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Texas News
7:40 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

North Texas Jewish Leader Reflects On Her Trip To Israel

Cindy Sweet Moskowitz, board chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, reflected on her recent trip to Israel.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Cindy Sweet Moskowitz visited Israel earlier this month, and left just a few hours before Israeli troops moved into Gaza. 

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Texas News
6:56 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

From The Newsroom: ALEC In Dallas; A Perspective From Israel

A pro-Israel supporter at a rally today at Dallas City Hall.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: A group that helped write tough anti-immigration laws in Farmers Branch held its annual meeting in Dallas.

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Texas News
4:57 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Four Guys and a Boat Tackle a Texas-Sized Water Problem

Workers cut open bags of WaterSavr, an evaporation suppressant, to apply the powder to Lake Arrowhead. WaterSavr's manufacturers claim it will save 30 percent of water that would have otherwise evaporated from the reservoir.
Neena Satija

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 8:41 am

As the sun rose on Lake Arrowhead late last week, four guys on a motorboat armed with 5,739 pounds of white powder set out to tackle one of Texas' most vexing water problems — evaporation from surface reservoirs. Last year, evaporation cost the state 2 trillion gallons of water, and it has been eliminating as much as 40 million gallons of water a day from drought-stricken Wichita Falls' supply this summer.

The four men, who work for a company called Flexible Solutions, were applying WaterSavr to Lake Arrowhead. The company claims that its product will save the city hundreds of millions of gallons of water by preventing evaporation. At a cost of $400,000 for the product and labor, the city is hoping the experiment, the first of its size in the nation, will work. And the rest of parched Texas is watching. But there are plenty of skeptics.

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Texas News
3:02 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Richardson Woman, Who Moved To Gaza For Love, Reflects On Life In A War Zone

Texan Mariam Muhanna now blogs about her experiences in Gaza City.
Courtesy of Marian Muhanna

Richardson native Mariam Muhanna fell in love with a man from Gaza City. Last month, she traveled there to marry him. A week after their wedding, bombs destroyed parts of the city, killing four of her relatives. 

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Texas News
6:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

MillerCoors In Fort Worth Is Saving Water While Brewing Beer

The drought has tested industries across Texas in the last few years -- and it's even had an impact on beer.

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Texas News
6:11 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

A Friend Fleshes Out The Picture Of John Wiley Price: 'We Are All Stunned'

Credit Gerald Britt says County Commissioner John Wiley Price's arrest created an "incredible sadness" in the African American community.

A 107-page federal indictment of County Commissioner John Wiley Price and three others painted a picture of conspiracy, tax fraud, and nearly $1 million in bribes. Rev. Gerald Britt says that’s not the whole picture. Britt, who’s vice president for public policy at CitySquare, wrote an op-ed column in today’s Dallas Morning News about the case and sat down with KERA.

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2:56 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Salvadoran Girl Shares Her Dangerous Journey To North Texas

Dallas ISD student Sylvia Marroquin (black shirt) told her story of fleeing El Salvador during a press conference at Dallas City Hall on Monday. An interpretor (to her left) translated her story.
Stella M. Chávez KERA News

So far, most of the debate over the immigrant children who have crossed the Texas border has been political. On Monday, an event featuring religious and community leaders supporting those children put a spotlight on a girl in the middle of that debate. She told her story with the help of a translator.

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Texas News
2:16 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Dallas Animal Shelter Overwhelmed With Cats And Dogs As Owners Return Their Pets

Volunteers stopped by Dallas Animal Services over the weekend to clean kennels and give baths to pets.
Credit Dallas Animal Services/Facebook

Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center says its shelter is full and officials are encouraging North Texans to adopt.

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Texas News
1:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Fort Worth Celebrates National Day Of The American Cowboy

Fort Worth celebrated its cowboy heritage saturday during National Day of the American Cowboy.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

A herd of Texas Longhorns, a cow chip throwing contest, and cowboy karaoke attracted some 12,000 people on Saturday during Fort Worth's National Day of the American Cowboy. 

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Friday Conversation
12:54 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

New Bike Czar Ashley Haire On The Roadblocks To Making Dallas Bike-Friendly

Ashley Haire moved to Texas two years ago to work on the "Horseshoe" highway project in downtown Dallas. She took over as the city of Dallas' bike coordinator in May.
Credit Portland State University

No doubt about it: North Texas is car country. The League of American Bicyclists ranked the 70 biggest U.S. cities in share of bike commuters, and four of the bottom 12 were in North Texas. Dallas came in at No. 65, and the city's new bike czar, Ashley Haire, is determined to change that. She sits down with KERA's vice president of news, Rick Holter, in this week's Friday Conversation.

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