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Atatiana Jefferson
Jefferson's family via Associated press

Atatiana Jefferson’s mother, Yolanda Carr, died in her home early Thursday morning after an illness, according to family attorney Lee Merritt.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch until 9 p.m. for a large portion of North and Central Texas early Friday afternoon. Eastern Wise County is under a tornado warning until 3:30 p.m.

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot
Galilee Abdullah / KERA News

The Dallas County district attorney is criticizing the judge who issued a contempt of court order against him.

Close up picture of elderly hands with young caretaker's hands

The KERA series On Our Minds: The Caregivers  has been spotlighting North Texans navigating the challenges of caregiving. One of the toughest trials for caregivers can be processing the mental and emotional loss of a loved one who is still living. 

Career Foreign Service officer George Kent and top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, right, are sworn in to testify during the first public impeachment hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live.

Claire Harbage / NPR

The Texas Newsroom, a first-of-its-kind public radio journalism hub, has selected its first statewide managing editor: Mark Memmott.


From hitting the gym to reading more books, many people resolve to make positive life changes only to have those lofty resolutions fall by the wayside a few months later. Why is it so difficult to rid ourselves of bad habits or to make ambitious new routines stick? 

Brain Scan
Liz Henry / flickr

We often hear men are inherently more violent or that a woman’s brain makes her a deeper thinker, but are those stereotypes based in science? 

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

The City of Dallas honored retired Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki by naming a street after him today. City officials, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and others gathered at American Airlines Center to unveil "Nowitzki Way."

Allison V. Smith / KERA news special contributor

Incarceration decimates wealth. That's the central theme KERA's Courtney Collins explored for the last month in the series, One Crisis Away: The Price of Prison.


Transitioning from military to civilian life is notoriously challenging. For female veterans, the process involves several unique barriers, many that are just now being acknowledged. 

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Sleep disorders keep many people from getting a good night's rest. Neurologist Dr. Guy Leschziner joins Think host Krys Boyd to talk about sleepwalking and why some people find themselves driving, eating or cooking in their sleep. His new book is called, “The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep.”

Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News/Pool Photo / Associated Press

A man who was fatally shot has been identified as a key witness in the murder trial of a white Dallas police officer who killed her black neighbor, Dallas police said Sunday.

Dallas Zoo

The zoo can be a challenging place for people with sensory issues. The sounds, sights and smells — taken altogether — can easily overwhelm someone with a condition like autism, dementia or post-traumatic stress.

To help those visitors, the Dallas Zoo has been certified as "sensory inclusive." That means visitors have access to things like noise cancelling headphones, weighted lap pads and even fidget tools and verbal cue cards — all of which can help ease sensory overload.

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The brother of a black man who was killed by a white Dallas police officer in his own home has forgiven and hugged her in the courtroom where she was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP

A white former Dallas police officer who shot her black unarmed neighbor to death after, she said, mistaking his apartment for her own was convicted of murder Tuesday in a verdict that prompted tears of relief from his family and chants of "Black Lives Matter" from a crowd outside the courtroom.

Associated Press

President Donald Trump is expected to hold a press conference at 3 p.m. Central. The press conference follows an impeachment inquiry announced Tuesday by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The president is also expected to face questions about his dealings with the Ukraine.

A memorial for the victims of the mass shooting in West Texas.
Mitch Borden | Marfa Public Radio.

As authorities continue their investigation into Saturday's shooting rampage, stories of the victims of the attack are coming to light. Seven people were killed; 25 were injured. Here are stories about some of Saturday's victims:


It's normal to have anxiety around forgetting parts of our past, but the process can be beneficial to our life experience, says author Lewis Hyde.

State Fair of Texas

The winners of the 2019 Big Tex Choice Awards, the top three spots in the coveted culinary contest, have been crowned.

In the Best Taste – Savory category, Ruth's Stuffed Fried Taco Cone by Ruth Hauntz took first place. Big Red Chicken Bread by Brent and Juan Reaves of Smokey John's Bar-B-Que was named Best Taste – Sweet. As for the Most Creative category, the Fla'Mango Tango by the Garza Family took the top spot.


The state health department is investigating a potential connection between recent cases of lung disease in Texas teens and e-cigarette use.

State health officials say they learned last week of cases of lung disease in Texas adolescents.

Texas A&M Transportation Institute

If you think you waste a lot of time stuck in traffic, you're right. A new report says drivers in Dallas-Fort Worth lose nearly three days every year stuck in traffic.

A couple draped in U.S. and Mexican flags leave after the mural unveiling ceremony in El Paso.
Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

"I'm the shooter" -- that's what the accused El Paso gunman told officers when he surrendered last weekend. That comes from an arrest warrant affadavit that was obtained today. He also said he targeted Mexicans -- and in a city that's 80% Latino, reporters from The Texas Newsroom have spent the week chronicling a community that's angry, defiant ... and scared.

Stella Chávez / KERA News

The makeshift memorial attracts visitors who come to mourn and remember the 22 people who were killed at the nearby shopping complex. Signs of support include flowers and stuffed animals, candles, crosses and religious items.

People attend a vigil for victims of Saturday's mass shooting at a shopping complex Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in El Paso, Texas.
Associated Press

Here is what we know so far about some of the 22 killed and more than two dozen injured Saturday morning at a Walmart in El Paso.

Associated Press

President Donald Trump has denounced two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, saying "hate has no place in our country."

Jake Bleiberg / Associated Press

About 20 minutes before the shooting started at an El Paso Walmart, a rambling screed was posted to an online message board saying the massacre was in response to an "invasion" of Hispanics coming across the southern border.

Rudy Gutierrez / Associated Press

Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso is the latest mass shooting to take place in Texas in recent years:

PBS Newshour

In Dallas, two programs aim to shift the conversation around juvenile justice — one by bringing young people into the kitchen, and the other by using art to address trauma. Creative Solutions and Cafe Momentum offer juvenile offenders the chance to develop job skills, forge healthy relationships and process their emotions. 

Gregory Bull / AP Photo

KERA received four top awards from the Public Media Journalists Association, including a rare double win for reporter Christopher Connelly and two collaboration honors for the statewide collaborative the station leads.