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Ebola in Dallas
10:52 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Dallas Nurse Who Had Ebola Will Reunite With Her Dog, Bentley

Bentley, a King Charles Cavalier spaniel, is to be reunited with his owner, Dallas nurse Nina Pham, on Saturday.
City of Dallas/Animal Services Facebook

A Dallas nurse who recovered from Ebola will soon be reunited with her dog, which has been sequestered since his owner became ill.

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KERA Newsroom
10:18 am
Fri October 31, 2014

From The Newsroom: An Elections Preview For The 'Political Junkie'

Tuesday is Election Day. Voters will decide whether Democrat Wendy Davis or Republican Greg Abbott will be the new governor of Texas.
Andy Jacobsohn The Dallas Morning News

Top stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: We look at what this governor's race says about the state of Texas, as per 'Political Junkie' Ken Rudin. And Shelley Kofler explains why the battle over Wendy Davis' senate seat in Tarrant County is again the most closely watched legislative contest.

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The High Five
8:25 am
Fri October 31, 2014

It’s The Last Day For Early Voting, But Leave The Halloween Mask At Home

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Don’t try wearing a mask when casting your early vote, the hidden story behind some of the creepiest nursery rhymes, the science of haunted houses, and more.

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Politics
7:51 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Tarrant County Race Will Affect Balance Of Power In Texas Senate

Shelley Kofler KERA

Once again, the battle over a state senate seat in Tarrant County is the most closely watched legislative race in Texas.  

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Friday Conversation
7:09 am
Fri October 31, 2014

'The Political Junkie' Dishes On The Midterm Races To Watch

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Today’s the last day for early voting in Texas. To celebrate the big day – and preview the even BIGGER day next Tuesday, KERA is airing The Political Junkie 2014 Midterm Election Special today at 1 p.m.

For this week’s Friday Conversation, the Political Junkie himself, former NPR political editor Ken Rudin, previews some key races with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter.

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Halloween
6:35 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Beware Of Mother Goose: 6 Horrifying Nursery Rhymes Decoded

Sing a Song of Sixpence, an eerie nursery rhyme where blackbirds are baked into a pie and a maid gets her nose cut off, has several dark readings.
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The simple rhymes and songs we know courtesy of Mother Goose weren’t actually written for children. For the most part, nursery rhymes were composed by peasants in an exercise of solidarity. Themes in these rhymes range from infanticide to political treachery, and when you find out what most of these poems are really about, it can be downright scary.

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KERA Newsroom
6:39 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

From The Newsroom: A Message To Teachers; Polishing 'The Golden Apple'

Nytesia Ross is from Tyler and recently performed at a nationwide poetry contest in Washington, D.C.
Courtesy Nytesia Ross

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: A young North Texan uses slam poetry to send a message to teachers. Also, getting speakers for TED Talks was not always easy. And Lyric Stage in Irving revives the cult favorite musical, The Golden Apple.

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Education
6:20 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Young Poet Takes Aim At Substandard Teaching

Nytesia Ross
Courtesy Nytesia Ross

Nytesia Ross, a 19-year-old from Tyler, recently performed her original poem called "Teach Me" at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

She was one of five winners of a nationwide poetry competition about the challenges that students face as they try to graduate from high school, and her poem was addressed to high school teachers. 

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Education
5:51 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Dallas School District Fires A Top Auditor

Another Dallas Schools internal investigator was fired Thursday. Don Smith helped investigate the E-rate problem, worked to uncover a purchasing scandal in the technology department, and was reportedly looking into another tech contract when he was fired.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

A top auditor with the Dallas school district was fired Thursday morning. The Dallas Morning News reports Don Smith was dismissed by his boss. Some board members reacted differently about the sudden dismissal.

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Business/Economy
2:32 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

An Unvarnished Interview With T. Boone Pickens On Plunging Oil Prices

Legendary oilman T. Boone Pickens says operators are to blame for plunging oil prices.
Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

Crude oil prices are plunging, but T. Boone Pickens isn’t surprised. The billionaire oilman has seen plenty of spikes and dips during more than 60 years in the industry, including some he predicted.

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