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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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Dallas’ first comprehensive housing policy is designed to encourage development of affordable housing, and disrupt patterns of segregation and gentrification. As part of KERA’s One Crisis Away project, Eric Aasen talks to Stephanie Kuo and Courtney Collins about what this plan hopes to accomplish, and why critics say it’s not enough.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Tuesday's the last day to protest your property tax appraisal.

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Early voting has begun for the 30-plus races across Texas where no candidate captured 50 percent of the votes cast in crowded fields during the March 6 primary – forcing runoff races. Democratic gubernatorial candidates Lupe Valdez, a former Dallas County sheriff, and Andrew White, a Houston businessman, are competing for the right to face Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in November.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Dallas minister Robert Jeffress delivered the opening prayer during Monday's opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

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U.S. Senator John Cornyn was in North Texas this afternoon, and toured a federal prison outside of Dallas. It’s part of his efforts to promote a prison reform bill he introduced earlier this week. As Miguel Perez reports, Cornyn says the legislation’s goal is to reduce recidivism.

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Jared Kushner, a top advisor and son-in-law to President Trump, will be in Texas Friday.

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White House adviser Jared Kushner will visit North Texas on Friday to promote prison reform. The president's son-in-law will tour the Seagoville Federal Correctional Institution, along with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. The Houston Chronicle reports the pair will also be briefed on the prison's community re-entry and drug treatment program.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Preliminary results are out from this spring's STAAR tests. According to The Dallas Morning News, fifth- and eighth-graders in Texas made improvements at every performance level in the math section.

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The Dallas City Council has approved its first comprehensive housing policy designed to address the shortage of affordable housing in the city and break up concentrations of poverty. The plan identifies neighborhoods that need the city's attention, and provides incentives for developers to build more affordable housing in those areas.

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The Dallas City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on its first comprehensive housing policy.

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A Home Depot worker who was shot while confronting a shoplifting suspect is out of the hospital nearly two weeks after gunfire that left one Dallas police officer dead and another critically hurt. Scott Painter, an employee at a store in North Dallas, was discharged Monday.

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Funeral services for Dallas philanthropist Margaret McDermott will be held Tuesday morning at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

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The National Rifle Association has announced that retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North is poised to become the gun lobbying group's next president. North will be replacing Pete Brownell, who decided not to seek a second term.

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North Texas voters weighed in on a number of local issues in Saturday's elections.

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The National Rifle Association took center stage in downtown Dallas on Friday. Fans at the NRA's annual meeting and opponents outside had something in common: sharp memories of mass shootings in a small-town Texas church and a suburban Florida school.

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The National Rifle Association's annual convention kicks into high gear Friday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. President Trump and Vice President Pence will both speak at the event, and protesters are mobilizing outside.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: The National Rifle Association's annual convention opens Thursday night in downtown Dallas. Teen actors from Dallas are among the NRA's newest members – and they’re heading to the convention. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: All lanes of the Dallas North Tollway were shut down early Thursday morning near Northwest Highway. An 18-wheeler struck a concrete barrier and spilled fuel.

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The National Rifle Association's annual meeting starts Thursday night in downtown Dallas. Thousands of members will be at the convention center for the four-day event. On Friday, they'll hear from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Main Street in Fort Worth will be shut down most of Wednesday because of a train derailment.

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Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Santander is being remembered as a man of character and discipline who put his family first. Hundreds attended his funeral Tuesday morning at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall.

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Funeral services begin later this morning for Dallas police officer Rogelio Santander. The 27 year-old died last week of injuries after he was shot during a confrontation with a shoplifter at a Home Depot store.

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Federal authorities say dozens of people associated with white supremacist gangs in Texas have been arrested on charges of drug trafficking and also a kidnapping that included using a hatchet to chop off the victim's finger.

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Members of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs will join President Trump in a prayer service at the White House Thursday.

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A federal appeals court has upheld Texas’ voter ID law that a judge had twice blocked after calling the requirements discriminatory. The 2-1 decision Friday by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is a victory for Republican lawmakers who’ve spent years defending what critics say is one of the toughest voter ID measures in the nation.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Hundreds of people last night gathered for a candlelight vigil to mourn a Dallas police officer.

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Over the next several days, officials expect over a 250,000 football fans to flock to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the NFL Draft. Tonight’s the first round, and it’s also the first time the draft will be at a football venue. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A public candlelight vigil's scheduled Thursday night to honor Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Santander.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: A Wednesday evening Mass in downtown Dallas is honoring the police officer killed in a shooting at a home improvement store.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Authorities say two Dallas police officers are in critical condition after they were shot while trying to remove a man from a Home Depot in Northeast Dallas Tuesday.

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