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9:19 am
Wed November 26, 2014

A Better Way To Opt Out Of Required Reading

Eugenia Falkner
Dianna Douglas

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 7:46 pm

A recent dispute in the Dallas suburb of Highland Park over requiring students to read the book The Art of Racing in the Rain was settled today—a committee of teachers, parents and students reviewed the book and found that it can be taught in the classrooms. One thing the debate in Highland Park has shown is that parents and students who object to certain books are also often unhappy with their options for alternative assignments. Some Texas schools have made that process smoother.

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7:57 am
Wed November 26, 2014

In Ferguson, A Trove Of Evidence — But No Trial

A photo of officer Darren Wilson released as part of evidence shown before the grand jury.
CBS News

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 11:23 am

On Monday night, St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch delivered the news that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. And in an unusual move, the announcement was accompanied by the release of an enormous batch of evidence presented to the grand jury — including much-talked-about photos of Wilson, taken after he shot and killed Brown.

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6:43 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Messy Winter Storm Snarls Thanksgiving Travel

Travelers make their way through Miami International Airport on Tuesday.
J Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 12:49 pm

A big winter storm spinning its way across the East Coast of the United States is expected to wreak havoc on Thanksgiving Day travel plans.

The National Weather Service says that travelers from the Carolinas all the way up to New England could see significant snow, and the entire East Coast will see some kind of precipitation.

Weather.com reports:

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12:14 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Recap Of KWBU's Poverty Series


This month we’ve been taking a look at poverty in Waco—a little over 30 percent of Wacoans live below the poverty line, that’s about twice the average poverty rate across Texas. We’ve talked to Waco city leaders, educators, and activists about what exactly’s going on in Waco—and we discuss different programs across the city that are trying to attack the causes and remedy the effects of poverty.

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2:06 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Texas Wind Is Number One In The Country

The wind farm at El Centro College sits atop the old Sanger building, built in 1897, that was also one the city's first buildings to run on power.
Pablo Arauz Peña KERA News

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 10:04 am

From the top of El Centro College, there’s no escaping a skyline that is – in part – a tribute to the fossil fuel industry. Not exactly the place you’d expect to find a wind farm.

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