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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 top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Beto O'Rourke says he raised more than $6.7 million in the first three months this year in his Senate campaign. The Democratic Congressman from El Paso says he received donations from more than 141,000 contributors during the first quarter.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is in North Texas for a fundraising trip.

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The former head of the Dallas County Schools bus system, Rick Sorrells, will plead guilty to a wire fraud charge for his role in taking more than $3 million in bribes and kickbacks. As KERA's Bill Zeeble reports, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the agreement on Monday afternoon.

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Atmos Energy is investigating an explosion at a duplex in South Dallas near Fair Park.

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A small group of Dallas faith leaders gathered beneath the Confederate war memorial in Pioneer Park today, demanding the city proceed with its original recommendation to remove the public monument.

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Road closures begin tonight for the Southern Gateway Project in southern Dallas County. The nearly $700 million project will rebuild and widen Interstate 35E and U.S. Highway 67. 

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The U.S. Census Bureau has released the questions for the upcoming 2020 count, and the list includes a question about citizenship requested by the Justice Department. Some say immigrants in Texas and elsewhere will dodge the Census because of the question.

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Crews from Atmos evacuated homes and apartment units in a northwest Dallas neighborhood Wednesday night after responding to a natural gas smell.

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The Texas Rangers start the year on Opening Day against their main rival and World Series champs the Houston Astros. After a rough season last year, the Rangers are looking to bounce back. As KERA’s Gus Contreras reports, the expectations aren’t too high.

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First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs will build a new sanctuary and community center. The announcement by church officials Tuesday night comes nearly five months after a gunman killed more than two dozen people during a Sunday church service last November.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: The Ennis school district says starting in the fall, all of its students must bring clear, PVC backpacks to school.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Elizabeth Frizell, who lost in last month's Democratic primary for Dallas County district attorney, has filed a lawsuit alleging voter fraud.

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A report Monday today finds that despite a new Texas law, young children are still at risk of being suspended in school districts across the state. That law prohibits out-of-school suspensions for students in pre-k through second grade, except under certain circumstances, such as bringing a gun to school.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Thousands of students across the country marched for gun control in demonstrations inspired by student survivors of last month's shootings at a high school in Parkland, Florida. 

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Two people were killed and four others were injured during this month's series of Austin bombings

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A $1.3 trillion government spending bill awaits a signature from President Trump. Though in a tweet, he said he’s considering a veto over Dreamers and border wall funding.

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Dallas-Fort Worth has had the largest population growth of any metro area in the country from 2016 to 2017, according to new population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Opening arguments begin today in the government's antitrust lawsuit against Dallas-based AT&T.

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Investigators have identified the suspected Austin bomber as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt. They believe he made the bombs used in the four Austin attacks this month, which killed two people and injured four others.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Though the 24-year-old white man suspected in the Austin bombings is dead this morning, law enforcement in North Texas are still on alert.

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Austin is a city on edge following a string of bombings. Two people have been killed and four others hurt. Local, state, and federal agencies are chasing leads, trying to figure out who’s behind the bombings.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officials are investigating a fifth package explosion in Texas — this one earlier this morning at a FedEx facility in Schertz, outside of San Antonio.

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Austin police have reopened some streets after putting a neighborhood where the latest explosion occurred on total lockdown overnight. Still, much of the area known as Travis Country remains closed to all but some residents, and the vicinity around the blast remained cordoned off.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Parents and teachers this morning will get their first chance to testify before the new Texas Commission on Public School Finance.

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A third worker is still missing and presumed dead after Thursday's explosion at Tri-Chem Industries in Cresson. Two workers were taken to the hospital, one was released on Friday, while the other is in serious condition at Parkland in Dallas. 

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The search resumes today for a worker missing since yesterday's chemical plant explosion in Cresson in Hood County, but it's now a recovery effort.

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As Austin Police and federal investigators piece together the personal connections between victims of the three package bombs this month, the NAACP’s regional president says the third attack was meant for someone else.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The dockless bike-sharing company LimeBike plans to roll out electric scooters and bikes in Dallas.

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All across the country Wednesday, thousands of students walked out of class protest gun laws in the wake of the Parkland high school shootings in Florida. In North Texas and most parts statewide, kids are on Spring Break, so there's no class to walk out of. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Emails suggest Atmos Energy knew about gas leaks in a neighborhood of northwest Dallas before a house explosion there last month killed a 12-year-old girl.

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