2:04 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Following Backlash, Dallas-Based Chili's Cancels Autism Fundraiser

Chili’s, which is part of Dallas-based Brinker International, had planned on donating a portion of its sales on Monday to the National Autism Association.
Brinker International

Chili's has canceled a fundraiser for a group that states on its website that autism can be triggered by vaccinations, a position that has been widely discredited by the medical community.

Chili’s, which is part of Dallas-based Brinker International, had planned on donating a portion of its sales on Monday to the National Autism Association. On its website, the Massachusetts-based group says it believes that vaccinations can "trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children."

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4:16 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Fort Worth Tops List Of Best Downtowns in America

Lead in text:, a website that focuses on quality of life in small to mid-sized cities, seems to have used a mix of measurable criteria and editor preferences to form this ranking of downtowns. Retail and office vacancy rates, population gains, and income growth were some of the measures where Fort Worth excelled. Also cited were cultural amenities including parks, theaters, and entertainment districts like Sundance Square. Their take on the city: "Few downtowns have achieved the cohesion between cowboy culture and urban sophistication that Fort Worth has." The editors did not look at the country's largest cities, including Dallas, for this list.
Horses, wagons and longhorn steers parading through downtown might seem strange, but in Fort Worth, Texas, it's a tradition. The annual All Western Parade, which marks the start of the Stock Show and Rodeo, draws more than 100,000 spectators and demonstrates how this ever-evolving metropolis remains close to its agricultural roots.
2:36 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Government Program Steers Private Sector To Greener Buildings

A Staples distribution center in Coppell, has saved tens of thousands of dollars in energy bills as part of President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge.
Doualy Xaykaothao

A Staples distribution center in Coppell has saved more than $65,000 on its energy bill annually, thanks to green measures, employees, and a little help from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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3:20 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Texas Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.7 Percent, A Five-Year Low

The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 5.7 percent in January and became the state's lowest jobless figure since November 2008.
The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday reported the seasonally adjusted rate for January is the sixth straight month of declines in statewide unemployment.

The nationwide jobless rate stood at 6.6 percent in January.

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One Crisis Away
7:58 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

One Crisis Away: Where To Find Help

There are a lot of options for people who need financial assistance in North Texas.

There are a lot of non-profit organizations in Texas devoted to financial assistance and low income programs designed to give people a leg up. As KERA continues to explore life on the financial edge through our new series One Crisis Away, we’ll compile a list of places where people can go to find help.

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One Crisis Away
1:10 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Meet The Man Trying To Battle Poverty In Dallas

Courtesy CitySquare

Earlier this month, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced the formation of a task force to fight poverty in the city. As part of KERA’s One Crisis Away initiative, Think host Krys Boyd talked about how Dallas will take on the challenge with Larry James, the man the mayor chose to lead the task force.

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One Crisis Away
6:31 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Family, Friends Remember Isac Madrid, Rockwall Man Featured In 'One Crisis Away'

Isac's service in Rockwall was attended by friends and loved ones on Monday, Feb. 24.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Isac Madrid, the 25 year-old Rockwall man featured in KERA’s series One Crisis Away, was laid to rest Monday. Over the past few months, he shared his family’s story about the challenges of facing both a health and financial crisis.

Leaving behind a devoted wife, young son and large extended family, Monday’s service was filled with people who loved Isac.

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Friday Conversation
6:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Startling Stats, And Three Ways To Dig Out Of Being 'One Crisis Away'

Why do 65 percent of Texans have sub-prime credit ratings?
Wayne Stadler Flickr

The numbers are staggering: One of every six Texans lives below the poverty line. One in three has no savings account. Two of every three have a sub-prime credit rating. Those numbers, and the real-life people they represent, are what propels Woody Widrow.

Widrow is executive director of Raise Texas, a nonprofit network of organizations focused on helping people build financial stability. As part of the KERA series One Crisis Away, he sat down for a Friday Conversation.

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One Crisis Away
4:31 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

These Kids Learn The Financial Ropes Now So They Don’t Fall Later

Jaelyn and Schnthia are 13 and 11 years-old and they're are deeply involved in family finances.
Dane Walters KERA News

The importance of a steady job and careful budgeting is something a lot of people discover as adults. And that discovery is often made after financial disaster strikes.

That’s not the tune playing in the Dory household. KERA's series One Crisis Away spotlights the one in three North Texans who don’t have enough money in the bank to survive 90 days after a financial disruption.

J.C. and Schnique Dory are raising her two kids to respect money now so they don’t get into trouble later. The message seems to be sticking.

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One Crisis Away
7:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

VIDEO: Two Kids Sound Off About Making Good Financial Choices

KERA's series One Crisis Away looks at four families on the financial edge. In this profile, Schnique Dory's two children, Jaelyn and Schnthia, share their perspective on saving, spending and seeking employment. The kids, 13 and 11, live with Schnique and her husband, J.C., in the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement. Read their story here.