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North Texas
4:27 am
Wed April 30, 2008

DART Seeing Green With Money From Feds

Dallas, TX – The funding will help build a portion of DART's Green Line. The 28-mile stretch, from Pleasant Grove to Carrollton, is the largest light rail construction project in North America.

DART executive director Gary Thomas says the federal money is not automatically ours. It's part of a multi-year grant that North Texas officials in Congress must fight for every year.

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North Texas
1:50 am
Wed April 30, 2008

Student Deaths Prompt Substance Abuse Solutions

Dallas, TX – Over the course of just a few months in 2 thousand 6 and 7, three SMU students died from alcohol and drug abuse, shocking those on campus, along with parents. So the President called for recommendations from a student and faculty task force, that would curb abuse, & improve behaviors.

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North Texas
1:23 am
Wed April 30, 2008

DNA Frees Another Dallas County Man

Woodard surrounded by his legal team
BJ Austin

Dallas, TX – There were hugs and handshakes for 55 year old James Lee Woodard after the judge ordered him freed. He had been in custody since New Year's Day 1981 - 27 years and four months: wrongfully arrested, convicted and sentenced to LIFE for the murder of his girlfriend, Beverly Ann Jones. Presiding over the hearing was bittersweet for Judge Mark Stoltz.

Judge Stoltz: "Unfortunately Mr. Woodward, you're not getting justice today. You're just getting the end of injustice."

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North Texas
1:08 am
Wed April 30, 2008

Officials: Abuse of Boys Possible at Polygamist Compound

Dallas, TX – Child welfare authorities say they are now investigating the possible sexual abuse of boys taken from a polygamist community in West Texas.

When 462 children were seized last month, state officials cited evidence that teenage girls were being forced into marriage and sex by older men.

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North Texas
8:33 am
Mon April 28, 2008

Border Fence Hearing

Congressman Solomon Ortiz

Dallas, TX – Texas Congressman Solomon Ortiz and 13 other Democrats in the US House are joining in a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security. They're challenging Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff's decision to bypass more than 30 environmental protection laws, so 700 mile fence along our Mexican can be built more quickly.

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North Texas
4:12 am
Mon April 28, 2008

Rev. Wright Preaches Social Justice in Dallas

Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.
tucc.org

Dallas, TX – Barack Obama's controversial pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright received an enthusiastic welcome yesterday at Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas. It was one of his first public appearances since clips from past sermons raised a storm on the campaign trail.

KERA's BJ Austin reports.


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North Texas
8:37 am
Thu April 24, 2008

Audit Finds Air Traffic Control Managers Hid Mistakes

Dallas, TX – The Dallas Fort Worth TRACON - (Terminal Radar Approach Control) - directs all planes within a 50 mile radius of DFW Airport. Darrell Meachum, Regional Vice President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, says the managers hid 62 controller-reported errors in the required paperwork to make themselves and the operation look better when it came time for promotions and raises. He says controllers have been telling the FAA this for months.

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North Texas
1:07 am
Wed April 23, 2008

Calderon Says Immigrant Workers Fuel U.S.-Mexican Economies

Dallas – Mexican President Felipe Calderon told Dallas's top executives yesterday: U.S. business investment in Mexico will create jobs that allow Mexicans to work at home.

President Calderon also met with members of the Institute of Mexican's abroad, a government agency with immigration advisors in the United States. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on what they want, and what the President promised to do.

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North Texas
1:04 am
Wed April 23, 2008

Dallas City Council Delays Land Purchase

Dallas, TX – The price tag for what is now an 8 acre parking lot at Lamar and Young Streets is 42 million dollars and City Council member Angela Hunt says that's too much to spend without more number-crunching and investigation.

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North Texas
2:40 am
Tue April 22, 2008

Arts Magnet High School returns to Dallas' Arts District

Dallas, TX – They call it the Green Room. But it's actually an open amphitheater and courtyard situated between the original 1922 home of Booker T. Washington High School and the new $55 million Nancy Hamon Wing that opened Monday.

[up on Ruth Woodward: Good afternoon, everyone! - crowd noise continues under]

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