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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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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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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:  A deadly dog attack earlier this month has residents of south Dallas, city council members and animal rescuers speaking out about what they call a crisis-level stray dog problem

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Most big cities have a problem with stray dogs. In Dallas, it’s more like a crisis.

In early May, dogs mauled a homeless woman, biting her more than 100 times. A week later, she died. Now, neighbors are furious and city officials are scrambling to come up with an answer.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:  One visit to Enterprise City proves the unconventional, kid-run community was actually founded for very conventional reasons - to teach civics, and financial literacy.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:  Research shows a strong connection between poverty and child abuse and neglect. The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas just received a major grant to launch a program next month that’s focused on stopping abuse before it starts.

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According to the Children’s Defense Fund, kids living in a family that makes $15,000 a year are 22 times more likely to be abused than children in a family making just $30,000.

The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas just received a $3.4 million grant to launch a program in June that’s focused on preventing abuse.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: The education nonprofit ‘Children At Risk,’ has rated some 1,600 hundred schools across Dallas-Fort Worth. While some low-income school are doing better than they have in years past, the organization says too many local schools are failing.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: While North Texas isn’t known for being particularly bike friendly, many cyclists wanted to prove otherwise. Today’s ‘Bike To Work Day’ was the perfect occasion to urge people to give the two-wheel commute a try.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Friday’s commute will see more bikers on the road as cyclists tackle 'Bike To Work Day. And one Dallas class is trying to teach newcomers essential road etiquette.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Cataracts are debilitating but easy to treat. The problem is, surgery is expensive, especially for the uninsured and underinsured. A free clinic in Fort Worth is trying to bridge that gap for folks who might otherwise go blind and have to quit working.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: A community of tiny homes will open shortly to house 50 of Dallas’ most expensive homeless, a phrase that’s been tossed around a lot since the project was announced. What does that actually mean?

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: From talk of secession to a call for re-writing the U.S. Constitution, Friday’s Texas Republican Convention made one thing very clear. Many of those who support the GOP in the Lone Star State have a testy relationship with the federal government.

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Vocabulary is a tough sell for school kids, so a program called Word Masters tries to make it fun by challenging students across the country to compete with tricky analogy tests.

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Some experts say service agencies working together-- a true holistic approach-- is the only way to get a handle on poverty.

A new Fort Worth program encourages families to think beyond that next paycheck, and make real plans for the future.

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A report released earlier this month reveals some uncomfortable truths about child poverty in Texas. For example while 1 in 4 Texas kids live in poverty— for black and Latino children, it’s 1 in 3.

KERA took a deep dive into the State of Texas Children, produced by the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

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For many Texas families, tax-free shopping is a back-to-school tradition. This weekend, swap those folders for flashlights and binders for batteries. Emergency supplies are tax exempt starting Saturday morning.

It’s a first for Texas-- to help folks stock up for severe weather season. Families intent on cleaning out the hardware store should check the state’s “tax free” list before they buy.

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Nonprofit leaders in North Texas say there are just too many people competing for too few affordable apartments. And that explains why eviction is a leading cause of homelessness.

A new report looks at poverty through the lens of race and equal opportunityThe State of Texas Children, released Wednesday, shows one in four Texas kids live in poverty. For children in black and Latino families, the statistic jumps to one in three.

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For millennials just getting used to the tax code, some common misconceptions can lead to disappointment, and maybe even a big bill on filing day.

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