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Stella M. Chávez

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Stella Chávez is KERA’s education reporter/blogger. Her journalism roots run deep: She spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education and won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35. The award-winning entry was  “Yolanda’s Crossing,” a seven-part DMN series she co-wrote that reconstructs the 5,000-mile journey of a young Mexican sexual-abuse victim from a small Oaxacan village to Dallas. For the last two years, she worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she was part of the agency’s outreach efforts on the Affordable Care Act and ran the regional office’s social media efforts.

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Ricardo ISD

Ricardo in South Texas is a tiny blip on the map. There's no grocery store and no traffic light.

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Dallas County has ordered residents to stay home – shelter in place – in an effort to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. It's one of the most aggressive measures taken by a county in Texas to date.

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Kim Jermany is a full-time doctoral student and works as a part-time teaching assistant. She also has two kids, a five and 11-year-old. Now that all of them are under one roof 24-7, it’s been a juggling act.

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Cable news watchers know Soledad O’Brien from her time at CNN. These days she produces and anchors her own political magazine show, and she’s also become a vocal critic of other media outlets. 

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Dallas County announced Thursday night that five more people are "presumptive positive" cases of COVID-19. The county's top executive officially declared it an emergency, saying public gatherings of 500 or more people will be prohibited starting at 11 a.m. Friday. The ban will continue, for now, until 11 a.m. on March 20.

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Genevieve Collins has won the Republican primary for the 32nd Congressional District, one of the most closely-watched races in North Texas. 

Five candidates were vying for the seat in the district, which includes much of Dallas County and part of Collin County.

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More than 700,000 Texas Democrats voted early for today’s Super Tuesday primary, but tens of thousands of them voted for candidates who are no longer in the race.

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Young people want to spend money on cool gadgets and clothes, but many of them don’t know how to save up for that. Some Dallas high school students are learning how to manage their money through a leadership conference hosted by Fidelity Investments.  The school hopes the students will be able to influence their peers' financial knowledge.

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They came from around Texas – dozens of college and high school age Latinos. Their message to political candidates: Listen to us, our vote matters.

A polling location in San Antonio, Texas
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A projected 32 million Latinos will be eligible to vote in this year’s U.S. presidential election, according to the Pew Research Center.

This means that Latinos, for the first time, will make up the largest racial and ethnic minority voting bloc.

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Months and weeks before Gov. Greg Abbott said refugees would not be resettled in Texas this fiscal year, dozens of organizations and individuals lobbied him behind the scenes.

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Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson released the Task Force on Safe Communities report Thursday. The report recommends ways to reduce violent crime in the city.

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On a recent December morning, five twenty-somethings gathered inside a gold shipping container at Bonton Farms in Southeast Dallas. It was like a mini movie auditorium with a large projector screen. 

Anton "Tony" Wallace, left, and Richard White were killed Sunday in a shooting inside West Freeway Church of Christ on Dec. 29.
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The two church members killed Sunday in the sanctuary of West Freeway Church of Christ were not just bystanders in a violent attack. Friends and family say Anton Wallace and Richard White were men dedicated to their church community and deeply rooted in their faith. 

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins
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Dallas County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday welcoming refugees and consenting to resettlement in the county.

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The North Texas region leads the country in the number of people arrested by U.S. immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus
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Fort Worth has a new police chief. Interim Chief Ed Kraus, who has spent more than 25 years with the force, has been named chief.

Fort Worth English as a Second Language teacher, Sharon Darnell works with student Morsal Haidari at Seminary Hills Park Elementary. Darnell works with refugee students who haven't been in the U.S. very long learn the basics of English.
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This fall, the Trump administration announced it's lowering the annual cap on the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. That change is affecting how Fort Worth Independent School District is teaching some of its newcomers.

President Trump at Dallas campaign rally.
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President Trump wrapped up a campaign rally at the American Airlines Center in Dallas with a bellicose verbal barrage against the Democrats leading an impeachment inquiry against him. It was the last of three stops in a whirlwind North Texas tour Thursday.

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Some students in the Richardson Independent School District are getting a head start on paying for college. The district has announced a college savings plan in three of its schools with large numbers of students who are economically disadvantaged.

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Elías Valverde, a social studies teacher at Fort Worth's Paschal High School, spent a recent morning talking to his ninth-graders about the history of La Gran Plaza.

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Four out of 10 students who go to college end up with college debt but don’t graduate. David Kirp, a University of California, Berkeley professor and the author of "The College Dropout Scandal," recently joined Krys Boyd, host of Think, to talk about this problem.

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I spent last weekend and a few more days reporting from El Paso. Before leaving, I wanted to see the one place I hadn't been to: the makeshift memorial outside the Walmart where 22 people were killed.

A mural by Manuel Oliver included a portrait of his son, Joaquin, was one of the 14 students killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. That location near the border was chosen because Joaquin advocated for immigrants' welfare.
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The family of a victim from last year’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, happened to be in El Paso on Sunday to unveil a mural in honor of their late son, the day after a gunman killed 22 people and wounded more than two dozen others inside a local Walmart.

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Sandy Heath was at a funeral service Saturday morning when she got a phone alert about an active shooter. That prompted her church to go on lockdown.

Then came the text messages from friends and family making sure Heath, 75, was ok. And, could she help?

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A new study shows immigrants have a big impact on the North Texas economy. The group New American Economy says it wants to use this new data to show how immigrants are helping cities thrive.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested about 900 people during the last two months. The majority of those, though, occurred outside of the high-profile recent operation President Donald Trump tweeted about earlier this month.

Grand Prairie ISD

The Grand Prairie Independent School District has appointed an interim superintendent following the death last week of Superintendent Susan Simpson Hull.

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Susan Simpson Hull had a demanding job leading 30,000 students. But she found strength and clarity on the road. She had an adventurous spirit and loved riding her Harley. The Grand Prairie Independent School District superintendent died Monday in Arizona following a motorcycle accident.

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Fort Worth Alliance Airport is getting financial help to build a taxiway extension that will help Amazon’s new regional air hub.

Alliance Airport is getting a $5.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. The money will help finance the new taxiway, the path that connects airplanes between runways and other parts of the airport.

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