Every weekday morning and evening, KERA airs an extended local news report. Hosted by Sam Baker at 8:20 a.m. and Justin Martin at 6:20 p.m., the segment focuses on the latest in education, health, science, technology, arts and politics in North Texas. Special features include Breakthroughs reports on the leading edge of health, science and technology; Vital Signs, a weekly conversation about real-life health;American Graduate stories about the journey from childhod to graduation; the weekly movie chat The Big Screen; and in-depth newsmaker interviews of The Friday Conversation.
The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: The words "Friday Night Lights" conjure up a very specific image of Texas and high school football. For author Buzz Bissinger, it's about how he can't escape those three little words.
The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Erma Johnson Hadley, the first African-American chancellor at Tarrant County College, died yesterday at 73. She was battling pancreatic cancer.
The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Local groups representing police are frustrated with Dallas Police Chief David Brown. They say he's to blame for low morale and a "broken system."
The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Several groups that represent police officers want Dallas Police Chief David Brown out. Dozens of local, state and national union leaders and officers held a press conference today.
The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: The SMU basketball team and its coach Larry Brown were dealt suspensions by the NCAA. The Mustangs will be banned from the postseason and Brown will miss the first nine games of the season.
Local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Fort Worth’s city council will vote on whether to approve the appointment of its new police chief. Joel Fitzgerald was tapped for the top job and he’ll be Fort Worth’s first African American police chief.
The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Almost a year ago, in the middle of the Ebola crisis, business tanked at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Emergency room visits plummeted. Thousands went elsewhere.
The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Legendary investor Richard Rainwater died yesterday in Fort Worth at the age of 71. Rainwater started his career at Goldman Sachs, until he was tapped by Sid Bass to manage the family’s investment portfolio.