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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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Another group of North Texans is headed for Brownsville to protest the separation of migrant children from their parents on Thursday. One hundred members of the immigrant rights group United Fort Worth left by bus from St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Richardson. 

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A federal judge has given the Trump administration a deadline for reunifying families that it separated at the U.S.-Mexico border under its so-called “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

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Teachers and employees in the Fort Worth school district will get a 2 percent raise this fall. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the school board approved the pay increase Tuesday night as part of a $790 million general budget.

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One person has died following an explosion outside Coryell Memorial Healthcare System, about 40 miles west of Waco. Coryell County officials confirm that 12 were also injured by the blast.

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A majority of Texas voters believe gun laws should be more strict. That's according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

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A divided Supreme Court today is keeping Texas' voting maps largely intact. The 5-to-4 decision deals an election-year blow to Democrats by reversing earlier findings that intentional racial discrimination continues to stain several statehouse and congressional districts.

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Texas Democrats wrapped up their state party convention in Fort Worth this weekend. In speech after speech, Democratic leaders told thousands in the audience that this is their year to oust Republicans from office with messages of a diverse and inclusive Texas.

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The Aronson Cello Festival kicks off at SMU this weekend. Jennifer Humphreys is a cellist with the Dallas Symphony who will perform at the festival, and for our weekly State of the Arts, she sat down with KERA's Anne Bothwell to talk about her passion for the instrument.

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Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz will join more than 25 members of Congress this weekend on another visit to the Rio Grande Valley.

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The U.S. House rejected a hard-line immigration bill Thursday afternoon -- despite support from Texas Republicans. The conservative measure was defeated 231-193.

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Although President Donald Trump has signed an executive order ending the separation of families that cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, the controversy over the treatment of children who have already been detained continues.

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Former Dallas City Council member John Loza has died.

The Dallas Voice reports Loza was elected as an openly gay man to the City Council in 1997, and he served four consecutive terms, stepping down in 2005. In 2000, he announced he was leaving the Republican Party because of the GOP’s stance on LGBT and immigration issues.

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Catholic Charities of Fort Worth says it's sheltering and assisting migrant children separated from their parents at the Texas-Mexico border.

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Dallas County could eventually host some of the immigrant children who've been separated from their parents along the Texas-Mexico border.

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New figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas show the Dallas-Fort Worth economy expanding. There was a net growth of nearly 55,000 jobs during the first five months of 2018, according to figures.

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Outrage continues to grow in Texas and across the country over the Trump Administration's so-called “zero tolerance” policy, which separates families accused of entering the U.S. without legal permission – many of whom are seeking asylum.

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings are in Europe this week to boost business opportunities and promote tourism throughout North Texas.

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Nearly 100 migrant children have arrived at the Department of Health and Human Services temporary shelter in West Texas. Officials estimate there will be almost 300 kids at the shelter by the end of the day at the Tornillo port of entry, about 20 miles southeast of El Paso.

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Tomorrow's Election Day for municipal runoffs. These are races in which a candidate did not earn a majority of votes in last month's municipal elections.

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Federal authorities say they will open a temporary shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children in far west Texas as existing facilities reach capacity.

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Texas Republicans open their state convention in San Antonio today.  

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Vice President Mike Pence gave a campaign-style speech to the closing session of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting on Wednesday in Dallas, winning several standing ovations even as his appearance drew criticism from some evangelicals.

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Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday visits Dallas to speak at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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A federal judge issued a ruling Tuesday afternoon that could fundamentally reshape one of the most influential companies in Texas. Judge Richard Leon said AT&T will be able to merge with Time Warner after all.

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This is the last day to vote early before Saturday's municipal runoff elections across North Texas.

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Dallas-based AT&T will get a big piece of news about its future Tuesday: A federal judge is expected to decide whether it can buy Time Warner. The U.S. Justice Department sued to stop the merger last year. 

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As President Trump focuses on Tuesday's summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, efforts continue in Congress to fulfill his campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. 

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The Trump administration says in a new court filing that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the requirement that people have health insurance and provisions that guarantee access to health insurance regardless of any medical conditions.

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Apprehensions of families along the Texas-Mexico border spiked last month, according to The Texas Tribune. The number of families caught entering the country illegally in May increased sixfold compared with the same month last year.

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The Dallas City Council will vote at the end of the month on regulations for dockless bike-share companies.

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