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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. 

She's an OU graduate and Tulsa native.

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Last updated, 3:55 p.m. 

President Donald Trump assured attendees of the National Rifle Association’s Leadership Forum Friday that his administration is fighting to protect their constitutional right to bear arms.

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Registration begins Thursday for the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association, which is at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas.

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Saturday is Election Day in North Texas.

It’s the first of two elections for Texas voters this month. The May 5 elections are all about local matters. Some voters will vote on bond packages and decide whether to spend money on improvements like roads and schools. There are several races for city councils and mayors, as well as school boards.

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Update, May 4: The Dallas Zoo has named its new baby giraffe, Witten, after retiring Dallas Cowboys tight end, Jason Witten

The male giraffe, standing at 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds, was born on April 25 at the Dallas Zoo. It’s the second baby for mom Chrystal, who gave birth to her first calf, Kopano, in 2014. 

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Tens of thousands of people, including the president, vice president and top Texas elected officials, are gathering in Dallas this week for the National Rifle Association’s 147th annual meeting. And protesters will be active throughout.

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Texas is a big, beautiful, eclectic state. 

It's full of stories, told and untold, and cultural complexities that have implications beyond its borders. That's why the Lone Star State is often a subject of KERA's hourlong talk show, "Think." 

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Amazon hasn’t chosen the location for its second headquarters yet, but a new survey suggests executives should perhaps think twice about Austin.

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North Texas seems to be a prime place for dinosaur discovery, with numerous fossils spotted through the years by professional paleontologists and avid collectors alike. Among the most recent finds: a prehistoric crocodile that apparently liked to eat dinosaurs.

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One Dallas police officer has died from his injuries and a second remains in critical condition after they were shot while trying to remove a man from a Home Depot in Northeast Dallas Tuesday afternoon.

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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to remove more than 80 Democratic candidates in Dallas County from the November general election ballot.

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Students in North Texas participated in a national walkout in protest of gun violence on Friday, which marked the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting.

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Twenty-five years ago, David Koresh brought an end to more than seven weeks of standoff between his Christian extremist sect and federal agents surrounding the compound. He ordered his followers to pour fuel around buildings and set it ablaze.

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The North Texas-based maker of bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like a machine gun, has announced it will shut down its website and stop taking orders for the devices next month.

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Update, May 15: Alumni's efforts apparently came too late to save the student newspaper from folding its print edition as well as the paper's publishing company from shutting down. More here

Southern Methodist University alumni are raising funds to try to preserve the independent student media company that’s scheduled for dissolution next month.

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Update, May 4: The Dallas Stars have made Jim Montgomery head coach. 

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Every Texas city has its charms, but which one is the “best” seems to be a constant, and mostly subjective, topic for debate.

Per the latest numerical analysis, however, it’s still Austin.

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Plano voters will have the chance to vote this November on whether a controversial elected official should keep his seat.

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From attending inaugurations as a kid to experiencing college with the Secret Service, Barbara Pierce Bush – along with her twin sister, Jenna – grew up surrounded by politics and in the public eye.

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The U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agency arrested 89 unauthorized immigrants, including dozens in North Texas, late last month.

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Angela Felecia Epps, former dean of Florida A&M University College of Law and Marine veteran, will serve as the new dean for the UNT Dallas College of Law, the university announced.

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More than 150 people in North Texas and thousands more across the state have died from the flu this season.

One person in Parker County, 13 people in Denton County, 24 in Collin County, 33 in Tarrant County and 80 in Dallas County have died from the virus.

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The number of drug overdose deaths related to opioids is on the rise in Texas.

In 2016, more than 2,800 people died from an overdose, resulting in a 7.4 percent jump from the number of fatalities the previous year, according to the most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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For a high school senior, receiving a big envelope from a college is a good sign. It likely contains an acceptance letter, ending the waiting game and green-lighting the next adventure.

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We’re lucky here in North Texas to have a pair of annual celebrations where so-ridiculous-it-might-just-be-delicious food takes precedence over the actual event.

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Tarrant County is expected to get its first Alamo Drafthouse in April 2019, the Austin-based movie theater chain announced Wednesday.

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It's going to be a wet Wednesday in North Texas. 

Several showers and thunderstorms are expected to produce heavy local rainfall and possible flash flooding, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. 

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A former Democratic contender for Dallas County district attorney has filed a lawsuit alleging that voter fraud cost her the win and that the primary race should be voided.

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In 1999, when TVs and desktops dominated, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its famous recommendation that children use no electronic screens before the age of 2.

Then in 2016 came an about face: If screens were used for something like video chat with faraway relatives or for looking at photos, they could be a good thing for kids of any age.

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In cities across Texas Saturday, thousands of people protested gun violence and called for stricter gun regulations.

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A new report says Atmos Energy was aware of gas leaks in a Northwest Dallas neighborhood nearly two months before a house exploded, killing a 12-year-old girl.

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