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This week, Dallas is hosting top city planners and officials at two big conferences.  On Friday, 200 mayors from around the country will be here to discuss issues like education and urban poverty.  On Tuesday, 800 public, business and academic leaders from 40 countries are meeting in the arts district at the third New Cities Summit.

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Research shows that the summer break takes a toll on learning. Either kids aren’t doing much of it at home or they don’t have access to education programs or activities. In the first of two stories, we look at the “summer slide” and how Dallas is tackling it.

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Dallas’ unusual effort to turn an old bridge into a new park culminates this weekend when the Continental Bridge Park opens Sunday. Here’s a sneak peek.

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Cowboys mascot Rowdy offered high-fives and several team cheerleaders waved pompoms Wednesday at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport as they welcomed members of the committee choosing a site for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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If you rode your bike Wednesday and wore a helmet, you won’t have to wear it Wednesday night. That’s because Dallas no longer requires every bike rider to wear one. The Dallas City Council voted 12-3 Wednesday to require only those 17 and under to wear a helmet.

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Right now,  Dallas has a tough bicycle helmet law. Everyone must wear one. But  the City Council is considering some pretty big changes that could be approved Wednesday.

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Dallas this week gets another chance to make its case for hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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Call them the GOP Final Four. Dallas is among four cities that will advance to the next stage in the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The RNC announced this afternoon that Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Cleveland will receive visits from convention officials.


Are local journalists more in touch with the public's views on Dallas architecture than actual architects?

On Monday night, architects, local politicians, journalists and others gathered to compete in “Firmily Feud,” an architecture game show based on “Family Feud,” the classic game show. Four teams faced off: developers vs. the press; the city of Dallas vs. non-profits.

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Chronic homelessness can seem unsolvable. People bounce around from the street to jail to hospitals and back to the street. On Thursday, ground was broken on an $8 million effort to stop that cycle in southern Dallas. It's called the Cottages at Hickory Crossing.

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The ferry that sank off the Korean peninsula is sending shock waves all the way to North Texas.

Minjung Kim got word of the ship sinking overnight, and immediately went to work, getting the latest details for her broadcast on Dallas Korean Radio, AM 730.

“Especially the fact that most of the passengers were young high school kids makes this tragedy even more painful,” Kim told KERA. “The whole nation of Korea is in shock.”

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Dallas isn’t outdoorsy, Outside magazine says. It calls Dallas “outdoor-challenged.” In fact, the magazine has declared that Dallas is the worst outdoor city in the country.

Outside surveyed the 50 biggest cities in the country. So how did the magazine crunch the numbers?

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The elementary school field trip to a concert hall is one thing. But in Mesquite, concert hall musicians head to the school. They also visit by iPad. It’s part of an unusual, experimental program that combines personal and virtual school visits with digital and interactive lessons.

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What does the country think of Dallas?

(And, this being Dallas, we really do care what the rest of the country thinks of us. We might say we don’t care. But, deep down, we do.)

NPR journalists went to a Metro subway stop in Washington, D.C., where they saw a pair of posters “tempting passengers with images of a cosmopolitan city, an upscale arts district, a modern sports stadium.”

The poster's slogan is "Dallas: Big Things Happen Here." The reaction?

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Update, 3:51 p.m.: During a press conference, Dallas police didn't release many details about the suspect who barricaded himself in a Victory Park apartment, but they say no criminal charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon. They say the man was under distress, but "can't definitively say" what led to his actions earlier today. He is being evaluated.

The suspect used a handgun, but it hadn't been recovered as of the press conference. He shot out a window, which could have been dangerous to people below. Investigators were still in the apartment Tuesday afternoon.


Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says Big D presented a competitive proposal Friday that should make the city a finalist for hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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GOP leaders should choose Dallas for its 2016 convention because the city has plenty of hotel rooms, has the ability to raise enough funding, is centrally located, and has a proven track record of hosting big events.

Those are some of the highlights of the city's proposal to host the Republican Convention. Dallas officials have kept a tight lid on details -- until now. Today, various Dallas representatives are in Washington to make their pitch. They include Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau President Phillip Jones and retired U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. A press conference is being held this morning in Washington to discuss the city's presentation.

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Three different community meetings on the Dallas schools home-rule effort roll out tonight. If enough people sign petitions, the school district could be forced to change how it’s run and how it’s governed. But some who strongly back school reform efforts don’t yet back this one.

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Millionaire couple Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt are on a mission to save marriages in Dallas. Their goal is to bring the tools – in both Spanish and English – to fix broken relationships.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: some of the best places to eat are in Big D; today is primary day; a very old map of Texas will be put up for auction; and more.

"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them" -- Mark Twain.

Dr. John Miller, the author of the America's Most Literate Cities study, which ranked 77 of the nation's largest cities by six groupings of criteria, said that Twain quote perfectly encapsulates his attitude toward literacy.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Season three of the "Dallas" reboot starts tonight; did you catch Vanilla Ice over the weekend?; Rick Perry isn’t ruling out a 2016 presidential bid; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a black business executive gets into the Dallas Country Club after a 13-year wait, a transgender widow wins a fight in court, catch WFAA’s Dale Hansen on Ellen, and more.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says a $30 million lawsuit filed Thursday by Trinity East Energy is the latest in a “game of poker.” The gas drilling company is suing the city, claiming it breached a contract that would have allowed it to drill on city property. 

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Robert Hsueh, the D/FW International Airport board chair who was a longtime leader of the North Texas Asian-American community, has died.  

Hsueh, 63, died earlier this month from bone cancer.  

“Robert connected our Asian community with corporate America, and gave opportunities to our members in terms of procurement, contracting, doing business with the different public agencies here in the Metroplex, and most especially with the airport,” Galileo Jumaoas, president of the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce, told KERA.

Chinese New Year: A Time To Honor Ancestors -- And Celebrate

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The Year of the Horse has begun, and in North Texas, it’s a busy weekend for Chinese New Year revelers.

At the Chinese Community Center in Richardson, a dance group is practicing its routine and nearby organizers are prepping for Saturday’s big celebration. Marina Chen is a volunteer with the center. She says Chinese New Year is like Thanksgiving.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Lee Harvey Oswald's brother sued a funeral home; have you watched "North Dallas Forty?;" Dallas has its own Biennial; and more:


The city of Dallas is asking the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to withdraw or change its findings that the city violated policies for financing low and affordable income housing.

The city’s written denial of wrongdoing came Friday morning in a lengthy response to HUD’s claims. 

Dallas maintains HUD used outdated, incomplete and incorrect information in concluding the city erred in how it funded and approved low-income developments.

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So now that you found that new cellphone or TV under the tree, what do you do with the old one?  If it’s still useable, you can donate it.  If not, think recycling. 

State laws in Texas make it easy.

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In just a few weeks, Dallas housing officials must respond to a four-year federal Housing and Urban Development investigation that found that the city misused federal financing aimed at creating low-income housing throughout Dallas.

The HUD inquiry comes as critics claim that Dallas is fostering economic and racial segregation by returning to a practice of placing nearly all its low-income housing in the southern part of town, home to some of the city's poorest residents.