, Scribner oversaw 16 high schools and more than 27,000 students. The Fort Worth school district is about three times that size.

Commentary: Continuing Education

Aug 25, 2015

The start of a school year for many students means new beginnings. For the family of commentator Tom Dodge, call it a case of continuing education.