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Texans Spend Too Much On Housing, But Affordable Developments Are Scarce

Texans are struggling to pay for housing, despite the state’s reputation as an affordable place to live. Almost half of renters are spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing.
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The High Five

KERA takes a look at five stories that have North Texas talking — buzz from DFW and across the state.


This year, all 36 of Texas’ congressional representatives are up for re-election, but only one of those races is considered by most observers to actually be competitive. When it comes to state house and senate races, the vast majority of those aren’t terribly competitive either. That’s due, in large part, to a lot of the districts in the state are drawn with an overwhelming majority of one party or another.

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Members of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund will vote in November whether to reduce their benefits. If the answer’s yes, the chairman of pension fund board calls it only be a first step toward saving the troubled retirement system. But commentator Lee Cullum says something has to be done.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Among 40 Texas newspapers, only Waxahachie’s editorial board has endorsed Trump; Arlington’s Pentatonix lands Thursday night gig with the NFL; 97 percent of Texas school districts earned a “superior” financial rating; and more.

DART Approves Rail Expansion, But Debate Over Priorities Isn't Over

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Amid warring political pressure from North Texas’ urban and suburban leaders, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board on Tuesday approved a plan to finance two major rail expansions and an overhaul of bus service.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: This year, all 36 of Texas’ congressional representatives are up for re-election. Yet most observers only consider one of those races to actually be competitive. Part of that reason has to do with how the districts themselves are drawn.

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Texans are struggling to pay for housing, despite the state’s reputation as an affordable place to live. Almost half of renters are spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing.

New Urbanists Are Skeptical Of DART's Expansion Plan

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North Texas’ largest transit system says it has figured out a way to fast track a controversial suburban passenger rail line that connects to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport without jeopardizing plans for a downtown Dallas subway.

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Stray dogs have plagued southern Dallas for decades. The issue gained national attention in May after Antoinette Brown was mauled to death by a pack of dogs. The attack followed years of complaints from residents, and a consultant group recently estimated 8,700 loose dogs roam the streets in the southern part of the city. 

Let KERA And Electionland Know About Your Early Voting Problems

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Early voting began Monday in Texas, and a record-breaking number of voters cast their ballots. That's good news for our Democracy, but Monday's high turnout wasn't without incident, including long lines throughout the state, inaccurate voter ID signs and machine snafus in Denton County. 

In case you needed more evidence of the toll this divisive campaign is taking on America, a new survey says more than a third of social media users are "worn out" by the amount of political content they encounter.


One Crisis Away: Drowning In Debt

From the suburbs to the city, from college students to retirees — North Texans are taking on debt.

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The Dallas Shootings

Complete coverage from KERA and NPR of the shootings in downtown Dallas that killed five and injured 11.

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The EpiPen, the anti-allergy device that's been under investigation because of huge price increases, is soon going to have some competition.

Kaleo Pharmaceuticals, a small privately held drugmaker, says it plans to bring the Auvi-Q epinephrine auto-injector back onto the market in 2017.

Both the Auvi-Q and EpiPen devices inject a dose of epinephrine into the thigh of a person experiencing a severe allergic reaction.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has insulted the U.S. and called for an end to joint military exercises between the two countries, said on Wednesday that he'd like all foreign troops to leave his country — possibly within the next two years.

Duterte was speaking to an audience in Japan, where he's on a three-day visit.

What The Real Witches Of America Eat

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What do witches eat? If you're thinking of blood and feathers and cauldrons bubbling with eye of Newt and toe of frog, you couldn't be more off-menu.

The correct, and disappointingly dull, answer is pizza, bread, fruit, nuts, granola bars, Cornish hens, Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks coffee, leg of lamb, beer, cheese, Merlot, frozen cheesecake, and other supermarket comestibles.

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Here Are 39 Things You Should Do In Texas Before You Die

Texas Independence Day is March 2. (On that day, back in 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was adopted at Washington-on-the-Brazos.) So, to celebrate, the KERA News staff figured we’d come up with a list of quintessential Texas experiences – a bucket list of things you should do in the Lone Star state before you kick the bucket.
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