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With a low unemployment rate and hot housing market, North Texas boasts of having one of the country’s strongest economies. But new research on Dallas County from the Communities Foundation of Texas and the Center for Public Policy Priorities paints a different picture.

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This story was updated at 6 p.m. CST Tuesday.

Dallas County has gotten the "green light" from federal officials to potentially house immigrant children separated from their parents who entered the country illegally, County Judge Clay Jenkins says.

County officials will offer a list of possible shelters to the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Federal authorities would visit the sites and select ones deemed suitable.

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It’s an overcast spring morning at the East Dallas Community Garden. Voeun Tath is preparing this weekend’s harvest: heirloom lettuce and Cambodian bunching onions. She’ll take some home to her family, but most of it will end up on tables in homes and restaurants all over North Texas.

Tath is one of several hundred refugee gardeners who hold plots at community gardens across Dallas.

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The jury selection process began Friday in the trial of a white former suburban Dallas police officer charged murder after fatally shooting a black teenager, the Associated Press reported.

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By 2020, all Dallas apartment complexes with eight or more units will have to provide one common service: recycling.

The Dallas City Council unanimously approved the new ordinance on Wednesday, pushing the city closer toward its “zero waste” goals established in 2013. 

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The Dallas school district is spending part of the summer break replacing the names of four campuses named for Confederate leaders.

The district tweeted photos Monday of new signs for the elementary schools updating their names: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and William L. Cabell.

A federal judge issued a ruling Tuesday afternoon that could fundamentally reshape one of the most influential companies in Texas.

Judge Richard Leon said telecom giant AT&T will be able to merge with Time Warner after all, despite opposition from the Trump administration.

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Across Texas and the country, many campuses conduct active shooter drills. Because school shootings are often perpetrated by students who attend those schools, some raise a concern: Do these drills give potential shooters too much inside information? 

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Dallas voters may have the chance to weigh in on whether workers across the city get paid when they’re too sick to work.

A coalition of Texas-based community groups says it's turning in more than 110,000 signatures to the city clerk's office in a petition to put a paid sick leave ordinance on the ballot in November.

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The American Cancer Society ranks lung cancer as the second most common cancer in both men and women.

A screening program was created for those most at risk, but researchers report fewer than 2 percent of eligible current and former smokers have sought the scans.

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Olivia Solis has spent her entire life in the hospital. The three-month-old baby was born with a congenital heart defect. She's had multiple surgeries; the latest to close her chest after an extremely rare infant heart transplant.

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A new study from the Southern Poverty Law Center says Texas has removed 31 Confederate symbols over the last three years — more than any other state in the nation.

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Dallas has let private dockless bike-share companies operate freely since they first appeared last summer. Now, city officials have drawn up some regulations.

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There’s an ongoing crisis in Myanmar – formerly Burma — caused by violence against Rohingya Muslims. Many call it genocide. It’s led to an exodus of hundreds of thousands of members of the ethnic minority.

More Rohingya refugees have been moving to North Texas over the past few years for job opportunities and a supportive Muslim community. And many of them turn to the Islamic Circle of North America for help.

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In 2015, Parkland Hospital in Dallas became the first major hospital system in the country to screen each and every one of its patients for suicide risk — at each and every visit. In March, the hospital extended those screenings to children as young as 10.

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There’s a lawsuit brewing in West Dallas, where dozens of former renters purchased homes last year.

These low-cost rental properties owned by HMK Ltd. had racked up numerous code violations and were slated for closure after the city of Dallas tightened housing standards.

HMK sold many of those homes to tenants. Now, a lawsuit filed in federal court by two of the homeowners alleges the mortgage contracts are predatory.

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For Texas students who eat breakfast and lunch on campus during the school year, summer break can be a difficult time to secure three full meals a day.

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If you’ve driven along Northwest Highway in Dallas, you’ve seen Lovers Lane United Methodist Church. It’s the large, white, rocket-ship-looking house of worship at Northwest and Inwood.

But back amongst all those trees, it’s not simply a church; it’s an entire complex of chapels, a school, a gym, a coffeehouse, various offices and ministries. It offers everything from traditional services to contemporary Christian music that can include country-western or Michael Jackson, even a jazz band.

There are also two choirs made entirely of African immigrants — one just of people from Zimbabwe.

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Poverty may be playing a bigger role than ever in education. That’s according to education leaders and thinkers who gathered in Dallas on Monday for an all-day session on schools and the economy.

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The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has appointed Grammy-winning Fabio Luisi as its new music director. 

Luisi has a five-year contract and replaces Jaap van Zweden, who left to lead the New York Philharmonic. The new music director will take over only gradually – although his appointment wasn’t the only big news from the DSO.

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Research has found a combination of the DASH and Mediterranean diets can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and improve brain health.

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Summer weather in North Texas waits for no one. The long, hot, sunny days are already here.  

One way to treat early symptoms of summer heat? Take a dip into a local lake or swimming hole. And North Texas has plenty of places to dive in and make a splash — all while enjoying the great outdoors.

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For most kids in North Texas, today's the last day of school. This day has special meaning for the struggling schools KERA's education team has explored over the last month in our series, “The Race To Save Failing Schools.”

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A few years back, the Dallas school district came up with an ambitious plan to save failing schools. Accelerating Campus Excellence, or ACE, pours money and the best teachers and principals into struggling schools. With Fort Worth, Garland and Richardson borrowing the idea for their failing schools, can ACE work on a larger scale?

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Former NFL player Husain Abdullah will be among the students at Southern Methodist University walking the stage this weekend. His journey to a master's degree in conflict resolution is like no other.

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We're learning more about depression and its impact on our daily lives, but there's still a long way to go when it comes to understanding how it affects teenagers, specifically.

Dr. Madhukar Trivedi with UT Southwestern Medical Center is leading a program in North Texas schools as part of long-term research to identify, study and treat teenagers with or at risk for depression.

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Dallas’ first comprehensive housing policy, approved last week, is designed to encourage more affordable housing and disrupt patterns of segregation and gentrification. However, the policy has its critics.

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With the National Rifle Association's annual meeting kicking into high gear today in Dallas, KERA sat down for Friday Conversations with two women on opposite sides of the gun debate. 

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You may think of pain as just pain. How you experience that pain, though, might depend on whether you're a man or a woman.

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On the day after this year’s November general election, you’ll know almost everything about how Texas went by knowing how the election went in Dallas County.

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