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North Texas
2:57 am
Sun May 11, 2008

Mayor Gears Re-Elected In Irving

Irving, Tx – Gears battled a city employee and local attorney he called a racist, to keep his seat as Mayor of Irving.

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North Texas
2:52 am
Sun May 11, 2008

Illegal Immigration Influences Farmers Branch and Irving Elections

Farmers Branch, Irving TX – Bill Zeeble, KERA reporter: It was a happy evening at Tim O'Hare's victory party. O'Hare wrote the controversial ordinances targeting illegal immigrants. Last night, voters once again backed him. Early votes put him ahead of Gene Bledsoe, with roughly 2 thirds of the vote. A few hours later, the lead was essentially the same.

He's got 63.8 percent to Bledsoe's 36 percent yeay!!!

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North Texas
7:32 am
Fri May 9, 2008

North Texans vote Saturday in some hot elections tied to illegal immigrants

Dallas, TX – Record setting deportations of illegal immigrants put Irving in the national spotlight in the past year, and ordinances aimed at illegal immigration put a focus on Farmers Branch. Candidates with opposing views on these issues are running for mayor and council. Dallas County's Election's Administrator Bruce Sherbet says that will prompt a high turnout.

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North Texas
6:55 am
Thu May 8, 2008

Dallas Zoo Celebrates Oldest Gorilla in Captivity

Jenny the Gorilla
Dallas Zoo

Dallas, TX – Happy Birthday to Jenny! She is the world's oldest captive gorilla, and the Dallas Zoo threw a big party this week. KERA's BJ Austin reports.

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North Texas
6:49 am
Thu May 8, 2008

Dallas County D-A Leads Reform of Justice System

DA Craig Watkins

Dallas, TX – Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins was a key player in an Innocence Roundtable at the State Capitol. Dallas County has more wrongfully convicted inmates released from prison because of DNA than anywhere else.

KERA's BJ Austin sat down with District Attorney Watkins to talk about that, and what happens next.

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North Texas
4:01 am
Thu May 8, 2008

DISD Bond Supporters Defend District

Dallas, TX – Former Mayor Ron Kirk is leading an effort to pass a 1.35 billion-dollar school bond in Dallas on Saturday. It would pay for 15 new schools, additional classrooms and renovations. Today Kirk responded to questions about why voters should trust DISD with the money while concerns exist about the district's financial management.

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North Texas
1:33 am
Thu May 8, 2008

DISD Bond Vote Tests Faith in District

Dallas, TX – Here's a fact: a number of Dallas schools are crumbling, poorly equipped or too crowded. Here's another fact: questions about board members receiving millions in contracts and delays in releasing an audit have raised questions about how school money is spent. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports voter trust will be an issue Saturday as Dallas decides on 1.35 billion dollars in school improvements.

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North Texas
7:57 am
Wed May 7, 2008

American Airlines Leads in Late Arrivals

Dallas, TX – The DOT shows American Airlines arrived on schedule at the gate 62 percent of the time, the worst among 19 large carriers studied by the department, 2nd worst was Comair, and 3rd was American's small plane subsidiary, American Eagle.

American's Tim Smith says the carrier was behind in March, almost from the start.

Smith: "Remember early in March we had 4,5 even 6 days of severe storms that canceled flights at our main Dallas/Fort Worth hub and up into Oklahoma."

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North Texas
7:52 am
Wed May 7, 2008

Dallas Budget Writers Start with Red Ink

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Dallas, TX – That's Dallas Chief Financial Officer Dave Cook, who predicts a five million dollar drop in sales tax revenue. And he says property tax growth could be 5%, HALF of what it was last year. Also part of the 50 million dollar shortfall: a 2.5 million dollar drop in anticipated red light camera revenue. Councilman Mitchell Rasansky says that's GOOD - people aren't running red lights!

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