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Friday Conversation
7:15 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Chief Nursing Officer Reflects On 'Very Challenging Time' For Presbyterian Hospital

Chief nursing officer Cole Edmonson oversees 1,300 nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
Krystina Martinez KERA News

Cole Edmonson has spent the last month facing the biggest challenge of his career. He’s chief nursing officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, which means he oversees 1,300 nurses. One of them, Nina Pham, was declared Ebola-free and released today from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. The other, Amber Vinson, has tested negative for the virus but is still being treated in Atlanta.

Edmonson sat down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, for this week’s Friday Conversation.

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KERA Newsroom
6:59 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

From The Newsroom: Ebola Task Force Meets, Lt. Governor Ads Target Education

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

Health commissioner David Lakey spoke at the first public hearing of the governor’s Ebola Task Force in Austin. He said most hospitals still can’t handle Ebola patients, and infected people should be treated at specialized care centers. And In the race for Lieutenant Governor, education takes center stage in the latest series of ads for the two state senators jockeying for the job. 

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KERA Newsroom
6:52 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

From The Newsroom: New CDC Travel Rules, Vinson's Family Shares News

NIAID Flickr

  The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

The CDC has new travel guidelines for anyone entering the U.S. from a West African nation with an Ebola outbreak. And according to a statement from the family of Amber Vinson, Ebola can't be detected in her body and she’ll soon be transferred out of isolation. Emory University Hospital has not yet confirmed this. 

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KERA Newsroom
6:50 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

From The Newsroom: Students Talk DREAM Act, Bonnie and Clyde Set To Music

Antonio R. Villaraigosa Flickr

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

Students at two very different high schools debate the DREAM Act. And the musical Bonnie and Clyde plays for the first time on a North Texas stage.

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KERA Newsroom
6:48 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

From The Newsroom: Fake Ebola Cures, Early Voting So Far

Some companies claim Vitamin C, something found in abundance in the kiwi fruit, can help treat Ebola. The FDA says not so fast.
GS André Flickr

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

There’s no drug to treat Ebola that’s been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but some companies swear things like Vitamin C, Nano Silver, herbs and snake venom do just that. And election officials say since early voting got underway, turnout is at about 40 percent. Some say that’s thanks to the exciting race for Texas Governor.

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KERA Newsroom
6:40 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

From The Newsroom: Ebola Puts Travel In Spotlight, Impressionistic Portraits

NIAID Flickr

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: News today that a Texas Health Presbyterian worker who handed Thomas Eric Duncan’s lab samples is onboard a Caribbean cruise.

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KERA Newsroom
6:45 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

From The Newsroom: Ebola And Politics, The Sounds Of The Midway

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

The Ebola crisis has overshadowed every other news story in Texas, including next month’s election. And the State Fair midway, along with its colorful game operators, beckons.

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Texas News
5:20 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Game On: The State Fair Midway Beckons

There are 72 games at the State Fair of Texas. All of them boast giant, colorful, plush prizes.
Courtney Collins KERA News

By the time you pay for admission, parking and a corny dog… a day at the State Fair of Texas is getting pricey. Throw in a few attempts at a midway game and you can practically hear the dollars flying from your wallet.

There’s just something about trying to knock over milk bottles with a baseball or scoop a prize duck from the pond that’s hard to resist.

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KERA Newsroom
6:40 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

From The Newsroom: Neighbors And Nurses React To Second Health Worker With Ebola

The Village Apartments www.myvillageapartments.com

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

Amber Vinson, diagnosed with Ebola early Wednesday morning lives in the largest apartment complex in Dallas. Workers were already decontaminating in hours before the sun came up. And after two of the nurses who treated Thomas Eric Duncan became sick with Ebola, their colleagues across the state are expressing concerns about preparation for handling the disease.

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Texas News
9:14 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Feeling The Love: New Non-Stop Flights Take Off At Dallas Love Field

A Southwest employee guides the inaugural flight to Orlando from Dallas Love Field.
Southwest Airlines www.blogsouthwest.com

Dallas Love Field has been unleashed. Wright Amendment restrictions were officially lifted Monday which means a new era of non-stop flights for Southwest Airlines and a new North Texas home for Virgin America.

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