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Kristie Tingle is the Center For Public Policy Priorities research analyst. She presented her latest findings to government officials and leaders of non-profits on the effects to children of poverty.
Bill Zeeble / KERA News

More than one in five Dallas children lives in poverty, while one in four Dallas families have a parent who was born in another country, a new study details. That's just two of the statistics detailed in the new "State of Texas Children" report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Christopher Connelly

For the last year and a half, Fort Worth’s Task Force on Race and Culture has been studying racial disparities in the city, and working on a plan to make the city more inclusive and equitable. On Tuesday, the task force presented 22 recommendations to the city council aimed at closing racial gaps in all aspects of city life from housing and health to education, transportation and economic development.

Chainnaron Soeurn at Hutchins State Jail on Aug. 15, 2018.
Thorne Anderson

A lot of people see prison as the last resort -- the ultimate thing to avoid. Then there's Chainnaron Soeurn. After he was released, the struggle to pay the costs of probation was so tough that he chose to go back behind bars.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

Across the state, about 10 percent of teachers don’t return to their jobs each year, according to the Texas Education Agency. School districts and others are trying to change that. That includes Dallas Teacher Residency, a year-long teaching program that could make the difference between a new teacher staying or quitting.

Lara Solt / Special to KERA News

KERA won three Hugh Aynesworth Awards from the Press Club of Dallas, part of a sweep of the statewide contest's radio categories by public stations. That brings KERA's awards total for the year to 31.

Jason DeCrow / Associated Press

When then-President George W. Bush asked his father and President Clinton to team up on relief work, the friendship between the elder Bush and Clinton really took off, biographer Jon Meacham said.


Obesity, high blood pressure and a sedentary lifestyle are traditional risk factors for type 2 diabetes, but a new study suggests stress may contribute to the disease in older women.

President Donald Trump waves as he departs after speaking about H. R. 5682, the "First Step Act" in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, which would reform America's criminal justice system.
Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

When the White House endorsed a bipartisan effort to reduce the federal prison population and improve the lives of inmates already behind bars, President Donald Trump made one thing clear: He wants “criminal justice reform, Texas style."

Eric Gay / Associated Press

Former President George H.W. Bush died Friday night. He was 94. The nation’s 41st president helped build the Republican Party in Texas.

Facebook/Kaufman County Sheriff's Office via AP

A former Dallas police officer who fatally shot her upstairs neighbor in his apartment in September will be tried for murder.

Brandt Jean, Botham Jean's brother, center left, hugs Allisa Charles-Findley at a news conference in Dallas on Sept. 10, 2018. They're joined by Jean's mother, Allison Jean, left, and attorney Benjamin Crump.
Associated Press

The indictment of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger on a murder charge in the killing of an unarmed black neighbor marks the latest development in a national conversation on issues of law enforcement and race.

Dallas sculptor Dan Lam inside her home studio. One of the proposals in the new plan is to improve local artists' quality of life by finding a group healthcare plan or co-op.
Hady Mawajdeh, KERA

By a unanimous vote, the Dallas City Council approved a new cultural plan on Wednesday – the first the city’s had since 2002. 

Joanna Cattanach and state Rep. Morgan Meyer, R-Dallas.
Facebook campaign pages

Democrat Joanna Cattanach conceded Thursday afternoon to Republican state Rep. Morgan Meyer of Dallas, closing out the last recount requested by a candidate after the Nov. 6 midterm election.

MRI of a brain with Alzheimer's disease

A radical new vaccine that reduces the two proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease should give the public hope, says the founding director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

A TSA officer looks at a monitor while checking a bag in the screening lane at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, May 25, 2016, in Atlanta. In 2017, TSA found more guns in carry-ons at the airport than at any other.
Associated Press

More than 771 million people passed through airport security across the country last year. And mixed in among the liquids and wrapped presents, Transportation Security Administration agents are finding something else in passengers’ carry-ons: thousands of loaded guns.


Frisco police say a coyote has attacked or almost attacked four joggers in the past month. The latest attack was Wednesday morning and left a jogger hospitalized in stable condition with neck injuries.

Stanley Walington, 38, with his girlfriend Lynette Sherman, 24, and their children Honesty, 1; Promiss, 3; and Stanley Jr., 2; in their apartment in Fort Worth. Walington was recently released from Buster Cole State Jail in Bonham, Texas.
Allison V. Smith

Calculating the exact cost of time behind bars is almost impossible. The meter starts running at the moment of arrest, and doesn’t stop after someone’s released. From lawyer fees to jail calls to probation, going away is expensive. Just ask 37-year-old Stanley Walington, a father of five. 

football helmet
Tom Pennington

A Texas House member wants to bring back an annual football game between the state's two flagship universities: the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University.

Dallas Fire-Rescue / Twitter/@DallasFireRes_q

Three Dallas firefighters are being treated for injuries after they became trapped in a burning apartment complex when a floor collapsed.

Amid Industrial Boom, Corpus Christi Officials Look To Meet Growing Water Demand

Nov 27, 2018
The inside of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant in El Paso on April 16, 2012. The facility produces 27.5 million gallons of water per day. It is the largest inland desalination plant in the world based on treatment capacity.
Ivan Pierre Aguirre

As more oil and gas facilities come online in the Coastal Bend, the city and port of Corpus — and a handful of private companies — are planning to build a bevy of seawater desalination plants.

Jeff Montgomery / AP

A grand jury is hearing evidence in the case of a former Dallas police officer who fatally shot her unarmed black neighbor in his own apartment after she said she mistook it for hers.

Ivan Pierre Aguirre / Texas Tribune

EL PASO – Beto O'Rourke, coming off a closer-than-expected race against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is no longer ruling out a 2020 presidential run.

Advocates Say Timing Is Right For Independent Oversight Of Texas Prisons

Nov 26, 2018
The Gurney Unit prison operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Tennessee Colony, Texas.
Martin do Nascimento for The Texas Tribune

After a recent slew of damning headlines regarding conditions within Texas prisons, reform advocates and lawmakers are hopeful that the timing is right to get legislation passed creating independent oversight of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.


A well-balanced diet touching on all the food groups is considered essential to good health. But it’s possible to boost nutrients if you combine foods with certain vitamins and minerals.

Mexico To Up Border Security After Migrants Try To Cross, U.S. Agents Fire Tear Gas

Nov 26, 2018
Migrants clash with Mexican police at the Mexico-U.S. border after getting past another line of Mexican police at the Chaparral crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, as they try to reach the U.S. The Tijuana mayor has asked the UN for aid.
Associated Press

Mexico pledged to shore up security near its border with the United States and local authorities said that 39 migrants were arrested after a peaceful march devolved into chaos when U.S. agents fired tear gas into Mexico to stop some migrants who tried to breach the border.

Three Honduran migrants huddle in the riverbank amid tear gas fired by U.S. agents on the Mexico-U.S. border after they and a group of migrants got past Mexican police at the Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.
Associated Press

Migrants approaching the U.S. border from Mexico have been enveloped with tear gas after a few tried to breach the fence separating the two countries.

Ivan Pierre Aguirre / Texas Tribune

EL PASO — Keep calm and come on over.

That’s the holiday message city and business officials here are sending to their neighbors directly across the Texas-Mexico border.

Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals Rules Against Prosecutors In Ken Paxton Payment Case

Nov 21, 2018
Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday potentially imperiled the long-delayed criminal prosecution of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, ruling that payments to special prosecutors were outside legal limits.

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Numerous laws protect people from discrimination when they're searching for a home. But many areas across North Texas and around the country still struggle with patterns of housing inequities and segregation.

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A doctor in Wichita Falls with a passion for paleontology is challenging the federal government after authorities seized a 70 million-year-old dinosaur skull from his fossil collection.