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Lillian Ayro, a pastor, business owner and parent, addresses the demonstrators gathered in downtown Waxahachie, Texas, at a Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday, June 6, 2020.
Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

Lillian Ayro, a mother of three boys and three girls, elevated her voice so the crowd gathered in the Ellis County Courthouse square could hear her share what it's like to be an African American parent.

"Every time my children leave out the door, I am not like my white sisters who don't worry about it. I worry." 

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

State Rep. John Wray, a Waxahachie Republican, announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election to the Texas House in 2020.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

On Thursday, the last group of migrant kids staying at a Rockwall County campsite was transferred to other temporary shelters. Last week, a larger shelter in Ellis County sent off its last kids. The co-owner of the Rockwall camp spoke to KERA about her experience.

Jackie Arias

South of Dallas, more than 170 buildings were damaged or destroyed by the EF-3 tornado that hit Ellis County. That includes Shields Elementary in the Red Oak Independent School District. 

Secretary Of Health and Human Services

Another group of unaccompanied children from Central America arrived in North Texas over the weekend.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

Nearly 500 immigrant children are temporarily staying at a campsite in Ellis County, about 45 minutes south of Dallas. Two hundred more are expected to arrive there by the end of the week. 

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

The first group of immigrant children arrived in Ellis County Friday afternoon. Hundreds of kids will stay at the Lakeview Camp and Retreat Center in between Maypearl and Waxahachie.

A gas pipeline has exploded in Ellis County – and evacuations are underway.

Update, 2:54 p.m.: KERA's BJ Austin reports: Emergency crews called for the evacuation of Milford because of the thick, black, low-hanging smoke blowing that way.

Steve Fano with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth says an inversion – warm air on top of colder air – was acting like a lid.

Sean McCann / (cc) flickr

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.