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Chance Hawkins, Whose Inspiring Story Powered KERA's Series 'Class of '17,' Dies At 20

For five years, KERA followed a group of high school students for a series called Class of '17 . One of the students was Chance Hawkins, who graduated last year from Fort Worth's Dunbar High School. He had a rare degenerative muscle disease. Chance died last weekend; he would have turned 21 on Sunday.

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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.

Mesquite, TX – (Children are playing and squealing on a playground.)

Suzanne Sprague, Reporter: Cascade Park is now Westlake Village. Raw sewage no longer flows through the grounds. The security gate has been fixed. Everyone has a new air conditioner. And there's a brand new playground for the dozens of children who call these apartments home.

(Here, more sound of children on the playground)

Dallas, TX – (Music from the television show "Dragnet" is playing)

Suzanne Sprague, KERA 90.1 Reporter: Okay. It might sound a little cheezy, but this is your welcome to the "Scene of the Crime" exhibit. Black and white photographs fill two rooms at the Photographs Do Not Bend gallery with sobering images from the world of crime. Gallery owner Burt Finger spent more than a year putting this exhibit together.

Burt Finger, Gallery Owner: About two years ago, I was at a photography sale and found this photograph.

Dallas, TX – MBIENCE: jet bridge]

Bill Zeeble, KERA 90.1 reporter: This is a prototype: only one of two automated jetways in the world that links customers to the plane's front door, and also to the plane's back door.

John Chaussee, Southwest Airlines Operations Security Director: It's an audible alarm, when the entire bridge is in motion to let everybody know down here on the ramp that the bridge is in motion and be mindful of it.

Fort Worth, TX – Bill Zeeble, KERA 90.1 reporter: FAA officials readily declare U.S. aviation the safest in the world. 600,000 pilots perform 68 million takeoffs and landings every year, at 464 airports where a million people are authorized to operate ground vehicles. There were only about 320 runway incursions last year, some in bad weather. But pilots, like this 16-year veteran who did not want his name or company mentioned, say many could've been avoided.

Dallas, TX – Ray Williams III, brother of Mary Richardson: We are relieved that justice was served.

Bill Zeeble, KERA 90.1 Reporter: Ray Williams, Mary Williams Richardson's oldest brother, spoke for the family who'd waited in the 6th floor court room all week, and through the weekend, for the decision.

Williams: I saw no remorse at any time from him. That's a disturbing revelation. We feel sadness for his family and know it wasn't their fault.

Dallas, TX – [A whirring sound is heard.]

Stephen Myers, SMU mechanical engineering student: When you push forward, it pushes the wheel forward; and when you pull back, the rear gearing mechanism forces the wheel forward as well.

Dallas, TX – Suzanne Sprague, KERA 90.1 Reporter: Each year in Tarrant County, the lives of some 2,000 children are painstakingly investigated and analyzed. These are the children state officials have reason to believe are abused or neglected. And if Child Protective Services deems their home is unsafe, then these children can be removed by the courts.

Dallas, TX – Suzanne Sprague, KERA 90.1 Reporter: When the 1996 Telecommunications Act became law, the local phone service market exploded with new carriers. So when you make a phone call, you may start out on a Southwestern Bell line but end up on the network of one of its competitors. All the phone companies had to negotiate a way to determine who would absorb the costs for such a call. They came up with something called reciprocal compensation. Bill Maddox with Southwestern Bell explains.

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Google may help you avoid that speeding ticket. The web giant's popular Maps program rolled out speed trap warnings in several markets, including Texas.

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A violent attack on two mosques Friday afternoon struck at the very heart of New Zealand, a country that prides itself on being both peaceful and diverse, after a gunman entered two mosques during afternoon prayers, killing at least 49 people.

An additional 42 people are being treated for injuries sustained in the attacks in Christchurch, police said. Two are in critical condition, including a four-year-old.

Texas is lacking in low-income housing, according to a new study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

The availability of affordable rental housing for extremely low-income renters in Texas – those making below the federal poverty level or 30 percent of an area's median income – was 29 homes available for every 100 renters. The national rate is 37 homes.

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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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KERA stories from that fateful day in November 1963.

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