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4:19 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

'One Day In Dallas,' A KUT Special On JFK's Last Day

JFK walking off Air Force One after landing in San Antonio on Nov. 21, 1963.
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Texas Matters: "One Day in Dallas," a 30-minute special report from KUT based on extensive interviews with Sid Davis, the Westinghouse radio pool reporter in Dallas, and Julian Read, press aide for Texas Gov. John Connally. Both men describe that day in 1963 in vivid detail.

  *More on this story is available from KUT in the related content block below.

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Texas Matters
2:11 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Inside Parkland Hospital & Aboard Air Force One the Day JFK Was Killed

The front page of The Dallas Times Herald after President Kennedy's assassination, on display by the Texas State Archives and Library Commission.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT News

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 7:21 pm

Before that afternoon fifty years ago, neither Sid Davis nor Julian Read could have expected what they’d be called upon to do – much less that they’d both be eyewitnesses to history. 

Davis was a young radio reporter based in Washington D.C.

Read was on the other side of the journalistic fence, serving as press aide for Texas Gov. John Connally.

But they were both on a press bus in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963 – the day President John F. Kennedy was shot.

After 50 years of virtual silence, Austinite Julian Read recently opened up to KUT about his experience that day. 

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Texas
12:33 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

A Brief History of Student Conservatives' 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' Games (Update)

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Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 8:38 am

Update: Controversial Event Called Off

The Young Conservatives of Texas has canceled its “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” event, originally scheduled for Wednesday. 

Citing the university’s condemnation of the event, UT chapter chair Lorenzo Garcia claims he canceled the event out of fears the university would retaliate against the group’s members, “and that the protest against the event could create a safety issue for our volunteers.”

You can read Garcia’s full remarks here.

Original Story (Nov. 19): The news that the University of Texas chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas is planning a campus "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game for this week has taken the political blogosphere by storm.

In case you haven’t heard: The group’s UT chapter has stated on Facebook that it’s planning to hold the “Catch an Illegal Immigrant game” this Wednesday. (Here’s a screen grab of the invitation in case it’s taken down.)

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Politics
12:49 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Texans On The Nation's Political Stage

President George W. Bush appears behind a curtain painted with the outline of Texas at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19, 2005.
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 7:20 pm

From 1931 to 1989, three Texans — John Nance Garner, Sam Rayburn and Jim Wright — served as speaker of the House about a third of the time. Garner gave up the job to serve as Franklin Roosevelt's first vice president, famously describing the job as "not worth a buck of warm spit" (or some other liquid).

During much of Rayburn's tenure as speaker, Lyndon Johnson was majority leader of the Senate. Of course, he became John F. Kennedy's vice president and succeeded Kennedy following the 1963 assassination.

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Politics
4:22 am
Sun November 17, 2013

How Texas Changed, And Changed The Nation, Since JFK

The presidential motorcade travels down Main Street in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was shot.
Cecil Stoughton UPI /Landov

Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 11:57 am

Texas wasn't exactly a backwater in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, but it wasn't the economic and political powerhouse that it has become today.

Over the past 50 years, three of the nation's presidents have hailed from Texas.

"For the past few decades, Texas politicians have found a natural habitat on the national political stage in the way Dominican shortstops have found a natural habitat in baseball," the humorist Calvin Trillin wrote a couple of years ago.

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Texas Matters
2:39 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Van De Putte Addition Could Be What Texas Democrats Need For 2014 Challenge

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio.
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

Texas Matters: Still no official word from the San Antonio state senator, but Leticia Van De Putte has announced that she will make an official announcement next week. Would her addition to the Texas Democratic ticket make the party a serious challenger in 2014? Also on this show: Did race, or clever advertising, decide the winner in a Houston election? A Texas silver mine closes down on the border, causing big headaches for the area.

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Affordable Care Act
11:21 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Effect on Texas Consumers Unclear as Obama Delays Health Insurance Plan Cancellations

President Barack Obama’s decision to allow insurance companies to continue offering policies that would be canceled under the Affordable Care Act has an unclear affect on Texans.
Filipa Rodrigues

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 6:17 pm

President Barack Obama’s decision to allow insurance companies to continue offering policies that would be canceled under the Affordable Care Act has an unclear effect on Texans.

In an announcement today, the President said he is leaving it up to states and state insurance commissioners to decide if consumers can keep these plans through 2014.

In a written statement, Texas Governor Rick Perry said the decision makes a bad situation worse, by creating more confusion for consumers. John Davidson with the Texas Public Policy Foundation agrees.

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

50 Years Later, Dallasites Deliver The Speech That Kennedy Never Made

The South Dallas Concert Choir sang the final lines that Kennedy was to deliver -- they sang on the floor of the Dallas Trade Mart, where Kennedy was to speak.
Jerome Weeks KERA News

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 11:27 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 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.

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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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