Dallas-Fort Worth http://tpr.org en Greg Abbott Went To Law School With A Plaintiff In Gay Marriage Suit He’s Fighting http://tpr.org/post/greg-abbott-went-law-school-plaintiff-gay-marriage-suit-he-s-fighting What does Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott have in common with Mark Phariss, one of the plaintiffs who sued the state to challenge its gay marriage ban?<p>They were law school classmates. They knew each other. Phariss tells KERA they were good friends.<p>And now the attorney general and Phariss, an attorney who lives in Plano with his long-time partner, are on opposite sides of<a href="http://keranews.org/post/federal-judge-overturns-texas-gay-marriage-ban-declaring-it-unconstitutional"> Texas’ brewing battle over gay marriage.</a><p>Phariss told KERA Thursday morning that during law school at Vanderbilt, he discussed politics over dinner with Abbott and his wife. Phariss is a Democrat, Abbott a Republican.<p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:08:56 +0000 Shelley Kofler 27480 at http://tpr.org Greg Abbott Went To Law School With A Plaintiff In Gay Marriage Suit He’s Fighting RECAP: From Immigration To Marijuana, Lieutenant Governor Candidates Sound Off http://tpr.org/post/recap-immigration-marijuana-lieutenant-governor-candidates-sound Welcome to KERA's Texas Debates blog. Did you miss parts of tonight's debate featuring the four Republicans running for lieutenant governor? Or do you just want to watch the whole thing again?<p>The hour-long debate, moderated by <a href="http://keranews.org/people/shelley-kofler">KERA’s Shelley Kofler</a>, aired live at 8 p.m. from the KERA studios in Dallas. You can watch the replay below. We live-blogged the debate -- scroll down to read a minute-by-minute account of the candidates' remarks.<p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:48:03 +0000 Eric Aasen 25766 at http://tpr.org RECAP: From Immigration To Marijuana, Lieutenant Governor Candidates Sound Off Texas Ice Storm Plus Sand, Traffic Equals 'Cobblestone Ice' http://tpr.org/post/dallas-struggling-dig-out-winter-storm The ice storm that's blanketed North Texas streets and highways has spawned a new name: cobblestone ice.<p>Cobblestone ice — sounds poetic, doesn't it?<p>Not if you've had to drive through it.<p><strong>So what is it?</strong><p>Ryan LaFontaine of the Texas Department of Transportation says cobblestone ice is a combination of ice accumulation and sand laid down by TxDOT and city trucks — which traffic compresses together to form a cobblestone-type surface, a thick layer of frozen ruts and potholes. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:29:00 +0000 editor 23329 at http://tpr.org Texas Ice Storm Plus Sand, Traffic Equals 'Cobblestone Ice' Marking Kennedy Assassination, Dallas Still On 'Eggshells' http://tpr.org/post/marking-kennedy-assassination-dallas-still-eggshells Friday's 50th anniversary of assassination of President John F. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:34:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 22346 at http://tpr.org Marking Kennedy Assassination, Dallas Still On 'Eggshells' 50 Years Later, Dallasites Deliver The Speech That Kennedy Never Made http://tpr.org/post/50-years-later-dallasites-deliver-speech-kennedy-never-made Throughout November, KERA will mark the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination by taking a closer look at that fateful day, what it meant to the country, how it changed Dallas, and more.<p>Today, we take a look at a local effort to commemorate the anniversary -- a video project that captures parts of a speech that Kennedy was to deliver in Dallas. The project is being called a "tribute to JFK from the citizens of Dallas." The creators are determined that his words live on through Dallasites.<p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:50:55 +0000 Eric Aasen 21993 at http://tpr.org 50 Years Later, Dallasites Deliver The Speech That Kennedy Never Made Democrats Await Van de Putte's Decision As Candidate Filing Begins http://tpr.org/post/democrats-await-van-de-puttes-decision-candidate-filing-begins Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis both plan to officially file as candidates for governor on Saturday. It’s the first day of a month-long period where Democrats and Republicans can do that.<p>In Arlington Thursday night Rep. Chris Turner and Democrats urged State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio to join Davis on the ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor.&#160;<p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:11:25 +0000 Shelley Kofler 21728 at http://tpr.org Democrats Await Van de Putte's Decision As Candidate Filing Begins Greg Abbott Defends Stricter Abortion Law, While Opponents Ask Judge To Delay It http://tpr.org/post/greg-abbott-defends-stricter-abortion-law-while-opponents-ask-judge-delay-it <div><p>In Dallas on Monday, Attorney General Greg Abbott defended a new state abortion law being challenged in federal court this week. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:32:22 +0000 Shelley Kofler 20602 at http://tpr.org Greg Abbott Defends Stricter Abortion Law, While Opponents Ask Judge To Delay It In 'Dallas 1963,' A City Of Rage, Seized By 'Civic Hysteria' http://tpr.org/post/dallas-1963-city-rage-seized-civic-hysteria Nearly half a century later, the date remains difficult for many to forget: Nov. 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. In grainy photographs and countless conspiracy theories, the day endures in our collective memory. What often gets submerged in these images and reports, though, is the story of the place that hosted Kennedy on that day, the city that saw his death firsthand: Dallas.<p>Here's where Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis step in. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:43:59 +0000 editor 19925 at http://tpr.org In 'Dallas 1963,' A City Of Rage, Seized By 'Civic Hysteria' 'We Care For Him:' Big Tex's Designers Talk About Rebuilding State Fair Icon http://tpr.org/post/we-care-him-big-texs-designers-talk-about-rebuilding-state-fair-icon When it comes to Big Tex, all secrets can now be revealed.<p>R. Eddy Snell and Karen L. Miller have had to keep a big secret for the past year &#8211; perhaps the biggest secret in the state of Texas. The State Fair of Texas hired them and their group, SRO Associates, to create the new Big Tex.&#160;<p>SRO is a production company near San Antonio. The company has built sets and created entertainment for several theme parks across the country, including SeaWorld, Six Flags and Hershey Park. But SRO got a lot of help from San Antonio-based Texas Scenic Company to build his interior steel structure, as well as program his movements.<p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:14:13 +0000 editor 19241 at http://tpr.org 'We Care For Him:' Big Tex's Designers Talk About Rebuilding State Fair Icon Four Generations Attend One Storied Richardson School http://tpr.org/post/four-generations-attend-one-storied-richardson-school Today was the first day back to school for &#160;most Texas kids.&#160; – including a Richardson Schools&#160;2<sup>nd</sup> grader named Thomas Jefferson the 5<sup>th</sup>. And like a lot of other kids, TJ strolled into Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet elementary side by side with a family elder. But here’s where the story gets interesting. The great grandfather TJ accompanied is 70 year-old Thomas Jefferson,&#160;Jr. – who attended Hamilton Park himself six decades ago. He made the same walk with <em>his</em> son, Thomas Jefferson the 3<sup>rd</sup>, and grandson, Thomas Jefferson the 4<sup>th</sup>. Here’s a look at an African American family legacy.<p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:44:57 +0000 Bill Zeeble 17855 at http://tpr.org Four Generations Attend One Storied Richardson School