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Mental Illness As An Asset: In Texas, Former Patients Find Work Helping Peers

Maybe you’ve heard of sponsors or recovery coaches to help with drug and alcohol addiction. How about for mental health? In the last decade, peer support for people with serious mental illness has hit mainstream.

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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.

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British police have identified Salman Abedi, 22, as the bomber behind the attack on an Ariana Grande concert Monday in Manchester, England. Abedi died in the bombing, which claimed the lives of at least 22 victims and injured dozens more — many of whom were children.

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"Dead on arrival" is how Texas senior senator, Republican John Cornyn, characterized the formal budget plan unveiled by President Trump. It puts 66 programs on the chopping block, and includes a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, a 30 percent cut for the State Department and 20 percent from the Department of Agriculture.

With just days left in the Texas 2017 regular legislative session, the fate of a so-called “bathroom bill” is still uncertain.

Just after 1 a.m., state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) attached an amendment to a House bill in an effort to extend the life of the Senate’s controversial proposal.

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Families renting aging rental homes in West Dallas from HMK Ltd. will share their concerns about this week’s developments before the City Council this morning.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Globe Life Park is vegan-friendly; DeSoto lawmaker addresses “lunch shaming”; the legislative fight continues over whether transgender Texans can use the bathroom; and more.

Texas Senate Will Reject House's 'Bathroom Bill' Compromise

May 24, 2017
Laura Skelding for The Texas Tribune

The legislative wrangling over where transgender Texans can use the bathroom isn’t over yet.

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With summer just around the corner, the nonprofit Trust for Public Land has released its annual ParkScore Index, which rates the park systems in the 100 largest cities in the U.S. Plano improved its score from last year. Unfortunately, competition from other cities caused some North Texas cities to slip.

Texas House Backs Voter ID Overhaul, With Changes

May 23, 2017
Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

The Texas House on Tuesday approved legislation to overhaul the state’s embattled voter identification law, moving it one step closer to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.


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To help address the youth unemployment rate in North Texas, Starbucks and several other companies recently gathered at the first-ever Dallas Opportunity Fair. As KERA’s Stephanie Kuo reports, it’s part of a national effort to help younger people, 16-to-24-year-olds, find jobs.

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To help address youth unemployment in North Texas,  several companies recently gathered at the first-ever Dallas Opportunity Fair, a day-long hiring event to help local 16- to 24-year-olds find jobs.


One Crisis Away: No Place To Go

West Dallas has been on the financial edge for generations. And that's just now starting to change.

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As I hurry home battling the rush hour traffic in the evening, I see a queue in front of the gates of the local mosque. Men in white skull caps, women clad in saris and burkas, young children with school bags on their backs — all are waiting with containers in their hands for a share of the nombu kanji. Mosques in the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala distribute the kanji, a lightly spiced rice and lentil porridge, before the sunset prayers during the fasting month of Ramadan, which starts Friday evening.

In Egypt, Gunmen Open Fire On Coptic Christians

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In a rush to get the holiday weekend rolling? Here are some quick facts about last night's Eastern Conference championship game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics:

*The Cavaliers ended the Celtics post-season — winning the game, 135-102.

*The win sets up a third consecutive match-up with Western Conference champion Golden State in the Finals.

*LeBron James scored 35 points to become the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader — surpassing Michael Jordan

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

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.