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8:19 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

South Korea Ferry Disaster Sends Shock Waves All The Way To North Texas

Minjung Kim, a radio host at Dallas Korean Radio, says the whole nation of Korea is in shock.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

The ferry that sank off the Korean peninsula is sending shock waves all the way to North Texas.

Minjung Kim got word of the ship sinking overnight, and immediately went to work, getting the latest details for her broadcast on Dallas Korean Radio, AM 730.

The KERA Radio Story.

“Especially the fact that most of the passengers were young high school kids makes this tragedy even more painful,” Kim told KERA. “The whole nation of Korea is in shock.”

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Texas News
12:03 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Dallas Is The Worst Outdoor City In America, Outside Magazine Declares

Message to Outside magazine, which declares Dallas is the worst outdoor city in the country: Dallas can certainly be outdoorsy. Ever been to White Rock Lake?
Laurie L. Snidow Shutterstock.com

Dallas isn’t outdoorsy, Outside magazine says. It calls Dallas “outdoor-challenged.” In fact, the magazine has declared that Dallas is the worst outdoor city in the country.

Outside surveyed the 50 biggest cities in the country. So how did the magazine crunch the numbers?

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Texas News
11:10 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

UT-Austin To Pluck Maroon Bluebonnets, But Flower Creator Says It's No Prank

In this undated photo, maroon bluebonnets were mixed in with more traditional bluebonnets near the Texas Capitol.
Texas A&M Aggie Horticulture

There’s another twist in the scandal that should be known as Bluebonnet-gate. Or maybe we should call it Maroonbonnet-gate?

That’s not exactly the color of choice for University of Texas Longhorns. So when maroon-and-white bluebonnets began sprouting in the shadow of the UT Tower this spring, the burnt-orange brigades saw red. Accusations flew.

Two Texas A&M horticulturists developed a maroon bluebonnet, but one told KERA he doesn’t think the UT version is the real thing.

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Bluebonnet Bonanza
6:32 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

15 Amazing Things You Should Know About Texas Bluebonnets

A classic Texas springtime scene: A field of beautiful bluebonnets.
Richard A McMillin shutterstock.com/gallery-1034824p1.html

It’s time for the bluebonnet bonanza.

For just a few sweet weeks across North Texas, bluebonnets are in bloom. But act fast: They don’t last long. They’re about to peak across the metro area. (You have until Easter weekend to catch the peak.) But the flowers should last through the end of April – and perhaps into early May if we’re lucky.

Texans have long been fascinated by bluebonnets. Join us as we travel virtually through the bluebonnets – you might just learn something new about Texas’ favorite flower.

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Texas News
2:30 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Conjoined Twin Boys Who Were Separated Are Leaving Medical City Children’s Hospital

Owen and Emmett Ezell were released Wednesday morning from Medical City Children’s Hospital.
Medical City Children's

The conjoined twins who were separated last summer are one step closer to going home with their family.

Owen and Emmett Ezell were released Wednesday morning from Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas. They’re heading to a local inpatient rehabilitation center.

Instead of being hooked to breathing machines, the 9-month-old boys are breathing on their own, with the assistance of a trachea breathing tube.

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Real Estate
11:58 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Hot, Hot, Hot: In Dallas And Fort Worth, One In 10 Homes Sells Within Just 72 Hours

Homes are selling fast in Dallas-Fort Worth and across Texas.
aastock Shutterstock.com

The housing market in North Texas is hot, hot, hot.

It’s so hot that if you’re selling a home, be prepared to have a place to live – because it’s likely to sell quickly, according to a new national survey issued by the Redfin Research Center.

Dallas is ranked No. 5 on a list of the country’s fastest housing markets in March. In Dallas, 14 percent of homes sold within three days.

Fort Worth is ranked No. 8. Slightly more than 10 percent of Fort Worth homes sold within three days.

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Texas News
6:26 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Dallas Remembers Civil Rights Attorney And The City's First Black Judge: Louis A. Bedford

Lincoln Memorial
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Louis A. Bedford Jr. was born in Dallas, in the 1920s, when the Ku Klux Klan was rampant and Texas enforced Jim Crow laws. Four decades later, he became the city’s first black judge, and eventually helped other blacks into city and state politics. 

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Texas News
7:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

In Ennis, Families Form Memories Amid The Bluebonnet Fields

Jim Terry took pictures of his granddaughter, Natalie Ball, in a bluebonnet field in Ennis.
Eric Aasen KERA News

It’s 9:30 in the morning, the sun is bright, and about two dozen ladies from the Ennis Garden Club have hopped on a bus.

They’re taking a tour of miles and miles of bluebonnet fields. These flower detectives are on a mission: Spot as many blooms as possible.

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Texas News
11:54 am
Thu April 10, 2014

At Civil Rights Summit In Austin, Obama Says He Has 'Lived Out The Promise' Envisioned By LBJ

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A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had "lived out the promise" envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater racial equality.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which Johnson signed into law, Obama lauded his Democratic predecessor's ability to grasp like few others the power of government to bring about change and swing open the doors of opportunity for millions of Americans.

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Texas News
6:19 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

A Survivor Of The 2009 Fort Hood Shootings Says Things Will Get Better

Patrick Zeigler, his wife Jessica, and their 1-year-old son. They live in Rochester, Minn.
Elizabeth Baier MPR News

On Wednesday, Fort Hood remembered the victims of last week’s shootings.

President Obama spoke at the memorial service.

“It was love for country that inspired these three Americans to put on the uniform and join the greatest army that the world has ever known,” the president said.

The last week has also been hard for survivors of the last shooting spree. In 2009, Patrick Zeigler was shot four times by Major Nidal Malik Hasan.

Zeigler talked with KERA about his recovery -- and the surprising friendships that have come from that tragic day.

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