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This 'Shepherd' of East Austin Funerals Treats Every Client Like They're a Millionaire

For the past few months, we’ve been spending time in the area around 12th and Chicon streets in East Austin, reporting on the changes in this part of the city for our On My Block project . We’ve met a lot of people in the time we’ve been there so far. Today, we head to a funeral home on 12 th Street to meet Barry Franklin of King Tears Mortuary.

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From Texas Standard : Susan Combs , former Texas Comptroller, is unsatisfied with the treatment and position of women. She was the state’s top money manager for close to a decade, serving as Comptroller until last year. Before that, she was Texas Agriculture Commissioner and a state representative. She’s decided to take what was left in her political coffers and start a nonprofit aimed at helping women lift each other up. HERdacity is a website and phone-based platform that will bring women...

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From Texas Standard : Adolf Hitler said "Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." Many historians agree that one of Hitler's most dangerous weapons was his words. With the help of Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's words mobilized anger, anti-Semitism, homophobia and white supremacy, fueling a political machine that began one of the world's largest wars. That propaganda weapon is now on display in a new exhibit called " State...

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From Texas Standard : Three of nine Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners officials resigned Thursday after Texas' review board of state agencies issued a scathing report detailing problems with the board. The bipartisan Texas Sunset Advisory Commission found the veterinary board mismanaged finances, failed to keep track of controlled substances meant for animals, and poorly handled some recent cases before them. The commission recommended that the current board members end their terms on...

Larry Jefferson has been putting on a big red suit and perfecting his best ho, ho, ho for nearly 20 years. The retired Army captain plays Santa at shopping malls, holiday parties and charity benefits. He hit the big time this year when he was handpicked at a Santa convention to appear at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. And by all accounts, kids and parents at the mall loved him. But when the story spread online, the negative attacks starting pouring in — because Jefferson is black....

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From the Texas Tribune : The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Cameron County health department announced Friday they've identified four more locally-transmitted cases of Zika in Cameron County. In late November, the first such case in Texas, contracted by mosquito bite, was reported out of Cameron County. "The additional patients live in very close proximity to the first case," the state agency wrote in a news release. "Though the investigation is ongoing, the infections were...

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Humans have an innate ability to imagine the unimaginable. More often than not, this manifests in everyday situations – "woulda, coulda, shoulda" sort of situations – like whether you would've been late to that job interview, if you hadn't done x , y or z . Those imaginings are called counterfactuals. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of counterfactuals, and how taking time to recognize and use these tools we have at our disposal can make us happier and healthier people.

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A group of researchers from UT Austin says they’ve created a way to measure the true cost of power in the hopes of guiding America’s energy future. The study takes into account the fact that the price we pay on our electric bill does not always reflect electricity’s true cost. Some power is subsidized. Some electric sources create public health and environmental problems that aren’t included in the cost. Then there’s the expense of building and maintaining infrastructure to consider. The team...

When state lawmakers meet in January they will once again square off over using public school dollars to pay for attending private schools. Opponents of that practice call it a voucher program. Supporters tend to call it school choice. And the debate during this next session will include special needs children.

Updated 5 p.m. ET The first American to orbit the Earth has died. John Glenn was the last surviving member of the original Mercury astronauts. He would later have a long political career as a U.S. senator, but that didn't stop his pioneering ways. Glenn made history a second time in 1998, when he flew aboard the shuttle Discovery to become the oldest person to fly in space. Glenn was 95 when he died; he had been hospitalized in an Ohio State University medical center in Columbus since last...

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