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Molly Evans

Assistant Producer of Digital News

Molly Evans is the Assistant Producer of Digital News at KERA. She writes, edits and curates news content and maintains the news Twitter feed.

Molly previously served as Digital Coordinator, maintaining KERA’s various websites and digital platforms, designing graphics, working on digital projects and offering technical assistance to the staff.

She has worked at KERA since January 2015.

Before KERA, Molly interned with This Land Press, TulsaPeople, World Literature Today and the Oklahoma Gazette, where she also freelanced. She also wrote and edited for The Oklahoma Daily, the award-winning student newspaper at the University of Oklahoma.  

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Dallas will make history Wednesday as the first Texas city to get state recognition for its LGBTQ neighborhood.

Tonight at 7, the Texas Historical Commission will unveil a historical marker in front of JR’s Bar & Grill in Oak Lawn — the heart of the gay and lesbian community in Dallas.

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When it comes to traditional public schools and charter schools, many take sides — but Todd Williams says both models have strengths.

He's president and CEO of The Commit Partnership, a Dallas-based nonprofit working to boost student outcomes in North Texas. He also helped establish Uplift Williams Preparatory, a Dallas charter school.

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In Dallas, it’s not officially fall until opening day of the State Fair of Texas. 

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.

Watch the proceeding, courtesy of PBS NewsHour.

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In Dallas, stray and loose dogs are still roaming the streets, particularly on the city's south side. 

Some attacks have resulted in serious injuries — and death. This summer, a man was attacked in far south Dallas by three dogs. In 2016, Antoinette Brown, a homeless Army veteran, was killed in southern Dallas after being mauled by a pack of dogs. 

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It's hard to talk to kids about sex.

But the U.S. consistently has among the highest teen pregnancy and STD infection rates in the developed world.

Bonnie J. Rough has had "The Talk" with her kids — and she knows how hard it is, and how important. She's the author of "Beyond Birds and Bees." 

She recently talked with KERA's Krys Boyd on Think about the need for comprehensive sex education, even when it's uncomfortable.

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Updated, 7:21 a.m. Tuesday

The Dallas Police Department has fired officer Amber Guyger, almost three weeks after she shot and killed her black neighbor in his apartment. 

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Do you remember the 21st night of September?

Torrential rain that fell Friday night kicked off a record-breaking weekend in North Texas.

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Owner Mark Cuban has agreed to contribute $10 million to help further the cause of women in sports and raise awareness about domestic violence following a workplace investigation of the Dallas Mavericks.

The results of a seven-month-long investigation into sexual harassment and workplace misconduct within the Mavericks organization were released Wednesday. The investigation reviewed a period spanning more than 20 years.

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What would happen if all Americans were guaranteed a monthly income — whether or not they were employed?

Annie Lowrey is a contributing editor for The Atlantic and author of the book "Give People Money." She spoke with Krys Boyd on a recent episode of KERA's Think about how universal basic income — UBI for short — might change this country.

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Year after year, cities in North Texas rank near the top of Money magazine’s annual list of best places to live.

In 2018, Frisco is No. 1.

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A white Dallas police officer has moved out of the apartment complex where she shot and killed her black neighbor inside his own home.

Ryan Tarinelli / AP

In the week since he was killed by a Dallas police officer, 26-year-old Botham Jean has been remembered as a hard worker, a good neighbor and an active churchgoer who stood out thanks to his smile and singing voice.

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Update, 7:09 a.m. Tuesday

A white Dallas police officer said she didn't realize she was in the wrong apartment until after she shot her black neighbor and went into the hallway to check the address, according to an affidavit released Monday.

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Update, 9:01 p.m. Saturday

Dallas police have identified Amber Guyger as the white off-duty officer involved in the fatal shooting of a black man. She's been with the city's police department for four years assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division. 

No other details were released with identification of the officer.  

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Friday marks the fourth and final day of confirmation hearings for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Brett Kavanaugh finished testimony on Thursday.

Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces a second round of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

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Updated, 1:55 p.m.

A man accused of crashing a pickup truck into a Fox affiliate television station building in downtown Dallas has been charged with criminal mischief.

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After a sometimes raucous day of opening statements on Tuesday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces his first round of questioning from senators on Wednesday.

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In the city of Dallas, 23 percent of residents live under the poverty line — that's higher than the national average.

CitySquare is a nonprofit that's been fighting poverty in Dallas for 30 years. It offers job training, food, health care — and housing units.

Larry James, longtime CEO of CitySquare, recently talked with Krys Boyd on KERA’s Think about how they're trying to reduce homelessness with a "housing first" approach.

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Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh started today. 

The 53-year-old federal judge is President Donald Trump’s pick to fill the spot left vacant by Justice Anthony Kennedy who retired in July.

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The McKinney school district will hold its first game Thursday night at its new $69.9 million football stadium, despite large cracks found in the home and visitor concourses and the lower bowl wall.

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Late Wednesday night, a Dallas County jury sentenced former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver to 15 years in prison and ordered him to pay a $10,000 fine.

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Updated, 8:22 p.m. CT

Roy Oliver, a former police officer in Balch Springs, Texas, was found guilty of murder Tuesday in the fatal shooting of unarmed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards after police broke up a house party last year.

Sentencing is underway; the hearing will continue Wednesday.

State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas is so close you can taste it.

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A University of North Texas professor planned to give the world’s longest history lecture Friday and Saturday with the goal of earning a Guinness World Record and raising money for an online Texas history archive.

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Former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver took the stand Thursday, testifying he shot into a car full of teenagers last year because he thought his police partner’s life was in danger.

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Arlington has approved a contract with Drive.ai for a one-year pilot program to operate autonomous vehicles within the city's entertainment district.

The pilot begins Oct. 19 with three self-driving vans that will provide residents and visitors on-demand transportation around AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park and nearby venues.

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A few years back, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha felt perfectly comfortable telling parents it was fine for their kids to drink the town’s water. Flint, Michigan was a part of America, wasn’t it?

After she learned it was contaminated with lead, she evolved from passive pediatrician to investigator of the city’s water supply and activist for the public’s health. And the repercussions are still playing out.

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A recall election to decide whether to remove a Plano City Council member who made an anti-Islam social media post will be called off.

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