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Eric Aasen

Managing Editor

Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department. He also oversees keranews.org, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard.

Eric joined KERA in 2013 after 11 years as a reporter at The Dallas Morning News. His subjects ranged from the fiery demise of Big Tex (the iconic State Fair of Texas cowboy), to a friendly goose who helped children cross a busy street to school. He’s won numerous awards, including honors from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors for his feature writing and breaking news reporting.

A Minnesota native, Eric has wanted to be a journalist since he was in the third grade. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from DePauw University in Indiana, where he earned a political science degree and served as editor-in-chief of The DePauw student newspaper.

Eric and his wife, who’s also a journalist, have a daughter and son.

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Dallas consistently ranks in the middle in the Trust For Public Land’s ParkScore index, which rates park space. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. City officials, however, hope to change that. The Belo Foundation last week gave Dallas $30 million to build four parks downtown.

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Boo! Did we scare you? Happy Halloween, y’all! To get you in the mood, here’s a frightening Halloween roundup. (OK, it’s not too scary – we are public media, after all …)

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: God makes for a controversial school assignment; gentrification in Dallas; ‘Bums vs. Billionaires’ at a Plano school; and more.

Scott Newton / KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Don Henley performs on “Austin City Limits;” Bernie Tiede is scheduled to appear in court; the governor sends the Dallas County sheriff a letter about immigration; and more.

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The rain kept falling and falling across Texas -- some parts of the state saw more than 20 inches in recent days. Here are five things you should know about the deluge:

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: texts and the Waco biker shootout case; a rainy weekend; the latest on Planned Parenthood in Texas; and more.

Laura Buckman / Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: campus carry in Fort Worth; it’s raining, it’s pouring; Dallas police will increase their presence in Oak Lawn; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Norwegians are crazy for Texas; a Plano family sleeps in one big bed; Fort Worth police stop a DeLorean – kind of; and more.  

The Sixth Floor Museum

Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding ring is now on display at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

Joshua Roberts / Reuters

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ahmed Mohamed is leaving Irving – and the U.S.; Oswald’s wedding ring is in Dallas; a Granbury driver says he swerved into a motorcycle because an insect bit him; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas kicks Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid; Ahmed Mohamed visits the White House; extreme drought enters D/FW; and more.

Krystina Martinez / KERA News

It was a record-breaking State Fair of Texas.

The fair, which wrapped up Sunday, announced it sold $53.6 million in food and ride coupons this year, smashing the $42 million sold last year.

Ahmed Mohamed / Twitter/@IStandWithAhmed

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ahmed Mohamed heads to the White House; presidential candidates debate in Plano; the State Fair of Texas wraps up; and more.

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A video of a poetic love letter to Whataburger is going viral. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a grand jury considers the Waco biker shootout; Laura Bush’s quest to preserve Texas’ natural beauty; learn about Friday's Aurora event; and more.

UT Athletics

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Bevo has cancer; an Alamo face-lift; Terminal F at D/FW International?; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: TCU off-campus parties are getting rowdier; a Texas Congress member plans to run for House speaker; the governor supports the “In God We Trust” police stickers; and more.

Joe Berti

Five stories that have North Texas talking: the Blue Jays beat the Rangers in Arlington; a settlement has been reached with families of some victims of the West fertilizer explosion; St. Vincent hangs out at a Dallas taqueria, and more.

Pu Ying-Huang / KUT News

Five stories that have North Texas talking: UT professor is leaving because of guns; Bevo XIV is ill; the Texas Rangers win a big game; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a gun scare on the Katy Trail; a UT Dallas alum wins a Nobel Prize; women are waiting longer for abortions in Dallas and Fort Worth; and more.

World Class Memories On YouTube

Texas has a long, rich history of colorful car dealers selling cars on TV. We’ve searched YouTube for some classic commercials from yesterday and today.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: ‘Unapologetically Southern’ video goes viral; a miniseries shuts down Dealey Plaza; a social studies textbook is under fire; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a shark attack in Galveston; Susan Hawk apologizes to a worker she fired; a Texas sheriff isn’t taking on marijuana cases; and more.

Rodger Mallison / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Erma Johnson Hadley, the first woman and African-American to lead Tarrant County College, has died.

Historic Downtown Plano Association / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: downtown Plano gets a national honor; the first woman and African-American to lead Tarrant County College has died; Interstate 35 is important for monarch butterflies; and more.

Blue Bell / Instagram

We have a date for Blue Bell’s return to North Texas stores: Nov. 2.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: UT talks about campus carry; a controversial email circulates in the Park Cities; the first Nasher Prize is awarded; and more.

Childress Police Department / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A police chief defends his use of ‘In God We Trust’ patrol decals; today marks the one-year anniversary of Ebola’s arrival in Dallas; SMU men’s basketball and golf get punished; and more.

Dallas Police Department

Five stories that have North Texas talking: a police officer saves a boy at the State Fair; Ahmed Mohamed heads to Qatar; presidential candidates are heading to a North Texas megachurch; and more.

LM Otero / Associated Press

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Wendy Davis talks about how she lost the governor’s race; the Dallas Cowboys lose; the Alamo dispute continues; and more.

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