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video game tournament scheduled for next month in Carrollton has been canceled after Sunday's deadly shooting at a Madden event in Jacksonville, Florida. 

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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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The ability to detect if someone is under the influence of alcohol or some kind of drug is important for many workplaces, for police in keeping intoxicated people off the roads and for hospitals in formulating the right response to a potential overdose.

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Rural libraries in Texas face many challenges — they don’t have a lot of resources, but the people they serve have a lot of needs.

A new effort from Texas Woman’s University in Denton and the Texas Library Association is focused on helping them.

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You can’t get much simpler than the materials Denton artist Taylor Barnes often uses – just black charcoal on white fabric. Or tree branches and twine. A visit to her unusual studio on the University of North Texas campus in Denton reveals how she can do so much with so little.

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It’s no State Fair of Texas, but the other major fair in this region, the North Texas Fair and Rodeo in Denton, has dreams of expanding.

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The city of Denton is losing three of its top law enforcement officials, including the chief of police.

Chief Lee Howell has resigned, effective Aug. 6, after six years in the role. He'll move to the top job in Saginaw, a northern suburb of Fort Worth. He was chosen for that job last month and will begin work sometime in August, according to a news release from the city of Saginaw.

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It’s been just five days since hundreds of people protested the Trump administration’s immigration policies in the Denton town square. On July Fourth, the annual Yankee Doodle Parade marched past the same spot. 

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On paper, Natalie Berquist has a good, steady grip on her life. She's had the same job for five years and earns $17 an hour, with benefits. Despite making more than double the minimum wage, she was struggling when we met her five years ago. And now, she’s still juggling work, money and a more complicated version of motherhood.

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It’s a scorching Sunday afternoon in downtown Denton and the Square is all but empty. The only folks around are dressed in cosplay costumes, drinking beer and smoking cigarettes outside J&J’s Pizza.

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"You’re listening to the best in town," my car radio tells me, "the best around: 'The Local Mix'..."

Actually, you probably haven’t been listening to “The Local Mix” — or to “Candy's Sour Hour,” or “Electricity Comes from Other Planets,” or even to legendary Denton artist Martin Iles’ “WOODS,” a twice-monthly collage of unusual tunes, ravings, deadpan comedy, musical drones and cricket chirps.

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“Koinonia,” a noun meaning a body of believers or spiritual communion, is the last word Karthik Nemmani spelled correctly to win this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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The State Board of Education will take a final vote Friday on what will be the first state-approved course on Mexican-American history in Texas public schools.

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The Fine Arts Theatre in Denton is a classic movie palace that has sat on the city’s Square, mostly abandoned, since a fire in the '80s. But that’s all about to change.

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A new study from the Southern Poverty Law Center says Texas has removed 31 Confederate symbols over the last three years — more than any other state in the nation.

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For Texas students who eat breakfast and lunch on campus during the school year, summer break can be a difficult time to secure three full meals a day.

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Summer weather in North Texas waits for no one. The long, hot, sunny days are already here.  

One way to treat early symptoms of summer heat? Take a dip into a local lake or swimming hole. And North Texas has plenty of places to dive in and make a splash — all while enjoying the great outdoors.

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After 33 years watching rockets blast off for NASA, Lesa Roe is presiding over a different kind of launch this week. It's her first commencement weekend as chancellor of the University of North Texas system.

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Everything from a long commute and local food options to the number of physicians on call and people in poverty affects a community’s overall health.

That’s why the quality of health varies so widely across North Texas.

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Friday’s the deadline the city of Dallas gave bike-share companies to clean up their acts. The Denton City Council is also considering putting some regulations in place. Six months ago, tens of thousands of rental-share bikes began filling North Texas streets and sidewalks. One of the first companies was Garland-based VBikes.  

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It’s always a good time to give back to the community. And the holiday season is no exception. Whether it’s your money or time, there are plenty of ways to donate to organizations that feed, clothe and help North Texans get back on their feet.

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Mary Horn is a ground breaker. She was Denton County's first female tax assessor and the first woman to serve as county judge. And she's lasted longer in the county's top job than anyone else.

This week, the Republican said she's retiring. And whether it's refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, fighting to keep a Confederate memorial or opposing the so-called "bathroom bill," she makes no apologies.

Why One Of The Largest Counties In Texas Is Going Back To Paper Ballots

Jul 5, 2017
Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

Frank Phillips spent last Wednesday staring down 600 boxes of election materials — voted ballots, blank ballots, precinct records — sitting in a warehouse run by Denton County. After sitting in storage for the legally required periods — up to nearly two years in some cases — the roughly 24,000 pounds of paper were finally ready to be shredded.

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When you think of Denton, you may think of its universities, its art and music scene or its breweries. Back before any of the bustling bars peddled craft beers, Dentonites were producing and selling illegal liquor.

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The Denton County Republican Party held its biggest fundraiser of the year on Ronald Reagan’s birthday and it was a show of force. About 1,000 Republicans in formal wear crowded into a cavernous banquet hall Saturday to hear from elected leaders.

Denton Announces Renewable Energy Plan

Oct 7, 2015
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Denton announced a lofty plan Tuesday that aims to make the North Texas city one of the cleanest energy providers in the state.

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Denton touts its downtown as one of the best-preserved in North Texas. The county historical society aims to keep it that way – and tell the stories of some downtown’s most iconic buildings.

Students Feel Cheated Out Of State Money For Education

Oct 23, 2014
Christina Ulsh

Spending on education is one of the biggest policy issues in the Texas governor’s race. We showed the Sept. 30 KERA debate to students at two different high schools in North Texas. When education spending came up, there were some strong reactions.

The population explosion in North Texas’ has brought a growing number of children without health insurance, and some of the counties affected come as a surprise.

Marshal: Wildfire Almost Contained

May 23, 2012
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More than 750 acres burned so far in a fire that started just before noon near Pilot Point.