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BJ Austin


BJ Austin has more than 25 years of broadcast journalism experience, anchoring and reporting in Atlanta, New York, New Orleans and Dallas. Along the way, she covered Atlanta City Hall, the Georgia Legislature and the corruption trials of Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.

At KERA, BJ was runner-up for Texas Health Journalist of the Year in the 2013 Anson Jones, M.D., Awards from the Texas Medical Association. She earned a 2009 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters honorable mention for best specialty/beat reporting and a 2010 honorable mention for best general-assignment story for "Zoo Poo." She has also shared several awards, including a a 2010 TAPB first-place trophy for KERA’s radio series "Living with the Trinity: Thirsty"; a 2009 TAPB second-place honor for best continuing coverage for "Family Values: What Voters Want"; and a 2010 regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association for "The Economy Project."

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Wednesday was the 20th anniversary of the abduction of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington. Her murder in 1996 led to the Amber Alert – a system of media notifications, advising the public to be on the lookout for missing children.

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It’s going to cost more each year to operate the new Parkland Hospital in Dallas. The bigger, $1.3 billion high-tech hospital opened last week after five years of construction.  Now, what happens to the "old" Parkland across the street?  Its days may be numbered.

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It’s moving day for Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Doctors, nurses, patients and equipment are making the shift from the 61-year-old hospital on Harry Hines Boulevard to the $1.3 billion New Parkland across the street.

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After five years of construction and planning, the $1.3 billion New Parkland Hospital in Dallas opened its doors this morning. The ER and Labor and Delivery began accepting patients at 6 a.m. Throughout the morning, patients in the old hospital across the street are arriving at the new one via an air conditioned sky bridge.  

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School starts next week for most Texas students. But for more than 60 Dallas child advocacy experts, the homework has already begun. They met this week for a look at a Texas Legislature report card on children’s issues, and to outline assignments for the next legislative session.

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Sam Tasby, the key figure in the Dallas school desegregation case, has died at age 93.  Tasby was a quiet man who spoke little about his long legal battle and its impact on schools and the city of Dallas.

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The new Parkland Hospital, which opens next week, unveiled a larger-than-life statue of Dr. Ron Anderson today.

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Saturday's elections brought no changes at the top for the two biggest cities in North Texas. In Fort Worth, Mayor Betsy Price was unopposed, and in Dallas, Mike Rawlings was re-elected by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. But in the area's third-largest city, a newcomer toppled the six-term mayor.

TCU political science professor Jim Riddlesperger says the legacy of longtime Fort Worth Congressman Jim Wright is everywhere.

The Texas House Friday overwhelmingly passed a bill to limit local regulation of oil and gas drilling. It comes after stronger local drilling ordinances and a vote by residents in Denton to ban fracking within the city limits.