Wade Goodwyn http://kunm.org en Airlines Cancel Service To Israel Amid Heightened Aviation Safety Concerns http://kunm.org/post/airlines-cancel-service-israel-amid-heightened-aviation-safety-concerns A number of major airlines have suspended service to and from Tel Aviv as the fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza intensifies. That's leaving passengers to find other arrangements. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 48402 at http://kunm.org Showdown At The UT Corral http://kunm.org/post/showdown-ut-corral Like any ugly, long-running confrontation between a husband and wife or next-door neighbors — or between anybody, really — it's hard to know exactly<em> </em>when the dispute between University of Texas President Bill Powers and Texas GOP Gov. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:59:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 48013 at http://kunm.org Showdown At The UT Corral Will Texas GOP Candidate's Actions On Chemicals Prove Toxic? http://kunm.org/post/will-texas-gop-candidates-remarks-chemicals-prove-toxic Texas Republican Greg Abbott, who's been cruising toward easy victory in the governor's race against Democrat Wendy Davis, is making some campaign news this week — and not the good kind.<p>His actions and comments have brought his relationship to the state's chemical industry under scrutiny.<p>The trouble began with a report last month from Dallas-Fort Worth television station WFAA that revealed the state of Texas — at the direction of Attorney General Abbott — had quietly begun blocking access to reporters and the general public about just what chemicals were being handled and stored in the s Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 47505 at http://kunm.org What's The Matter With Wendy Davis? http://kunm.org/post/whats-matter-wendy-davis Texas Democrats are holding their convention this weekend in Dallas. Supporters are hoping it will give Wendy Davis a chance to reboot her campaign for governor and come out with some much-needed momentum.<p>A question posed in the San Antonio <em>Express-News</em> is typical of the kind of media she's been getting: "What's Wrong With Wendy?" With the Democratic candidate for governor running far behind her Republican challenger, Greg Abbott, it's not necessarily an unfair question.<p>But her race has always been a long shot. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:22:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 47256 at http://kunm.org What's The Matter With Wendy Davis? After Isolation, Bergdahl Likely Faces A Long Recovery http://kunm.org/post/after-isolation-bergdahl-lilkely-faces-long-recovery Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. And I'm Scott Simon. Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has returned to the United States. He's at the Brooke Army Medical Hospital in San Antonio, Texas as new details of his imprisonment by the Taliban continue to emerge. Fox News is reporting that Sergeant Bergdahl spent the last two years in solitary confinement. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:04:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 46627 at http://kunm.org As Bergdahl Touches Down In Texas, Reintegration Begins http://kunm.org/post/bergdahl-touches-down-texas-reintegration-begins Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in the U.S. The former Taliban prisoner is now undergoing treatment at an Army hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 46593 at http://kunm.org Will Rick Perry Take Another Swing At The Presidency? http://kunm.org/post/will-rick-perry-take-another-swing-presidency At the Republican State Convention in Fort Worth on Thursday, Texas GOP Gov. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 46292 at http://kunm.org Will Rick Perry Take Another Swing At The Presidency? 'Open Carry' Gun Laws Spark Texas Backlash http://kunm.org/post/open-carry-gun-laws-spark-texas-backlash Last week, not long after a lone gunman's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/24/315425094/shooting-near-uc-santa-barbara-leaves-3-dead">rampage in California</a>, Texas witnessed an unnerving series of demonstrations.<p>Groups of young men, armed with tactical long rifles slung across their backs, began showing up at restaurants like Chili's and Chipotle, Sonic and Jack in the Box, to mention a few, as part of their response to another anguished gun control conversation.<p>The fast-food-while-heavily-armed political protests — "You want some chili fries with your AK-47?" — di Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:46:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 46209 at http://kunm.org 'Open Carry' Gun Laws Spark Texas Backlash Texas Takes A Hard Right Turn http://kunm.org/post/texas-takes-hard-right-turn The headline in the <em>Dallas Morning News</em> summed it up nicely: "Tea For Texas."<p>While the political news around the country has generally been how the Republican establishment has triumphantly held off Tea Party challengers, in Texas Tuesday it was the opposite.<p>David Dewhurst is a prime example of<strong> </strong>what happened. For more than a decade, all Lt. Gov. Thu, 29 May 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 45921 at http://kunm.org Texas Takes A Hard Right Turn The Messy Legal Road That Led To Oklahoma's Botched Execution http://kunm.org/post/messy-legal-road-led-oklahomas-botched-execution Although most of the country just became aware of issues with Oklahoma's capital punishment protocols last week after Clayton Lockett's bungled execution, his lawyers had been worried for months. That's because in January, two condemned men in different states but injected with the same new drug cocktail endured executions that went badly. Lockett's lawyer, Susanna Gattoni, was unable to keep him from suffering a similar fate last week.<p>"We were alarmed by a Ohio execution that was actually the same protocol that was used for Mr. Lockett. Thu, 08 May 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 44966 at http://kunm.org The Messy Legal Road That Led To Oklahoma's Botched Execution A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast http://kunm.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 43861 at http://kunm.org A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast The Latest In HD TV, From The Comfort Of Your Courtside Seat http://kunm.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 43551 at http://kunm.org The Latest In HD TV, From The Comfort Of Your Courtside Seat Oil Spill Disrupts A Waterway Thick With Barges And Birds http://kunm.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 42904 at http://kunm.org Texas Abortion Restrictions Shutter Two More Clinics http://kunm.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 42135 at http://kunm.org A College Project That Imagines A Floating City For Oil Workers http://kunm.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 41748 at http://kunm.org A College Project That Imagines A Floating City For Oil Workers The Strange Case Of Marlise Munoz And John Peter Smith Hospital http://kunm.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 40633 at http://kunm.org The Strange Case Of Marlise Munoz And John Peter Smith Hospital After Okla. Tornado's Devastation, A Search For Safety And Shelter http://kunm.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 39372 at http://kunm.org After Okla. Tornado's Devastation, A Search For Safety And Shelter Camels Trek In The Texas Desert, Just Like Old Times http://kunm.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 39219 at http://kunm.org Camels Trek In The Texas Desert, Just Like Old Times Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle http://kunm.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 39011 at http://kunm.org Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle Marking Kennedy Assassination, Dallas Still On 'Eggshells' http://kunm.org/post/marking-kennedy-assassination-dallas-still-eggshells Friday's 50th anniversary of assassination of President John F. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:55:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 37991 at http://kunm.org Marking Kennedy Assassination, Dallas Still On 'Eggshells' Texas' Voter ID Law Creates A Problem For Some Women http://kunm.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 21:12:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 36998 at http://kunm.org Texas' Voter ID Law Creates A Problem For Some Women 97-Year-Old Birder Has No Intention Of Slowing Down http://kunm.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 34075 at http://kunm.org Feds Sue To Block Proposed Airline Merger http://kunm.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 33557 at http://kunm.org Federal Case Pits Wounded Warrior Against FBI http://kunm.org/post/federal-case-pits-wounded-warrior-against-fbi Army Ranger Justin Slaby served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. While he was back in the U.S. preparing to deploy for a fourth tour, his left hand was blown off by a faulty grenade in a training accident. After being fitted with a state-of-the-art prosthesis, Slaby was encouraged by one of his doctors to try for a career in the FBI. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 32692 at http://kunm.org Federal Case Pits Wounded Warrior Against FBI Texas Pit Masters Bask In Moment Of Barbecue Glory http://kunm.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 32549 at http://kunm.org Texas Pit Masters Bask In Moment Of Barbecue Glory Health Officials Decry Texas' Snubbing Of Medicaid Billions http://kunm.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 21:36:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 29661 at http://kunm.org Health Officials Decry Texas' Snubbing Of Medicaid Billions At NRA Convention, Dueling Narratives Displayed With Guns http://kunm.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 28695 at http://kunm.org At NRA Convention, Dueling Narratives Displayed With Guns Mourners Pack Arena To Honor Victims Of Texas Explosion http://kunm.org/post/mourners-pack-arena-honor-victims-texas-explosion Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Nearly 10,000 mourners gathered yesterday to honor the men who died fighting a fire in a fertilizer plant in Texas. They packed the basketball arena on the campus of Baylor University in Waco. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:17:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 28286 at http://kunm.org Thousands Attend Memorial For Plant Explosion Victims http://kunm.org/post/thousands-attend-memorial-plant-explosion-victims President Obama visited Waco, Texas, on Thursday day to take part in a memorial for those killed in the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, last week. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 00:16:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 28272 at http://kunm.org Volunteers Help Residents Clear Explosion Debris In Texas http://kunm.org/post/volunteers-help-residents-clear-explosion-debris-texas Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>President Obama travels to another memorial today, this one in the Texas town of West. It is to remember those killed last week when a fertilizer plant exploded there. Yesterday, some of those living in homes closest to the plant were allowed back for the first time. NPR's Wade Goodwyn was there.<p>WADE GOODWYN, BYLINE: As a springtime Texas sun streams down gently through the live oaks, neighbors and volunteers flow in and out of their houses, carting broken glass and sheetrock. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:37:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 28273 at http://kunm.org