Education
9:56 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Garland ISD Accuses Former Official Of Profiting From Foreign Teacher Visa Program

These four teachers are among 23 in the Garland school district who face deportation when their visas expire. From left: Elizabeth Nino de Rivera, Francisco Marcano, Alfonso Casares and Bernardo Montes.
Stella M. Chavez KERA News

More than 600 teachers on H1-B visas were hired to work in the Garland school district during a 10-year period. In that time, the district says the former head of human resources, Victor Leos, pocketed fees and took numerous all-expenses paid recruiting trips to the Philippines.

District officials and a law firm working with the district revealed those findings Tuesday. Some of the teachers who were recruited face deportation when their visas expire in a few months.

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Alan Greenblatt has been covering politics and government in Washington and around the country for 20 years. He came to NPR as a digital reporter in 2010, writing about a wide range of topics, including elections, housing economics, natural disasters and same-sex marriage.

He was previously a reporter with Governing, a magazine that covers state and local government issues. Alan wrote about education, budgets, economic development and legislative behavior, among other topics. He is the coauthor, with Kevin Smith, of Governing States and Localities, a college-level textbook that is now in its fourth edition.

The High Five
7:25 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Texas Town's Warning: Watch Out For ‘Noisy, Messy’ Cattle Egrets That Brought Down A Plane

Leaders of a North Texas city have warned about the expected return of pesky cattle egrets after a bird strike brought down a military jet last year.
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: President Obama visits Fort Hood today; Wichita Falls issues a bird warning; what’s a Dallas bro?; and more.

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Education
6:17 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Mesquite School And Dallas Chamber Symphony Team Up For Unique Classroom Experience

Dallas Chamber Symphony cellist Oliver Schlaffer plays Bach on his prized cello in front of Rutherford Elementary School students.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The elementary school field trip to a concert hall is one thing. But in Mesquite, concert hall musicians head to the school. They also visit by iPad. It’s part of an unusual, experimental program that combines personal and virtual school visits with digital and interactive lessons.

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5:42 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Candidate Patrick Wants Government Out Of Equal Pay Issue

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In Fort Worth today, Sen. Dan Patrick, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, again said he supports equal pay for men and women but he doesn't think government should enforce it. Patrick and incumbent Lt. Governor Davis Dewhurst will face each other in a May 27 runoff for their party's nomination. Dewhurst, who presides over the Texas Senate, has said he would again allow an equal pay measure to be voted on if enough senators wanted that to happen. The legislature passed a bill last session allowing employees more time to file equal pay claims but Gov. Rick Perry vetoed it.
politics On the same day President Barack Obama pushed for equal pay for women, candidate for Lt. Gov. state Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) insisted new equal pay laws are not needed. Speaking after a fundraiser luncheon in Fort Worth Tuesday, Patrick told NBC 5 he opposes any new federal or state equal pay protections.
Education
3:32 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Dallas School Board Members Square Off At Home-Rule Meeting

Wilton Hollins, who heads Support Our Public Schools, spoke at Monday's meeting about the home-rule effort at Salem Institutional Baptist Church.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Two Dallas school board members disagreed over whether they’re doing enough for student education. Mike Morath and Bernadette Nutall faced off at a meeting on home-rule Monday night.

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The High Five
7:12 am
Tue April 8, 2014

At The Final Four, Bill Clinton And George W. Bush Were Side-By-Side Buds

Caught on camera: Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, together in Jerry Jones' suite, a row behind Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: UConn wins in Arlington; former presidents to gather in Austin for a LBJ summit; what are Dallas-Fort Worth's emerging neighborhoods; and more.

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Trinity Groves
4:59 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

West Dallas Is Now A Hot Spot, Thanks To Food, Glorious Food

AmberJax is one of several new restaurants open in Trinity Groves, which is being called a restaurant incubator.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Can food revitalize an ailing neighborhood? In Dallas, global flavors seem to be playing a pretty big part in one area's transformation.

For decades, West Dallas was a ramshackle place: a Superfund site with a cement plant, some crime-ridden warehouses and a modest Latino neighborhood known as La Bajada across a potholed two-lane bridge from glittery downtown.

Now there's a soaring new bridge, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, that some called the "Bridge to Nowhere." But with a dozen new restaurants, nowhere is becoming somewhere.

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Business/Economy
2:04 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Following Backlash, Dallas-Based Chili's Cancels Autism Fundraiser

Chili’s, which is part of Dallas-based Brinker International, had planned on donating a portion of its sales on Monday to the National Autism Association.
Brinker International

Chili's has canceled a fundraiser for a group that states on its website that autism can be triggered by vaccinations, a position that has been widely discredited by the medical community.

Chili’s, which is part of Dallas-based Brinker International, had planned on donating a portion of its sales on Monday to the National Autism Association. On its website, the Massachusetts-based group says it believes that vaccinations can "trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children."

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Texas News
12:01 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Afraid It Was Missing The Boat, Arlington Tries The Bus

Supporters of Metro ArlingtonXpress are optimistic that the service will prove popular enough to continue beyond 2015.
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Arlington has long been among the largest American cities without public transportation. Since 1980, the city’s voters have rejected transit proposals three times, with opponents citing fears ranging from costs to worries about an increase in crime.

Last year, the City Council unanimously approved a commuter bus line as a two-year pilot program, and six months in, the MAX (short for Metro ArlingtonXpress) has begun to draw riders.

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