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Rebekah Morr

Assistant Producer

Bekah Morr is KERA's Morning Edition producer. She came to KERA from NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she worked as a news assistant at Weekend All Things Considered. While there, she produced stories and segments for a national audience, covering everything from rising suicide rates among police officers, to abuse allegations against Nike coaches and everything in between. Before that, she interned for a year on Think with Krys Boyd, helping to research, write and produce the daily talk-show. A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, Bekah spent her formative journalism years working at the student news organization The Shorthorn. As editor in chief, she helped create the publication’s first, full-color magazine.

Bekah was born and raised in rural Central Illinois, but North Texas became her home in 2016. She loves movies with strong female leads, veganizing her favorite recipes and if she’s not listening to a podcast, she can usually be found hanging out with her pup, Ava.

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mural of nurse posed like Rosie the Riveter
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New research from the University of North Texas Health Science Center shows wearing masks is a highly effective way to bring COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations down. 

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A new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement rule says international students can’t remain in the country if they’re enrolled in online courses only. The policy comes at a time when many schools are moving their curriculum online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A demonstrator paints "Black Lives Matter" on her car's front windshield ahead of the caravan protest in Frisco.
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Both Richardson and Frisco held socially distant protests advocating for racial justice and police reform over the weekend, in caravan form.

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As the Texas economy reopens and restrictions are lifted, the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Dallas County is increasing.

Raymond Abii, 11, stands at the forefront of a group of protesters shouting "Black Lives Matter."
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President Donald Trump rejected calls to defund police during his visit to Dallas Thursday. Trump was in town for a roundtable discussion about policing and race relations, and his first in-person fundraiser since pandemic lockdowns began. 

A couple wearing protective masks and gloves during the coronavirus pandemic while walking on the boardwalk of Coney Island Beach.
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The coronavirus pandemic has presented some unique challenges for couples. Whether they are struggling with being apart or spending too much time together, Dr. Lyndsey Harper has tips to help strengthen intimate relationships during this unique time. 

CDC guidance recommends we wear face coverings when out in public, but medical masks are in short supply. Here's how to make your own — and use it effectively.

A man shops in an aisle of mostly empty Walmart shelves near Warrendale, Pa., last month. Concerns over the coronavirus has led to consumers panic buying across the country despite the fact there were no product shortages -- causing an actual shortage.
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A new analysis from the University of Texas at Arlington confirmed that people's decision making process changes during times of stress — like in the middle of a pandemic. They're less likely to rely on objective facts or data and more likely to trust an anecdote from a friend.

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A new study shows North Texans are breathing in less unhealthy air.

The American Lung Association's “State of the Air” report found that Dallas-Fort Worth achieved its best ever ranking for air quality - 21st in the country for ozone pollution and 40th for year-round particle pollution. 

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With the coronavirus beginning to spread in North Texas, there’s been mixed response among the professional beauty community about how to handle the virus.

Some studios are closing their doors, while others remain open and optimistic.

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A bus tour teaching people about unconscious bias is making its way across North Texas.

CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion’s Check Your Blind Spots tour is intended to help people recognize bias and be more inclusive.

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A local atheist group garnered attention recently from all over North Texas thanks to some bright yellow banners hanging in downtown Fort Worth that read “In NO God We Trust.”

For some, though, the banners have sparked a conversation that goes beyond the national motto, “In God We Trust.”  As it turns out, the country has been debating those words for hundreds of years.

A hemp plant is pollinated in Springfield, Ore., in April 2018. For Texas farmers, growing hemp will present some challenges. One is that it's delicate: Farmers who used pesticides in the past on crops like cotton will need to invest in soil remediation.
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Kris Taylor was accepted into medical school. But instead of becoming a doctor, the Texan moved to California to pursue something he was really passionate about. Hemp.

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Doug Delaney calls his North Dallas home a funky McMansion, with a sprawling garden of cacti, trees and wild grasses covering the entire backyard.