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Shelley Kofler

News Director/Texas Public Radio

Shelley Kofler is Texas Public Radio’s news director. She joined the organization in December 2014. Prior to TPR, she served as the managing editor and news director at KERA in Dallas-Fort Worth, and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.

Her expertise on legislative policy issues includes school finance, foster care and transportation. Her stories on the overmedication of foster children captured the attention of state officials who strengthened laws for the use of psychotropic drugs.

Shelley also covered government issues for North Texas NBC affiliate KXAS-TV and worked with KERA on numerous public affairs projects, including nationally broadcast programs. She has reported on statewide elections and presidential primaries since the late 1980s. She also founded and operated her own communications firm, Kofler Communications, in Dallas and Austin. She served as a communications strategist and media trainer for various companies, agencies and public officials.

Shelley’s radio and television work has been honored by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association, the Houston Press Club, and the Radio-Television Digital News Association, from whom she received a prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for a series of reports on the Trinity toll road decision.

Texas Tribune

It’s been smooth sailing so far for Texas Republican John Cornyn in his bid for a third term in the U.S. Senate.

His wide lead and enormous war chest have given him the luxury of waging a non-traditional campaign that includes an effort to draw minority voters into the Republican fold.

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Late Tuesday, Republicans in the U.S. House moved to temporarily extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank as part of a funding bill needed to prevent a government shutdown at month's end.

U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Dallas Republican, has bucked businesses and some Republicans in his battle to phase out the agency that finances U.S. exports.

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Do candidate book tours promoted by a publisher violate Texas campaign contribution laws?

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Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, is releasing a memoir Tuesday that’s already making headlines. In it, the mother of two reveals she twice terminated pregnancies because of health issues. 

In a copy of her memoir obtained by the San Antonio Express-News, Davis writes that her unborn, already loved third daughter had an acute brain abnormality. She and her husband chose to terminate the pregnancy in 1997 after doctors told them the syndrome would cause the baby to suffer and was likely incompatible with life.

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This week Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis visited university campuses as they touted their plans for improving higher education.

But their styles couldn’t have been more different.

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On Sept. 30, the candidates for governor -- Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott -- will face off at KERA for a live, televised debate. 

We’re asking Texans to tweet their questions for the candidates using the hashtag #Texasdebates or send an email to debates@kera.org.

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Later this month, KERA will host a debate between Texas governor candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis. What do you want to ask them?

We’re conducting a joint survey with The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV (NBC 5), our debate partners. Check out the survey here.

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North Texans trying to attract Tesla’s massive electric battery plant to south Dallas County will officially get the disappointing news Thursday.

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Two candidates for Texas governor, Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott, have accepted KERA’s invitation to a live, televised debate at 8 p.m. on Sept. 30.

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Attorney General Greg Abbott brought his campaign for governor to Dallas Tuesday to draw attention to his plan for higher education. But the hottest buzz surrounded debate jockeying between Abbott and his Democratic opponent, Wendy Davis.

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U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas told KERA Tuesday that the United States should help the Ukrainians repel Russian aggression by giving them weapons.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has accepted an invitation for a live, statewide television debate at KERA’s studios.

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School districts throughout the state are applauding a court ruling that may eventually lead to an overhaul of the way Texas pays for schools.

On Thursday State District Judge John Dietz again declared the state’s school funding system unconstitutional.

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Most of the attention for November elections has been on the governor’s race and battles between candidates.

But voters will also decide whether to use some of the oil and gas tax money that would go into the Rainy Day savings fund to pay for roads.

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Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, said Wednesday she wants to eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting cases of rape and sex assault.

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Two key state lawmakers from opposing parties say they haven’t given up on creating a plan that would allow Texas to collect billions of federal Medicaid dollars tied to the Affordable Care Act.

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You can now take a DART train all the way to DFW International Airport.

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A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption.

Bob Booth / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In Fort Worth Thursday, State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, the Democrat running for lieutenant governor, rolled out her plan to provide a free, two-year college education to all qualified high school graduates.

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Some candidates this election season are accepting donations they can’t deposit in the bank or jingle in their pockets.

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Both major candidates for governor have launched statewide television commercials in the past week.  Republican Greg Abbott’s second TV ad is in Spanish and English and features his Hispanic mother-in-law. But it’s Democrat Wendy Davis’ first statewide ad that’s grabbing attention.

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Following John Wiley Price’s arrest Friday morning, a layer of quiet concern seemed to settle over the offices where he was sworn in 29 years ago as the first African American on the Dallas County Commission.

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Columns are sprouting, highways are being rerouted and displaced drivers are fuming.

Managers of the “Horseshoe” project, which is remaking part of downtown Dallas’ highway system, say the pain will eventually bring relief.

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Could South Dallas County become home to one of the world’s largest factories? Developers and local officials recently learned electric-car manufacturer Tesla is checking out an area known as the Inland Port as it considers where to build its battery plant.

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As the congressman for a district with unemployment that's higher than the state average, and income that's lower, Rep. Marc Veasey has made jobs his top priority.  Not just creating jobs, but raising salaries for the people who live in Congressional District 33 which stretches from West Fort Worth to West Dallas.

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The candidates running for governor have opposing reactions to Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to deploy 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border over the next month.

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The candidates for lieutenant governor have, not surprisingly, staked out opposing positions on a proposal that would speed the return of migrant children to their Central American countries.

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State health officials have alerted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about a potential for the outbreak of disease in border facilities where thousands of children are being detained.

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Republican Sen. John Cornyn believes that by August Congress will take up a bipartisan immigration bill he is sponsoring with Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat from Laredo.

The bill aims to speed the removal of thousands of migrant children from Central America who have crossed into the United States and are being detained at the border. 

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