Five stories that have North Texas talking: take me out to the ballgame (for the food); Ku Klux Klan fliers are showing up in Wise County; KERA’s One Crisis Away TV special airs tonight; and more.
- Urban planning is the focus of tonight’s State of the Arts. Join KERA’s Jeff Whittington for a conversation with Brent A. Brown, founding director of bcWorkshop; Catherine Cuellar, executive director of the Dallas Arts District; and Robert Meckfessel, president of LaReunion TX. It’s at 7:30 tonight at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood. Buy tickets here.
- Yeah, the Texas Rangers play their first home game of the season Monday. But what’s there to eat this year at Globe Life Park? New foods have been announced – they include the $7 “Bacon on a Stick,” a thick slab of smoked Hungarian bacon is dipped in a maple glaze. The “Choomongus” is humongous – 24 inches. The sandwich includes Asian beef with spicy slaw. It’s named in honor of Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. Other new items include “Sidewinder Beer Battered Fries, brisket sausage and frozen beer,” the Dallas Observer reports. “The two-foot Boomstick is still on the menu, loaded with chili, cheese and grilled onions. The Beltre Buster is also returning. The one-pound burger is topped with bacon, Jack cheese and grilled onions and also costs $26.” Better pack some Tums. Tanner Scheppers will be the Opening Day starter, replacing Yu Darvish, who’s on the disabled list and dealing with stiffness in his neck. The Rangers play the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. Monday. (The Dallas Morning News, ESPN)
- Speaking of Bacon … A potbellied pig named Bacon has been reunited with its owner. The pig was found roaming Arlington streets on Friday. Arlington Animal Services told KXAS-TV that the pig’s owner, a 17-year-old girl, and her mother were going to claim it. “Police assumed Bacon was someone’s pet since she would get upset if someone wasn’t constantly petting her,” KXAS reported. “The city said it received interest from people who wanted to adopt the potbellied pig if the owner didn’t come forward.” WFAA-TV captured the reunion.
- Ku Klux Klan fliers are showing up in a neighborhood in Rhome in Wise County. WFAA-TV reports the fliers from the Loyal White Knights say: “The KKK Wants You!” The papers were spotted in the Shale Creek subdivision last week. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office said some fliers were hanging on residents’ doors. “We do not need that type of problem in Wise County, Texas,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Kevin Benton told WFAA. He said his office hasn’t seen anything like this since the 1990s. “You wish it was something from the past, that you’d hope everyone had gotten beyond that,” Benton said. Rhome is about a half-hour northwest of Fort Worth. The Southern Poverty Law Center says that Texas has 21 active KKK chapters, the most in the country.
- How would you pay the bills if you lost your income? KERA’s series One Crisis Away has spent the last six months following North Texas families on the financial edge — a couple facing a medical crisis, a single mom facing homelessness, a family finding strength in their church, and a retiree taking in boarders to get by. Those four families and a panel of financial experts will be featured in an hourlong TV special tonight at 7 on KERA-13. Meet the families and explore their stories in our KERA News Digital Storytelling Project.