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Every weekday morning and evening, KERA airs an extended local news report. Hosted by Sam Baker at 8:20 a.m. and Justin Martin at 6:20 p.m., the segment focuses on the latest in education, health, science, technology, arts and politics in North Texas. Special features include Breakthroughs reports on advances in health, science and technology; Vital Signsa weekly conversation about personal health; American Graduate stories about the journey to graduation; the weekly movie chat The Big Screen; and in-depth interviews of The Friday Conversation

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A North Texas teacher, suspended last fall for talking about her wife to students, will be back in the classroom next week, just not the one she was teaching in a year ago.

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The annual Texas sales tax holiday starts on Friday as children prepare to return to school. The Texas comptroller's office says the tax-free weekend, for a number of school-related items, will run until Sunday.

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The second highest-ranking elected official in Dallas has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges.

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Texas school districts will soon receive letter grades for the first time as the state prepares to roll out its new accountability system. School district scores on an A-F grading system will be released August 15.

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The number of people apprehended for illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border is down, according to an announcement from The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday.

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The city of Fort Worth is staring down the barrel of a $1.6 billion pension problem. The retirement fund for city workers, police officers and firefighters is likely to run out of money in two to three decades if nothing is done.

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Governor Greg Abbott says the bail system in Texas needs to change, after a man out on bond allegedly shot and killed state trooper Damon Allen last year near Fairfield, 60 miles east of Waco.

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The Trump Justice Department says it proved that Dallas-based AT&T's mega-merger with Time Warner will hurt competition, and the judge who allowed the takeover was clearly wrong to conclude consumers wouldn't be harmed.

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A Dallas state senator met today with Russian officials in Moscow. A spokesman for Republican Don Huffines tells The Texas Tribune that he's in Russia for "frank discussions" and to demand that Russia stop meddling in U.S. elections.

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Firefighters to the west of North Texas are battling two wildfires. The Texas A&M Forest Service reports fire crews have a 140-acre wildfire 75 percent contained in Jack County, about 60 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

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Former Fort Worth state Representative Bill Carter died this week. He was 89.

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Health officials are urging people to take precautions in the extreme heat after Dallas County recorded its first two heat-related deaths of the year.

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Texas is generating more money from sales taxes. State Comptroller Glenn Hegar said sales tax revenue totaled $2.74 billion last month, which is 6.9 percent more than in July 2017.  

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Guitar players the world over idolize Stevie Ray Vaughan, but the guitar player he idolized was his big brother, Jimmie. 

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Results from two polls released on Wednesday suggest a close Senate race in Texas between Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke and Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

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A court hearing begins in Austin on Wednesday stemming from comments radio show host Alex Jones made about the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school six years ago.

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A second section of an Irving parking garage collapsed Tuesday afternoon, just hours after a first collapse. There were no reports of injuries from either incident.

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Attorneys for a former police officer in Balch Springs accused of killing an unarmed 15 year-old have requested a change of venue for the upcoming trial.

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Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth factory has been on a hiring binge over the last few years, and the aerospace giant held a hiring fair on Monday to add up to 400 new workers.

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Monday morning storms are bringing North Texans relief from recent high temperatures. National Weather Service meteorologist Juan Hernandez says the cold front is bringing in gusty winds and rain.

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The city of Dallas appears to be a step closer to turning Fair Park private.

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A large portion of North Texas, including most of Tarrant and portions of Dallas, Denton and Wise counties, have entered extreme drought conditions, according to the United States Drought Monitor.

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Paul Quinn College in southeast Oak Cliff announced Thursday that it's expanding to the suburbs.

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A funeral service will be held Thursday morning for Dallas Police officer Earl "Jamie" Givens. 

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Texas has almost a dozen medical schools. But it also has a shortage of rural healthcare workers.

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National Guard troops sent to the U.S-Mexico border nearly four months ago have made a dent in illegal border crossings and drug smuggling.

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A special Texas Senate committee looking at school safety had its last public hearing Tuesday. The Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Safety focused on “red flag” gun laws in the final hearing.

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Ongoing debate about growth and development in Plano continued at Monday night's City Council meeting. 

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A candlelight vigil will be held Monday night for 55-year-old Senior Corporal Earl Givens, a Dallas officer killed early Saturday morning by a man accused of drunk driving.

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North Texas endured record-breaking heat throughout the weekend with temperatures as high as 110 in some areas.

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