Melissa Block http://www.kplu.org en LBJ Carried Poor Texas Town With Him In Civil Rights Fight http://www.kplu.org/post/lbj-carried-poor-texas-town-him-civil-rights-fight <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EizAeISiHDM</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:31:13 +0000 Melissa Block 15949 at http://www.kplu.org LBJ Carried Poor Texas Town With Him In Civil Rights Fight Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town http://www.kplu.org/post/drilling-frenzy-fuels-sudden-growth-small-texas-town South Texas is in the midst of a massive oil boom. In just a few years, it has totally transformed once-sleepy communities along a crescent swoosh known as the Eagle Ford Shale formation and has brought unexpected prosperity — along with a host of new concerns.<p>Among the towns drastically changed by the drilling is Cotulla, southwest of San Antonio, about 70 miles up from the border with Mexico. The area is called brush country — flat, dry ranch land, scrubby with mesquite and parched by drought.<p>Before the boom, jobs were few and poverty was high. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:20:54 +0000 Melissa Block 15913 at http://www.kplu.org Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town Another Tragedy For A City All Too Familiar With Extreme Gun Violence http://www.kplu.org/post/another-tragedy-city-all-too-familiar-extreme-gun-violence Flags are fluttering at half-staff across Killeen, Texas, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/03/298699681/fort-hood-shooting-the-latest">after yesterday's shooting at Fort Hood</a>. This is a city that's all too familiar with spasms of extreme gun violence: a shooting rampage at <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1991/10/17/us/gunman-kills-22-and-himself-in-texas-cafeteria.html">Luby's Cafeteria in 1991</a> that left 23 dead. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:07:12 +0000 Melissa Block 15663 at http://www.kplu.org Another Tragedy For A City All Too Familiar With Extreme Gun Violence As Texas Gets More Diverse, Educators Grab The Bull By The Horns http://www.kplu.org/post/state-diversifies-texas-educators-grab-bull-horns Texas is in the midst of a population boom and demographic sea change. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:25:38 +0000 Melissa Block 15587 at http://www.kplu.org As Texas Gets More Diverse, Educators Grab The Bull By The Horns Orthotic Brace Takes Soldiers From Limping To Leaping http://www.kplu.org/post/orthotic-brace-takes-soldiers-limping-leaping A deceptively simple leg brace is changing the lives of hundreds of wounded service members. Soldiers with badly injured legs who thought they'd have to live with terrible pain can walk and run again, pain-free.<p>Earlier this month, Army Spc. Joey McElroy took his first steps in the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis, or IDEO (pronounced: eye-DAY-oh). The device squeaked a bit as he stepped briskly on an indoor track.<p>McElroy was hit by a car and thrown from his motorcycle on Dec. 5, 2012.<p>"I knew that when I looked down there was bones comin' out of the leg that didn't look correct. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:03:27 +0000 Melissa Block 15508 at http://www.kplu.org Orthotic Brace Takes Soldiers From Limping To Leaping Sidelined By Brain Injury, Ex-NFL Player Copes With 'Desperation' http://www.kplu.org/post/sidelined-brain-injury-ex-nfl-player-copes-desperation The home of Sean Morey bears the impressive signposts of his 10-year career in the NFL: a Vince Lombardi trophy for his Super Bowl championship with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006. A hefty Super Bowl ring. A framed photograph showing Morey in midair, launching himself like a missile to block a punt. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:39:28 +0000 Melissa Block 13108 at http://www.kplu.org Sidelined By Brain Injury, Ex-NFL Player Copes With 'Desperation' You know you want one, but personal robots not ready yet http://www.kplu.org/post/you-know-you-want-one-personal-robots-not-ready-yet <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caVo6EJFV8s</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:14:55 +0000 Melissa Block 5317 at http://www.kplu.org You know you want one, but personal robots not ready yet