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Courtney Collins

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Courtney Collins has been working as a broadcast journalist since graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2004. Before coming to KERA in 2011, Courtney worked as a reporter for NPR member station WAMU in Washington D.C. While there she covered daily news and reported for the station’s weekly news magazine, Metro Connection.

At KERA, Courtney is lead reporter for the series “One Crisis Away,” about life on the financial edge. Courtney has won awards from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, Texas Medical Association, Houston Press Club and last year received the inaugural consumer financial reporting award presented by the Public Radio News Directors Inc. and the National Endowment for Financial Education. “One Crisis Away” was also recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association and National Endowment for Financial Education for excellence in personal finance reporting.

When she’s not at work, Courtney loves to read and play outdoors with her husband and wild toddler.

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Tax-free weekend starts Friday in Texas. The three-day break lets families buy backpacks, sneakers and blue jeans with no sales tax, which seems like a straightforward way to save.

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An often overlooked aspect of domestic violence is financial abuse. Victims are forced to co-sign loans, open new credit cards and make purchases they can’t afford.

One Tarrant County woman lost tens of thousands of dollars to her abuser. Years later, she’s still working to regain her financial footing.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA news: Some Texas Democrats gathering in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention are pushing two Texans as candidates to be the next national party chair: the Castro brothers – Julian and Joaquin.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA news: This week, a computer outage took down the Southwest Airlines website, forcing 1,300 hundred flight cancelations, and stranding passengers and crews. Then, despite a record second quarter profit, its stock price fell. 

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The last link in the second Calatrava bridge arch on I-30 over the Trinity River has been dropped in.

The Margaret McDermott Bridge was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava-- as was the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, completed in 2012.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA news: A new light rail extension takes its maiden voyage. The DART extension runs three miles from the Ledbetter Station in South Dallas to the University of North Texas Dallas campus.

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Simply re-arranging food pantry shelves is helping low income families make healthier choices. It's the same philosophy supermarkets employ-- called nudging-- when the store creates a special display to feature a product.

One North Texas pantry has had luck pushing brown rice, and whole wheat pasta.

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Texans must be natural fighters, because all four members of the Olympic taekwondo team were either born or raised in the Lone Star State. Youngest member Jackie Galloway goes to SMU, trains in Garland and lives in Wylie.

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Top Stories: Texas sent off another of its officers killed in the line of duty last week. The funeral for Dallas Police Officer Michael Krol was the fourth of five.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA News: A leading museum director from Mexico has been tapped to run the Dallas Museum of Art.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA news: Three funerals were held Wednesday for slain Dallas police officers. Two more will follow. KERA will chronicle the lives of each fallen officer in the series Remembering The Fallen.

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Those who didn’t have a ticket to the memorial service honoring five, slain Dallas police officers still gathered outside the Meyerson Symphony Center in a show of support.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA news: The fear, shock and outrage over Thursday night’s deadly shootings is still vivid as Dallas tries to come to grips with what happened. President Obama will be in town for an interfaith memorial service and funeral services start Wednesday for fallen officers.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA news: Dallas is just beginning to process the terror that shot through downtown Thursday night when a gunman opened fire at the end of a peaceful protest. Five police officers were killed; at least seven others were hurt, along with two civilians.

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The federal government has given American Airlines and Southwest Airlines tentative  approval to start commercial flights to Cuba. The initial plan is to have flights connect through Miami.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: This season’s first human case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed by Dallas County. The resident is from Irving, and lives in the 75060 zip code. This person has the severe, neuroinvasive form of the disease.

The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Chronic concern over finances can take quite a physical toll on the person worrying, with a third of Americans reporting sleep disruption over money troubles.

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Worrying about money can be stressful, distracting and time-consuming. According to new research, a third of Americans are actually losing sleep over it.

Experts say chronic concern over finances can take quite a physical toll on the person doing the worrying. 

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Zebra mussels are in North Texas. Officials say the razor-sharp shells have appeared in the waters of Lake Worth and Eagle Mountain Lake. Flooding last year may have helped push the infestation down the West Fork of the Trinity River. 

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Does geography actually matter when it comes to getting that first job?

A new Wallethub study ranks the best and worst cities for starting a career, and Texas is all over the top 25. Analyst Jill Gonzalez breaks down the rankings with KERA's Courtney Collins.

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As soon as the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out the Texas law setting restrictive standards for abortion clinics, cheering and despair erupted from groups on either side of the abortion debate.

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The Supreme Court is expected to rule Monday on the final Texas case this session. Passed in 2013, House Bill 2 requires physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Clinics must also meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers.

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Dallas’ Jubilee Park Community Center, which was featured in last year’s KERA series ‘Inside A Neighborhood,’ runs an after school and summer program for local kids.

The students who attend have made major strides in reading over the past year.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: Donald Trump took the stage at Gilley’s in downtown Dallas just after 7 p.m. Thursday, but supporters and protestors showed up hours before the rally got underway.

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Donald Trump’s chief spokeswoman has deep roots here in North Texas. Her name is Katrina Pierson, and she grew up in Garland. A stint on Ted Cruz’s 2012 campaign and a failed run for Congress two years later raised her profile nationally.

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Fifty tiny houses -- dubbed the Cottages at Hickory Crossing -- will soon be home to 50 of the most expensive homeless people in Dallas.

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Working parents face a challenge when it’s time to find affordable child care over the summer.

No-cost and low-cost camps in North Texas can be tough to track down —and fill up quickly.

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Eating healthy on a tight budget can seem daunting.

Some North Texas community nutrition programs teach people how to stretch their food budget without sacrificing health and wellness.

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New Pew Research Center data shows the middle class is dwindling. It’s true in about 90 percent of metropolitan areas surveyed, including Dallas-Fort Worth.

Rakesh Kochhar from the Pew Research Center explains what that this means for North Texas -- and beyond.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: As the fallout continues from a report detailing Baylor’s mishandling of sexual assault allegations, journalists talk about what this case could mean for all of college sports.

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