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Top Stories: Plano ISD Lets Superintendent Walk; DeSoto's Helen Giddings Will Retire

Nov 28, 2017

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

The Plano school district superintendent and a school board member have resigned. Brian Binggeli has been superintendent since 2015, and the school board says he’s leaving because of a difference over leadership philosophies. Meanwhile, school board member Greg Myer has submitted his resignation, citing personal reasons. 

Other top stories this evening:  

  • Longtime DeSoto lawmaker Helen Giddings is retiring after her term is up. The Democrat was first elected in 1992 to the Texas House.
  • North Texas Congressman Joe Barton has a Republican primary challenger. Jake Ellzey, a retired Naval combat pilot and member of the Texas Veterans Commission, filed paperwork today.
  • With modern medicine, there are machines that can easily measure vital signs such as pulse, respiration and blood pressure. To measure consciousness, though, doctors can use an EEG test, which detects the amount of electrical activity in the brain. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with neuroscientist Christof Koch about the limits of this test in fully understanding consciousness.
  • In 2005, Keith Rhodes was running the Methodist Home for Children in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Louisiana gulf coast. As Courtney Collins reports, that experience prepared him for the influx of people seeking shelter from Hurricane Harvey this past August. He coordinated their care as CEO of the North Texas chapter of the American Red Cross.

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