KERA News http://keranews.org en Key Lawmakers Campaign For November Passage Of Transportation Fund http://keranews.org/post/key-lawmakers-campaign-november-passage-transportation-fund <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most of the attention for November elections has been on the governor’s race and battles between candidates.</span></p><p>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.</p><p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:23:26 +0000 Shelley Kofler 54508 at http://keranews.org Key Lawmakers Campaign For November Passage Of Transportation Fund From The Newsroom: Pricing Roads And Rulers http://keranews.org/post/newsroom-pricing-roads-and-rulers <p><strong>The top local stories this evening from the</strong>&nbsp;<strong>KERA</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Newsroom:</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This November, voters will decide whether to use some of the money in the state’s Rainy Day fund to pay for roads; both new projects and repairs. And a school supply cost analysis, from Arlington to Alaska.</span></p><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:56:19 +0000 Courtney Collins 54506 at http://keranews.org From The Newsroom: Pricing Roads And Rulers Sarah Jaffe Says Recording Her New Album Wasn't Easy http://keranews.org/post/sarah-jaffe-says-recording-her-new-album-wasnt-easy <p>Sarah Jaffe got her start strumming and singing in the clubs of Denton and Deep Ellum.&nbsp; Her third album, <em>Don't Disconnect</em>, was released Tuesday and fans from the old days may not recognize her. The 28-year-old has embraced a new, lush electronic dance sound. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:30:00 +0000 Krystina Martinez & Anne Bothwell 54503 at http://keranews.org Sarah Jaffe Says Recording Her New Album Wasn't Easy As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A 'Lost Estate' http://keranews.org/post/summer-winds-down-wistful-dreams-lost-estate The summer before I went to college my grandfather died. I spent that season clearing out the shelves in his bedroom. And since he was a compulsive rereader, I kept the books that looked the most tattered. I thought he must have loved those the most. <br /> <br />One of them was <em>The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes),</em> by Henri Alain-Fournier. I couldn't have known when I picked it up that it would be such an appropriate last book for someone just days away from becoming a college student. In the late August heat I sat on my grandmother's balcony and read it in two days. <br /> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:17:00 +0000 editor 54505 at http://keranews.org Does Dallas Have The World's Best Skyline? http://keranews.org/post/does-dallas-have-worlds-best-skyline <p style="margin-left:.25in;"><em>Five stories that have North Texas talking: Does Dallas have the best skyline in the world?; the Fort Worth-trained doctor who recovered from Ebola says he's thrilled to be alive; Sarah Jaffe is performing in Dallas this weekend; and more.</em></p><p style="margin-left:.25in;"> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:16:44 +0000 Eric Aasen 54470 at http://keranews.org Does Dallas Have The World's Best Skyline? In New York And Ferguson, Two Deaths, Two Different Responses http://keranews.org/post/new-york-and-ferguson-two-deaths-two-different-responses The deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of police have shocked the country this summer: Eric Garner, who died after being placed in a chokehold by police in Staten Island, N.Y., and Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot by police in Ferguson, Mo.<p>Thousands of protesters will march in New York on Saturday to demand justice for Garner, and organizers say Brown's parents will speak at the rally. But while the two cases have some things in common, there are also key differences, including the way police in the local communities reacted.<p>The Rev. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Joel Rose 54496 at http://keranews.org In New York And Ferguson, Two Deaths, Two Different Responses Obama's Reaction To Ferguson Raises Questions About President's Role http://keranews.org/post/obamas-reaction-ferguson-raises-questions-about-presidents-role Ferguson, Mo., has seen nearly two weeks of protests after an unarmed 18-year-old African-American man was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. This week, a black leader stepped in to help defuse tensions. But it wasn't a civil rights spokesman or the first African-American president. It was Attorney General Eric Holder.<p>Some political observers are asking why Obama can't seem to speak for himself on race. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 54497 at http://keranews.org Obama's Reaction To Ferguson Raises Questions About President's Role For Obama, August Is The Cruelest Month http://keranews.org/post/obama-august-cruelest-month President Obama returns to Washington this weekend after a two-week family vacation.<p>It wasn't exactly restful. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 54502 at http://keranews.org For Obama, August Is The Cruelest Month A Food Crisis Follows Africa's Ebola Crisis http://keranews.org/post/food-crisis-follows-africas-ebola-crisis In the shadows of West Africa's Ebola outbreak, food shortages are starting to develop.<p>This time of year is traditionally the lean season in West Africa, when last year's harvest of rice or groundnuts is mostly exhausted. Until recently, people were quite hopeful about the approaching harvest this year.<p>"The rainfall situation was very good," says Shukri Ahmed, a senior economist with the U.N.'s <a href="http://www.fao.org/home/en/">Food and Agriculture Organization</a> in Rome. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 54498 at http://keranews.org A Food Crisis Follows Africa's Ebola Crisis Suicide Bombing In Iraq Kills Dozens Of Sunni Worshippers http://keranews.org/post/suicide-bombing-iraq-kills-dozens-sunni-worshippers Dozens of Sunnis attending a mosque for Friday prayers have been killed in a suicide attack in Iraq's eastern Diyala province — the latest sectarian violence to hit the deeply divided country.<p>The Associated Press says at least 64 people were killed in the suicide bombing, which was followed up by gunmen who attacked the mosque where Sunni tribesmen who had rebuffed cooperation with Islamic State militants were attending Friday prayers.<p><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28900340">The BBC says</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Diyala province has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks be Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:51:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 54487 at http://keranews.org