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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."

The Grand Alps Resoirt Development

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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Investigators are trying to determine what sparked Thursday's fire in the basement of a Dallas skyscraper that killed three construction workers.

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José Feghali, a pianist and TCU professor who won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in the 1980s, has died. He was 53. 

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Get ready for more purple and white in Fort Worth.

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For the last six weeks, North Texas has been home to a collection of works by contemporary artists from the United Arab Emirates. “Past Forward” is a traveling exhibition on cultural diplomacy.

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The StoryCorps MobileBooth is back in North Texas after seven years.  

The non-profit oral history project opened its shiny 26-foot Airstream trailer to visitors Thursday.    

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It's hard to miss the StoryCorps MobileBooth in Sammons Park at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. 

The 26-foot aluminum Airstream trailer, wheelchair accessible, is the non-profit's traveling recording studio. 

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Update, 4:48 p.m.: Civil rights activist and singer Bernice Johnson Reagon is the keynote speaker at Facing Race, a national conference of inter-generational activists, students and teachers working towards racial justice in the United States. 

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Strong winds and cold temperatures didn't keep thousands of people from marching in downtown Fort Worth at the annual Veterans Day Parade.

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This story is the second in KERA's series on veterans, part of the public media initiative "Veterans Coming Home."

In Tarrant County's Criminal Court No. 9, Fort Worth Judge Brent Carr runs what's known as the “veterans court.”

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Denton made history Tuesday night, becoming the first city in Texas to ban fracking within city limits. The vote passed 59 percent to 41 percent, to the surprise of even the supporters of the ban.

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There’s been an uptick in early voting in Denton, as much as 6,000 compared to the last mid-term election, and many say it’s because of a proposal to ban fracking within city limits. The city that sits on top of 500 square miles of valuable gas reserves could become the first Texas town to prohibit hydraulic fracturing.

Early voting for next week’s election continues through this Friday. Ronke Okpa isn’t on the ballot, but the Nigerian-American is actively involved with a group called Red State Women, and hosting fund-raisers for Governor Rick Perry and the Republican who hopes to replace him.

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Fear and reactions to the Dallas Ebola cases are making news around the country.

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Close friends of the young health care worker diagnosed with Ebola describe her as a nurse with passion. On Monday night, they prayed for her.

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In the northeast Dallas neighborhood of Vickery Meadow, where Ebola patient Thomas Duncan stayed before he was hospitalized, residents went about their day Friday as normally as possible. Dallas City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates, whose district includes the neighborhood, has been trying to ease fears of residents.

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The Dallas family that lived in an apartment where a Liberian man fell ill with Ebola has been moved to a different home.

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A Dallas man diagnosed with Ebola spent the weekend around at least five school-children. Those students are now at home and will be monitored for fever, vomiting and other symptoms of the deadly disease. 

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[For Thursday Ebola updates, click here.] The sister of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States says he told officials the first time he went to the Dallas hospital that he was visiting from Liberia.

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On the campus of North Central Texas College in Gainesville, four softballs can be seen at the school's front entrance. Each has a number, a name, and the letters "RIP." 

 On Friday, an 18-wheeler hit a bus carrying 15 team-mates from the school's softball team, four athletes died.

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Some North Texas students recently overdosed on synthetic marijuana. And prescription drugs are popular with younger teens. One group hopes arming parents with free drug kits might help turn things around.

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Update, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday: An Arlington woman was executed  Wednesday night for the murder of her girlfriend’s young son. 

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Seven decades ago, on an Alaskan island, the 9th Naval Construction Regiment was commissioned to assist World War II efforts. Twenty-six years later, the unit was recommissioned as a reserve unit in Dallas, and eventually moved to Fort Worth. 

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More than half a million Texas adults suffer from a serious and persistent mental illness. That’s why the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is traveling across Texas -- and stopped in Fort Worth this week to hear some powerful stories.

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RadioShack warned Thursday that it may need to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization if it can't rework its debt or find another way to ease a cash crunch.

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In the last two years, several domestic violence cases in North Texas have made national headlines. In one, a Dallas woman was strangled while seeking help from a 911 operator. In another, a woman was killed by her estranged husband before his scheduled arrest. The Dallas Police Department has since made changes within its domestic violence unit.  

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There were tears and laughter at A. V. Cato Elementary School in River Oaks Monday, when parents of 4-year-olds took their kids to pre-Kindergarten.  

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It’s a tough time to be a car thief – the number of vehicles stolen in the United States has plummeted by more than half in the last 20 years. So you’d think it’s a pretty good time to be someone who tracks down car thieves, but at the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators conference, there were other concerns.

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This summer, homeless shelters in Tarrant County are at or above capacity. And that means crowds along East Lancaster Avenue, just a 10-minute drive from downtown Fort Worth. That’s where homeless people go to find shelter, health services, and hot meals.

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Those 2,000 immigrant children will not be coming to temporary shelters in Dallas County after all, the county's top elected official announced Thursday afternoon.