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In Dallas at least, school zone lights have been flashing this week, and some cars have even slowed down to the required 20 mph. But hitting the brakes is not required yet, say school officials. That’s because school isn’t in session until this coming Monday.

The legal, slower speed limit is not in force until then. Apparently, officials activate the lights in advance to make sure the flashers work and to remind drivers that school’s about to start. But come Monday, tickets will be issued.

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UDPATE:  Dick Hathaway of Rockwall heard the news about former president George W. Bush getting a stent to open a blocked artery as he began his tour of the Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus.

"He's always riding his bike and exercising. I was shocked," Hathaway said. "I hope he's doing okay."

Matt Moss of Dallas stopped in for an early lunch at Cafe 43 inside the center.  

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Forty years ago, a 12-year-old boy named Santos Rodriguez was killed by a police officer in Dallas. The event sparked the closest thing to a race riot in the city’s history. 

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Otha Thornton, the new president of the National Parent Teacher Association, is in town this weekend attending the state PTA's Summer Leadership Seminar. 

He sat down for a few minutes with KERA News to talk about his goals for the 117-year-old organization.

West Nile virus looked like it was waning as a health threat, with the number of cases dropping each year. Then last summer, it roared back.

The number of people infected with the mosquito-borne illness suddenly spiked in 2012. And Dallas was hit hardest of all.

People showed up in emergency rooms with encephalitis and paralysis, unable to breathe on their own.

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One of Mexico’s most wanted drug lords was captured near the border Monday night – and he has deep roots in North Texas. Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, the leader of the brutal Zetas drug cartel, was taken into custody near Nuevo Laredo. KERA’s Lauren Silverman called Alfredo Corchado, who’s in Mexico City covering the case for the Dallas Morning News, to talk about Trevino Morales’ links to Dallas.


And you thought learning the Dewey Decimal System was hard. Librarians across the country have been recruited to help people seeking health insurance figure out their options under Obamacare.   

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A new study by the University of North Texas shows more than half of the 350 Census tracts in Dallas are moderate or high-blight areas. Those are neighborhoods with neglected, rundown or abandoned buildings. 


A daylong symposium this November will delve into how the assassination of John F. Kennedy changed the course of a city.

The Nov. 2 event, "Understanding Tragedy: The Impact of the JFK Assassination on Dallas," will feature a series of panel discussions headlined by U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, law professor Stephen Carter, journalists Jim Lehrer and Lee Cullum, and others.

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It’s the Good Book like you’ve never heard it before.

The tech guru at Dallas Theological Seminary has built a web app that translates the Bible into “Texan.”

But replacing “yous” with “ya’lls” is just one of the faith-based technology projects John Dyer’s involved in.

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Belo, the Dallas-based chain of TV stations, was sold today to Gannett in a deal worth 2.2 billion dollars. Twenty stations will change hands, including Belo’s flagship, WFAA-Channel 8. Until now, IT’S been the only locally owned major-network affiliate in North Texas. This deal does NOT include The Dallas Morning News – the newspaper is owned by a spinoff company, A.H. Belo. This deal could reshape the broadcast landscape in North Texas.

A proposed bullet train between North Texas and Houston is still years away from becoming reality, but Dallas and Fort Worth are already sizing up station locations. The idea is to build three: one each in Dallas and Fort Worth and another somewhere in between. But both ends of the Metroplex want to go first.

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The Dallas Catholic Diocese dismissed school at noon today because of the threat of severe weather in North Texas . 

Update: Dallas officials have confirmed 28-year firefighter Stanley Wilson died in a morning fire. He was trying to rescue residents in the burning condo complex. Firefighters stood in a salute as the flag-covered body of one of their own was removed from the wreckage of a condo fire at at 12363 Abrams Road this morning.

After three decades at Dallas City Hall and eight years as city manager, Mary Suhm says she is stepping down. She notified council members yesterday that she will step down following the preparation of the current budget.

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Dallas city leaders announced on Tuesday a new partnership aimed at improving blighted and crime-ridden neighborhoods.

Economic Partners Investing in Communities, or EPIC, includes the Dallas Police Department, GrowSouth, Safer Dallas Better Dallas, Communities Foundation of Texas and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity.

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Southwest Airlines is teaming up with the Trinity Trust Foundation and City of Dallas to create the Trinity River Conservation Corps. With the help of a three-year, $150,00 grant, this new program will help clean up and conserve the Trinity River Corridor.

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Like many runners around the country today, North Texas residents are showing their support and honoring the victims of yesterday's tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Through social media channels like Twitter and Facebook, runners in groups like the Dallas Running Club are calling on their cohorts to wear one of their race t-shirts today.


The City of Dallas says it has placed eight employees in the Housing and Community Services department on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into misuse of federal housing money.  A ninth city employee was referred to the grand jury in January. 

The choice to replace Veletta Lill as the head of Dallas' downtown arts haven is a familiar face: Catherine Cuellar, a member of the city's Cultural Affairs Commission and a former reporter at KERA.

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Dallas has kicked off a new branding campaign: Big Things Happen Here.  And tourism officials want everybody to get into the act.

The resignation of board trustee Thomas White, a Dallas police officer, comes as questions are being raised about swanky real estate investments making up a disproportionate amount of the pension fund's assets. The controversial Museum Tower in downtown Dallas is among the properties owned by the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings' appearance at a United Nation's anti-abuse event captured the attention of Big Apple journalists. They liked the sensitive side of the macho man.

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The mosquito population in parts of Dallas and Denton counties actually increased after last summer’s aerial pesticide spraying.  But, the Centers for Disease Control found the number of human cases of the mosquito-borne illness went down.

Continuing Coverage: Tracking West Nile

Feb 8, 2013

Our 7:33 composite entry includes portions or all of eight reports: 

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department has a new leader for the first time in a couple of decades. 

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Newly elected lawmakers sometimes blend into the woodwork in Austin. But that’s not likely to happen to Republican Jason Villalba whose District 114 includes parts of North Dallas, Preston Hollow and Lake Highlands.

In the first week of the session Villalba is already gaining a reputation as an independent voice who wants to tackle big problems. 

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Plans for the first new construction in five years in Dallas’ West End – an apartment building –  got a green light at City Hall this morning, while the storied Oak Cliff apartment building where Lee Harvey Oswald once lived is officially on its way down.

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Dallas joined cities nationwide in ringing bells this morning at 8:30 in remembrance of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Twenty-six children and adults were killed in the shooting rampage a week ago today. 

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The Dallas City Plan Commission voted against natural gas drilling permits on three sites in northwest Dallas on Thursday.  That move becomes an influential recommendation to the Dallas City Council, which will have the final say on the start of drilling in Dallas.  That vote will come next month.