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7 Numbers To Better Understand The 2018 Texas Elections

Texans will go to the polls to elect hundreds of officials to represent them this year. Up for grabs are the governor’s mansion, a seat in the U.S. Senate and some of the most powerful statewide offices.

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Across the nation and the throughout the state, people took to the streets this weekend. Thousands showed up in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston-- and beyond, for the second annual Women's March.

The signs were as diverse as the crowd.

Updated at 9:45 p.m. ET

The federal government is in the midst of a partial shutdown, and it appears it will be that way for some time.

President Trump and members of Congress publicly say they want to reopen the federal government, but, in the first day of a shutdown, Republicans and Democrats on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue showed no signs of ending their stalemate.

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Denton County reported a third flu related death on Friday. That takes the total in North Texas to at least 52 this flu season, and 40 of those have been in Dallas County. Collin County has six and three in Tarrant. 

A federal judge has ruled Texas will continue to need oversight of how it cares for vulnerable children, even after sweeping legislative changes last year.

Updated at 5:08 p.m. ET

So, here we go again.

The federal government is once more on the verge of a shutdown, and just like the last time, in October 2013, there will some things you'll notice that are shuttered and others you won't.

Updated at 11:16 p.m. ET

A partial government shutdown now looks inevitable after the Senate lacks the votes on a stopgap spending bill late Friday night.

The vote was 50-48 in favor of the measure with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., yet to vote.

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Dozens of people have died from the flu in North Texas this season.

Six people in Collin County, eight in Tarrant County, three in Denton County and a whopping 43 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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South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist, the late Hugh Masekela, sought to use his music as a tool of political activism. He wanted to influence people and he did exactly that.

After 30 years of exile, he returned to South Africa for a music tour. Former bass player Bakithi Kumalo was with him. For Kumalo, Masakela's influence was much more than an exchange of jazz skills.

Related: From the archives: An interview with the late Hugh Masekela

In the three months since actress Alyssa Milano first tweeted about #MeToo, there have been nearly 6.5 million tweets sharing the hashtag. But not everyone’s #MeToo story gets the same amount of spotlight — there's been a lot of talk about who the movement leaves behind.  

When parts of the federal government ground to halt this past weekend, Linda Nablo, who oversees the Children's Health Insurance Program in Virginia, had two letters drafted and ready to go out to the families of 68,000 children insured through the program, depending on what happened.

One said the federal government had failed to extend CHIP after funding expired in September and the stopgap funding had run out. The program would be shutting down and families would lose their insurance.

The lush, green mountainside views and softly singing birds which Elvira Díaz enjoys each day as she cradles her young suckling child are enviable. But the stunning vistas and rural tranquility mask a harsh reality this indigenous Guatemalan mother faces: she’s worried her children may starve to death.

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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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The Tylenol Murders

In 1982, seven people died suddenly and mysteriously. And questions still remain.