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The Wall That Heals
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A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is set up in Garland through the weekend. The long, smooth wall etched with more than 58,000 names spans a section of Audubon Park in the city.

Armando Farias, 56, tends to his small shop filled with Mexican goods at Plaza Garland.
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Plaza Garland is an indoor marketplace where mariachi bands play regularly and merchants sell everything from Mexican ice cream and custom-made piñatas to gold jewelry and handmade toys.

It's nothing like the old Kmart that used to stand in its place.

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The non-profit Trust for Public Land has released its annual ParkScore Index, which rates the park systems in the 100 largest cities in the U.S. Six North Texas cities made the list. Here’s how they stacked up:


On the night when 12 tornadoes raced across North Texas, it was up to first responders – police, firefighters, paramedics – to get folks out of harm’s way. 

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The Insurance Council of Texas says insured losses from the North Texas tornadoes will top $1.2 billion, and could go even higher. As folks in the hardest-hit areas scramble to line up replacement housing, insurance adjusters are becoming central figures in their lives. 

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In Garland, many residents returned home Monday for the first time to assess tornado damage. In one neighborhood, just south of the intersection of Interstate 30 and the President George Bush Turnpike, the wreckage is particularly severe. 

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Security was tight at Tuesday night's Garland school board work session, including the presence of more police officers than normal, a surveillance tower and a bomb-sniffing dog.

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Garland's police chief says the information the FBI sent local law enforcement on one of two gunmen outside a controversial cartoon contest would not have changed his department's response to the event. 

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Sunday night's shooting at Garland’s Curtis Culwell Center surprised many people who live and frequent this Dallas suburban community. Residents in one nearby neighborhood kept each other updated throughout the evening. They say the event is a reminder that incidents like this one can happen anywhere.

Jade Buddha for Universal Peace

An immense Buddha statue made from exquisite jade can be seen in Garland through this weekend as it makes its way around the world.  The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace sits 8 feet tall and weighs 4-and-a-half tons. The group behind the tour claims it has been valued at $5 million. 

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If and when the technical problems on the online health insurance marketplace clear up, millions of people are expected to enroll. Not Jackie Sawicky.

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Garland police officer Paul Clark is getting congratulations for pulling off an unusual "kitty rescue."

Mega License Centers Could Shorten Wait Times

Dec 19, 2012
David Chong / KERA News

The wait for your drivers license may actually be getting shorter. That’s what the Texas Department of Safety hopes to achieve with the first Drivers License megacenter in North Texas. Reporter David Chong explains how these mega-centers are using technology to help customers avoid long lines.

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Garland firefighters let a chemical fire burn down before using foam on the flames at Nexeo Solutions, the old Ashland Chemical on Wood Ave, near Jupiter and Kingsley.

The number of deaths from West Nile virus continue to rise in North Texas. Tarrant County reported its seventh related death Wednesday afternoon.. The patient was a Hurst resident, in his 70’s, who had additional health problems.

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American Airlines and US Airways say they’re talking about a possible merger.