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Nearly two dozen teachers from other countries in the Garland Independent School District are on the verge of losing their jobs and getting deported. They say they didn’t do anything wrong. Their visas are about to expire and federal officials are investigating.

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The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 5.7 percent in January and became the state's lowest jobless figure since November 2008.
 
The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday reported the seasonally adjusted rate for January is the sixth straight month of declines in statewide unemployment.

The nationwide jobless rate stood at 6.6 percent in January.
 

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With less than eight weeks to go until the primary election, the four Republicans running for lieutenant governor continue to mix it up over an issue that always riles Texas voters.

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Approximately 77,000 people in Texas have been receiving emergency unemployment compensation. These are the folks who had already exhausted their regular unemployment insurance benefits after six months. On December 28th, those federal benefits will end too.

Here’s how it will affect one single mom in Lancaster:

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One out of every three North Texans is walking a financial tightrope and could be knocked off by just one crisis; a medical emergency, an eviction, a job loss.

In KERA’s new series One Crisis Away,  we introduce a concept known as asset poverty.

“This really measures the ability of a household to exist at the poverty level for just three months if their main source of income is disrupted,” says Andrea Levere, president of the Corporation for Enterprise Development.

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Even with Obamacare, more than one million people in Texas are in health care limbo. Since the state didn't expand Medicaid, low-income people people like Sheila Anderson won’t have access to government assistance or health insurance subsidies on the marketplace.

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If you’re looking for work in Dallas-Fort Worth, your best bet is to look in the health care industry.

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Dallas-based Texas Instruments has begun sending layoff dates to 1,700 employees , 500 of them in North Texas.

TI, which isn't closing any plants, announced the cuts to its worldwide staff two weeks, ago saying they are part of a strategic shift to refocus its wireless business.

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If Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst have their way hundreds of thousands of Texans would have to pass drug tests to get public assistance.

Study: U.S. Economy Has Nowhere to Go But Up

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Poverty in the U.S. could be slowing after a rough 2011 that saw a slow rebound from the Great Recession. 

Farmers Branch is waiting to find out when planes will spray for mosquitoes. The suburb was not on last night’s schedule. Neither were border cities Addison, Carrollton, Coppell and northwest Dallas.

The Texas unemployment rate has risen slightly to 7 percent in June but remains well below the 8.2 percent national jobless rate.

The city of Dallas is reporting 10 mosquito pools testing positive for the West Nile Virus.

The latest is in Lake Highlands. Mosquito spraying trucks will be out Tuesday night in the neighborhood bounded by Royal, Skillman, Walnut Hill and Ferndale Road.

Michael Wheeler, with the city’s mosquito control team, is on the road testing for the virus. He says the infected insects are showing up very early this year.

“It’s about two months quicker than we usually get our positive results for West Nile virus,” said Wheeler.

The Texas Republican Party has adopted a plan for some of the illegal immigrants in our state. This weekend the party adopted a platform calling for a guest worker program.  

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The Texas unemployment rate is under 7 percent for the first time in three years, falling to 6.9 percent for April as the state added 13,200 nonfarm jobs.

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The incoming leader of Dallas schools has announced an overhaul that means dozens of staffers must reapply for a chance to keep their jobs.

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The Texas unemployment rate has fallen for a sixth consecutive month to 7.1 percent in February as the state had a third straight month of job growth exceeding 20,000 positions.

The unemployment rate in Texas has fallen to 7.3 percent in January, the state's lowest jobless figure in nearly three years.

American Airlines employees find out this week how the airlines’ bankruptcy will affect them. KERA’s BJ Austin says airline executives meet with union leaders on Wednesday.

Texas Unemployment Rate Dips

Texas unemployment in December was down to 7.8%, the lowest since 2009. November’s rate was 8.1%. The Texas Workforce Commission says the big job gains were in leisure and hospitality, but government – which had generally been in layoff mode – added more than ten thousand jobs.

Lisa Givens, with the Workforce Commission says the Dallas-Plano-Irving sector is sharing lower unemployment figures, but actually LOST more jobs last month than it gained.

The Frisco City Council has set the stage for a process that could close the Exide lead battery plant. But Exide is promising to fight back. KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports it may be a long, emotional battle.

Dallas, TX – Texas is announcing six more weeks of unemployment benefits for jobless Texans who have exhausted their claims.

The Texas Workforce Commission says the extension is a result of the unemployment rate reaching 8.5 percent or higher over the previous three months.

The Workforce Commission says the U.S. Department of Labor approved the processing of claims starting December 11th.

Dallas, TX – Texas added more than 15,000 jobs in September but unemployment is still higher than a year ago. KERA's Shelley Kofler has more on why.

In the past year more than 188,000 additional workers have joined the Texas labor force. So while there's been a gain in new jobs, there's also been an increase in the number looking but unable to land a position. That's resulted in the unemployment rate rising from 8 percent to 8.5 percent.

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