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With Reports Of A Possible Cured Case, What's The H.I.V. Status In North Texas?

Texas is in a stand-off with the federal government over a program that provides health services for low-income Texas women.
Tim Baker
Texas is in a stand-off with the federal government over a program that provides health services for low-income Texas women.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Taking inventory of Dallas' H.I.V. prevention efforts, The Relatives on growing up in Dallas, interpreting live music for the deaf and more.

The news this weekend is huge for AIDS/H.I.V. research: A baby born in rural Mississippi with H.I.V. appears to have been cured, doctors report. The child received treatments just 30 hours after she was born, which is uncommon.

Now two-and-a-half, the child has been off of drugs for a full year with no signs of an active virus. If the disappearance of H.I.V. is confirmed, hers will become the second case documented as cured and encourage a new SOP for pediatric cases. NPR has more.

Last year, Dallas County entered an AIDS awareness campaign after the Texas Department of State Health Services counted more than 14,000 people living with H.I.V. in the area. South Dallas plugged in to H.I.V. research and prevention with Abounding Prosperity, an agency that relocated to the area to serve its black population. The program is in the second year of a five-year initiative by the Centers For Disease Control to zero in on at-risk people groups.

  • NPR’s Scott Simon talked to Dallas gospel band The Relatives about their DJ/collector- commissioned reunion and first new record in 30 years, The Electric Word, for Weekend Edition. "Different famous artists, I grew up around them. They stopped at my mom's house,” Tommie Green tells Simon. [NPR] (Art&Seek's Jerome Weekscaught all the energy of the band's restart.)

  • Barbie Parker takes interpretive dancing to eleven. She translates live performances by Jack White and Bright Eyes for the deaf and hard of hearing in sign language (and air guitar) on festival stages. Parker’s Austin-based company LotuSIGN commits to share the entire experience with concertgoers, not just the lyrics.  [NY Times]

  • A 16-year-old boy died yesterday after he and some friends attempted to cross railroad tracks in Fort Worth Sunday on Sycamore Rd. near Trimble Drive. An oncoming train hit him; his friends were spared. An engineer says he saw the kids and sounded a whistle. [Star-Telegram]

  • Let’s say your roof has been pillaged by one of North Texas’ famously brutal hailstorms. It’d be a relief to actually receive the new roof you signed a contract for, right? Some DFW residents who gained nothing of the sort want to convince lawmakers to impose stricter regulations on roofing contractors. [Dallas Morning News]