KERA Weather Blog
7:15 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Low 30s In Texas In April?! Monday Night Was Very Cold; Tuesday Morning Is Chilly, Too

Monday night's going to be very cold across North Texas.
National Weather Service

How low did it go overnight?

At 7 a.m., D/FW International Airport recorded 37 degrees – not below freezing and not quite close to setting a record. The last time we recorded freezing temperatures at D/FW this late in April was back in 1997 – 32 degrees on April 13.

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Education
5:30 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Class Of '17: This High Schooler Hopes To Graduate Early

Kelli standing proudly in her bedroom. A few days earlier, mom says it was a mess and Kelli spent time cleaning it up.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Kelli Bowdy, one of the students we’re following in our Class of '17 series, is almost through her freshman year at Fort Worth’s O.D. Wyatt High School. She’s even thinking about graduating early. Nationwide, only 3 percent of high school kids manage that.  

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The High Five
10:51 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Cow Head, Chicken Feet, Water Bugs: North Texas Stars In Tonight’s 'Bizarre Foods'

Andrew Zimmern and Chef Tim Byres with Chicken Scratch filled a bucket of beer that they'll use to marinate a cow head.
'Bizarre Foods America' Travel Channel

Five stories that have North Texas talking: North Texas stars in Andrew Zimmern’s TV show tonight; it’s going to get really cold tonight; Dallas' Jordan Spieth came close to winning the Masters; and more.

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West Explosion
10:32 am
Mon April 14, 2014

As West Explosion Anniversary Nears, State Fire Marshal Urges Safety Changes

Last April's fertilizer plant explosion in West killed 15 people.
zidyboby YouTube

This week's anniversary of the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people brought Texas lawmakers back to the Capitol in Austin to consider tougher oversight of chemical facilities.

Investigators told a Texas House committee Monday that they're still not sure what sparked the fire.

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Politics
6:54 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Seeking Photos Of Davis-Obama Meeting, Abbott Files FOIA Request With White House

Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, wants copies of any photos taken when his Democratic opponent, Wendy Davis, met Thursday with President Barack Obama. 

To get them, Abbott has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the White House.

Davis’ campaign says she had a private meeting with the president at the LBJ Library in Austin, where he helped commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

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Texas News
6:26 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Dallas Remembers Civil Rights Attorney And The City's First Black Judge: Louis A. Bedford

Lincoln Memorial
Eduard Moldoveanu Shutterstock.com 181528181

Louis A. Bedford Jr. was born in Dallas, in the 1920s, when the Ku Klux Klan was rampant and Texas enforced Jim Crow laws. Four decades later, he became the city’s first black judge, and eventually helped other blacks into city and state politics. 

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Education
6:05 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

UNT-Dallas Inaugurates President Ronald Brown

New UNT-Dallas President Ronald Brown gave his inaugural address Friday on the South Dallas campus.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

On Friday, for the second time in its 14-year history, the University of North Texas at Dallas inaugurated a president. Dignitaries welcomed Ronald Brown on the south Dallas campus.

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Education
6:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

UNT-Dallas President Hopes To Set His Urban University Apart

UNT Dallas' President Ronald Brown delivered his first inaugural speech Friday.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

The second president at the University of North Texas at Dallas says his priorities include keeping tuition low and forging a relationship with employers who will help train students for high-demand jobs.  

President Ronald Brown talked with KERA's Shelley Kofler prior to giving his inaugural speech on Friday.

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Friday Conversation
8:30 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Former Senator Olympia Snowe Talks Hyper-Partisanship And The State Of Congress

Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Olympia Snowe is the only woman to have served in both houses of the Maine legislature and both houses of Congress. Two years ago, the moderate Republican retired from the U.S. Senate, citing the surge in hyper-partisanship and extremism. This week, she was in Dallas to speak at a Planned Parenthood awards luncheon -- and she talked with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, in this week’s Friday Conversation.

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The High Five
7:21 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Documentary Follows West’s Recovery Through The Eyes Of Its Football Team

"Rise Up, West" explores the journey of the town's football team in the year following the deadly fertilizer plant explosion. The documentary airs at 6 p.m. Saturday on WFAA-TV (Channel 8).
WFAA/YouTube

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Remembering the explosion in West; it’s bluebonnet time; the Dallas Art Fair is underway; and more:

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