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10:27 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Black And Latino Students In Dallas Lead The Nation For Passing AP Exams

Rachmad Tjachyadi collects homework assignements from his AP chemistry students at W.T. White High School
Dianna Douglas

Black and Latino Students in Dallas high schools pass the Advanced Placement exams at the highest rate in the country. The story of how Dallas became the national leader in getting underrepresented minorities to pass these classes is a bright spot in an otherwise struggling urban school district. 

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KERA Newsroom
6:48 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

From The Newsroom: Dallas Students Ace The AP Exam; Why Home-Rule Fizzled Out

Jason Stift Shutterstock

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Black and Latino high schoolers in the Dallas school district pass Advanced Placement exams at a higher rate than any other district in the country. Also, we talk to the chair of Dallas' home-rule commission to talk about why the much-talked about effort to remake the school system fizzled out. 

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Education
4:32 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Why Home Rule, The Controversial Effort To Transform Dallas ISD, Fizzled

Bob Weiss is the head of DISD's home-rule commission.
Credit Dallas Independent School District

The Dallas school district’s home-rule commission voted Tuesday against writing a new charter for the district. That ended a nearly year-long process aimed at transforming how the district is run. Bob Weiss is the chairman of the home-rule commission, and he spoke with KERA’s Jeff Whittington about the reasons behind that decision.

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Education
2:59 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

UT Chancellor McRaven Visits Arlington With Big Plans For Texas Universities

Retired Admiral William McRaven, chancellor of the UT system, speaking at UT Arlington
Courtesy UT Arlington

As an admiral, William McRaven traveled around the world. Now, as the new head of the University of Texas system, he’s been traveling across Texas. His most recent stop was at UT Arlington for a meeting with major donors. It was his first visit to North Texas as chancellor.

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Texas News
1:37 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Texas Lawmakers Consider Boosting Earthquake Research

Lynda Stokes, the mayor of Reno, Texas, testified before the Texas Railroad Commission on Jan. 21, 2014, about her concerns with an increased number of earthquakes in the Azle/Reno area northwest of Fort Worth.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera Texas Tribune

State lawmakers are considering a nearly $2.5 million plan to help answer a pressing question in some Texas communities: Why does the ground keep shaking?  

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The High Five
12:26 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

The New Dallas Zoo Anteater, MJ, Is Looking For Love (Video)

MJ, a tamandua or lesser anteater, is in town for some romance – he’s been paired with Chispa, the Dallas Zoo’s 2-year-old female tamandua. They recently enjoyed a wax worm meal together.
Dallas Zoo

Five stories that have North Texas talking: a Dallas writer is sentenced to prison; Dallas and Fort Worth don't have much "arts vibrancy;" NPR's Michel Martin will tackle the ethics of football in Dallas; and more. 

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Business/Economy
10:12 am
Fri January 23, 2015

What It’s Like To Be Poor

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Members of America’s middle and upper classes have preconceived notions about what it means to be poor. This hour, as part of KERA’s One Crisis Away initiative, we found out what going without is really like.

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Friday Conversation
9:52 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Meet Ana Zamora, The Dallas 'Dreamer' Who Was A State Of The Union Guest

Ana Zamora (right) with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson
Department of Homeland Security Twitter/@DHSgov

Ana Zamora, a 21-year-old Dallas college student and part-time hotel receptionist, got an unexpected seat on a national stage this week. First Lady Michelle Obama invited her to her husband’s State of the Union speech in Washington, D.C. Zamora is a “dreamer." She was brought to this country from Mexico as a toddler and she’s set to graduate from Northwood University’s Cedar Hill campus this spring.

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KERA Newsroom
9:06 am
Fri January 23, 2015

From The Newsroom: UT System's New Leader; A 'Dreamer' Speaks

Admiral William McRaven directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. Now he helms the UT system.
UT Arlington

Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Ana Zamora, who was brought to Texas from Mexico as a toddler, talks about what it was like to hear conservative Republicans lament her appearance at the State of the Union speech this week. And Dianna Douglas reports on how Admiral William McRaven could boost UT Arlington as its mother system's chancellor. 

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KERA Newsroom
6:42 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

From The Newsroom: A New Leader For The UT System; Texas Cities As Arts Centers

William McRaven is the new chancellor of the University of Texas system. He used to lead the U.S. Special Operations Command.
UT Arlington

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: The new leader of the University of Texas system made a stop at UT Arlington today. We’ll also hear from a Dallas woman who fought the courts to teach an ancestral tradition: African hair braiding.  

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