Wade Goodwyn http://ktep.org en A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast http://ktep.org/post/roller-coaster-year-texas-town-rocked-blast When firetrucks blew through the small town of West, Texas, on the evening of April 17, 2013, sirens screaming, naturally everybody was curious. People got in their cars and went to see the fire at the West fertilizer plant. For 10 minutes, they watched from cars and backyards as the fire grew ever bigger. A few moved as close as they could because they were filming on their smartphones. At no time did it occur to anybody that they might be in danger.<p>And then — a massive explosion. The men fighting the fire at the plant never had a chance. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 38669 at http://ktep.org A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast The Latest In HD TV, From The Comfort Of Your Courtside Seat http://ktep.org/post/latest-hd-tv-comfort-your-courtside-seat Millions of people will be glued to TV screens Monday watching the NCAA men's college basketball championship — and some of those viewers will actually be in the stands.<p>Monday's Connecticut vs. Kentucky game will be played at AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys, where an enormous Mitsubishi screen hangs from the roof. It's the length of four coach buses by 72 feet high. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 38204 at http://ktep.org The Latest In HD TV, From The Comfort Of Your Courtside Seat South Dallas 40: Below The River, A Population Left To Decay http://ktep.org/post/south-dallas-40-below-river-population-left-decay Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Well, I wanted to check out that shiny new city that he was talking about. I'm outside now at Klyde Warren Park. It's in downtown Dallas, about five acres of beautiful urban green space right in the heart of the city, opened about a year and a half ago, and it's built over an eight lane freeway. I see it right there, ducking under this park.<p>WADE GOODWYN, BYLINE: You wouldn't have found it here 20 years ago.<p>BLOCK: And that's a familiar voice, NPR's Dallas correspondent Wade Goodwyn. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:04:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 37742 at http://ktep.org Oil Spill Disrupts A Waterway Thick With Barges And Birds http://ktep.org/post/oil-spill-disrupts-waterway-thick-barges-and-birds Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>I'm Robert Siegel.<p>In this part of the program, the latest on a large oil spill over the weekend in Texas. Also, the legacy of one of the nation's biggest spills, the Exxon Valdez, 25 years later. First, the current mess that has shut down the Houston Ship Channel. A 585-foot-long cargo ship named Summer Wind collided with an oil barge, sending thousands of barrels of heavy bunker fuel into the water. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 37300 at http://ktep.org Texas Abortion Restrictions Shutter Two More Clinics http://ktep.org/post/texas-abortion-restrictions-shutter-two-more-clinics Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The last two abortion clinics in Texas' Rio Grande Valley along the Mexican border are closing today. New restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature last year require that doctors at abortion clinics obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 36126 at http://ktep.org Sen. Cornyn Expected To Win Tuesday's GOP Primary In Texas http://ktep.org/post/sen-cornyn-expected-win-tuesdays-gop-primary-texas U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is ahead of his leading challenger Steve Stockman, heading into Tuesday's Republican primary. Stockman was once a Tea Party favorite but he no longer enjoys their support. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 35927 at http://ktep.org In Tight Texas Lt. Gov. Race, Little Space Left On The Right http://ktep.org/post/tight-texas-lt-gov-race-little-space-left-right Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>There's been a lot of talk lately about Democrats' plan to turn Texas blue. But it is at the moment an exercise in optimism. To understand just how conservative much of the state is, look no further than the Republican primary for lieutenant governor. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:23:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 35901 at http://ktep.org Davis, Abbott Expected To Win Texas Gubernatorial Primary http://ktep.org/post/davis-abbott-expected-win-texas-gubernatorial-primary State Senator Wendy Davis is the Democratic hopeful. She's challenging Republican Greg Abbott, the state's attorney general. Both are expected to easily win their primaries. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:10:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 35528 at http://ktep.org A College Project That Imagines A Floating City For Oil Workers http://ktep.org/post/college-project-imagines-floating-city-oil-workers Imagine you're in a college-level architecture class and your assignment is to come up with an idea so revolutionary that it could be considered an important advance in industrial design.<p>Students at Rice University in Houston accomplished that with <a href="http://www.petropia.org/projects/project-floating-frontiers/drift-drive-2/" target="_blank">plans for a floating city</a> that is being considered by one of the world's largest oil companies. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:38:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 35451 at http://ktep.org A College Project That Imagines A Floating City For Oil Workers The Strange Case Of Marlise Munoz And John Peter Smith Hospital http://ktep.org/post/strange-case-marlise-munoz-and-john-peter-smith-hospital It would have been hard to find a happier man than Erick Munoz on that Tuesday morning before Thanksgiving.<p>With a healthy and delightful son toddling around the house, and his beautiful and successful wife pregnant with their second child, the fire department paramedic had everything in life that's really important. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:45:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 33693 at http://ktep.org The Strange Case Of Marlise Munoz And John Peter Smith Hospital Pregnant Woman On Life Support Draws Attention To Texas Law http://ktep.org/post/pregnant-woman-life-support-draws-attention-texas-law Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In Fort Worth, Texas, a tragic and unusual medical ethics case is making headlines. Five weeks ago, a man found his wife unresponsive in their bed. A brain embolism is suspected. She was 14 weeks pregnant. Since then, the 33-year-old woman has lain unresponsive. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:18:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 32405 at http://ktep.org After Okla. Tornado's Devastation, A Search For Safety And Shelter http://ktep.org/post/after-moores-f5-tornado-storm-shelter-interest-increases Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Some of the most painful stories of 2013 came from a small community in Oklahoma, the town of Moore. It was hit by a monster F5 tornado in May. Two dozen people died. More than a thousand homes were wiped away. The damage was estimated at $2 billion. But when NPR's Wade Goodwyn returned to Moore recently, he found the worst damage might not be visible.<p>WADE GOODWYN, BYLINE: Stand in the middle of Lakeview Drive in Moore, and you're surrounded by a lot of wide-open Oklahoma. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 31614 at http://ktep.org After Okla. Tornado's Devastation, A Search For Safety And Shelter Camels Trek In The Texas Desert, Just Like Old Times http://ktep.org/post/camels-trek-texas-desert-just-old-times At 10 on a crisp West Texas morning, five camel-trekkers stand under the open sky of the Davis Mountains. A few feet away, guide Doug Baum and Jason Mayfield load up five camels.<p>Baum, a former zookeeper, runs the Texas Camel Corps. The group guides camel treks around the world. In the Big Bend region, camels were for a brief time widespread, and the guides have brought them back.<p><strong>'As Good As They Come'</strong><p>You have to like a man who brings his own camel to a camel trek. On Mayfield's arm is a tall, beautiful blond named Butter.<p>"She's 8 years old. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 22:55:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 31390 at http://ktep.org Camels Trek In The Texas Desert, Just Like Old Times Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle http://ktep.org/post/even-85-mph-highway-cant-fix-austins-traffic-tangle Four decades ago, Austin, Texas, had a population of 250,000 and a reputation as a laid-back oasis of liberal politics and live music. Today, the Austin metro area is home to 1.8 million people and has some of the nation's worst traffic congestion.<p>For years, the city has done little to address the growing problem. But most in the Texas capital now agree something has to change if Austin is to save what's left of its quirky character.<p>The best way to experience Austin traffic may be from inside the police department's new helicopter. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:03:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 31036 at http://ktep.org Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle Marking Kennedy Assassination, Dallas Still On 'Eggshells' http://ktep.org/post/marking-kennedy-assassination-dallas-still-eggshells Friday's 50th anniversary of assassination of President John F. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:34:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 29495 at http://ktep.org Marking Kennedy Assassination, Dallas Still On 'Eggshells' Texas' Voter ID Law Creates A Problem For Some Women http://ktep.org/post/texas-voter-id-law-creates-problem-some-women In 2012 a federal court struck down Texas' ID law, ruling it would potentially disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of minority voters.<p>But that federal decision was invalidated when the Supreme Court last year ruled part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. So now Texas is test-driving its voter ID law — one of the most restrictive voter ID laws in the nation.<p>Texas judges are accustomed to a certain level of respect, even deference as they go about their daily business in the Lone Star State. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:07:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 28032 at http://ktep.org Texas' Voter ID Law Creates A Problem For Some Women Texas Judge Rules Abortion Law Unconstitutional http://ktep.org/post/texas-judge-rules-abortion-law-unconstitutional Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In Texas, a federal judge has ruled that the state's new abortion restrictions are unconstitutional and will not take effect tomorrow as scheduled. The decision comes four months after Democratic candidate for governor, Wendy Davis, staged an 11-hour filibuster against the proposed constraints. Texas' attorney general expressed disappointment and vowed to appeal the federal judge's ruling.<p>NPR's Wade Goodwyn joins us now from Dallas to discuss the case. And, Wade, there were two parts to Judge Lee Yeakel's ruling. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:56:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 27898 at http://ktep.org Cruz Takes Center Stage, Drawing Cheers And Jeers http://ktep.org/post/cruz-takes-center-stage-drawing-cheers-and-jeers Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.<p>Let's talk this morning about the fight for the future of the Republican Party. Let's begin with Texas Senator Ted Cruz. It was Cruz who led the fight against Obamacare that resulted in a partial government shutdown. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:03:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 27413 at http://ktep.org 97-Year-Old Birder Has No Intention Of Slowing Down http://ktep.org/post/profile-97-year-old-birder Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>If 60 is the new 50 and 50 the new 40, well, what then is 97? Veteran bird guide Karl Haller is busy redefining what it means to be just shy of a century. He's been counting birds and teaching the art of bird watching at the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in North Texas for over 50 years.<p>His student this time: NPR's Wade Goodwyn.<p>WADE GOODWYN, BYLINE: A cool breeze is blowing off Lake Texoma and into the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.<p>(LAUGHTER)<p>KARL HALLER: Well, it could be. Yeah. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 08:44:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 23739 at http://ktep.org Prosecution Rests In Court Martial Of Maj. Nidal Hasan http://ktep.org/post/prosecution-rests-court-martial-maj-nidal-hasan The prosecution has wrapped up its case against the former psychiatrist accused of opening fire at Fort Hood, killing 13 people. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is representing himself, will present his case beginning tomorrow. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:22:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 23415 at http://ktep.org Young Chefs Disrupt The Barbecue Game In Texas http://ktep.org/post/young-chefs-disrupt-barbecue-game-texas A new generation of BBQ chefs is making its mark in Texas. We check out a few with Texas Monthly barbecue critic Daniel Vaughn. (This piece originally aired on Morning Edition on July 23, 2013.) Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:13:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 23334 at http://ktep.org Feds Sue To Block Proposed Airline Merger http://ktep.org/post/feds-sue-block-proposed-airline-merger Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And let's hear now about a proposed airline merger. In a surprise move, the Justice Department announced yesterday that it will try to stop American Airlines and U.S. Airways from becoming one. This is largely because of two other mergers that made both Delta and United Airlines much bigger. Those deals were approved back in 2008 and 2010. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:21:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 22981 at http://ktep.org DOJ Tries To Block Airline Merger With Antitrust Suit http://ktep.org/post/doj-tries-block-airline-merger-antitrust-suit The proposed merger of U.S. Airways and American Airlines ran into major turbulence on Tuesday as the Justice Department and six state attorneys general filed an antitrust suit aimed at blocking the deal. Justice Department officials said the merger would eliminate competition and put consumers at risk of higher prices. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:33:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 22949 at http://ktep.org Texas Pit Masters Bask In Moment Of Barbecue Glory http://ktep.org/post/texas-pit-masters-bask-moment-barbecue-glory It's not even noon yet but every table out front of the <a href="http://www.pecanlodge.com">Pecan Lodge</a> in downtown Dallas is filled with veterans with barbecue heaped on their plates, smirking at the gobsmacked newbies. First timers are easily discernible by the stunned looks on their faces when they walk in and see the line.<p>Half the people standing in line are not even going to get barbecue; it's going to run out before they can order. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 06:57:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 21534 at http://ktep.org Texas Pit Masters Bask In Moment Of Barbecue Glory Democrats Want To Mess With Texas? GOP Says Not So Fast http://ktep.org/post/democrats-want-mess-texas-gop-says-not-so-fast <em>All this week,</em><em> </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/196613711/texas-2020" target="_blank">NPR is taking a look</a><em> </em><em>at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.</em><p>Democrats see opportunity in Texas' fast-growing Latino population. But the Republican Party is strong in Texas — very strong.<p>Nearly two-thirds of the Texas Legislature stands with the GOP. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:47:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 20223 at http://ktep.org Democrats Want To Mess With Texas? GOP Says Not So Fast Texas Democrats Aim For A Bright Future http://ktep.org/post/texas-democrats-aim-bright-future Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>We've got a series going this week, Texas 20/20, bringing into focus the politics and demographics of a state where the Latino population is growing fast. Texas is a Republican stronghold, and has been for years. Still, the rising number of Latinos offers Democrats an opening. This morning, NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports on the current state of the Democratic Party.<p>WADE GOODWYN, BYLINE: It's not easy being a Democrat in Texas. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 09:33:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 20180 at http://ktep.org Health Officials Decry Texas' Snubbing Of Medicaid Billions http://ktep.org/post/health-officials-decry-texas-snubbing-medicaid-billions The state of Texas is turning down billions of federal dollars that would have paid for health care coverage for 1.5 million poor Texans.<p>By refusing to participate in Medicaid expansion, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, the state will leave on the table an estimated $100 billion over the next decade.<p>Texas' share of the cost would have been just 7 percent of the total, but for Gov. Thu, 23 May 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 17453 at http://ktep.org Health Officials Decry Texas' Snubbing Of Medicaid Billions Okla. Officials Toss Around Storm Shelter Issue After Twister http://ktep.org/post/okla-officials-toss-around-storm-shelter-issue-after-twister Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. The final death toll from that tornado in Moore, Oklahoma is 24. Ten of the dead were children. The search for survivors is over, and now this stunned community begins the long process of rebuilding, which begins with removing a staggering amount of debris. Thu, 23 May 2013 08:52:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 17406 at http://ktep.org Okla. Tornado Survivors Try To Collect Lives After Storm http://ktep.org/post/okla-tornado-survivors-try-collect-lives-after-storm Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In Moore, for the many people whose homes were destroyed, the top priorities are finding a place to stay, some clothes to wear, and food to eat. NPR's Wade Goodwyn has been talking with survivors in Moore, and he sent this story.<p>WADE GOODWYN, BYLINE: Jamie Martinez(ph) is a retired police officer who still does security work, and that's where he was when the tornado slammed into his neighborhood yesterday.<p>JAMIE MARTINEZ: Our house is gone. It's leveled. Our - missing six pets; the least of our problems. I mean, we're alive; that's what counts. Tue, 21 May 2013 20:54:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 17301 at http://ktep.org At NRA Convention, Dueling Narratives Displayed With Guns http://ktep.org/post/nra-convention-dueling-narratives-displayed-guns The National Rifle Association is holding its annual convention in Houston this weekend. More than 70,000 people are expected to attend for speeches and demos and acres of guns, ammo and camo.<p>The NRA is coming off of a major victory: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/17/177638177/senate-rejects-expanded-background-checks-for-gun-sales">the defeat</a> of gun control legislation in the Senate. Sat, 04 May 2013 09:51:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 16136 at http://ktep.org At NRA Convention, Dueling Narratives Displayed With Guns