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A North Texas teacher, suspended last fall for talking about her wife to students, will be back in the classroom next week, just not the one she was teaching in a year ago.

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The annual Texas sales tax holiday starts on Friday as children prepare to return to school. The Texas comptroller's office says the tax-free weekend, for a number of school-related items, will run until Sunday.

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One of the iconic figures in North Texas news made some news himself this week.

WFAA-TV anchor John McCaa announced he'll retire next spring after 34 years at Channel 8. McCaa shares his experience and what he’s looking forward to in retirement in this week's Friday Conversation.

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The second highest-ranking elected official in Dallas has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges.

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Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges Thursday morning. He's also resigned from City Council.

Caraway pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of tax evasion, according to the U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of Texas.

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Texas school districts will soon receive letter grades for the first time as the state prepares to roll out its new accountability system. School district scores on an A-F grading system will be released August 15.

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After seven long years of litigation, opponents of Texas' voter ID law say the case is over.

In a court filing on Wednesday, opponents of the law requiring Texas voters to present photo identification to vote told a federal district judge that the case was settled and that they would not pursue any other remedies or changes to the law they first challenged in 2011 as discriminatory against voters of color.

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The state of Texas will continue to incur irreparable financial harm if an Obama-era immigration program isn't halted immediately, attorneys for the state argued in Houston on Wednesday.

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The number of people apprehended for illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border is down, according to an announcement from The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday.

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Fort Worth is scrambling to find a fix to shore up its pension fund, which will go bankrupt within 30 years if nothing is done, according to city leaders.

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In exactly a week, Texas will give its school districts official grades for the first time, rating them on a scale from A through F, with state officials promising a more transparent system that will show parents how their schools are educating students.

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This year’s Texas Lyceum Poll from the Texas Politics Project asked — as always — about how Texas adults feel about their elected officials and how they plan to vote in the upcoming elections.

The 2018 poll also looked into Texans’ assessment of how well the health care system is working today, from government-run programs, like Medicare and Medicaid, to the access they have — or lack — through private insurance companies.

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Plans to upload blueprints to the internet for 3D-printed guns are on hold as lawsuits crop up around the country seeking to control their distribution — and as with any new technology, the law is playing catch-up.

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The city of Fort Worth is staring down the barrel of a $1.6 billion pension problem. The retirement fund for city workers, police officers and firefighters is likely to run out of money in two to three decades if nothing is done.

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Governor Greg Abbott says the bail system in Texas needs to change, after a man out on bond allegedly shot and killed state trooper Damon Allen last year near Fairfield, 60 miles east of Waco.

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Almost half of all renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent, and with the lack of affordable housing, it’s no wonder more than 500,000 Americans spend the night on the streets.

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Rural libraries in Texas face many challenges — they don’t have a lot of resources, but the people they serve have a lot of needs.

A new effort from Texas Woman’s University in Denton and the Texas Library Association is focused on helping them.

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The dog days of summer are about to get slightly cooler in North Texas.

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth predicts highs in the low 90s starting Thursday through the weekend. Those are arguably comfortable temperatures compared to the sweltering triple-digit days we’ve endured this summer.  

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The Trump Justice Department says it proved that Dallas-based AT&T's mega-merger with Time Warner will hurt competition, and the judge who allowed the takeover was clearly wrong to conclude consumers wouldn't be harmed.

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WFAA-TV anchor John McCaa says he will retire in March after more than 42 years in the television news business. 

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A Dallas state senator met today with Russian officials in Moscow. A spokesman for Republican Don Huffines tells The Texas Tribune that he's in Russia for "frank discussions" and to demand that Russia stop meddling in U.S. elections.

Irving students show off their award-winning space colony design.
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One year shy of the 50th moon landing anniversary, young space enthusiasts pack Dallas' Frontiers of Flight Museum. CEO Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones says this place will see three to four times the normal Saturday turnout. 

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A special Texas Senate committee devoted to fighting school violence has recommended improving mental health resources for students and increasing funding for a program that arms some members of school staff, but shied away from any measures aiming to limit access to guns.

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“Terrible.”

That’s all Mayor Mike Rawlings had to say on Twitter Sunday about a photo of hundreds of bright yellow bicycles piled high at a Dallas recycling plant.

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WASHINGTON — Silhouetted against the window of U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s Capitol Hill office is a model Vulcan 500 series rocket, seemingly ready to blast off into the summer D.C. sky.

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Firefighters to the west of North Texas are battling two wildfires. The Texas A&M Forest Service reports fire crews have a 140-acre wildfire 75 percent contained in Jack County, about 60 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

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Food companies have been using the snowy-colored vegetable — and others — to cash in on the low-carb, gluten-free trend. A local dietitian explains what’s so appealing about cauliflower.

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Texas schools have been adding metal detectors and armed personnel in an effort to improve campus security in response to the deadly May attack at a Houston-area high school that left eight students and two teachers dead.

Among the steps that Texas apparently won't be taking anytime soon is tightening restrictions on gun access for people deemed dangerous to themselves or others.

James Milliken Named The Sole Finalist For UT System Chancellor

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The University of Texas System's governing board has tapped the former chancellor of the City University of New York as its next leader, unanimously naming 61-year-old James Milliken the sole finalist for the position of chancellor Saturday.

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Former Fort Worth state Representative Bill Carter died this week. He was 89.

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