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America's Never-Ending State Of War

Aug 15, 2016
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The United States spends over $600 billion on the military and defense. That’s more than the next seven countries combined and 10 times the budget of the State Department.

The Case For Universal Basic Income

Aug 8, 2016
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Today Donald Trump laid out his economic plan, and later this week Hillary Clinton will do the same. They’ve got different ideas about how to help American workers, yet there’s one idea neither of them has mentioned to date – a universal basic income. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked about the idea with Andy Stern, a senior fellow at Columbia University. He’s the author of "Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream."

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As baby boomers head into retirement and are living longer, they’re more independent that any previous generation. Cities across the country are watching the demographic trend and trying to figure out if they are ready to accommodate the needs of this silver tsunami. In Fort Worth, it’s a work in progress.

The One Matchup Texas Republicans Keep Losing

Jun 23, 2016
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Not long after the break of dawn recently, U.S. Rep. Roger Williams hit baseballs on a basketball court here in suburban Washington. “Atta boy,” he cheered when his partner shagged the balls.

Abortion, Race, Immigration Among Last Supreme Court Cases

Jun 22, 2016
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It happens every June. The Supreme Court nears the finish line with the most contentious cases still to be resolved.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk is once again seeking treatment for depression. In a statement Monday afternoon, she said she’s entering a facility in Arizona that specializes in mood disorders.

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Higher demand for housing across North Texas pushed up residential property values nine to 13 percent in the latest county appraisal notices. But those higher values can mean higher taxes. Homeowners who believe they owe less have a recourse: They can file a protest with the county appraisal district by May 31.

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Sen. John Cornyn says that while he has a "good working relationship" with Sen. Ted Cruz, his Texas colleague in the Senate went to Washington to run for president.

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The Fort Worth City Council voted late Tuesday to create a historic district around the core of the city’s iconic Stockyards district. In a historic district, developers that want to build or expand must have their plans reviewed by the city to make sure they are compatible with the neighborhood. The decision came after about three hours of public comments, including from preservationists who were hoping for much larger boundaries.

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State regulators have to decide whether control of Texas power lines can change hands. At issue is whether an investment group led by Dallas businessman Ray Hunt gets to buy Oncor. The company connects power plants with the companies you pay for electricity.

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