The High Five | KERA News

The High Five

Most weekdays, KERA takes a look at five stories that have North Texas talking — newsy, buzzy tidbits that bring you up to speed on what's happening in Dallas-Fort Worth and across the state.  

Ultra 5280 / Flickr Creative Commons

Five stories that have North Texas talking: The Taylor Swift Experience will be on display this fall in Fair Park; Mark Cuban donated $1 million to Dallas Police; watch a rocket launch in West Texas; and more.

Google Fiber / Twitter

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas would be the third city in Texas to have access to Google’s high-speed internet; several memorial services for Orlando victims will be held in Dallas this week; these D-FW animals probably have more Instagram followers than you; and more.

Eco Latino Radio Program / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Two Dallas minority leaders share the moniker of a new $39-million medical facility; a dozen ways to prevent mosquitos from breeding in your yard; Waxahachie football will get a fancy new scoreboard; and more.

Houston Chronicle / Twitter

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick deleted “man reaps what he sows” posts on Facebook and Twitter after Orlando shooting; a panel will decide today whether to scrap the STAAR exam; if you’re considering adopting a cat, now’s the time; and more.

McKinney ISD / YouTube

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A McKinney Boyd graduate told fellow students she was an undocumented immigrant in her speech; Taylor Swift’s co-writer could help you with your songwriting this weekend; ride the Texas Star for free; and more.

Shutterstock

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Denton and Collin county drivers will face tollway spillover traffic and delays this weekend; meet the musical descendant of Davy Crockett; Richardson has a bobcat problem; and more.

Adam Simmons / Flickr Creative Commons

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Cedar Hill’s largely black community does not feel welcome at the nearby state park, a researcher found; meet the North Texas gymnasts hoping to compete in Rio; a 16-year-old golden retriever from Ground Zero died in Texas; and more.

City of Sugar Land / Twitter

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Sugar Land locals have mixed reviews on the city’s new selfie sculpture; Mark Cuban will read stories to kids at the library this afternoon; a congressman from Brownsville penned a strongly worded letter to Trump; and more.

Shutterstock

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Just one North Texas locale ranked well as a staycation-worthy city; “Donald Trump is a shape shifting lizard”; hundreds of people on state commissions and boards have expired terms; and more.

Shutterstock

Five stories that have North Texas talking: The question Texans googled more than any other state is “Where is the internet?”; once again Exxon Mobil rejected climate change proposals; craft beer has transitioned from trend to trademark in D-FW; and more.

Scripps National Spelling Bee / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Seventeen spellers, including first grader Akash Vukoti, represented the state; golfer Jordan Spieth and Bill Murray paired up for a round; no one’s sure how an alligator got feet from a Dallas middle school; and more.

The Dallas Zoo

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A 3-foot, 175-pound male calf was born May 14 at the Dallas Zoo; AT&T is expanding internet access in South Dallas; a 12-year-old Austinite is competing in a barbecue championship on Food Network; and more.

Luka Knezevic - Strika / Flickr Creative Commons

Five stories that have North Texas talking: There are tons of fireflies in Texas thanks to last year’s rain; Mark Cuban could play for either team when it comes to the vice presidency; watch two journalists rappel down the Reunion Tower; and more.

Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A woman in a wookie mask spread laughter to millions on Facebook; Buc-ee’s has arrived in Fort Worth; everybody needs a copy editor, specifically the Texas Republican Party; and more.

DART

Five things that have North Texas talking: DART’s Jesus Rodriguez drove a 40-foot bus better than 39 others to win the title; most Texas water utilities don’t meet conservation standards, report found; working dogs are sniffing out a common nuisance for lake-goers; and more.

Courney Okolo / Twitter

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Courtney Okolo has already broken records before graduating from UT this weekend; a nonprofit is starting small in the fight against homelessness; humans Texas are to blame for a century of earthquakes; and more.

Shutterstock

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Before recent findings, lead was detected in a state-supported facility in 2014; the music world lost two Texas legends early this week; take these precautions to avoid Zika this summer; and more.

Waco Police Department / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Many details of the May 2015 shootout remain unclear one year later; DART’s making changes to help cash-only passengers; Texas might designate a safe place for precious metals; and more.

 

Karen Schoeve / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A domesticated buffalo in Argyle was sold on Craigslist; after a controversial convention, the state Republican platform is approved; McDonald’s is conducting another menu experiment exclusively in Dallas; and more.

Mike Stone / Bay Area News / The Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A suspect has yet to be named in West fertilizer plant explosion; there’s an arm wrestling competition happening on Saturday; stay aware of highway closures this weekend; and more.

 

Whataburger

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Whataburger does prom; Fort Worth’s The Toadies transcend the second dimension for X-Men comic; my, how Dallas has grown; and more.

Guinness World Records

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Guinness World Records recognized the 30-year-old Siamese as the world’s oldest feline; Fort Worth superintendent won’t resign over bathroom policy; what’s next for the class of ‘17?; and more.

 

Stephanie Kuo / KERA News

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A new commission will work on long-term housing strategies for Dallas homeless; a former New Yorker reflects on what makes Texas unique; McKinney ISD got the green light on a multimillion-dollar football stadium; and more.

 

Shelby Knowles / The Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A Dallas start-up is ready to take the wheel in Austin if Uber and Lyft leave; Fort Worth ISD allows its students to use the bathroom consistent with their gender of choice; and more.

 

Shut

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas receives more automated phone calls than most major U.S. cities; an SMU professor inspired a character in “Yellow Submarine”; a son shares his 101-year-old mother’s life wisdom; and more.

 

Blue Bell Ice Cream / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Don’t panic — the recall only affects Rocky Road; what’s next for the former residents of Tent City; an iconic Denton venue is closing after almost two decades; and more.

Kent Wang / Flickr Creative Commons

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Houston’s Justin Yu earned a coveted culinary title; you can rappel down the Reunion Tower in Dallas this month; many Texans have to navigate the insurance waters after months of severe storms; and more.

WFAA

Five stories that have North Texas talking: a South Dallas staple is crowd-sourcing to find its new name; Texas has resettled the most refugees in the U.S.; Texas A&M is building a new campus to study self-driving cars; and more.

 

Gravitywave / flickr.com

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Plano will release the fish in a large pond this afternoon; more people are arrested for student loan debt in Houston than any other major city; a Texas Senator fears for the U.S. electric grid; and more.

Dallas Horseshoe Project / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: The new ramp is a part of the ongoing TxDOT Horseshoe Project; award-winning sportswriter Blackie Sherrod leaves his legacy in writing; listen to an exclusive interview with Diane Rehm on Think; and more.

Pages