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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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The first state-backed gold depository in the country just opened up in Austin. The private storage company Lone Star Tangible Assets will be in charge of the Texas precious metals depository until 2019, according to The Texas Tribune

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Health officials this week began a program aimed at reducing maternal mortality in Texas.

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About 4.3 million Texans, or 40 percent of the statewide workforce, do not have paid sick days, according to a new paper from the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Mia Ibarra is with the Austin-based group, and points out there are some workers even likely to get paid sick days.

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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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The Dallas-based real estate group Ebby Halliday, which has sold homes across North Texas for decades, has a new owner. HomeServices of America announced the agreement on Monday. 

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The Dallas Symphony Orchestra's set to announce its new music director later Monday morning at the Meyerson Symphony Center. Get the latest details from Art&Seek.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday explained his role in asking President Trump to pardon conservative writer and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza. The Texas Tribune reports that Cruz says he raised the issue with Trump while they traveled together last month in Texas.

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A group of Texas-based attorneys have filed an emergency request to try and end the U.S. policy of family separation at the border.

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President Donald Trump was in downtown Dallas on Thursday for a political fundraiser. Trump headlined a dinner at the Adolphus hotel to benefit the National Republican Party and his 2020 re-election effort.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Preliminary results from the state standardized STAAR tests show improvement at the lowest-performing elementary schools in Fort Worth.

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Gov. Greg Abbott came to Dallas Wednesday to release a 43-page School and Firearm Safety Action Plan. It came nearly two weeks after the deadly shootings at Santa Fe High School. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Governor Greg Abbott will visit Dallas Wednesday to reveal his plan to improve school safety.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is ready to announce a school safety plan aimed at preventing more mass shootings like the one that killed eight students and two substitute teachers at a high school near Houston.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The heat's about to get worse. Forecasters say North Texas could expect its first 100-degree day by Saturday, which is much earlier than usual.

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Family and friends say Christian Riley Garcia, one of the students slain by a gunman last week at his Texas high school, displayed bravery "far beyond his years" and often put the needs of others before himself.

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The mayor of Dallas says the southern sector appears headed in the right direction.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez owes $12,000-plus in overdue property taxes on seven properties, a previously unreported shortfall that could prove embarrassing as she tries to unseat Republican Greg Abbott in November.

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New U.S. Census data shows five of the most populous cities in the country are in Texas.

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The Tuesday runoff elections came just four days after the shootings that killed 10 at Santa Fe High School, near Houston. Gov. Greg Abbott held the second of three days of roundtables on the topic in Austin.

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Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday will continue roundtable discussions in response to last Friday’s school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.

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Polls opened across most of Texas for voters to decide on primary runoff races, including for party nominees for governor and Congress where no candidate won at least 50 percent of the votes cast during the March primary.

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Polls have opened for runoff elections to settle races from the March primaries.

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Governor Greg Abbott is launching a series of roundtable discussions focused on improving school security. Attendees for Tuesday's afternoon's discussion include two North Texas superintendents: Michael Hinojosa with the Dallas school district -- and Ricardo Lopez with Garland ISD.

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About 6,000 students in the Dallas school district will receive active shooter training Monday as part of an outreach program called "See, Say, Do Something." This was planned well before Friday's shooting at Santa Fe High School.

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It's been six months since a gunman shot and killed 26 people in a small-town Texas church. It's been three months since 17 people died in a mass shooting at a Florida high school. And today, it was another school, a half-hour southeast of Houston.

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With primary runoffs just five days away, Republican State Rep. Lance Gooden has filed a lawsuit alleging voter fraud in Kaufman County.

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When longtime Congressman Jeb Hensarling announced he wouldn't seek re-election, eight Republicans scrambled to replace him in the Fifth District. It’s a conservative district that includes eastern Dallas County.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A developer has announced the creation of a new district on the east side of downtown Dallas.

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The 32nd Congressional District in Texas is on the radar for national Democrats. They think a Democrat can beat longtime incumbent Republican Pete Sessions. But they still don’t have a candidate for the district, which includes a large chunk of North Dallas and suburbs like Garland and Richardson.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A new report says public schools outperformed charter campuses in North Texas last year.

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