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More than 50 people have died from the flu in North Texas this season.

Six people in Collin County, three in Tarrant County, three in Denton County and a whopping 40 in Dallas County have died after complications from the virus.

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Dallas officials are giving the five bike-share companies that have planted small armies of brightly colored bikes across the city a deadline to get them in order.  

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If the U.S. Senate misses its deadline to pass a spending bill, the federal government will shut down. That would also mean furloughs for 200,000 Texans.

Texas Employees Get Friday Off To Celebrate 'Confederate Heroes'

Jan 19, 2018
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday isn't the only holiday this week for state employees in Texas. They can also take off Friday for a state holiday that has been a source of controversy: Confederate Heroes Day.

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Rich Templeton, the president and CEO of Texas Instruments, is stepping down after nearly 14 years in the position.

Templeton will make the transition over the next four months and remain TI's chairman, the Dallas-based company said in a statement. Brian Crutcher, currently the executive vice president and chief operating officer who’s been with TI since 1996, will take over as CEO, effective June 1.

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Two Texas cities have made Amazon's list of 20 finalists for its second headquarters in North America. The company says the $5 billion project would include more than 50,000 jobs and be comparable to Amazon’s Seattle campus.

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The Texas Education Agency released a preliminary plan for reforming special education Thursday.

From Texas Standard.

Unless Congress passes a continuing resolution, this week non-essential federal spending will dry up on Friday at midnight, and the U.S. government will shut down. Disagreements over DACA and other immigration priorities continue to divide the Congress, and the potential shutdown is being used as leverage. But how would a government shutdown affect Texas and Texans, and what essential services are exempted?

From Texas Standard.

Does it suddenly seem like people are posting a lot of fine art on social media? Over the past few days, Google’s Arts and Culture app has exploded in popularity – even though it’s been around since 2016 – thanks to its viral selfie feature. You take a picture of yourself and the app locates a work of art that’s similar. It’s currently at the top of both iOS and Android’s most-downloaded lists.

But if you’re trying to access the app in Texas, you might notice that the popular feature is curiously missing. Texas is one of two states in the U.S. – Illinois is the other – where people can’t use it.

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The city of Dallas will foot the $2.4 million bill to pay for crossing guards through the end of the school year, but a long-term solution is still up in the air.

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Three key board members at USA Gymnastics have resigned, the organization said Monday. The moves indicate continued tumult at the sport's governing body as the sentencing hearing of former team doctor Larry Nassar, who has admitted to the sexual assault of minors under his care, continues.

From Texas Standard.

Global warming and climate change are two oft-used phrases in the conversation about energy production. Much of the time, scientists and reporters present the remedy as “green” energy, such as solar or wind. But there’s a lot we still don’t know about the climate effects of these energy sources.

Texas leads the nation in wind energy production, so it makes sense that researchers from New York would turn to the Lone Star State to study how wind power affects local climates.

For more than two months, starlings have been flocking to Ireland's County Cork in increasing numbers — and so have the birdwatchers hoping to catch a glimpse.

Those observers caught a showstopper of a performance earlier this month.

Caught in a renewed firestorm of controversy, Pope Francis apologized for remarks he made last week defending a Chilean bishop accused of covering up decades of sexual abuse. But the pontiff held fast in his support of the bishop, maintaining his innocence.

In the depths of World War II, Swedish authorities decided their citizens needed to know what to do if the fighting finally arrived on their doorstep. Though they maintained neutrality, it was hard to believe they could continue to do so — especially as, one by one, their Nordic neighbors got caught in the tides of violence.

So they decided on a handy pamphlet, delivered to households across Sweden. Roughly translated to "If War Comes," the pamphlets offered tips for how to interpret sirens and what to take along in the case of evacuation.

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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 list of things you should do in the Lone Star State before you kick the bucket.

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