Government
1:23 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Cornyn Expects Congress To Consider Child Immigration Bill Within Weeks

More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have cross the border into the United States since October.
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Republican Sen. John Cornyn believes that by August Congress will take up a bipartisan immigration bill he is sponsoring with Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat from Laredo.

The bill aims to speed the removal of thousands of migrant children from Central America who have crossed into the United States and are being detained at the border. 

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Texas News
11:43 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Continuing With Tradition (Sort Of), Austinite Fist-Bumps The President

Doug Mills of the New York Times shared this photo of the fist-bumping duo on Twitter.
@dougmillsnyt Twitter

The fist bump heard around the Twittersphere has quite the story and something of a legacy behind it.

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Texas News
11:32 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Sarita Is Safe: 'Attack' On The South Texas Town Is Fake

Kenedy County

A fake news story has people panicking about a South Texas town being attacked, but all is safe and quiet in Sarita – despite what you might read online.

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Study Up For 'Think'
11:11 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Study Up For 'Think': How The Millennial Generation Is Changing The Middle East

The 2011 Arab Spring uprisings were spearheaded by the region's young millennials.
Muhammad Ghafari Wikimedia CC

During the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011, many Americans thought the abrupt change of the political climate in the region would bring lasting improvements. But was this optimism justified? Today at noon on 'Think', we'll be speaking with Juan Cole, author of The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East.

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Immigration
10:37 am
Tue July 15, 2014

The Journey To Texas: Why Central American Kids Are Coming Here

Ivan Pierre Aguirre The Texas Tribune

One of every four kids who’ve crossed the border illegally in the last year or so is from Honduras and Texas has become ground zero in this latest immigration surge.

Alfredo Corchado of the Dallas Morning News went to Honduras to find out why and KERA’s vice president of news Rick Holter caught up with him.

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KERA Newsroom
9:30 am
Tue July 15, 2014

From The Newsroom: New Segregation, Hopes To Ban Fracking In Denton

Six decades after segregation was declared unconstitutional, how are our schools doing?
Dean Terry flickr

This morning's top local stories from the KERA Newsroom: We look at the shifting demographics of Dallas' school system ahead of a PBS documentary about segregation in schools. And Denton could become the only Texas city to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing, as Lauren Silverman reports.  

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The High Five
7:55 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Open Carry Group Wins Fight Over Arlington Sidewalk Ordinance

A coordinator for Open Carry Tarrant County openly displays his rifle outside Arlington City Hall before an Arlington City Council meeting on April 22. He did not attempt to enter the building with the weapon.
Rodger Mallison Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A judge temporarily halts Arlington’s sidewalk ordinance aimed at Open Carry Tarrant County, the first potential fracking ban in the state is up for vote in Denton, Wichita Falls residents weigh in on their drinking water, and more.

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Education
5:30 am
Tue July 15, 2014

PBS Asks: Are Baton Rouge Schools 'Separate And Unequal'? We Look At North Texas

Lloyd Potter is director of the Texas State Data Center, which oversees demographic research.
Credit UT San Antonio

Six decades after the U.S. Supreme Court said racially divided schools were unconstitutional, a curious thing has happened. Many school systems are more segregated than ever, but in a completely different way. Tonight, PBS Frontline takes a look at this phenomenon in Baton Rouge, La., in a documentary called Separate and Unequal. What about the numbers in North Texas?

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Texas News
7:34 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

How North Texans Are Helping Central American Children

Bill Holston, executive director of the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, says his organization and the Hispanic Bar Association are telling attorneys they can volunteer and provide free legal services to children coming from Central America.
Stella M. Chávez KERA News

When 2000 children from Central America come to North Texas later this month, they’ll be greeted by a burgeoning army of volunteers. Here's how local organizations are responding to folks who want to help.

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KERA Newsroom
7:06 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

From the Newsroom: An Army Of Volunteers, The View From Honduras

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

Philanthropic North Texans are coming together to serve the 2,000 immigrant kids heading this way. And Alfredo Corchado of the Dallas Morning News went to Honduras to find out what drives a parent to pay a fortune to send a child on a dangerous thousand-mile journey that might end in failure.

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