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KERA received two first-place awards and one second from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). Texas stations won 14 in all, including first place for the Texas Station Collaborative's coverage of Hurricane Harvey. The honors bring KERA's awards total for the year to 26. 

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North Texas endured record-breaking heat throughout the weekend with temperatures as high as 110 in some areas.

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Managers of the state's largest electrical grid had predicted more record highs for power use as the extreme heat continues – and they were right.

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Crews continue to battle a wildfire in Palo Pinto County that started Monday, about sixty miles west of Fort Worth. The fire has now spread to more than 3,000 acres, and it's only about 40 percent contained.

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On Sunday, a populist leftist was elected president of Mexico. Andrés Manuel López Obrador won by a landslide – promising voters something along the lines of “Mexico First." He’s vowed to generate more jobs inside Mexico, which he hopes will cut back on migration and improve national security.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is demanding the Fort Worth school district turn over a copy of its sixth grade human sexuality curriculum.

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A burst pipe has sent a million gallons of raw sewage into White Rock Creek, and the sewage is expected to make its way 12 miles downstream to White Rock Lake in Dallas.

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A federal judge has given the Trump administration a deadline for reunifying families that it separated at the U.S.-Mexico border under its so-called “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

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One person has died following an explosion outside Coryell Memorial Healthcare System, about 40 miles west of Waco. Coryell County officials confirm that 12 were also injured by the blast.

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A divided Supreme Court today is keeping Texas' voting maps largely intact. The 5-to-4 decision deals an election-year blow to Democrats by reversing earlier findings that intentional racial discrimination continues to stain several statehouse and congressional districts.

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Texas Democrats wrapped up their state party convention in Fort Worth this weekend. In speech after speech, Democratic leaders told thousands in the audience that this is their year to oust Republicans from office with messages of a diverse and inclusive Texas.

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Although President Donald Trump has signed an executive order ending the separation of families that cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, the controversy over the treatment of children who have already been detained continues.

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Former Dallas City Council member John Loza has died.

The Dallas Voice reports Loza was elected as an openly gay man to the City Council in 1997, and he served four consecutive terms, stepping down in 2005. In 2000, he announced he was leaving the Republican Party because of the GOP’s stance on LGBT and immigration issues.

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Dallas County could eventually host some of the immigrant children who've been separated from their parents along the Texas-Mexico border.

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Outrage continues to grow in Texas and across the country over the Trump Administration's so-called “zero tolerance” policy, which separates families accused of entering the U.S. without legal permission – many of whom are seeking asylum.

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The U.S. Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke got personal this week when the incumbent attacked the challenger over a tax fraud case involving his mother.

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The Fort Worth school district is trying to recruit teachers with a billboard campaign in Oklahoma, where teacher protests about classroom funding recently closed schools across the state.

Fort Worth ISD has placed red billboards in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman and Stillwater. They declare, “Your future is in a Fort Worth classroom.”

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A Home Depot worker who was shot while confronting a shoplifting suspect is out of the hospital nearly two weeks after gunfire that left one Dallas police officer dead and another critically hurt.

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President Donald Trump says the United States is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, which he is calling "defective at its core."

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The National Rifle Association's annual convention kicks into high gear Friday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. President Trump and Vice President Pence will both speak at the event, and protesters are mobilizing outside.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: The National Rifle Association's annual convention opens Thursday night in downtown Dallas. Teen actors from Dallas are among the NRA's newest members – and they’re heading to the convention. 

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A teenager accused of planning a mass shooting at a Frisco mall inspired by ISIS has been arrested and charged with terrorism.

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Hundreds attended the Tuesday morning funeral for Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Santander, who was fatally shot last week while questioning a suspected shoplifter at a Home Depot in Northeast Dallas.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: A Wednesday evening Mass in downtown Dallas is honoring the police officer killed in a shooting at a home improvement store.

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Homeless outreach workers spent six days in January counting the number of 12-to-24 year olds in Dallas County who didn’t have a stable place to live. They ultimately surveyed 179 people as part of the first-ever homeless youth survey in the county.

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Condolences are pouring in from political leaders in Texas and around the world for former First Lady Barbara Bush. She died yesterday in Houston at the age of 92.

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One person was killed after a plane bound for Dallas experienced engine failure and had to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is appearing on Capitol Hill for a second day of hearings about protecting its users' data. The House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing follows hours of questioning by lawmakers in the Senate. 

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Over the weekend, a North Texas activist group released a video of two Fort Worth police officers appearing to punch a man in the face as he was pinned on the street.

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The Texas Tribune is hosting a discussion with North Texas state Reps. Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth, and Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, moderated by Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith.

Stream the hourlong conversation live, starting at noon. The video will be archived to watch after the event has concluded.

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