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2:23 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Developers Hope To Counter Strong Opposition To White Rock Lake Restaurant Plan

Stephen Ingrum, a homeowner near White Rock Lake, opposes the construction of a restaurant in the park.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

A standing-room only crowd is expected Tuesday night when developers try to sell East Dallas residents on their plan to build a restaurant in White Rock Lake Park. So far, opposition from those living near the lake has been loud and far outweighs any visible community support.

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Politics
1:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

After Campaign Stumbles, Stefani Carter Fights To Keep Her Texas House Seat

State Rep. Stefani Carter, R-Dallas, left, faces former Dallas City Council member Linda Koop, right, in the HD-102 Republican primary runoff.
Texas Tribune

State Rep. Stefani Carter, R-Dallas, might have had an easy time seeking re-election to her seat in House District 102. But after she reversed a decision to run a statewide campaign for railroad commissioner last year, she re-entered what had become a crowded contest for her House seat. She ultimately finished second in the GOP primary, with 33 percent of the vote.

That leaves the two-term incumbent in a tight spot going into her May runoff with Linda Koop, a former Dallas city councilwoman, who finished with just under 35 percent.

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Education
12:45 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Skylar Tibbits, Young Tech Whiz, Inspires Dallas Students With 'Self-Assembly' And 4-D Printing

Skylar Tibbits stopped by the KERA studios before heading to the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field. There, he talked to and inspired college STEM students in the Dallas County Community College District.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Tech whiz Skylar Tibbits is an artist, architect and professor at MIT with his own lab. And he just turned 29.

Tibbits has grabbed global interest with his research into “self-assembly.” That’s where man-made objects build themselves. This stuff is catnip for college STEM students -- and Tibbits was in Dallas recently to talk with some of them.

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Sports
12:39 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Stars Hope To Even Playoff Series Against Ducks With A Wednesday Win

The home ice screen showed the score against Anaheim Monday as the victorious Stars gathered on the ice to celebrate.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The Dallas Stars and goalie Kari Lehtonen shut down the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks 3-0 Monday night in the third game of their best of seven playoff series.

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The High Five
12:15 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

In Texas, We Love To Talk And Text And Email (And Check Facebook) While We Drive

Texans love to text -- and do other stuff -- and drive, according to a new study.
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: how many Texans text while driving?; University of Texas at Dallas alums score big on “Shark Tank;” Wichita Falls is short on water; and more.

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Architecture
12:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Jeff Whittington Says Dallas City Hall Should Be Demolished (Well, Kind Of)

Dallas City Hall was designed by I.M. Pei, the famous architect.
Shutterstock

Are local journalists more in touch with the public's views on Dallas architecture than actual architects?

On Monday night, architects, local politicians, journalists and others gathered to compete in “Firmily Feud,” an architecture game show based on “Family Feud,” the classic game show. Four teams faced off: developers vs. the press; the city of Dallas vs. non-profits.

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Environment
11:14 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Study Up For 'Think:' Understanding The Ins And Outs Of Fracking

Growing concerns about the effects of fracking have many North Texans protesting the industry. Russell Gold addresses the pros and cons of the process in his new book: The Boom.
Clinton McBride socialistworker.org

North Texas is a battleground for pro and anti-fracking camps -- especially Denton, where residents have signed a petition to ban fracking in the city. Russell Gold, author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World, will speak with KERA's Krys Boyd today at noon on "Think" to talk about the process and future of fracking.

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10:25 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Attorney General Candidate Paxton May Have Violated Ethics Disclosure Laws

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State Rep. Ken Paxton, a McKinney Republican in a runoff election for attorney general, says he's checking financial and business disclosures he's required to make to state agencies. It is unknown whether Paxton, seeking to be Texas' top law enforcement official, has broken any laws. He faces Rep. Dan Branch of Dallas in the May 27 Republican primary.
State Sen. Ken Paxton, the leading Republican candidate for attorney general, has launched an internal review of his disclosures to state regulatory authorities and the Texas Ethics Commission to determine whether he violated any laws by failing to report several business and professional relationships.
Texas News
6:51 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Bill Blair Jr., Dallas Newspaper Publisher And Former Negro Leagues Pitcher, Dies At 92

William "Bill" Blair Jr. posed in front of the Dallas skyline.
Winsor Barbee The Marketing Collaborative

A Negro Leagues pitcher who started Dallas’ first black weekly in the late 1940s has died. William “Bill” Blair Jr., was an athlete, a newspaper publisher, and a civil rights activist. He was 92.

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Arts & Culture
4:30 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

For 120 Years, Four Generations Of One Family Photograph North Texas

Dance school girls, 1949.
Byrd Williams III

For more than 100 years, a family of Fort Worth photographers has captured vivid scenes across Dallas-Fort Worth and around the state. Four generations of Williams photographers have shot thousands of images, ranging from Pancho Villa's soldiers to author Larry McMurtry, from western landscapes to street life in Fort Worth.

The University of North Texas recently acquired thousands of these pictures. KERA’s Anne Bothwell talked with Byrd Williams IV, whose photos, along with those of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, are included in the collection.

Together, the family has captured more than 100 years of North Texas history. The collection includes more than 10,000 prints and 300,000 negatives.

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