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New FAA Procedures Promise To Make North Texas Flights More Efficient


Five stories that have North Texas talking: New procedures will reduce emissions coming from North Texas airports, StoryCorps is open for business in Dallas, the Ewings are officially finished (again), and more.

New air traffic routes in and out of North Texas airports will reduce emissions and save fuel. The new procedures are part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s “Next Gen” project, the Star-Telegram reports.  The new procedures are estimated to save 4.1 million gallons of jet fuel each year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 41,000 metric tons a year.

The procedures will also resolve airplanes landing at Dallas Love Field sometimes overlapping with the flight paths of planes arriving at DFW International. American Airlines Chief Operating Officer Robert Isom says the company has already seen improvement in on-time arrivals and departures at DFW since the procedures were put in place on Sept. 18.

  • The nation will be watching tonight when President Obama announces an executive order on immigration reform. The details of that executive order are unclear, but some news outlets predict it could allow 3 million undocumented immigrants to stay in the country. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports on two different takes on the President’s impending announcement. Texas is among six states with the largest undocumented immigrant population. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins counts tens of thousands in Dallas alone.

  • The StoryCorps Mobilebooth is open for business in front of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. You’ve been hearing some “best of Texas” stories from the oral history project on our airwaves for the last few weeks. Now, North Texans can share their stories. KERA’s Doualy Xaykaothao stepped into the traveling recording studio to see what the experience is like.

  • Dallas will not be saved, despite campaigns by the show’s staff and producers. TNT cancelled the show in the beginning of October, and despite hopes that the show could find a new home on The CW or even Netflix, Dallas executive producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin said the show would not see a fourth season. [The Dallas Morning News]

  • Retired Dallas Stars center Mike Modano spoke to Texas Monthly about what it was like trying to turn Dallas into a hockey town. He also confirmed the legend that the Stanley Cup was dented, thrown off a balcony and bounced into a swimming pool during a party at Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul’s house. “It wasn’t a good group of guys to leave that cup with for three weeks,” said Modano.
Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.