BJ Austin

BJ Austin has more than 25 years of broadcast journalism experience, anchoring and reporting in Atlanta, New York, New Orleans and Dallas. She covered Atlanta City Hall, the Georgia Legislature and the corruption trials of Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards. More recently, BJ has reported on events at Dallas City Hall for more than a decade, including the American Airlines Arena vote, the FBIâââ

2:43 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Bush: Immigrants Deserve 'Benevolent Spirit'

BJ Austin KERA News

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 4:00 pm

Former President George W. Bush welcomed 20 immigrants from 12 countries as U.S. citizens this morning, hailing the historic contributions of newcomers and calling for a "benevolent spirit" in the debate over immigration reform.

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Texas News
12:38 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Dallas Police Honor Legendary Detective 50 Years After Historic Role In JFK Assassination

BJ Austin KERA News

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 6:36 pm

An iconic Texas lawman in a white hat was honored at Dallas Police headquarters Tuesday. Former Dallas police detective James Leavelle was recognized 50 years after the assassination of President John Kennedy catapulted him into history. 

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Texas Education
10:02 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Senate Bill Proposes Using Empty Classrooms For Charter School Expansion


Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 5:12 pm

The head of the Senate Education Committee says 100,000 Texas families are on waiting lists for charter schools, and it's time to expand the number of charters and provide more funding. 

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1:19 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Five Ways A New Year's Cocktail Messes You Up

Mike Gifford Flickr

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 10:45 am

As we prepare to pop the cork on champagne to welcome the New Year, Bryan Wasson, an internal medicine specialist at Baylor Medical Center in Irving, breaks down the effect of alcohol on the body.

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Texas Legislature
2:47 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Texas Senate Unveils Tax Credit Plan To Send Students To Private Schools

Thomas Favre-Bulle

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 2:22 pm

Texas Senate leaders today announced efforts to assist public school children who want to attend private schools.

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Texas Legislature
2:33 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Funding Mental Health Care In Texas: State Is Last In The Nation

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 6:36 pm

Mental health care has become a topic of discussion after last week’s school shootings. Two North Texans working in the field are calling for a new attitude and more money.

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