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KERA Newsroom
6:47 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

From the Newsroom: Videogames As Currency, The Alphabet As Weaponry

Gamers hard at play at Quakecon.
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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: From Donkey Kong to Grand Theft Auto, video-gaming is a serious business. And during QuakeCon Dallas is Game Central. And an unusual small exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art.

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Friday Conversation
6:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

SMU Law Dean Jennifer Collins On 'Moving The Needle'

Jennifer Collins is the first permanent female dean in the history of the Dedman School of Law.
Krystina Martinez KERA News

There’s a new face leading the top law school in North Texas for the first time in nearly two decades. Jennifer Collins becomes the first female dean of SMU’s Dedman School of Law at a challenging time. Fewer students are applying to law schools nationwide, competition is rising, and her predecessor, John Attanasio was ousted last year.

Fresh off a decade in North Carolina at Wake Forest, Collins sits down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, for this week’s Friday Conversation.

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KERA Newsroom
6:53 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

From the Newsroom: Johnny Winter Remembered, Crossword Puzzles Decoded

Johnny Winter plays a show in Germany in 2011.
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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

Texas blues and rock legend Johnny Winter died Wednesday in Switzerland at the age of 70. And a crossword explains how a team of expert puzzle-solvers played a major role in bringing World War II to an end.

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KERA Newsroom
7:05 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

From the Newsroom: Multimedia Magic, Fracking Friction

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

Former Dallasite William Joyce made his name as a children’s book author. Now he’s teamed with another North Texas ex-pat, Brandon Oldenburg, to create a whimsical studio called Moonbot. And a nine hour marathon in Denton was focused on fracking. 

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KERA Newsroom
6:55 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

From the Newsroom: Health At The Border, Splitting His Summer

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

With 2,000 immigrant kids headed to Dallas County, state health officials have alerted the federal centers for disease control about conditions in the detention facilities. And a member of KERA’s Class of ’17 is spending a summer, divided.

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KERA Newsroom
7:06 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

From the Newsroom: An Army Of Volunteers, The View From Honduras

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

Philanthropic North Texans are coming together to serve the 2,000 immigrant kids heading this way. And Alfredo Corchado of the Dallas Morning News went to Honduras to find out what drives a parent to pay a fortune to send a child on a dangerous thousand-mile journey that might end in failure.

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KERA Newsroom
7:00 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

From the Newsroom: The Silver Tsunami, The Lost Michelangelo

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

What’s known as the “silver tsunami,” the wave of growth in the over-60 population is the focus of a national conference this weekend in Dallas. And the story of the “Lost Michaelango,” a painting that much of the art world once considered a fake. Hear about the Kimbell’s quest to get it.

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KERA Newsroom
6:50 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

From the Newsroom: Immigration Rhetoric, Dallas Blues

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

As the story of the immigrant children on the Texas-Mexico border has escalated, reporters, anchors and politicians seem to be reaching for ever more heightened ways to describe it. But how high is too high? And in the 1920s, Deep Ellum was arguably the epicenter of the blues. Music historian Alan Govenar shares how two of the era’s most influential performers got their bluesy nicknames.

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KERA Newsroom
7:12 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

From the Newsroom: Preventing Bird Strikes, Opposing Jenkins’ Immigrant Plan

Shelley Kofler KERA News

In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom: 

Meet the woman at DFW airport who makes sure airplanes and wildlife don’t mix. And Dallas County Commissioners meet Tuesday for the first time since Judge Clay Jenkins announced a polarizing plan to help the federal government set up shelters for immigrant children.

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KERA Newsroom
6:39 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

From the Newsroom: Catch Some Fireworks, Check Out Some History

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom: 

There’s still time to trek out to a great viewing spot for patriotic pyrotechnics in North Texas. And history buffs rejoice: there’s a rare American relic at the Dallas Public Library that’s worth a look.

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