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KERA Names A New CEO: Nico Leone, Who’s Pushed For Collaborative Journalism

A veteran public media executive with a track record of expanding newsroom resources and promoting collaborative journalism will be the next president and CEO of KERA, the station announced Friday .

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History, science, politics, books and more with Krys Boyd. Monday-Thursday, noon-2 pm; Friday, 1-2 pm on KERA 90.1.

Rodney Reed was sentenced to death for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop.
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A new judge has been assigned to death row inmate Rodney Reed’s case a week after Texas’ highest criminal court canceled his execution scheduled this month.

In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, Border Patrol agents apprehend a man thought to have entered the country illegally, near McAllen along the U.S.-Mexico border.
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U.S. immigration authorities have started busing asylum-seekers who cross the border in Arizona to Texas, where they are sent to Mexico to await court hearings.

The government said its highly criticized program known colloquially as Remain in Mexico was now in effect all along the border.

U.S. health officials on Friday told people to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, because of another food poisoning outbreak.
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U.S. health officials on Friday told people to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, because of another food poisoning outbreak.

The warning comes almost exactly one year after a similar outbreak led to a blanket warning about tainted romaine.

A Bexar County judge has temporarily blocked the start of San Antonio’s Sick and Safe Leave ordinance which was set to begin on Dec. 1.

The San Antonio Independent School District board adopted an unusual student code of conduct Monday. In addition to the typical list of rules and consequences, it included a student bill of rights created by students.


Marvel Comics Number 1 front cover
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A rare, near-mint condition copy of the first Marvel Comics comic book has sold at auction for $1.26 million. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said earlier this week a sale over $1 million would set a record for the most expensive Marvel comic book ever sold at a public auction.

Herman Ware sits at a small, wobbly table inside a large van that's been converted into a mobile health clinic. The van is parked on a trash-strewn, dead-end street in downtown Atlanta where homeless residents congregate.

Ware is here for a seasonal flu shot.

"It might sting," he says, thinking back on past shots.

Ware grimaces slightly as the nurse injects his upper arm.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media at the owners meeting in Arlington on Thursday.
LM Otero / Associated Press

Major League Baseball has widened its investigation of alleged sign stealing by the Houston Astros and will probe activity by the team over the past three seasons.

Travis County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 5 Judge Nick Chu presides over court in 2018.
Gabriel C. Perez / KUT

Texas is chasing its tail when it comes to collecting court fees and fines, a new study says. And that inefficiency wastes courts' time and money – and keeps poor defendants in a cycle of poverty.

The analysis out today from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University suggests Texas, a state that leads the country in incarcerations for failure to pay court debt, faces systemic challenges on the road to reform.

Interns in Fort Bend ISD's program to grow its staff of licensed specialists
Laura Isensee / Houston Public Media

In the last three years, Fort Bend schools have seen the demand for special education almost double. More teachers and parents are asking for children to be tested for a disability — which district leaders say is a huge step forward since the end of a Texas policy that denied services to tens of thousands of children for over a decade.

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When the All Things Considered staff saw a dog that howls only to the theme song of the show, they had to meet him. NPR's Ari Shapiro interviews Jake the dog.

New Hampshire has maintained its outsized influence in presidential politics through a state law that's given election officials power to unilaterally move the date of its first in the nation primary.

Pennsylvania's statue of limitations bars new lawsuits over old claims of sexual abuse. After a grand jury report revealed extensive cover-ups by hierarchy, some victims have found a novel way to sue.

After An Immigration Raid

KERA checks in with residents in Northeast Texas following a raid at a factory.

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Here Are 39 Things You Should Do In Texas Before You Die

Texas Independence Day is March 2. (On that day, back in 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was adopted at Washington-on-the-Brazos.) So, to celebrate, the KERA News staff figured we’d come up with a list of quintessential Texas experiences – a list of things you should do in the Lone Star State before you kick the bucket.

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JFK In Dallas

KERA stories from that fateful day in November 1963.

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