The Two-Way
9:19 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Billionaire Philanthropist, GOP Donor Harold Simmons Dies

Harold Simmons stands by the Dallas courthouse entrance in October 1997. Simmons, the Texas billionaire, philanthropist and GOP donor, died Saturday in Dallas. He was 82.
Flor Cordero Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 12:49 pm

Harold Simmons, the Texas billionaire, philanthropist and GOP donor, has died. He was 82.

The Dallas Morning News says Simmons died late Saturday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. His wife, Annette, told the newspaper that Simmons was "very sick for the last two weeks" and was in Baylor's intensive care unit. The family spent Christmas at the hospital, she said.

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KTEP Local
9:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

MINER MINUTES: A Tradition of Alumni Success

UTEP Commencement 2012
Credit University Communications


   The tradition of alumni success at UTEP.  Today is Day 2 in the Countdown to UTEP's Centennial Year.

Aired Dec. 30, 2013.

KTEP Local
8:55 am
Mon December 30, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: Of Mice & Mascots

Roberto Avant-Mier


     Louie welcomes Dr. Roberto Avant-Meir, Associate Professor of Communication at UTEP.  Roberto reads the audio essay, "Of Mice and Mascots," which tells of his love of baseball, his initial excitement about a Triple-A team coming to El Paso, and his disappointment in the team's mascot, which he believes falls into long-held stereotypes about Mexicans and Hispanics.

Aired Dec. 28, 2013.

Monkey See
8:48 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Remodeling With Canadians

'Property Brothers' Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott at the Scripps Networks Upfront in April 2013.
Donald Bowers Getty Images

My holiday break last week took an unexpected detour when a broken bone (not mine) changed our plans for a full family get-together. Thus, I was left with a few days of unanticipated free time on my own, which led me to the obvious conclusion: if I can't be fully relaxed and immersed in holiday joy the entire time, this is the perfect time to clean out my closets.

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It's All Politics
8:31 am
Mon December 30, 2013

GOP Crafts New Rules To Shorten 2016 Primary Season

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on stage with their wives Ann Romney and Janna Ryan at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 30.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 10:28 am

A year after losing the popular vote for the fifth time in the past six presidential elections, the Republican Party has crafted a series of rules tweaks designed to regain control of — and dramatically shorten — its presidential nominating process.

The subcommittee charged with looking for fixes has approved five proposed changes for review by the Republican National Committee's rules committee at its January meeting. The full RNC would then need to pass the changes by a three-quarters supermajority.

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KTEP Local
8:26 am
Mon December 30, 2013

EL PASO PRIME TIME: Simulation Center



  Dennis and new co-host Noemi Rojas talk with Dr. Hoi Ho, Associate Academic Dean for Faculty Affairs & Develpment, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Paul L. Foster School of Medicine; and Claudia Cortez, rehabilitation counselor at TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.    They talk about the Advanced Teaching & Assessment in Clinical Simulation (ATACS), the only accredited Center in Texas by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).   Over 100,000 deaths occur each year due to medical errors, and simulation centers could lead to the reduction of these deaths.  Hear about how ATACS trains uses through virtual reality, manniquins, and volunteer "patients" known as "standardized patients."

Aired Dec. 28, 2013.

The Two-Way
8:04 am
Mon December 30, 2013

NFL Firings Begin: Browns, Redskins, Others Ax Coaches

He's out: Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan on Sunday during the team's loss to the New York Giants. He was fired on Monday.
Jeff Zelevansky Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 10:20 am

Coaches' heads are beginning to roll in the National Football League, now that the 2013 regular season is over. reports that:

-- Cleveland Browns coach Rod Chudzinski has lost his job after just one season with the club. The Browns finished with a 4-12 record.

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Bonus Round: Ask Me Another
7:17 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Day 6: In This Game, Things Might Get 'Weird'

House musician Jonathan Coulton has a laugh while performing on Ask Me Another.
Becky Harlan NPR

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 10:11 am

  • Listen to 'Two Tickets To Parodies'

This is the sixth day of Ask Me Another's 12 Days of Xmas series.

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The Two-Way
6:56 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Third Icebreaker Fails To Reach Stranded Ship In Antarctic

Nowhere to go: A view from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which is trapped in thick Antarctic ice 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Australia.
Andrew Peacock/Australasian Antarctic Expedition/Footloose Fotography AP

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 12:17 pm

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