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A white Dallas police officer who said she mistook a neighbor’s apartment for her own and fatally shot him in his living room was sentenced to a decade in prison in a stunning courtroom scene that included the dead man’s brother and the black judge embracing the sobbing officer.

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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.


Although some students view school as a pain, it really may be a pain for others because of heavy backpacks. A local physical therapist talks about ways to minimize the discomfort.


People gathered on a Saturday afternoon at the Dallas West Branch Library, not to check out books, but to share their memories of the neighborhood.

Longtime residents were contributing stories, photos and personal artifacts, like church programs, to an event called a "History Harvest."

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Dallas is adding three city staff members to support its newly revamped citizen police oversight board, and expanding that board’s authority. The former chair says its a step forward in the right direction.

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Thirty new students are from Arizona, and nearly 100 moved from California. But the small town of Prosper is expecting more growth — a lot more — so it built a $53 million high school football stadium outside Dallas, just two years after finally getting a Walmart.

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Dallas County hospitals have reported nine cases of probable or confirmed severe lung disease associated with e-cigarette use. Most of the cases involve young adults — the median age is 19 years old.

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Jim Leavelle, the longtime Dallas lawman who was captured in one of history's most iconic photographs as he escorted President John F. Kennedy's assassin moments before he was fatally shot, has died. He was 99.

Michael Stravato / The Texas Tribune

Teresa Flores knows the costs of a census undercount as well as anyone.

As the executive director of the Hidalgo County Head Start Program, one of the area's most underfunded services, she watched low funding after a 2010 undercount cap the program's maximum enrollment around 3,600 students.


Americans usually eat salad at lunch or dinner, but a current food trend involves salad for breakfast. A North Texas dietitian says this can be a great way to get a healthy start.

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Immigration is a divisive issue in Washington these days. In North Texas, though, some members of the local Congressional delegation — both Democrats and Republicans — found some common ground on Thursday at the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Congressional Summit.

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Earlier this summer, law enforcement leaders in Dallas said homicide rates were the highest the city has seen in a decade. They’re expecting 228 by the end of the year. In one of case, police charged a man with killing 9-year-old Brandoniya Bennett who was shot in the head while sitting in her home on Aug. 14, reports The Dallas Morning News.


Uber will receive a $24 million incentive package from Texas officials and open a new administrative hub in Dallas, bringing with it about 3,000 jobs, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday.


The Texas heat makes air conditioning nothing less than a necessity, but it also can make for health-related problems if you’re not careful.


Dallas police say their suspect in the shooting mistake that killed a 9-year-old girl has turned himself in to authorities.

Dallas' Spike In Homicides Has Officials Perplexed. Are State Troopers Helping?

Aug 15, 2019
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As Joseph Pintucci's 18th birthday approached, his aunt and legal guardian Andrea Haag spent dinners listening to the Highland Park High School graduate rattle through the list of cars for sale he’d flagged throughout the day. His maternal uncle Ben Harrington would chime in on whether each one was worth the money.


With days to go before school starts, some Irving ISD parents are scrambling for after school care.  That means after-school programs at nearly half the district’s campuses have been cancelled.  

Nearly 1 in 3 Dallas children grow up in poverty — and more than 100,000 kids in the city are living below the poverty line. A North Texas nonprofit has a plan for a collaborative response and an ambitious goal: to cut childhood poverty in half within 20 years. 


Individual household cleaning products are considered safe when handled correctly. But the North Texas Poison Center says mixing any of them is a bad idea.

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An attorney for the family of the man charged in the El Paso Walmart shooting rampage says the man's mother contacted police weeks before the rampage out of concern that her son had a rifle.

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A former executive of Dallas County's school bus system has become the latest figure to be sentenced as part of a multimillion dollar bribery scandal.

Shelby Knowles / The Texas Tribune

Texas’ largest law enforcement agency is moving away from arresting people for low-level marijuana offenses. It’s the latest development in the chaos that has surrounded pot prosecution after state lawmakers legalized hemp this year.


Police body camera video footage shows a man who called 911 to request help crying, pleading then going limp as arresting officers restrain him. Soon after, a paramedic says he's dead.

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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. 

Robin Jerstad / The Texas Tribune

A new super PAC focused on registering new Republican voters in Texas has raised nearly $10 million from some of the state's biggest GOP donors, according to its first report to the Federal Election Commission.


An Austin-based conservative think tank has sued to block a Dallas ordinance requiring businesses to offer their employees paid sick leave.

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Time's running short for Carter BloodCare. The Texas-based blood bank says blood collections are not keeping pace with transfusion needs of hospital patients.

Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson / The Texas Tribune

The Republican primary to challenge U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, is finally starting to take shape.

One candidate, former Navy SEAL Floyd McLendon, entered the race Monday. And more announcements are expected before the end of the summer as the opposition begins to crystallize for what will be an uphill battle. Allred easily flipped the 32nd District last year as he unseated U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas.

A former Mesquite police officer has been found not guilty of aggravated assault for shooting an unarmed man twice in the back.

The rare bones of two ancient human relatives are leaving their home in South Africa for the first time for public display, and they're headed to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.