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6:59 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Supreme Court To Hear Texas Redistricting Case Monday

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Legal teams preparing for Monday’s Supreme Court hearing over Texas election maps are gathering in Washington for a that fight pits the state and Republicans against Democrats and minorities.

The Texas Attorney General’s office will ask the Justices to approve a map adopted by GOP lawmakers.  It would likely give Republicans three of the four new Congressional districts in Texas. 

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12:41 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Perry Stakes Campaign On South Carolina

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking his presidential campaign to South Carolina where he says he can rebound after his poor, fifth place showing in Iowa. KERA’s Shelley Kofler says the Palmetto state will be a make-or-break primary for Perry.

Perry’s decision to stay in the race follows an earlier announcement that he’d reassess his candidacy. Many interpreted that to mean he was dropping out.

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Government
12:15 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Jailed Man Freed In Dallas

Attorney Jason Kreag talking to Rickey Wyatt

56 year old Rickey Wyatt is celebrating his first morning of freedom after 31 years behind bars. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports Wyatt was released from Dallas County Jail Wednesday after officials agreed his conviction was so flawed, he likely did not commit the crime.

In Judge John Creuzot’s court room packed with Wyatt’s lawyers, friends and relatives, the judge got the point.

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Government
12:01 am
Thu January 5, 2012

New Court Gives Hope To Juvenile Offenders

Josh Allen, Mental Health Court graduate

A new program at the Dallas County Juvenile Department is offering a second chance to some teenagers who find themselves in juvenile court facing charges and possible jail time. KERA’s BJ Austin says the Department recently celebrated the first graduating class of its new “Mental Health Court”.

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Government
12:01 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Big Wish List For Dallas 2012 Bond Election

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Dallas City Council members have a 10 Billion dollar “to-do” list. And will talk today about what to include in a 2012 bond election. KERA’s BJ Austin reports.

In briefing material, city managers say the bond package should be around 500 million dollars. That’s basically what the city can afford considering projected slow growth in the tax base, and the existing debt.

The top three items on the City Manager’s bond package list are streets, flood protection and economic development.

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Government
6:14 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Perry/Paul: What’s At Stake In Iowa?

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Texans will be watching two of their own as Iowa republicans cast the nation’s first ballots for a presidential nominee. Lake Jackson Congressman Ron Paul, often considered out-of-step with the GOP, is expected to finish near the top. But KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports Governor Rick Perry is just trying to survive.

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Government
2:33 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Paul Attracting Voters In Iowa

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In Texas many Republicans consider Governor Rick Perry the leader of their state party. But in Iowa there appears to be more voter enthusiasm for another Texas Republican, Congressman Ron Paul from Lake Jackson. KERA’s Shelley Kofler has more from voters about why they're supporting Paul.

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Government
12:01 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Dallas County Judge Wants More Money For Veterans

Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Judge

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says he has three priorities for 2012: no tax increase; pay raises for county employees; and more money for veterans programs. KERA’s BJ Austin reports.

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Government
6:33 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Governor Perry Stumps For Votes In Iowa

Perry In Iowa
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Governor Rick Perry is making a final push for voters in Iowa before Tuesday’s presidential caucuses. KERA’s BJ Austin says the Governor is taking aim at his Republican rivals as he lags in the polls.

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Government
10:00 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Tarrant County To Publish DWI List

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New Year’s revelers are being put on notice: don’t drink and drive. KERA’s BJ Austin says police across North Texas will be out in force looking for suspected drunk drivers, and the Tarrant County District Attorney is taking a new tack this year.

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