The High Five
8:16 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Greg Abbott Will Get A $20,000 Tax Refund, While Wendy Davis Gets An Extension

Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott released his 2013 tax return -- he expects to get a $20,000 refund. He and his wife Cecilia earned more than $190,000.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Five stories that have North Texas talking: it’s tax time for the political candidates; GOP convention officials to visit Dallas soon; remembering Margaret Crow; and more.

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Texas News
11:10 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

UT-Austin To Pluck Maroon Bluebonnets, But Flower Creator Says It's No Prank

In this undated photo, maroon bluebonnets were mixed in with more traditional bluebonnets near the Texas Capitol.
Texas A&M Aggie Horticulture

There’s another twist in the scandal that should be known as Bluebonnet-gate. Or maybe we should call it Maroonbonnet-gate?

That’s not exactly the color of choice for University of Texas Longhorns. So when maroon-and-white bluebonnets began sprouting in the shadow of the UT Tower this spring, the burnt-orange brigades saw red. Accusations flew.

Two Texas A&M horticulturists developed a maroon bluebonnet, but one told KERA he doesn’t think the UT version is the real thing.

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Politics
6:52 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Trailing In Polls, Wendy Davis Promises To 'Give It Everything I Have'

Shelley Kofler KERA News

On Tuesday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis continued her assault on Republican opponent Greg Abbott’s pre-kindergarten plan, this time in Dallas.

But as she spoke at the annual conference for the Texas Retired Teachers Association, a new national poll was released, showing the state senator from Fort Worth has made little headway in chiseling down Abbott’s lead.

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Bluebonnet Bonanza
6:32 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

15 Amazing Things You Should Know About Texas Bluebonnets

A classic Texas springtime scene: A field of beautiful bluebonnets.
Richard A McMillin shutterstock.com/gallery-1034824p1.html

It’s time for the bluebonnet bonanza.

For just a few sweet weeks across North Texas, bluebonnets are in bloom. But act fast: They don’t last long. They’re about to peak across the metro area. (You have until Easter weekend to catch the peak.) But the flowers should last through the end of April – and perhaps into early May if we’re lucky.

Texans have long been fascinated by bluebonnets. Join us as we travel virtually through the bluebonnets – you might just learn something new about Texas’ favorite flower.

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Education
5:54 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

In Dallas Home-Rule School Debate, Supporters And Opponents Agree On A Few Things

Jeronimo Valdez is on the board of Support Our Public Schools, which backs a change to home-rule for Dallas schools. The attorney plans to be at the Dallas City Council briefing Wednesday on the issue.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

A day before the Dallas City Council dives into the “home-rule” debate over remaking the city’s school system, supporters  issued their first four concrete recommendations today. And a key opponent announced an organizing meeting, in part to show that the opposition is multiracial.

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Susan is the deputy news director who handles assignments and planning by the news staff. She's also a general assignment reporter who began her career at MPBN working at the State House in 1992. Since then she has covered major political and environmental stories, winning national awards for her beat reporting twice from the Society for Environmental Journalists. Her coverage of labor issues, including an investigative series on independent contractors, has also been recognized by the Public Radio News Directors, Inc and by the Associated Press. Susan is a graduate of the University of Montana where she got her first job in public radio news while still a student.

Texas News
2:30 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Conjoined Twin Boys Who Were Separated Are Leaving Medical City Children’s Hospital

Owen and Emmett Ezell were released Wednesday morning from Medical City Children’s Hospital.
Medical City Children's

The conjoined twins who were separated last summer are one step closer to going home with their family.

Owen and Emmett Ezell were released Wednesday morning from Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas. They’re heading to a local inpatient rehabilitation center.

Instead of being hooked to breathing machines, the 9-month-old boys are breathing on their own, with the assistance of a trachea breathing tube.

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Real Estate
11:58 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Hot, Hot, Hot: In Dallas And Fort Worth, One In 10 Homes Sells Within Just 72 Hours

Homes are selling fast in Dallas-Fort Worth and across Texas.
aastock Shutterstock.com

The housing market in North Texas is hot, hot, hot.

It’s so hot that if you’re selling a home, be prepared to have a place to live – because it’s likely to sell quickly, according to a new national survey issued by the Redfin Research Center.

Dallas is ranked No. 5 on a list of the country’s fastest housing markets in March. In Dallas, 14 percent of homes sold within three days.

Fort Worth is ranked No. 8. Slightly more than 10 percent of Fort Worth homes sold within three days.

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Astronomy
11:30 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Night Owls (And Vampires) Rejoice: Watch The ‘Blood Moon,’ A Lunar Eclipse (Video)

The blood moon over California Tuesday morning.
Doug Jones flickr.com/photos/dougj55/

Did you forget to set your alarm overnight to catch the "blood moon?" NASA has posted video of Tuesday morning's total lunar eclipse. Watch it:

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The High Five
8:13 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Tonight, Dan Patrick And Julian Castro Square Off In An Immigration Debate

Tonight, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro debates state Sen. Dan Patrick about immigration reform.
Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: a high-profile immigration debate; tougher rules on fertilizer following the West explosion?; conjoined twins will soon go home; and more:

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