Texas

The Kennedy Assassination, 50 Years Later
10:50 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Exploring JFK’s Final Hours In Texas

President and Jackie Kennedy arrived at Dallas Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 1:51 pm

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.

Today, we take a look at JFK’s final hours:

So much attention has been given to the hours following the assassination. But what about JFK’s final hours before he entered Dealey Plaza?

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The Kennedy Assassination, 50 Years Later
10:49 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Whatever Happened To Jackie Kennedy's Pink Dallas Dress And Hat?

Jackie Kennedy, in her pink dress and pillbox hat, greeting crowds at Dallas Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963.
colonyofcolor.com

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 9:35 am

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.

Today, we look back at what Jackie Kennedy wore when she was in Dallas with her husband on Nov. 22, 1963.

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Texas Politics
3:11 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Democrats Await Van de Putte's Decision As Candidate Filing Begins

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte talks to a supporter in Arlington.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 7:39 pm

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.

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. 

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Texas Matters
2:02 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Learning From The West Explosion: Safety And Security In Tracking Fertilizer Plants

The first week of school for fall 2013 and West, Texas, is slowly rebuilding their schools after the blast.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Matters: An update on the Texas state fire marshal's online tool to locate ammonium nitrate facilities in the state like the one that exploded in the town of West. Are communities safer from this kind of a disaster? Also on this show: Texas libraries are set to lose federal funding, author Beverly Donofrio on her new memoir.

Ammonium nitrate storage in Texas after the West explosion

On April 17, the town of West, Texas, was leveled by an explosion at the local fertilizer plant.

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Texas Politics
12:54 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Texas Voters Approve All 9 State Constitutional Amendments

Proposition 6 creating a bank for state water infrastructure projects, attracted the most attention among constitutional amendments.

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 8:37 am

Texas voters approved all nine state constitutional amendments on the November ballot.

The issue that received the most attention was Proposition 6. It creates a new water fund with two billion dollars from the state’s Rainy Day fund.

Propositions 1 and 4 cut property taxes for disabled veterans or their surviving spouse.

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Historic Preservation
9:05 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Astrodoomed? Famed Houston Stadium May Fall To Wrecking Ball

An interior shot of the Houston Astrodome taken in 1990. The stadium was "the first fully air-conditioned, enclosed, domed, multipurpose sports stadium in the world," according to the Texas Historical Association.
Tony Duffy Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 12:46 pm

Voters in Houston on Tuesday rejected a bond referendum that would have allowed Harris County, Texas, to borrow $217 million that it could then spend on turning the Astrodome into one very large convention and exhibition hall.

The vote was 53 percent against the referendum, to 47 percent in favor.

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Texas Matters
1:33 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Pro-Life Camp Celebrates Appeals Court Ruling On Texas Abortion Restrictions

Pro-life supporters protest outside of the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio this summer.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: Pro-life supporters are pleased with 5th Circuit Court ruling to put HB 2 restrictions into law -- doctors at clinics providing abortions must now have admitting privileges at local hospitals within 30 miles. Also on this show: The Permian Basin is the nation's largest oil production center, Brownsville hopes to make something good from "poorest city" label, and Juárez tries to move beyond its violent past.

5th Circuit Court reverses ruling on admitting privileges

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Politics
4:07 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Texas' Voter ID Law Creates A Problem For Some Women

Marta Rangel Medel vacuums the stage in preparation for the Texas Democratic Party 2012 election watch party in Austin. The state's controversial voter ID law is unexpectedly hindering women at the polls.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 8:03 pm

In 2012 a federal court struck down Texas' ID law, ruling it would potentially disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of minority voters.

But that federal decision was invalidated when the Supreme Court last year ruled part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. So now Texas is test-driving its voter ID law — one of the most restrictive voter ID laws in the nation.

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Texas
12:30 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Gay Couple Filing Suit Against Texas’ Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Say It's Not A Longshot

Bexar County Courthouse.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A gay couple from Plano has filed a lawsuit against the Family Code statute in the Texas Constitution, which prohibits same-sex marriages.

Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes decided they would celebrate their 16th anniversary of being a couple by filing for a marriage license at the Bexar County clerk’s office. The two men first met in San Antonio while Holmes was serving in the Air Force.

They were turned away, but Phariss said he knew that would happen.

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Texas Education
12:23 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Minority Students at UT Await Affirmative Action Ruling

UT-Austin continues to defend its use of race in admissions. Some beneficiaries of affirmative action fear what a strike to those policies could mean.
Matthew Alvarez for KUT News

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 11:06 am

Since 2008, the University of Texas has been ensnared in a legal battle  – Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin – over its use of race in admissions.

The university says when it comes to deciding whether to accept or reject a student, race is considered as a factor within a factor. But once a student is accepted, what impact does diversity have on the students' learning on campus and in the classroom?

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