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Doualy Xaykaothao

Doualy Xaykaothao covers breaking news from Asia for NPR News. She's based in Bangkok, Thailand, and her reports can be heard across all NPR News programs.

Xaykaothao joined NPR in 1999 as a production assistant for Morning Edition and has since worked as an NPR producer, editor, director and reporter for NPR's award-winning programs. As a producer for NPR's Newscast Unit, she was a member of the team receiving the 2001 Peabody Award for its coverage of the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Xaykaothao began reporting about anti-war protests from Seoul, South Korea. A year later, Xaykaothao was in the Phang Nga region of Thailand reporting on the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. In 2006, Xaykaothao served as a fellow for the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS with a focus on women inside Nepal's 10 year civil war. Xaykaothao was also an Annenberg Fellow for NPR member station KPCC in Los Angeles in 2007, and was part of the reporting team to receive a LA Press Club Award for breaking coverage of the California wildfires. By 2009, Xaykaothao was in Indonesia reporting on the earthquake that devastated Padang. In 2010, she reported about North Korea's deadly attack on a South Korean warship. When Japan was struck by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, Xaykaothao was the first NPR reporter to reach Fukushima to report on the triple disasters in 2011.

Xaykaothao is Lao-Hmong American. She was born in Vientiane, Laos, but raised in France and the United States. She attended college in upstate New York, where she specialized in television, radio, political science, and ethnic studies. Her radio career began at Harlem community radio station WHCR 90.3 FM, where she volunteered as news-reader. Later, at Pacifica Radio's WBAI 99.5 FM, she worked for the station's resident film critic, the late Paul Wunder. At Pacifica, she also coordinated and produced Asia Pacific Forum, a program on politics, culture and arts inside Asian American communities, as well as missed stories from Asia.

For those who are curious, Doualy Xaykaothao is pronounced "dwah-hlee sigh-kow-tao."

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On Thursday, we heard from a single mom about her transition out of the foster care system. In the final part of KERA’s Remaking Foster Care, we’ll hear from another person who aged out of the system: a 24-year-old from East Dallas.

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KERA’s Remaking Foster Care series continues with two young adults who “aged” out of the system when they turned 18. 

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In the rural town of Rio Vista, south of Fort Worth, a husband and wife has fostered more than 50 children in the last eight years. 

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In our series “Remaking Foster Care,” KERA is exploring efforts by the state of Texas to redesign the foster care system – and profiling the people who’ll be affected. Today, we’ll zero in on biological parents.

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About 45,000 young Texans can’t safely live with their parents. A third of them are in state custody. They’re trying to navigate a foster care system that’s faced crisis after crisis – from stories of child abuse and neglect-related deaths, to reports of over-medicated children, and others sent hundreds of miles from home.  

A foster care official who worked with countless Texas kids and young adults for two decades has died. Jerry Sullivan was only 44.

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An attorney for one of the two nurses who contracted Ebola at a Dallas hospital last fall says her client is going ahead with plans to sue her employer.

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Forget to buy your vitamins? How about that last minute gift? Or need your favorite book for that weekend trip? Now, online shoppers in North Texas can get tens of thousands of items from Amazon delivered in an hour or less. The new service -- Prime Now -- is available in 24 zip codes in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area.

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Some 50,000 military veterans are homeless each night in the United States. In parts of North Texas, that number is declining. The latest census shows the homeless vet count in Fort Worth has dropped by one-third compared to last year. Seventy vets in that city currently call the Presbyterian Night Shelter home. On Tuesday, at a fundraiser for a vets program, a retired Marine general told vets he's got their backs.    

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Protesters carried small anti-racism placards and walked up and down the street in the affluent Northwest Dallas neighborhood where Parker Rice lives.

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This story is not about that Parker Rice -- the University of Oklahoma student from Dallas who was expelled this week after leading racist chants in a notorious fraternity video. 

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Yolanda Cuevas knew one day she’d work in an air-conditioned office.

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Update, 5:06 p.m. Thursday: Schools are starting to announce they will be open Friday. Fort Worth ISD says it will be open tomorrow.

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A North Texas nurse who contracted Ebola last fall says the Dallas hospital where she worked and its parent company failed her.

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Update, Saturday night: Organizers have canceled Sunday's Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth due to the recent blast of winter weather. The half-marathon is still on -- it starts at 8 a.m. Sunday. 

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The town of Stephenville is buzzing about Tuesday night's quick conviction of Eddie Ray Routh in the deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and a friend at a shooting range.

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Ten years ago, the first private, not-for-profit university opened in Afghanistan. On Wednesday night, the first lady of that country, Rula Ghani, stopped by the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas to thank former first lady Laura Bush for helping create it.

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Another 400 potential jurors have been summoned Friday to the courthouse in Stephenville in Erath County for the murder trial of Eddie Ray Routh. 

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Update, 6:20 p.m.: About 40 people have been excused, exempt or disqualified from the jury pool in The State of Texas v. Eddie Ray Routh.

The 27-year-old Lancaster native is accused of killing two Midlothian men,  Chad Littlefield, and author Chris Kyle, who's book was made into a movie, now in theaters, called American Sniper

Both men were found dead at a shooting range in Erath County, where Routh has been jailed for the last two years. 

When the courts opened Thursday morning, Judge Jason Cashon told the potential jurors: "It's ok ​if you've seen the movie; We're aware that there's a movie out there called American Sniper."

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Jury selection starts Thursday morning in the murder trial of the man accused of killing Chris Kyle -- the veteran Navy SEAL who’s the subject of the hit movie American Sniper.

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The artistic director of a leading African-American theater company in North Texas has been placed on administrative leave following his arrest Friday for allegedly soliciting sex from two boys.

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Buses from across the state carried several hundred Texas Muslims, many of them first-time visitors, to the state Capitol Thursday. They were met by a small but boisterous group of protesters -- and harsh words from at least one legislator.

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Hundreds of Muslims are rallying in Austin as part of their biennial Texas Capitol lobbying day -- but a small group of counter-protesters are trying to shout them down.

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Hundreds of Muslims from at least five Texas cities gathered on the steps of the state Capitol in Austin Thursday to address concerns in their community, and later meet with representatives. 

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The softball team at North Central Texas College will open its season Friday. It will be the women’s first game since an 18-wheeler crashed into the team bus last September, killing four athletes.

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Update: Civil rights advocates say a Texas case that came before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday could weaken the Fair Housing Act of 1968

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Family members are remembering Thomas Eric Duncan this week -- Tuesday would have been the 43rd birthday of the Ebola victim who died this fall in Dallas. KERA recently traveled to North Carolina to visit the family of the Liberian national. 

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When the owners of a popular Fort Worth restaurant heard about the killing of two New York police officers earlier this month, they were in disbelief.

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Family members of the three men who died last week in the Thanksgiving Tower fire in downtown Dallas spoke publicly for the first time Thursday.

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The city of Grand Prairie wants to build an indoor ski resort with a run as tall as Arlington’s AT&T Stadium. The $400 million project would be the largest in the United States, with seven slopes, a snowboard course with an Olympic half-pipe, and the first Hard Rock Hotel in Texas. 

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