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Dallas, TX – Occupy Dallas members and the police are giving their versions of Thursday morning's move to dismantle the camp and evict campers. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports.

Dallas Police say they gave Occupy campers and their attorney advanced notice of the impending eviction last night. But Occupy member Alonzo Bay says he heard nothing.

Dallas, TX – If you're facing foreclosure you're more likely to get help from a bank than a federal loan program. That's according to former Dallas Mayor Steve Bartlett who now heads a private bankers group working to keep homes out of foreclosure. KERA's Jacqueline Fellows reports.

Dallas, TX – After a morning conference between attorneys for the city and Occupy Dallas, protesters remain in their tent compound behind City Hall. But Occupy Dallas attorney Jonathan Winocour says the protesters must watch their p's and q's.

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Texas utilities may soon have to comply with tighter air regulations after Texas Republicans failed to defeat new clean air standards. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.

Last week, the Senate voted to reject a bill to unwind new smog regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency says particles from power plants in Texas and 26 other states are spreading illnesses, and even causing deaths, in states on the east coast.

Dallas, TX – The devastating Texas wildfire season has now been going on for a year, and there's no end in sight.

A few fires have flared up recently - unlike the numerous massive blazes this spring and summer.

But the Texas Forest Service says more large fires are expected this winter because of the ongoing drought. So officials are not declaring an end to the wildfire season that started Nov. 15, 2010.

The Dallas Museum of Art has opened a survey of clothing designer Jean Paul Gaultier’s career. KERA’s Stephen Becker looks at why Dallas is one of the only two U.S. stops on the exhibition tour.

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Veterans Day honors members of the nation's military, past and present. But commentator Jennifer Nagorka says there's more we can do for vets after they've left the service.

The World War II generation of veterans is disappearing quickly now. Old age claims hundreds of these former fighters each day.

Dallas, TX – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a greenhouse gas permit for a natural gas-fired plant in Texas, the first the federal agency has issued since taking over the Lone Star State's permitting program in January.

The EPA announced on Thursday it had awarded the permit to the Lower Colorado River Authority, which plans to modernize and expand the 37 year old Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant in Llano County, Texas.

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Austin, TX – Political operatives, reporters and pundits alike agreed - the biggest story to come out of last nights republican debate in Michigan was Governor Rick Perry's gaffe. As Ben Philpott reports For KUT News, the more important story is what his performance on stage may have started behind the scenes.

Just how bad was it?

An early success of playwright Sam Shepard’s was his dark 1980 comedy,True West. Now the Undermain Theatre is presenting the Southwest premiere of Shepard’s latest, Ages of the Moon. In his review, KERA’s Jerome Weeks says it’s as if True West’s characters grew old – but never grew up.

Dallas, TX – It's Election Day in Texas. Voters are deciding ten state constitutional amendments.

Rich Parsons, with the Secretary of State's office says early voting was about 2%. He says voter turnout for constitutional amendment elections is never as high as presidential or gubernatorial elections.

Parsons: The last two election cycles for proposed constitutional amendments we've seen total a little more than 8% turnout.

Dallas, TX – Texans decide ten constitutional amendments at the polls Tuesday. Proposition 9 would allow the Governor to pardon someone who has successfully completed a "deferred adjudication". That's a plea agreement that includes probation and community service.

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Dallas, TX – Many Texans believe the biggest issues facing the country are different than those facing Texas. That's the result of a statewide poll conducted by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune. KERA's Shelley Kofler takes a look.

Texas voters identified the economy and unemployment as the most important problems facing the country, but said in Texas immigration is the biggest concern.

Dallas, TX – Some Carrollton-Farmers Branch elementary students are in the "greeting card" business this year. KERA's BJ Austin says it's a money-making idea from the district's Educational Foundation - which is working to help fill the gap left by state budget cuts.

Austin, TX – The two Mormons running for president Republicans Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman face a significant obstacle in Texas. More than one in five Texas voters 23 percent say most of the people they know would not vote for a Mormon presidential candidate even if they agreed with him or her on the issues, according to the new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Dallas, TX – Texas Republicans surveyed in a new poll don't seem to be buying Gov. Rick Perry's campaign claim that his policies are responsible for Texas' job-creating economy.

In the University of Texas- Texas Tribune poll, some 65 percent said Texas's natural resources and policies are the reason the state's economy has outperformed others. Just 21 percent of Republican voters credited Rick Perry's leadership.

Austin, TX – On this fall's constitutional election ballot is a proposal that supporters claim would make it easier and cheaper for local governments to enter into interlocal agreements. KUT's Andy Uhler reports on what Proposition Five would mean for cooperation between cities, counties and other taxing districts.

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Austin, TX – Right now early voters are considering 10 amendments to the Texas Constitution. Supporters of Proposition 4 say it would give counties new opportunities to develop blighted areas. Opponents claim it could lead to eminent domain abuse. Andy Uhler from KUT in Austin takes a look.

Dallas, TX – Early voting began October 24th next month's state constitutional amendment election. There are 10 amendments on the ballot.

Proposition 3 would increase the amount of bonds the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board can sell to provide low-interest student loans.

Dominic Chavez, with the Board says increasing debt is a red flag for some voters. But he says this "borrowing" will not burden taxpayers.

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Drought conditions have Texas ranchers dealing with a critical shortage of affordable hay for their horses and livestock. One group wants Governor Rick Perry to provide relief. Texas Public Radio's Richard Noriega has the story.

The Texas drought is one of the worst on record and while the 100-degree days have ceased there is still the critical lack of water and hay across the state.

Dallas, TX – Texas added more than 15,000 jobs in September but unemployment is still higher than a year ago. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on why.

In the past year more than 188,000 additional workers have joined the Texas labor force. So while there's been a gain in new jobs, there's also been an increase in the number looking but unable to land a position. That's resulted in the unemployment rate rising from 8 percent to 8.5 percent.

Dallas, TX – A Dallas non-profit is trying to raise awareness about students with time on their hands after school and no safe place to spend it. KERA's Courtney Collins explains.

A special event at the Dallas After School Network kicked off with a demonstration by Marsh Middle School's Junior ROTC. Eighth grader Sandra Diaz is very involved with that program and spends hours after school practicing marching and drills.

Dallas, TX – This week, KERA 90.1 is airing a series of reports: 'Engineering Hope: Groundbreaking Research That Could Change Our Lives'. In today's report KERA's BJ Austin visits a lab where researchers from North Texas universities are developing the next generation of prosthetic limbs for injured soldiers. It's cutting-edge research that could allow amputees to move more naturally and sense feeling with their artificial limbs.

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What was expected to be a routine vote on a state proposition to extend a low-interest student loan program may have run into a political buzz-saw called the Texas Tea Party. Texas Public Radio's David Martin Davies has more.

Dallas, TX – Priority one for state lawmakers meeting in Austin next week is to plug a $25 billion budget shortfall. Just how big is that? Well, if you shut down all the prisons, laid off every state trooper, eliminated every service except public education, higher education and health care, you still wouldn't cut $25 billion.

Governor Rick Perry and others have suggested Texas drop out of Medicaid, the federal-state health program for low income children, elderly and the disabled. It's Texas's fastest growing expense.

Age: 70

Birthplace: New York

Professional/Political Experience: Professor, Baylor College of Medicine and Dow University, Pakistan; Methodist Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, has traveled to 25 countries.

Texas Connection: Has lived in Texas for 35 years; Founder, Agris-Zindler Children's Fund that provides medical and surgical care for Texas children with no insurance or money to pay for healthcare.

Curt Cleaver

Age: 45
Birthplace: Gary, IN

Professional/Political Experience: National Sales Manager for national hotel chain; President & CEO, Five Star Hotel Management Corporation, Fort Worth,1996-Present.

Texas Connection: Member, Gateway Church, Southlake; Lives in Fort Worth; Texan for 26 years.

Democrat Addie Dainell Allen

Residence:  Beaumont, TX

Professional/Political Experience:  Lamar University: Saftey and Health Specialists, U.S.Dept. of Occupational Health and Safety; Department of Homeland Security Employee.

Texas Connection: Born in Orange, TX; Member of Cathedral of Faith in Beaumont; lMeals on Wheels board member

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