12:38 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Ray Hutchison Remembered As Powerful Force Behind North Texas Landmarks

Retired Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison following her husband Ray's funeral at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Former President George W. Bush and U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz were among the political elite who celebrated the life of Ray Hutchison Thursday.

The 81-year-old husband of former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison died Sunday of a heart problem, leaving behind a legacy that includes many of the biggest public projects in Dallas-Fort Worth.

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1:10 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Dallas City Council Approves Partial Plastic Bag Ban And 5-Cent Retailer Fee

Dallas City Council member Dwaine Caraway was pleased after the council voted to approve the partial bag ban.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Want to use a plastic carryout bag at your favorite store in Dallas?

It will soon cost you.

The Dallas City Council Wednesday morning voted 8-6 to approve a partial ban on plastic bags – the kind you see flying around on freeways and in trees.

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10:52 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Learn More About Dallas’ Bid For 2016 GOP Convention (Video)

If the 2016 Republican Convention happens in Dallas, American Airlines Center would host the event. Jim Epler/Flickr

GOP leaders should choose Dallas for its 2016 convention because the city has plenty of hotel rooms, has the ability to raise enough funding, is centrally located, and has a proven track record of hosting big events.

Those are some of the highlights of the city's proposal to host the Republican Convention. Dallas officials have kept a tight lid on details -- until now. Today, various Dallas representatives are in Washington to make their pitch. They include Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau President Phillip Jones and retired U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. A press conference is being held this morning in Washington to discuss the city's presentation.

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4:29 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Don Huffines, Likely Headed To Texas Senate, Supports Term Limits, School Choice, Creationism

Don Huffines, the Republican Texas Senate nominee, talked with KERA's Shelley Kofler about his legislative priorities.
David Chong KERA News

When real estate developer Don Huffines narrowly defeated John Carona, Dallas County’s long-serving state senator, in the Republican primary, he promised to take a conservative, tea party approach to issues in Austin. 

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2:54 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Major International Child Porn Bust Reveals 5 Victims From Dallas

A sanitized screen grab of the child pornography website on the Darknet’s Onion Router, or Tor, network.
Peter Nissen U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) identified five victims from Dallas in one of the agency’s largest operations to uncover an extensive child pornography network that was mostly run from Louisiana.

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2:30 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

On Election Day, Be Picture-Perfect With A Photo ID

KC Ivey flickr

Here’s a reminder that will make it easier and faster to vote Tuesday: Take one of the seven approved forms of a photo ID with you.

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6:51 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Dallas Mayor Says Company Suing City Is Playing A 'Game Of Poker'

Citizens opposed to gas drilling in Dallas opposed Trinity East's plans during city meetings.
BJ Austin, KERA

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says a $30 million lawsuit filed Thursday by Trinity East Energy is the latest in a “game of poker.” The gas drilling company is suing the city, claiming it breached a contract that would have allowed it to drill on city property. 

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8:46 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Joel Burns, Who's Resigning From Fort Worth Council, Reflects On His Tearful Viral Anti-Bully Speech

Joel Burns, Fort Worth City Council, District 9, less than a day after announcing his resignation. He's off to Harvard for a prestigious, 11-month Masters program, but says he's coming back.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Fort Worth City Council member Joel Burns is resigning the seat that State Sen. Wendy Davis once held. Burns, who is openly gay, has been in office since 2008. Burns talked to KERA about his time on the council, plans to attend Harvard this fall, and that tearful, unexpected council speech four years ago that went viral online.

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Friday Conversation
6:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Dallas' New City Manager: An Insider Trying To Be A 'Change Agent'

A.C. Gonzalez is the new Dallas city manager.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Dallas and its new city manager put the finishing touches on his contract this week. A.C. Gonzalez is officially in the top job, after spending much of the last two decades working for his predecessors.

In this week’s Friday Conversation, Gonzalez talks about the challenges of the job, the size of his salary and how a longtime insider positions himself as “change agent.”

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12:01 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Commissioner Says Dallas County Shouldn't Spend More Money To Update Voter Records

Erik Hersman (cc) flickr

Dallas County Commissioners are discussing whether to pony up more money to reach voters whose photo IDs don’t match their elections records.

The Democratic county judge says it’s an effort to make sure everyone who’s registered gets to vote, but the commission’s lone Republican thinks there’s another reason.

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