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2:26 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

For Innovations in the Funeral Industry, Look No Further Than Houston

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From Texas Standard:

As the demand for natural burials grows, industry experts say innovation is likely to come from Houston.

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Texas Standard
1:32 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Visiting the Deep South of the '60s — Through a Teacher's Journal

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Jo Ivester joins Texas Standard to talk about life in Mount Bayou, Mississippi, and what she learned through her mother’s work.

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Texas Standard
3:06 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Group Gathers in Austin to Talk Private Space Business

The cancellation of government-backed space missions is sparking a private industry push into skies over Texas.
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From Texas Standard:

When you think of space, what do you see? Planets, stars, maybe a satellite or a shuttle? Well, some business people are seeing green. A group of space entrepreneurs is meeting in Austin this week to lay the framework for how Texas could be the launch pad for the private space industry.

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Texas Standard
2:14 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Is the Tea Party Losing Momentum in Texas?

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's announcement that he will seek the Republican Presidential nomination marks the third GOP candidate in the race so far with Tea Party ties.
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From Texas Standard:

The first three Republican contenders for president — Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and now Marco Rubio, all have Tea Party ties. Rubio is the latest to announce candidacy and, despite being considered a Tea Party darling not long ago, his current views on immigration have driven a wedge between the two.

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Texas Standard
2:07 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Rethinking Hazing Laws After a Horrifying Incident in Ellis County

Ellis County volunteer firefighters were charged with sexual assault this week in connection to a hazing incident.
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From Texas Standard:

When a hazing incident makes the news, we usually think of college campuses – a fraternity rush gone wrong, or an initiation ritual for a sport team. But not always. That was the case this week in Texas.

Five members of the Ellis County Volunteer Fire Department have been charged with aggravated sexual assault. The incident allegedly occurred back in January as part of a hazing ritual for new recruits.

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Texas
10:41 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Can A Reality Singing Competition Fix Tech's Diversity Problem?

The decision to hire something is usually made before the interview phase has even started.
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We all know how the hiring process works: A hiring manager posts an opening, describes their ideal candidate and waits for the influx of resumes. After doing some interviews, the manager has to make a gut decision, a subjective assessment - and the research shows that more often than not, they’ll pick someone who has a really similar background as them.

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Texas Standard
3:31 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

A Spanish Guide for Texas Gringos

There are key phrases and words that every Texan should know, no matter where you grew up.
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From Texas Standard:

With Texas' rapidly changing demographics, many have come to the personal conclusion that it's simply insufficient to be fluent in one language alone.

But for some English speakers, let's face it — Spanish language fluency is probably not in the cards. You know who you are.

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Texas Standard
3:01 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Houston Doctor Heads to Middle East to Prevent the Next Ebola

There are links between conflict and contagion, and one doctor thinks prevention is key.
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From Texas Standard:

It wasn't too long ago when Dallas became the epicenter for what many feared could have been the beginning of a nationwide ebola epidemic. Since then, the U.S. government has fought to figure out when and where the next viral epidemic may come from.

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Texas Standard
3:53 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Scientists to Explore Impact Zone of Asteroid That May Have Killed the Dinosaurs

An artist’s impression of the Chicxulub asteroid impacting the Yucatan Peninsula.
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From Texas Standard:

Have you ever wondered what happened to the dinosaurs? Well, you’re not the only one.

That’s why an international group of scientists, funded by the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling, are planning to launch an expedition to drill into the Chicxulub crater, a 150-mile wide impact crater buried underneath the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

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Texas Standard
1:52 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Author T.C. Boyle Takes a Hard Look at Gun Violence

Renowned author T.C. Boyle analyzes the phenomena of the individual shooter in his new novel “The Harder They Come.”
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From Texas Standard

T.C. Boyle is no stranger to tackling the taboo in his literature. His more than 20 novels examine every restricted topic in America and have earned him more accolades than many authors would ever dream of receiving. The New York Times raves his latest novel is the best one yet.

The Harder They Come examines the shootings that seem to be taking place nonstop across America. “It seems like there’s one every month now,” Boyle says. The novel takes place in Fort Bragg, California; however, it could be anywhere in the United States.

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Texas Standard
11:01 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Maker Movement Takes Off in Texas

Denny Hammil created a toy that lets your dog fetch without you.
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Storytelling and authenticity are changing the way consumers choose products.

After a long career in technology, Denny Hamill was ready to retire and take it easy. Then his grandson came to him with a problem: a dog named Prancer.

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Texas Standard
2:32 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

November Madness: The 2016 Republican Presidential Bracket

Texas Senator Ted Cruz was is the first politician to declare candidacy for the Republican nomination for president. John Schnur, director of USC's Center for Politics, places Cruz in his 'Western Rebellion' bracket.
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From Texas Standard: 

Who will make it to the Final Four – and who will get bounced out?

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is down to the final four. It kicked off two weeks ago when 64 teams began competing to represent their region in the finals. And just like that tournament, the announcement by Texas Senator Ted Cruz tipped off the race for the GOP nomination for president.

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Texas Standard
2:49 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Warning: Wildflower Picture Season is Also Snake Season

Pit vipers, like the rattlesnake, kill an average of one to two Texans every year. While not every snake is poisonous, doctors say that bite victims should always seek medical attention.
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For most Texans, spring time gives us a small window of opportunity to trek outside in some bearable weather. It's almost become a tradition for Texans to use this precious time to take photos in patches of bluebonnets. But just as we humans are beginning to shake off winter and go outside into the sun, so are are the snakes.

Anyone who's spent a significant time in the southwest can tell you, snake bites are a real danger. So what do you do if you encounter one?

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Texas Standard
2:44 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Kidnapped Texas Journalist Could Be In Negotiations For Release

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It's no shock that the increased tension in the Middle East has made it tough for Western journalists to cover stories there. That trek didn’t deter Austin Tice, a former Marine from Houston turned freelance journalist, who went to Syria to cover the ongoing civil war. Now, Tice finds himself in trouble.

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News
3:27 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

ISIS Now Doxxing Members of US Military

The group claimed it hacked several military servers, databases and emails to obtain the information.
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Doxxing — derived from the word 'documents' — is a common tactic used by online hacktivist groups such as Anonymous, wherein personally identifiable information about targets is posted on the internet. Over the weekend, about 100 U.S. military servicemen and women were doxxed by the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

The posting included soldiers' names, addresses, photos and other information, and it asked sympathizers to, "Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking that they are safe."

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News
2:07 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Texas Leads the Push Against Obama's Immigration Action

Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a Texas Tribune panel in 2013. Paxton is leading a fight against President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
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From The Texas Standard:

After a federal judge in Brownsville ruled to temporarily block the president's executive order on immigration in February, 25 other states signed on to the lawsuit.

The 26-state coalition, led by Texas, claims the Obama administration's actions were unconstitutional in that they represent an overreach by the executive and impose an "undue burden" on the state.

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Texas Standard
12:42 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Texas Leads Nation in Inappropriate Student-Teacher Relationships

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A Headline from the Dallas Morning News on Thursday read, "Irving high school teacher accused of having a romantic relationship with student, police say."

It might be a shocking headline, but it's sadly not a rare one. Texas leads all other states in the number of cases of teachers charged with or found guilty of inappropriate sexual relationships with students.

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Texas
10:22 am
Thu March 19, 2015

People From All Over Texas Travel To Houston's Sari Stores

There are more than a dozen sari stores along Houston's Hillcroft Avenue
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Farrah Akhtar says there's no such thing as getting a quick sari.

“No, no, no, you want to try everything on, then you need the jewelry, the shoes, and then you want to bargain, and then you might not be happy with the deal, so you’ll go somewhere else," Akhtar says.

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News
10:21 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Texas Lawmaker Wants to Make It Illegal to Film Police

HB 2918 would make the filming of a Texas police officer within 25 feet a Class B misdemeanor.
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State Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) introduced a bill that restricts private citizens from videotaping or photographing law enforcement within 25 feet.

 

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Texas Standard
2:35 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Interview: Texan’s Powerful Films on Lasting Effects of Indonesia’s Genocide

Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer came back to Texas for SXSW Film.
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From Texas Standard:

The SXSW Film Conference marks a sort of homecoming for MacArthur genius and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer.

Oppenheimer’s 2012 film, The Act of Killing, looks at how the perpetrators of Indonesia’s military coup cope with their past. His new documentary, The Look of Silence, follows victims of the coup and how they continue to live alongside the people who killed their family members.

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