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9:13 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Overturned Rig Dangles From Overpass, Tying Up Traffic On Bush Turnpike, Dallas Tollway

A crane has tipped over and is hanging over a bridge at President George Bush Turnpike and the Dallas North Tollway.
Dallas Police Department

The President George Bush Turnpike and Dallas North Tollway interchange was a traffic nightmare Monday afternoon, but it should be ready for Tuesday morning's commute.

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KERA Newsroom
6:46 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

From The Newsroom: Returning Weapons, Spotlighting Artists

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Surplus military weapons, things like night vision goggles and rifles, have been sent to school security officers in Texas and at least one North Texas district is sending them back. 

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KERA Newsroom
6:43 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

From The Newsroom: Antiquing With Bitcoin, Remembering A Healthcare Pioneer

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

There’s a new kind of ATM in town and it doesn’t spit out dollar bills. It’s a Bitcoin ATM and several North Texas businesses now take the digital currency. And Ron Anderson, the doctor who ran Dallas County’s largest medical center for nearly 30 years, died Thursday night.

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KERA Newsroom
6:52 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

From The Newsroom: Cornyn’s Campaign, Radioshack’s Troubles

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

With the election less than two months away, we’re starting a series of interviews with candidates. First up, it’s Republican John Cornyn.

And Fort Worth-based RadioShack says it may have to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a second-quarter loss of $137 million dollars.

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KERA Newsroom
6:46 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

From The Newsroom: Sleepy Teens, Urban Sprawl

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that middle schools and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 in the morning. The doctors say the average teen is so “pathologically sleepy” that it has become an issue of public health. North Texas teens weigh in. And a look at the dark side of urban sprawl.

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KERA Newsroom
6:47 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

From The Newsroom: Jail Video Chat Hits Road Block, Conducting At The Meyerson

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

County commissioners will let video chat companies re-submit proposals after concern that one company wanted to cancel in-person jail visits. And a look back at conductor Eduardo Mata rehearsing the Dallas Symphony for the first time at the Meyerson.

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KERA Newsroom
6:42 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

From The Newsroom: Social Media ‘First Responders,’ Meyerson Acoustics

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

A growing number of airlines are hiring social media first responders to help with customer relations, and Southwest Airlines has just joined the club. And a behind-the-scenes look at the acoustical challenges of building the Meyerson.

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KERA Newsroom
6:41 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

From The Newsroom: A Rangers Resignation, Scouting For Student Votes

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has resigned. It’s been a bad season for the team, but Washington says he’s leaving to address a personal matter off the field. And this week, both candidates for Texas governor focused on higher education.

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KERA Newsroom
6:46 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

From The Newsroom: Star Seekers, Cowtown As Boomtown

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

Two Lake Highlands High School students decided against a part-time summer job and the mall. Instead, they opted for an astrophysics research program at SMU and discovered five new stars along the way. And a look at what’s behind Tarrant County’s economic boom. 

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Education
5:33 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

These North Texas High School Students Discovered New Stars

Jason Barton and Dominik Fritz discovered five new stars over the summer. Both students want to pursue science, in some form, as a career.
Courtney Collins KERA News

Instead of a summer job at the mall, two North Texas high schoolers spent their time off with a telescope. And it was time well spent.

For these astrophysicists-in-training, stargazing over the summer led to five unusual discoveries: new stars.

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