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You can’t get much simpler than the materials Denton artist Taylor Barnes often uses – just black charcoal on white fabric. Or tree branches and twine. A visit to her unusual studio on the University of North Texas campus in Denton reveals how she can do so much with so little.

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It’s no State Fair of Texas, but the other major fair in this region, the North Texas Fair and Rodeo in Denton, has dreams of expanding.

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It’s been just five days since hundreds of people protested the Trump administration’s immigration policies in the Denton town square. On July Fourth, the annual Yankee Doodle Parade marched past the same spot. 

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It’s a scorching Sunday afternoon in downtown Denton and the Square is all but empty. The only folks around are dressed in cosplay costumes, drinking beer and smoking cigarettes outside J&J’s Pizza.

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"You’re listening to the best in town," my car radio tells me, "the best around: 'The Local Mix'..."

Actually, you probably haven’t been listening to “The Local Mix” — or to “Candy's Sour Hour,” or “Electricity Comes from Other Planets,” or even to legendary Denton artist Martin Iles’ “WOODS,” a twice-monthly collage of unusual tunes, ravings, deadpan comedy, musical drones and cricket chirps.

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The Fine Arts Theatre in Denton is a classic movie palace that has sat on the city’s Square, mostly abandoned, since a fire in the '80s. But that’s all about to change.


Denton City Council approved a plan Tuesday to update the city’s energy plan to become 100 percent renewable by 2020, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports. 

If the plan is successful, Denton would become the second Texas city to purchase all of its energy from wind and solar farms or other renewable energy sources.

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A four-alarm fire struck Denton’s historic downtown square before the sun rose Tuesday morning, damaging at least three businesses. There were no reports of injuries, but business owners are trying to figure out the extent of the damage.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: 

Several businesses have sustained damage in a four-alarm fire that struck Denton's historic downtown square. The fire in downtown Denton appears to have started early this morning in a building that houses a market selling vintage items and other collectibles.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Denton could reach 100 percent renewable sooner than expected; the Astros are going to the World Series; early voting starts today; and more.

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Meet Hallie: for much of her young life, the 7-year-old Denton 2nd grader, has been looking for something you can’t buy in a store: She’s searching for someone who could save her life. There’s a chance you could help.

Denton City Council To Take Up Renewable Energy Plan

Nov 9, 2015
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Denton’s city council will take up a proposed plan to boost the amount of power the city uses to 70 percent by 2019 in a work session on Tuesday. While there’s wide agreement that using more renewable energy sources is a good thing, the rub for some more environmentally-oriented Dentonites is the part of the plan that doesn’t come from renewables. The Renewable Denton plan calls for building two new power plants run on natural gas.

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Denton is considering an ambitious $1.3 billion plan to ramp up the amount of energy it gets from renewable sources. The goal is to get 70 percent from renewables by 2019. Denton Municipal Electric is one of 72 public electric companies in Texas. The utility made waves 6 years ago when it announced that the city would get 40 percent of its power from wind.

Denton Announces Renewable Energy Plan

Oct 7, 2015
Mike Baker / Texas Tribune

Denton announced a lofty plan Tuesday that aims to make the North Texas city one of the cleanest energy providers in the state.


UT Arlington professor Sahadat Hossain is standing on an enormous mound of dirt at the city of Denton landfill, smiling. Because he’s literally turning trash into treasure.

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Denton touts its downtown as one of the best-preserved in North Texas. The county historical society aims to keep it that way – and tell the stories of some downtown’s most iconic buildings.

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If you like chili peppers, tomatoes or blueberries, you like bumblebees. The larger, hairier cousin of the honey bee is a social insect, and  especially good at pollinating the tasty crops mentioned above. What’s concerning is that bumblebees are on the decline, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has designated the American bumblebee as a “species of greatest conservation need.”

Mariachi music has a long history, dating back to 18th century Mexico. How do you get the younger generation interested in this old tradition of guitar strumming, violin playing and passionate singing? We checked out a mariachi summer camp for middle and high school kids at the University of North Texas at Denton.

A Vantage Energy natural gas rig in southwest Arlington just south of Interstate 20, Monday, December 23, 2013
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The city of Denton could take another step Tuesday toward becoming the only Texas city to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. 


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Denton officials to meet with Sriracha officials; a Rangers fan’s act of kindness goes viral; a local student who struggles in college is profiled in The New York Times; and more.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Denton officials will meet with the company that makes Sriracha; a UNT art project about breastfeeding has gone viral; the Dallas Zoo has a new otter pup; and more.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: The U.N. isn't taking over the Alamo, Denton invites Sriaracha to town, the Texas photo ID law continues to generate controversy, and more:


Five stories that have North Texas talking: An endangered black rhino will soon be put up for auction, the Texas abortion ruling generates big headlines, what Dallas was like leading up to the John F. Kennedy assassination, and more:

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The city of Denton is seeking a restraining order against a driller, alleging the company is working on two natural gas wells without the city’s permission. 

The Texas Tribune reports that a complaint was filed Friday in the Denton County District Court. Denton says the Dallas-based EagleRidge Energy ignored the city's demands to stop working on wells about 5 miles southwest of downtown. The city never permitted the development, the complaint says, and the wells lie too close to housing development, violating city rules.

Texas reports more than 2,300 cases of whooping cough so far this year, the highest in 50 years.  A new report on California’s 2010 whooping cough outbreak links clusters of unvaccinated people with areas that had the highest number of whooping cough cases. 

A Big Goodbye To Big Tex (For Now)

Oct 22, 2012
Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Five stories North Texas is talking about: Memorializing Big Tex, early voting, free beer for the creative class and more.

Among ‘Best Cities,’ We’re No. … 41

Sep 27, 2012
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas 41st in 50 best cities list, healthy food gets trashed in schools, and more.

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The Denton City Council and the city’s planning department are inviting citizens to learn about the Denton Plan 2030 at an open house tonight.

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Denton County is reporting its first death from West Nile Virus. Health officials say the patient was in his 90’s and had underlying health issues. He lived in Denton.