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People voting

Early voting begins on Tuesday in the runoff election for Texas House District 100. The seat was left vacant after Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson stepped down from the state legislature to fill his current position. 


An initiative from three of America’s biggest beverage companies that aims to improve the recycling and processing of plastic bottles is kicking off in North Texas with an investment of more than $3 million.

Mike McCarthy
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Kellen Moore is staying as offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, and new coach Mike McCarthy says the plan is for Moore to continue calling plays.

lightning over Dallas
Justin Terveen / For KERA

One person is dead after a car flipped into Five Mile Creek west of downtown Dallas around 7 p.m. Friday, according to Dallas police. 

Severe thunderstorms came through the area unleashing downpours that caused widespread flash flooding.

Courtesy Justin Terveen

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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The Dallas Police Department released its Violent Crime Reduction Plan Thursday after Mayor Eric Johnson insisted on it. The plan aims to reduce murders and assaults across the most violent parts of Dallas, and targets business crimes — but the mayor wants more. 

The police plan calls for reductions of violent crime and robberies by 10% in certain parts of the city and an overall violent crime reduction rate of 5%.

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The Dallas Stars won their first-ever Winter Classic Wednesday. The National Hockey League’s annual outdoor New Year's Day game was played in the Cotton Bowl. 

Reunion Tower fireworks

For the first time in years, Dallas will hold a free downtown New Year’s Eve party. The Party on the Plaza, happening outside Dallas City Hall, promises two bands, over 20 food trucks and a big fireworks show. 

Fired Dallas police officer Amber Guyger becomes emotional as she testifies in her murder trial in Dallas in September.
Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via / Associated Press

A federal judge has ruled the city of Dallas is not liable for an off-duty police officer fatally shooting a man in his own apartment last year.

Dallas's Paul Quinn College Aims To Be A National Model For Overcoming Poverty

Dec 19, 2019
Paul Quinn College in Dallas is attempting to ease its students out of poverty by becoming the nation's first urban work college. Nov. 11, 2019.
Eddie Gaspar / The Texas Tribune

On a recent Sunday night, Paul Quinn College president Michael Sorrell kicked off an hourlong, unstructured group discussion during his problem-solving course with a question.

“What’s on your mind?” he asked the class composed of the school’s top 18 students.

The Dallas Independent School District just earned a gold medal for its high-quality prekindergarten program.
LM Otero / Associated Press

The Dallas Independent School District just earned a gold medal for its high-quality prekindergarten program. The National Institute for Early Education Reseach studied 40 different big city pre-K programs across the country to issue the ratings.

Homeless Austin residents under the Ben White bridge at Lamar Avenue in South Austin last month.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

Austin leaders and state officials for months have sparred over how to manage homelessness and support Texans without homes. After the Austin City Council softened its regulations on panhandling, sitting and sleeping in public areas, Gov. Greg Abbott criticized local leaders, cleared homeless encampments under highways and opened up a state-owned plot of land in Montopolis for people experiencing homelessness to stay in.

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

Three Louisiana men have been charged with capital murder in the killing of a witness who testified at the murder trial of a Dallas police officer who shot her unarmed neighbor in his home.


The future of a major Dallas interstate is up for discussion starting today.

The state is seeking public opinion on the future of Interstate Highway 345, the overhead freeway bridge in Deep Ellum. The interstate connects to major highways, including east-and westbound I-30 and north- and southbound I-35, U.S.75 and I-45. 


A center for homeless men and women in Dallas is hosting a Thanksgiving event that emphasizes dignity. Instead of volunteers serving the homeless on a buffet line, they all sit together and share a meal.

Marvel Comics Number 1 front cover
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

A rare, near-mint condition copy of the first Marvel Comics comic book has sold at auction for $1.26 million. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said earlier this week a sale over $1 million would set a record for the most expensive Marvel comic book ever sold at a public auction.


A free legal clinic for retired U.S. military veterans with service disabilities opens Thursday afternoon in Dallas.

It will be the 50th free clinic offered by Metroplex Veterans Legal Services. The nonprofit launched six years ago to help veterans get services they need and are entitled, but often don’t know about, says attorney and founder Joan Gillham.

Courtyard at NorthPark Center in January 2019.
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A wrongful death lawsuit filed Wednesday against Dallas’ NorthPark Center is seeking millions in damages and the mandatory closing of almost all of NorthPark’s parking lots for a full year.


When you think of hackers, you might think of Silicon Valley. But did you know North Texas has its own vibrant community of hackers and cybersecurity enthusiasts?


Public health policies are a big part of running big cities, and Dallas and San Antonio are being recognized for doing just that.

CityHealth, a nonprofit that evaluates local health priorities of the country’s largest cities, recently awarded the cities with gold stars for enacting public health policies that improve overall wellbeing for residents.

Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Got milk? Increasingly, Americans don't, and that led the nation's biggest milk producer to file for bankruptcy Tuesday.

Dallas-based Dean Foods blamed a decadeslong drop in milk consumption that has seen people turn to alternatives like soda, juice and almond milk.

Atatiana Jefferson
Jefferson's family via Associated Press

Atatiana Jefferson's father, Marquis Jefferson, suffered a heart attack and died Saturday night at a Dallas hospital.

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The strongest of last month's tornados hit North Dallas -- and destroyed every single building at North Haven Gardens, a 5-acre family-owned nursery. The storm obliterated about 65% of the inventory. Everything that's left is part of a special "tornado survivor sale."

Business and government officials posed for the ground breaking picture where Dallas' Uber Hub will operate
Bill Zeeble / KERA News

State and local officials helped celebrate Friday’s ground breaking for the new Uber Hub in Dallas’ Deep Ellum.  

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."

Garland home with damaged roof
Hady Mawajdeh / KERA News

After Sunday's tornadoes, many homeowners and businesses are trying to track down contractors and roofers. Dave Lieber, the watchdog columnist with The Dallas Morning News, says when choosing a vendor your consumer instincts should kick in — or you could run the risk of getting scammed.

Interabang Books
Hady Mawajdeh / KERA News

It’s been said that books cannot die. The tornado that tore through North Dallas on Sunday is testing that idea, but fans of Interabang Books are rallying online to keep the store they love alive.

The Home Depot at Forest and Highway 75 sustained substantial damage from the Oct. 20 tornado.
Pete Thompson

Updated at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24

The National Weather Service has confirmed that 10 tornadoes hit North Texas Sunday night. After having more time to assess the severe weather this week, officials determined that tornadoes touched down in Dallas, Rockwall, Rowlett, Allen, Kaufman County, Ellis County and Van Zandt County.

Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP

Lawyers representing the white former Dallas police officer convicted of murder for killing her unarmed black neighbor have filed a notice to appeal her conviction and sentence.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Beginning Wednesday, Dallas ISD students from tornado-damaged schools will head to different campuses. Thomas Jefferson High School and the surrounding neighborhood were hit hard by the weekend's severe weather. The school’s students will now have class at the old, empty Thomas Edison Middle School in west Dallas.