The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:
Dallas is working to reduce child poverty, but it still has one of the biggest populations of poor kids among major U.S. cities. The child poverty rate in Dallas has dropped from about 38 percent a few years ago to 31 percent last year. The Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty today released updated numbers based Census Bureau estimates.
- The city of Dallas wants to know how you experience arts and culture. Officials are interested because they’re developing a new cultural plan. Their efforts began Monday night at the Dallas Museum of Art. Art&Seek’s Hady Mawajdeh spoke with a few Dallas residents about how the city could improve cultural experiences.
- As the saying goes, idle hands are the devil's workshop, but those hands can also create cool things if they'd just put down their smartphones. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC's Note to Self podcast about what she learned using an app that tracked how often she checked her phone.
On Tuesdays, KERA's One Crisis Away project looks at life on the financial edge. Today, what happens when a natural disaster makes it next to impossible to keep kosher. Hurricane Harvey flooded homes, bakeries and grocery stores across Houston, forcing many Jewish families to survive on crackers from the corner store. As KERA's Courtney Collins reports, North Texas kosher caterers mobilized, set off for Houston bearing brisket and much more.
You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM