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Reporter's Notebook
3:15 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

One Mom’s Wild Ride To Delivering Her Baby Boy

Our little guy was almost eight days late and weighed just under eight pounds at birth.
Courtney Collins KERA News

In the days leading up to the birth of my son, I had a gut feeling it would be a breeze. My mom, after all, was only in labor for seven hours total with three children. And four of those hours were with me, the most stubborn of the Collins kids.

My pregnancy had been easy: I was a week overdue, but worked my normal schedule until the day before my doctor wanted to induce. A lot of first-time moms need drugs to get labor started; induction is downright commonplace. The birth part was going to follow suit; I just knew it.

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One Crisis Away
7:58 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

One Crisis Away: Where To Find Help

There are a lot of options for people who need financial assistance in North Texas.
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There are a lot of non-profit organizations in Texas devoted to financial assistance and low income programs designed to give people a leg up. As KERA continues to explore life on the financial edge through our new series One Crisis Away, we’ll compile a list of places where people can go to find help.

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One Crisis Away
6:31 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Family, Friends Remember Isac Madrid, Rockwall Man Featured In 'One Crisis Away'

Isac's service in Rockwall was attended by friends and loved ones on Monday, Feb. 24.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Isac Madrid, the 25 year-old Rockwall man featured in KERA’s series One Crisis Away, was laid to rest Monday. Over the past few months, he shared his family’s story about the challenges of facing both a health and financial crisis.

Leaving behind a devoted wife, young son and large extended family, Monday’s service was filled with people who loved Isac.

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One Crisis Away
4:31 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

These Kids Learn The Financial Ropes Now So They Don’t Fall Later

Jaelyn and Schnthia are 13 and 11 years-old and they're are deeply involved in family finances.
Dane Walters KERA News

The importance of a steady job and careful budgeting is something a lot of people discover as adults. And that discovery is often made after financial disaster strikes.

That’s not the tune playing in the Dory household. KERA's series One Crisis Away spotlights the one in three North Texans who don’t have enough money in the bank to survive 90 days after a financial disruption.

J.C. and Schnique Dory are raising her two kids to respect money now so they don’t get into trouble later. The message seems to be sticking.

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One Crisis Away
7:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

VIDEO: Two Kids Sound Off About Making Good Financial Choices

KERA's series One Crisis Away looks at four families on the financial edge. In this profile, Schnique Dory's two children, Jaelyn and Schnthia, share their perspective on saving, spending and seeking employment. The kids, 13 and 11, live with Schnique and her husband, J.C., in the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement. Read their story here.

One Crisis Away
5:40 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Rockwall Man Featured in 'One Crisis Away' Loses His Battle With Rare Disease

Isac at Baylor Hospital in December.
Elizabeth Madrid Facebook

Twenty-five year old Isac Madrid, the Rockwall man featured in KERA's series One Crisis Away, died Thursday. He was 25.

He suffered from a rare disease that caused toxins to build up in his blood and attack his liver. Isac died from complications related to his second bone marrow transplant.

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One Crisis Away
5:04 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

VIDEO: Shirley Martin On Working Past Retirement Age

KERA's series One Crisis Away looks at four families on the financial edge. Shirley Martin is a 72 year-old woman living in Desoto and still working 19 hours a week to make ends meet. She says in order to juggle bills and her mortgage, it's a necessary part of life.

One Crisis Away
4:58 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Working At Age 72: Why Shirley Martin Stays On The Payroll

Shirley Martin is 72 and works 19 hours a week at the Salvation Army.
Dane Walters KERA News

Most of us don’t expect to work into our 70s, but many North Texans don’t have a choice.

Take Shirley Martin, one of the people we’re following in our series One Crisis Away. Shirley, like almost half of all Texans, doesn’t have enough money in savings to survive a financial emergency for three months.

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One Crisis Away
7:51 am
Wed February 5, 2014

'Get It And Keep It:' How The Dory Family Keeps A Tight Budget

Budgeting is very important in the Dory family. Schnique and J.C. enter all of their expenses into a spreadsheet and add new bills as they come.
Dane Walters KERA News

Schnique and J.C. Dory run a tight financial ship. That’s because they both grew up poor and she had a brush with homelessness.

Even though both are steadily employed, they, like half of all Texans, don’t have enough cash on hand to last more than 90 days after an emergency.

As a part of our series One Crisis Away, the Dory family explains how their past and questions about the future shape their spending habits.

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Arts & Culture
11:13 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Want To Be A Ninja? Crow Collection Lets You Brush Up On Your Fighting Skills

Juneko Ikeda and husband Kent Cummings worked on escaping wrist grabs at Ninja Night.
Courtney Collins KERA News

If you envy the infinite power of Chuck Norris or covet the signature moves of Bruce Lee, Tuesday night at the Crow Collection should be calling your name.

North Texas’ premier Asian art museum is actually holding ninja class. Ninja Night at the Crow is equal parts self-defense and philosophy.

When you think of a ninja, most people probably picture a black-clad trained killer. But showing no mercy is the opposite of the ninja way of life, which teaches strength of spirit and character above all else.

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