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Your Guide To May's North Texas Municipal Elections

Early voting begins Monday for municipal elections across North Texas. It’s a crowded field of council and school board candidates this year -- hundreds of candidates in scores of races across the region. Yet, local elections are often low-turnout affairs in North Texas.

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The High Five

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

Catholic Diocese of Dallas

Edward Burns led his first Easter mass as the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas last weekend. He moved from Juneau, Alaska, a few months back, and he’s already making a mark. He started a task force on immigration and is leading a national effort to prevent  sexual abuse in the church.

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Emergency preparedness supplies are tax-free this weekend. The sales tax holiday runs April 22 - 24. It’s a good time to stock up on emergency supplies since Texas is in the midst of ‘tornado season,’ which runs from March to August. Be aware though: tornadoes can occur anytime, anywhere.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas wants more millennials; Texas owes $600,000 to same-sex couples; listen to the new Sarah Jaffe single; and more.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Judges have again found that Texas racially gerrymandered voting maps to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities. The 2-1 ruling by a federal panel in San Antonio says that the state tried to intentionally weaken the influence of minorities around Dallas, Houston and other areas across the state.

FDA Officially Bans Texas' Attempted Import Of Execution Drugs

Apr 20, 2017
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Almost two years after Texas tried to import an execution drug from overseas, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruled Thursday that the drug can’t be admitted into the United States.

A panel of federal judges in San Antonio found Texas lawmakers intentionally discriminated against minority voters in some areas when they drew district maps for the Texas House of Representatives.

House Republicans are mulling over new changes to their health care proposal, hoping to wrangle enough votes to pass a bill that would allow them to keep their campaign pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The latest proposal allows states to make changes to the ACA's rules governing health insurance policies and markets, in an effort to allow some states to offer stripped-down policies with lower premiums.

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It’s now up to a bankruptcy court in Delaware to decide what becomes of Oncor. The judge in the case wants to sell the Dallas-based electric delivery company to pay off creditors of its parent company Energy Future Holdings. The Public Utility Commission last week rejected an $18 billion offer from NextEra Energy, but that part of the story isn’t over.

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Texas Standard, the statewide public radio newsmagazine, has won three National Headliner Awards, including "best of show" for radio.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and other national Democratic Party leaders hold a public rally in Grand Prairie today.

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Race, Poverty And The Changing Face Of Schools

Take a deep dive into how four different high schools in North Texas have changed over the decades.

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Emmanuel Macron, a centrist politician who's never held elective office, and Marine Le Pen, the far-right, firebrand who wants to take France out of the European Union, are expected to advance to next month's run-off for the presidency of the country, according to projections based on early vote counts.

Kuki Gallmann, a conservationist best known for her book I Dreamed of Africa, was ambushed and shot while she drove across her conservancy in Kenya Sunday morning.

Gallmann, 73, was shot in the stomach and "severely injured" while surveying her property with rangers of the Kenya Wildlife Service, according to her brother-in-law Nigel Adams and a press release from a farmers' association of which she's a member.

She was flown to a hospital in Nairobi for treatment, and was still conscious and speaking after the attack, according to The New York Times.

How to hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence

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The search for extraterrestrial intelligence — known as SETI — got a boost in 2015, when philanthropist Yuri Milner announced plans to inject up to $100 million into the field over the next decade.

Not long ago, both the Economist and the New Yorker magazines featured unflattering cover portraits of President Trump holding a golf club. Both seemed to suggest the president had found himself in a rough patch.

Inside a tiny, hard-to-find storefront in Brooklyn lies the darkly whimsical world of a most unusual "candy alchemist."

He calls himself "Eugene J.," and this real-life Willy Wonka is whipping up his own new confections across town from where Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will open on Broadway later this month.

Not much is known about this quiet man in black, who prefers to keep the focus on the candy. Behind a purple satin curtain, he toils away on his latest invention.

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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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In-Depth Interviews

History, science, politics, books and more with KERA's Krys Boyd.