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From Texas Standard.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map shows most of Texas is in some stage of drought. The worst of it is up in the Panhandle, but almost everything southwest of the Brazos is affected.

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Hurricane Harvey, which caused massive flooding in Texas, cost $125 billion, making it the most expensive U.S. disaster last year.

With hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record-high bill in 2017 for weather disasters: $306 billion.

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Update, Sunday night: The rain kept falling and falling -- and when it finally stopped, 21 inches fell in Corsicana in Navarro County, which is about an hour south of Dallas. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas kicks Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid; Ahmed Mohamed visits the White House; extreme drought enters D/FW; and more.


 The drought’s over for now, but not statewide needs for more water. The Texas Water Development Board votes Thursday (7/23) on loans for projects that address future needs in the state’s water plan. Nine of the 21 applications came from North Texas.

Jeff Walker, Deputy Executive Administrator for the Water Supply and Infrastructure Division of the Texas Water Development Board, says the North Texas projects range from a six-figure wastewater system improvement to a $440 million pipeline project.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: In Texas, the drought is over; a Denton Confederate soldier monument is vandalized; the WNBA could be coming to Dallas-Fort Worth; and more.

The drought finally broke for Texas ranchers late last year. The range and pasturelands on which cattle graze began to recover. Then came the spring. In Cameron, about 140 miles northwest of Houston, the rain began falling at the start of May — and didn't stop all month.

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A new report predicts a future of extreme weather wreaking havoc on the roads and runways in North Texas. 

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Mother Nature has pretty much drowned the Texas drought.

That’s clear from color-coded maps just released from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Several tornados skipped across Wise, Denton and Cooke counties Thursday night. A freight train derailed during the storm early Friday morning. Seventeen cars piled up on the track and four railroad workers were hurt, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

It’s not over yet. The area is in store for a lot more rain, thunder and lightning. One Denton County woman says, she’s ready for round two.

From Texas Standard:

The U.S. Drought Monitor puts out a map every week that updates drought conditions in Texas. This week’s map looked mostly white – which indicates no drought at all – with some peach, orange and red in the center – indicating moderate to exceptional drought.

Last year at this time, only small parts of the state were in the clear. Two years ago, 99 percent of the state was in some level of drought.

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Parts of North Texas received a half-foot of rain over the last three weeks – so it might seem a little odd to talk about drought. Still, the historic dry spell persists. 


Five stories that have North Texas talking: a Dallas man’s Halloween decorations are raising eyebrows, a historic downtown Dallas building gets a revival, cooler temperatures aren’t helping the region’s water shortages, and more.

Commentary: The Tumbleweeds Are Back

Sep 4, 2014

Don’t let the recent rains fool you. We’re still in drought and commentator David Marquis says there’s no reason to get comfortable.

The drought has tested industries across Texas in the last few years -- and it's even had an impact on beer.

Study Up For 'Think': Drought in the South

Jul 7, 2014
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Texas is big, hot and thirsty for water. Today on Think at 1 p.m., conservationist Ken Kramer and Jody Puckett, director of water utilities for the City of Dallas, join Krys Boyd to discuss the courses of action the state can take to combat the continued water shortage.

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Drought-stricken North Texas has received lots of rain over the past few days – and Lake Granbury has benefited. We have video proof.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Some Texas cities only have 45-day water supplies; how effective is Texas’ death penalty?; the most popular baby names in Texas; and more.

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Wichita Falls could soon become the first in the country where half of the drinking water comes directly from wastewater.

Yes, that includes water from toilets. For some citizens, that's a little tough to swallow.


In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom: Wichita Falls, 2 hours northwest of Fort Worth, may become the first city to use wastewater as drinking water. We’ll hear from Shelley Kofler about that process. And what would you say to the person who tried to kill you? New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas was on Think today to share how Rais Bhuiyan faced his attacker, a white supremacist named Mark Stroman.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Has a missing woman’s remains been discovered?; remembering William Blair Jr., Dallas is a basketball and hockey playoff team (at least for now); and more:

Next 3 Months ‘Huge’ In Preventing Brutal Texas Summer

Mar 18, 2014
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Texans looking for relief from the drought are eagerly anticipating the chances of an El Niño event starting this summer, which could bring much wetter conditions. But the focus should actually be on the near-term, according to Victor Murphy, climate service program manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Fort Worth. Murphy says that the next three months, April, May and June, will be crucial to staving off another critically dry—and hot—summer.

SMU Won't Be Playing In NCAA Tournament After Snub

Mar 17, 2014
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: SMU NCAA Tournament Hopes Dashed; Surprise concert for SXSW crash victim; Printing presses at Star-Telegram roll for last time; and more.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dale Hansen has a passionate response to the Michael Sam debate, how the drought is affecting our barbecue, a sequel to "Disney Hipster Princesses," and more.

The one main well serving 112 customers in Barnhart, southwest of San Angelo, stopped pumping Tuesday night. The fire department says there's enough water for fighting fires but taps have run dry.

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The North Texas Municipal Water District plans to initiate Stage 3 of its conservation and drought plan June 1st.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Drought-stricken trees, National Voter Registration Day, Josh Hamilton's caffeine jones and more.

Texas Dept. Of Public Safety

Investigators continue the difficult task of trying to identify 14 suspected illegal immigrants who were killed when a pickup truck packed with nearly two dozen people crashed in South Texas during an apparent smuggling run.

Texas prison officials are changing the way they do executions due to a drug shortage.

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Police say skeletal remains found in a rural creek near Dallas are those of a 10-year-old boy allegedly starved to death by his father and stepmother.