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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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North Texas is sweating through its second straight record day of heat. Friday’s high of 108 makes this the hottest July 20th ever in Dallas. Wichita Falls also blew away its daily record with 112 degrees.

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Managers of the state's largest electrical grid had predicted more record highs for power use as the extreme heat continues – and they were right.

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Thursday was the hottest July 19th in the history of Dallas, with temperatures reaching 108 degrees. In Wichita Falls, temperatures reached a high of 111 degrees.

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Some transportation relief is coming for parts of Fort Worth. The last segment of the $1.6 billion North Tarrant Express project opens on Thursday, two months ahead of schedule.

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On Wednesday, Democrat Lupe Valdez accepted an invitation to a debate with Republican Governor Greg Abbott, but it's not the same debate he has said yes to.

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There's been a sharp increase this year in Texas students arrested for threatening violence, according to a new report. Data from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department showed more than 1, 200 arrests from January through May for terroristic threats.

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After just over six weeks in the job, the new president and chief executive officer of Texas Instruments, Brian Crutcher, is out.

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Across Texas, seven Democratic challengers raised more money in the latest reporting period than the Republican incumbents they're facing.

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A challenge of an abortion-related restriction in Texas returns to court on Monday in Austin. The law requires burial or cremation of fetal remains instead of incinerating and depositing in a landfill.

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On Friday, federal authorities in Dallas announced indictments for eight alleged MS-13 gang members on a range of criminal charges. Officials have seven of the men in custody and are still looking for one.

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The candidates in November’s gubernatorial race are in disagreement about where and when to hold an upcoming debate.

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American Airlines shares closed at an almost two-year low on Wednesday. The drop comes after the Fort Worth-based carrier trimmed its second-quarter revenue outlook.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has agreed to a televised debate this fall with Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez. This would be the first debate in the run-up to the November election.

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Three University of Texas professors will ask a federal appeals court in New Orleans to revive their lawsuit challenging the campus carry law on Wednesday. That law requires public universities in Texas to allow people with concealed-handgun licenses to carry weapons on campus.

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A former school board member is suing the Richardson school district, and the school board, claiming they violated the state open meetings law.

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The Texas Education Agency has launched a search for organizations to help school districts overhaul special education.

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President Trump is expected to announce his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy tonight. Trump is picking from a shortlist of candidates who have undergone a vetting process.

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It's been about a year since the first dockless bike-share companies entered Dallas, and now you may have noticed new electric scooters around.

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Dallas police gathered in front of their headquarters Friday morning to remember the officers who died two years ago. The shooting on July 7, 2016, was one of the deadliest days in U.S. law enforcement history.

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Some of the $5 billion in federal funding announced for disaster recovery projects in the state will come to North Texas. The governor's office said on Thursday that about $275 million will go to the Dallas Floodway and Floodway Extension.

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Apprehensions of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border fell sharply last month. Total apprehensions fell by nearly 20 percent between May and June, following four straight months of increases.

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Fire crews in Palo Pinto County are still working on putting out a wildfire thought to have been started by lightning. So far, the blaze is about 40 percent contained and has burned more than 3,200 acres of land in rural parts of the county.

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Crews continue to battle a wildfire in Palo Pinto County that started Monday, about sixty miles west of Fort Worth. The fire has now spread to more than 3,000 acres, and it's only about 40 percent contained.

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At least five counties in North Texas have banned the use of fireworks on this Independence Day as the threat of wildfire spreads. Disaster declarations for Palo Pinto, Parker, Erath, Johnson and Hood counties prohibit the use – but not the sale – of fireworks within their borders for 60 hours.

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A wildfire in Palo Pinto County, about 60 miles west of Fort Worth, has been growing throughout the day – and it's only about 10 percent contained.

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On Sunday, a populist leftist was elected president of Mexico. Andrés Manuel López Obrador won by a landslide – promising voters something along the lines of “Mexico First." He’s vowed to generate more jobs inside Mexico, which he hopes will cut back on migration and improve national security.

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Fort Worth Superintendent Kent Scribner says school district officials will meet Monday to talk about a request from the state attorney general. Ken Paxton demanded late last week that the district turn over a copy of its sixth-grade human sexuality curriculum.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is demanding the Fort Worth school district turn over a copy of its sixth grade human sexuality curriculum.

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Officials in North Richland Hills are asking residents to shut off their sprinklers and limit unnecessary water usage while repairs are made to a broken water supply line. A 33-inch pipe burst in the northern part of the city Thursday, which forced hundreds of residents to conserve water.

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A burst pipe has sent a million gallons of raw sewage into White Rock Creek, and the sewage is expected to make its way 12 miles downstream to White Rock Lake in Dallas.

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