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Rachel Osier Lindley

Statewide Coordinating Editor

Rachel Osier Lindley is the Statewide Coordinating Editor for the Texas Station Collaborative. In this role, she connects with newsrooms across Texas to plan and produce collaborative news coverage and projects, daily statewide newscasts, content for the public radio newsmagazine Texas Standard and national coverage for NPR and other outlets.

Previously, Lindley served as news director for WBHM in Birmingham, Ala., where she established the station as a small-but-mighty statewide journalistic powerhouse. She was also named 2016’s “Best Reporter” in radio by the Alabama Associated Press Media Editors. Before WBHM, Lindley was news director at Marfa Public Radio/West Texas Public Radio, where she played an essential role in building the fledgling station from the ground up.

Lindley holds an MBA from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. She grew up outside of Chicago and has been a radio nerd since childhood.

Rachel and her husband, Chase, are the lucky parents of three sons and the caretakers of one unruly dog. In her copious amount of free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes, exploring Dallas, eating tacos and thinking about work. She also serves as Treasurer on the PRNDI board.

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St. Joseph Medical Center is downtown Houston’s only hospital, located just down the street from the George R. Brown Convention Center, where thousands of evacuees have been staying since Harvey hit.  

Some doctors and nurses have been on the clock for almost a full week.

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The 85th Texas Legislature is over. And while the threat of a special session looms, most of us are still trying to figure out what actually made it across the finish line.

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The 85th legislative session ends on May 29. Texas lawmakers have just over five weeks to figure out some of the state’s most pressing issues, plus hear and vote on dozens, possibly hundreds of bills. In all, legislators have filed more than 9,000 bills this session.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:

State lawmakers face a tightening budget this Legislative Session – they have about $105 billion in state funds to spend. That’s almost three percent less than what they had two years ago. Ben Philpott follows the State Legislature for KUT, the public radio station in Austin.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:

Immigrants in North Texas, and across the country, stayed home from work and school today. Several North Texas businesses closed in solidarity. The Day Without Immigrants protest was designed to highlight their role in America’s economy and way of life.

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Abortion legislation took center stage at the State Capitol today. As KERA's Eric Aasen reports, the State Senate committee began hearing three anti-abortion measures. 

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:

A new study finds that more than four-fifths of Texas school districts teach no sex education or offer curricula focusing solely on abstinence, despite Texas being among the nation's teen pregnancy leaders. 

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:

Transgender bathroom access is getting a lot of attention during the Texas Legislative Session, although it may not be an issue that affects most Texans. KERA’s Eric Aasen sat down with reporter Christopher Connelly to get a preview.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: Governor Greg Abbott has made fixing Child Protective Services an emergency item this legislative session. Dozens of bills have been filed this session to make changes to CPS, including one that would create what a lawmaker calls "fostels." That's a combination of the words “hostel” and foster care.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: The Catholic Diocese of Dallas welcomed its new bishop Thursday afternoon. Edward Burns has been installed as the eighth bishop of the Dallas Diocese, which has 1.3 million Catholics in nine counties. 

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A bond election won’t be on the ballot in Dallas until at least November. The Dallas City Council decided Wednesday to officially delay an election. A proposed $800 million package would pay for infrastructure, including flood control, bridges and streets. 

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Dallas County Commissioners today approved a resolution that welcomes immigrants to the county, including those who are undocumented. The resolution is not legally binding, and calls for law enforcement to stop what are considered nonessential collaborations with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

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More Texas lawmakers are calling for the state to end straight-ticket voting. That’s when a person can vote for one political party down the ballot. Most states do not allow straight-ticket voting.

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It’s just before the holidays in McAllen, a town of 130,000 on the U.S.-Mexico border. Basilisa Valdez sits in the kitchen at her sister’s house, waiting for relatives to arrive. Here, that means some come from across town, and some from Reynosa, just across the river in Mexico.

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Election Day in Texas hasn't been without issues at the polls. At a high school in Richmond, near Houston, machine problems reportedly caused dozens of people to leave without voting. KERA has received reports of long lines, last-minute polling station changes and some voter ID confusion. 

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After months of scandals and contentious rhetoric from Democrats and Republicans, how does a divided country come together again? Take a lesson in putting friendship over political differences from these next-door neighbors in Dallas.

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A record-breaking number of voters cast their ballots early across Texas. That's good news for democracy, but the high turnout on opening day of early voting wasn't without incident, including long lines throughout the state, inaccurate voter ID signs and machine snafus in Denton County. 

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off tonight in the third and last presidential debate. Follow along as we hear reactions and commentary from fellow Texans. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with #TXDecides.

KERA asked for questions about this year's election, and you delivered! Over the past few months, your public radio stations across Texas have compiled queries from voters all over the state. It’s part of a project we're calling "Texas Decides."