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Authorities have identified 29-year-old Kiersten Symone Smith as the woman who was killed after a crane fell on a Dallas apartment building amid severe thunderstorms.

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Eric Johnson, a Texas state representative, will be the next mayor of Dallas.

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Dallas police say a transgender woman's body was pulled from White Rock Lake over the weekend, the latest death of a transgender person in the city.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller said Wednesday that charging President Donald Trump with a crime was "not an option" because of federal rules, but he used his first public remarks on the Russia investigation to emphasize that he did not exonerate the president.

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Severe storms hit counties east of Dallas-Fort Worth Wednesday evening. There were reports of damage and debris in the town of Canton in Van Zandt County, about 60 miles east of Dallas.

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The two survivors in the race to be the next Dallas mayor faced off Thursday night in a debate a little more than two weeks before the June 8 runoff.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport's north entry
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A new terminal full of gates is coming to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Terminal F, the airport's sixth, is expected to open by 2025 and provide up to 24 new gates for U.S. and international flights.

Bishop Edward J. Burns during the diocese's afternoon press conference at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Oak Lawn, across the street from the diocese, in response to Wednesday's police raid.
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The Dallas Police Department executed a warrant Wednesday at the Catholic Diocese of Dallas to search for documentation and data as part of an investigation into child sex abuse allegations.

Bishop Edward J. Burns says the diocese has been cooperating during the investigation.

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A former Dallas City Council member has pleaded guilty to taking bribes from an affordable housing developer.

Ruben Hernandez walks on a sleet-covered sidewalk in Dallas in 2015.
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After a winter weather advisory Friday that includes sleet and maybe even snow, North Texas is in for a cold, dreary and possibly wet weekend.

In this Jan. 30, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capito
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President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver his 2019 State of the Union address at 8 p.m. Central on Tuesday, Feb. 5. 

A sign directs passengers to different terminals inside the closed Terminal B at George Bush Intercontinental Airport  Jan. 15 in Houston. The security checkpoint inside the terminal has been closed for several days.
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With many federal workers in Texas having been without a paycheck during the 35-day partial government shutdown, local organizations and agencies are continuing to help. Though President Donald Trump promised back pay during his address Friday, furloughed workers are still in need. 

James E. Smith and his son James Jr., 6, stand in front of Kashmere Gardens Elementary School in Houston on Sept. 7, 1960. The Texas Tribune explored the legacy of desegregation and its continuing impact in a series of stories called "Dis-Integration."
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Texas has a long history of neglecting schools tasked with educating students of color. Poor facilities, underfunding, less experienced or qualified staff — they're just a few of the complaints mentioned in lawsuits filed against Texas towns and school districts.


KERA News staffers earned 30 awards in 2018. Six of those honors came from national journalism organizations. 

Trinity Metro

TexRail — the brand-new rail line from Fort Worth to DFW International Airport — is now scheduled to open on Thursday.

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Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald has withdrawn his name from consideration to be Baltimore’s next police commissioner.


North Texas has kicke off 2019 with cold air, rain and, in some counties, icy roads.

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A Roman Catholic Jesuit investigation has found credible allegations of sexual abuse dating back to 1955 — and Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas says the list includes names of 11 men who once worked at the school.

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard to a hearse during a funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston.
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Watch PBS NewsHour replays, coverage and clips from a week of funeral services and remembrance for former President George H.W. Bush, or view a gallery of photos.

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

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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.

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Baltimore's mayor has chosen the Fort Worth police chief as her nominee to lead the city's troubled force, seeking to reign in a soaring pace of homicides and boost public trust in a tattered department.

The Amarillo ABC affiliate's remote camera in Dumas, Texas, north of Amarillo, caught the West Texas snowfall that closed area schools.
via meteorologist Steve Kersh on Twitter

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Dallas-Fort Worth and all of North Texas as the season's first big chill is on its way.


Updated, 12:40 p.m.

President Donald Trump held a press conference on the midterm elections Wednesday morning after the Democratic wave in the House and Republican gains in the Senate.

As NPR reports, the president lashed out in what turned out to be an "extraordinarily combative" event. 


NPR reporters will be updating this live blog with results and analysis through Tuesday night.

For more analysis, stream PBS NewsHour coverage in the video embed below, starting at 5 p.m. 

Get caught up on the latest news below. For coverage in Dallas-Fort Worth, bookmark this blog.

KERA is teaming up with newsrooms across the country to track voting problems through ProPublica's Electionland project.


Mary Anne Alhadeff, who as president and CEO has led KERA through more than a decade of growth and award-winning public service, announced Thursday that she will retire at the end of 2019.

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Update, 10 a.m. Central Friday, Oct. 5, 2018: The livestream of the proceedings and cloture vote has ended. Continue intermittently watching live Senate debate until the final vote.

A Quick Look At Brett Kavanaugh, The New Supreme Court Justice
Senate Decides 51-49 To Proceed To A Final Vote On Brett Kavanaugh


Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic rival Lupe Valdez face off in tonight's live, one-and-done gubernatorial debate.

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Thee Senate Judiciary Committee debated the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh today in advance of a vote expected at 12:30 p.m.

Watch the PBS Newshour broadcast of the hearing and the vote here.