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6:41 am
Tue April 8, 2008

Dallas Council May Require Green Building

Dallas, TX – Dallas's residential and commercial builders may be forced to go green. It's all up to city council members who will vote on new energy-saving requirements Wednesday, as KERA's BJ Austin reports.

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North Texas
12:28 am
Tue April 8, 2008

Commentary: Problems R.I.P.

Dallas, TX –

I regret to report that our Texan language, Linguisticus Texanicus, once simple and precise, vivid with inflection and, I think, beautiful, has become Linguisticus Genericus, a language I no longer understand.

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North Texas
3:48 am
Mon April 7, 2008

Challenges for Arlington's new Superintendent

Dallas, TX –

Texas Monthly magazine recently called Arlington's new school superintendent one of "35-people who will shape our state's future". Hector Montenegro's only been on the job a couple of months. On a recent tour of one school, Montenegro told me he likes what he's seen overall so far, but there are challenges to address.

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North Texas
7:12 am
Fri April 4, 2008

Black Ministers' Still Calling for Social Justice

Dallas, TX – On this 40th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., some black ministers believe it's more important than ever to highlight the social justice challenges Dr. King preached about. They say the recent controversy surrounding sermons delivered by Barack Obama's pastor underscore a misunderstanding about what black ministers are saying.

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North Texas
7:12 am
Thu April 3, 2008

Dallas jails face new inspections, tragic past

Dallas, TX – This week Dallas County leaders are on their toes as federal investigators again inspect the county jails where a number of inmates have suffered injury and death.

Who can best clean up the jail system? That's the top issue among republican candidates Jim Bowles and Lowell Cannaday. On Tuesday voters will decide which of them will face democratic incumbent Sheriff Lupe Valdez in November.

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North Texas
6:51 am
Thu April 3, 2008

FAA, Airlines Face Grilling over Safety Procedures

Dallas, TX – Southwest Airlines, the aviation industry, and the Federal Aviation Administration came under fire in Washington today. That's where the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure held hearings on the FAA's Safety procedures. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.

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North Texas
6:29 am
Wed April 2, 2008

2 Veteran Republicans Fight to Face Dallas Sheriff Valdez

Dallas, TX – GOP officials are already saying this fall's Dallas County Sheriff's race will be among the hottest regional races in Texas. That's why Tuesday's runoff between Republicans Lowell Cannaday and former Dallas County Sheriff Jim Bowles is being so closely watched. Both men say they're the best person to beat incumbent Democrat Lupe Valdez. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports on the runoff.

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North Texas
6:23 am
Wed April 2, 2008

Southwest Officials to Testify Following FAA Audit

Dallas, TX – The FAA confirms four airlines it will not name are under investigation for failing to comply with federal regulations. Three of those airlines missed deadlines for safety inspections.

FAA spokesman Roland Herwig confirms the agency's audit was prompted by revelations that Southwest Airlines continued to fly some planes last year without grounding them for required maintenance checks.

But Herwig says the audit overwhelmingly found most inspections were performed.

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North Texas
8:42 am
Thu March 27, 2008

Commentary: Admiral Fallon

Dallas, TX –

The sudden, unexpected resignation of Admiral William Fallon from Central Command in the Middle East is worrisome. The admiral left his post abruptly, he said, because of perceived disagreements with Washington over Iran. He opposes military action and favors instead a diplomatic approach. Since his views have become known, he said, he felt he no longer could serve effectively.

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North Texas
6:49 am
Thu March 27, 2008

Texas Growth

Dallas, TX –

There was a general sense of celebration among state officials as the U.S. Census Bureau said the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area-for the second year in a row- leads the nation in population growth. Austin, San Antonio and Houston also ranked among the top ten. But what's behind the numbers? KERA's Shelley Kofler talked to Dr Karl Eschbach, the director of the state data center and asked- is this rapid growth good?

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