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Education
11:45 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Wary Of Loans, Texas Students Struggle Through College

Students at Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth.
Christina Ulsh KERA News

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:42 pm

Texans are carrying about $70 billion in student loans, according to the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank. The good news is that Texans have less student debt than than the national average. The bad news is that people in Texas are more likely to be delinquent in repaying those loans.
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Texas News
11:43 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Texas Criminal Justice Spending Driven Largely by Elderly Inmates

Members of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee expect to discuss ways to reduce spending, at the 2015 legislative session, on geriatric inmates, like medically recommended parole.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:38 am

Because Texas spends millions of dollars a year on geriatric prison inmates to treat chronic health conditions, lawmakers are discussing options to change this.

Next session, members of the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee expect to discuss geriatric parole, also known as medically recommended parole, which would allow some elderly inmates to finish out their sentence outside the prison system. 

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Health
10:19 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Maine To Enforce Quarantine For Nurse Who Worked In West Africa

A photo taken Sunday of Kaci Hickox in an isolation tent at University Hospital in Newark, N.J. Hickox, who was later discharged and allowed to return to her home in Maine, says she has no intention of abiding by a "voluntary" quarantine there.
Steven Hyman AP

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 12:08 pm

Maine's Gov. Paul LePage says he will seek to legally force a nurse to undergo a 21-day quarantine after her return from West Africa, where she volunteered to treat Ebola patients.

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Texas Politics
5:38 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

As Democrats Trail in Statewide Polls, Few Surprises Expected

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fragility_v2

Election day is next Tuesday and several Texas statewide offices are on the ballot. With Democrats trailing in the polls, there don't appear to be any hotly contested races.


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Art and Culture
5:04 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Waco Hippodrome Announces November Opening Gala

Jill Ament

After much anticipation Hippodrome theatre staff announced this afternoon the date for the official opening gala for Waco’s historic theatre. The three day event plans to ring in a new chapter in Hippodrome history.

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