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6:35 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Beware Of Mother Goose: 6 Horrifying Nursery Rhymes Decoded

Sing a Song of Sixpence, an eerie nursery rhyme where blackbirds are baked into a pie and a maid gets her nose cut off, has several dark readings.
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The simple rhymes and songs we know courtesy of Mother Goose weren’t actually written for children. For the most part, nursery rhymes were composed by peasants in an exercise of solidarity. Themes in these rhymes range from infanticide to political treachery, and when you find out what most of these poems are really about, it can be downright scary.

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KERA Newsroom
6:45 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

From The Newsroom: Strides For The GED, Speed Writing A Novel

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

Dallas’ downtown public library unveiled plans today to make it the first in Texas with an official GED testing center. That will let 3,000 more students take the high school equivalency test each year.

And the secret of writing a novel in 30 days.

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KERA Newsroom
6:41 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

From The Newsroom: Second Nurse Ebola Free, History Of The Rebel Yell

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:Amber Vinson is now virus-free and returning home. Vinson spoke Tuesday at a press conference in Atlanta. She was transferred to Emory University Hospital on Oct. 15 after she tested positive for Ebola.

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KERA Newsroom
6:40 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

From The Newsroom: Toyota Parties In Plano, Secrets Of Neiman’s Christmas Book

Pictured at the Toyota block party are Jim Lentz, Toyota CEO, Plano Olympian Nastia Liuken, Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere and Governor Rick Perry
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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

Toyota gave Plano schools $1 million Monday and threw a block party for the public as it officially said hello to the city where it’s moving its North American headquarters. And Dallas-based Neiman Marcus has spent nearly a century selling some of the most extravagant holiday gifts on the planet. We peek into the history of the Christmas Book.

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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.
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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

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  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

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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.
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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

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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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