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North Texas is experiencing an economic boom, but just how inclusive is that growth? That's the focus of a new report by Cullum Clark, director of economic growth at the George W. Bush Institute.

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Members of the Dallas City Council’s public safety committee on Wednesday heard a proposal from the police department to strengthen a board charged with reviewing the way the department handles allegations of officer misconduct and misbehavior. For more than a year, community activist groups have been working with the Dallas police chief and board members give the Dallas Citizens Police Review Board more teeth to fulfill its oversight role.

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The U.S. Health and Human Services Department has released a new set of exercise guidelines. It reflects the agency’s new way of thinking about exercise.

SMU professor Corey Clark is a member of the grand prize winning PeopleForWords team. The team shared the Bush XPrize for creating a successful literacy app.
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More than 36 million adults nationwide lack basic English literacy. A team from Southern Methodist University and Literacy Instruction for Texas are hoping to help chip away at that number with their award-winning phone app.

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The Dallas City Council was briefed Wednesday on the city's options for one of its most prominent Confederate monuments. 

There are three paths for the Confederate War Memorial that stands in Pioneer Park Cemetery near the Dallas Convention Center: keep it, remove it or do nothing.

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A new statewide study shows 42 percent of Texas households struggle to make ends meet — households where at least one adult is working. In Dallas County, it's 43 percent. 

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Across Texas, Catholic dioceses are releasing lists of priests and laity suspected of sexual abuse since 1950. It's being done with the goal of restoring trust to a Catholic Church that has been rocked for years, in Texas and around the world, by allegations of sexual misconduct and cover-ups.


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Election officials across counties in North Texas are in something of a holding pattern when it comes to checking for suspected non-U.S. citizens on their voter rolls. 

James F. Parker, who succeeded Herb Kelleher as CEO of Southwest Airlines and led the carrier through the aftermath of the September 2001 terror attacks, has died.
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James F. Parker, who succeeded Herb Kelleher as CEO of Southwest Airlines and led the carrier through the aftermath of the September 2001 terror attacks, has died. He was 72.

Parker died unexpectedly on Saturday night, according to Southwest.

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. 

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Got canned goods? Laundry detergent? Dallas Love Field Airport needs your help. 

Through Feb. 1, the airport plans to collect non-perishable food and toiletries to help furloughed federal workers still without pay due to the partial government shutdown. 

About 20 young people sit across from one another in two teams in a community room at CitySquare Opportunity Center in South Dallas. Deontra Wade walks around the room with notecards in hand and asks everyone about themselves, using his best Steve Harvey voice.

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As soon as a drum line marched onto the stage, you knew this was not going to be a mournful, melancholy memorial service for Herb Kelleher.

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Texas ranks second in the nation for human trafficking cases, and Texas Sen. John Cornyn was in Dallas Tuesday to highlight a new federal law he co-wrote to provide resources and funding to fight traffickers and support victims. It’s called the Abolish Human Trafficking Act, though Cornyn acknowledges there’s still a lot of work to be done to end what he calls “modern-day slavery.”

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Hundreds of volunteers will take to the streets of North Texas tomorrow to count the local homeless population. The annual count provides critical data on the state of homelessness, and this year, in Dallas and Collin counties, it’s being done under new leadership.

The statue of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee was removed in September 2017.
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The granite base that supported the now-removed statue of Robert E. Lee in a Dallas park and the seating and stairs surrounding it will be disassembled and stored.

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Students in the Dallas school district recently competed in the annual Foley Gardere Oratory Competition that honors Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s eight finalists, fourth- and fifth-graders, delivered speeches answering the question: "What would Dr. King say to the children of today's world?"

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About 10,000 people a year will experience an aortic dissection – a tear in the body’s biggest blood vessel. It can be life-threatening, but it’s also possible to survive and to avoid in some cases.

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Stephanie Bond was married to her husband for almost 22 years before he called her into the master bedroom one afternoon in February 2010.

"He pulled out a .45-caliber gun and shot me three times in our walk-in closet with three of the four children at the home," Bond said.

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The Richardson Independent School District plans to change how school board members are elected.

The new electoral system is part of a settlement agreement reached between the district and former board trustee David Tyson, Jr. Tyson sued the district last year saying the current electoral system violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965, by denying fair representation of African-Americans and other voters of color.

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The American Psychological Association sparked a fierce debate last week when it issued its first-ever guidelines for psychologists working with men and boys. The list of 10 guidelines suggests that men who ascribe to "traditional masculinity" may suffer negative consequences to their mental and physical health.

Losing weight one to two pounds a week allows your body to adjust easier to the change.
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For many, a list of New Year’s resolutions tends to include losing weight. Before considering diets, gyms, expensive equipment and tech gadgets, a local dietitian offers some sensible ideas to help with weight reduction.

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Looking for a city that makes it easy to stay fit? A new study shows Garland, Arlington and Irving in the back of the nationwide pack.

But need a job? Plano, Irving and Dallas are among the brightest spots in the country.

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When the Texas Legislature gavels into session next week, Julie Johnson will make history. She'll be one of Dallas County's first two openly gay legislators — and the first state House member with a same-sex spouse.

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When it's cold outside, alcohol might feel like a way to fend off the winter chill, but health care experts warn alcohol and cold weather can be a bad combination if you’re not careful.

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Southwest Airlines co-founder Herb Kelleher, the colorful character who built an upstart Texas carrier into a high-flying powerhouse, died Thursday, the airline announced. He was 87.

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The holiday season tends to be less safe for drivers, and the early hours on New Year's Day are no exception.

Charlie Fowler recalls this bullet from celebratory gunfire going through his patio on New Year's Eve in 2013. Fowler has lived in the Kessler Park neighborhood of Dallas, Texas for the last 50 years.
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Shooting your gun into the air on New Year's Eve — or any celebratory gunfire, for that matter — can have deadly consequences. That might seem obvious, but along with party poppers, fireworks and champagne, it remains a staple at some celebrations.

The KERA News stories that connected the most with readers this year vary wildly in topic. But one stood out from the rest: education. 

From Texas Standard:

"What My Students Taught Me" is produced in partnership with the Teacher Project at Columbia Journalism School.

For her first four years teaching history at Lakeview High School in the Dallas suburb of Garland, Karen Sowers didn’t have any big challenges. That changed the day she met Donald Pierson, 29 years ago.

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