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With The First Pick In The NFL Draft, Cleveland Browns Choose Arlington’s Myles Garrett

High school football in North Texas produces talent that has made it to the NFL, and on Thursday night an Arlington native made history.

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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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A new report out says in the 2014-2015 school year, 8 percent of Texas students who dropped out did so in the seventh or eighth grades. The Fort Worth school district is taking several measures to prevent students from dropping out before high school and keep them on the path to graduation.

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KERA has won eight regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Overall Excellence honors for large-market radio stations. Tuesday's total is a record for the station, and bring's the total award count to 23 so far in 2017. 

Robert Siegel's voice and signature reporting have been an essential part of NPR since he first arrived in Washington in 1976. He has been with NPR for more than 40 years, a constant presence in our newsroom and a familiar voice to so many listeners. After one of the most storied careers in NPR's history, Robert has decided to step down as the host of All Things Considered in January 2018.

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Kids are dropping out of school as early as middle school. A new report found 8 percent of Texas dropouts in the 2014-15 school year were in the seventh or eighth grades.

Mosquito season is upon us, and Texas still isn’t out of the woods when it comes to Zika.

The mosquito-borne illness can cause birth defects if a woman is exposed to it while pregnant. Last year, there were 312 cases of Zika reported in the state.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas Zoo’s giraffe is expecting; to know West Dallas, start with the Great Depression; Chelsea Clinton talks growing up in politics in Dallas; and more.

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As the White House pushes Congress to fund President Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall, a new wrinkle has emerged that could stymie parts of the massive project.

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Dallas Animal Services says it’s making progress toward improving animal care. The agency has hired more employees, added overnight shifts, added pet care education programs and increased citations and enforcement.

A mumps outbreak in Texas has reached a 20-year high. Public health officials have identified 221 cases of the highly contagious disease so far this year, and it’s not because vaccination rates are dipping in Texas.

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Whether they're working on a university campus, inside an elementary school or within a neighborhood, librarians are asserting their relevance in the age of the internet. Their biggest obstacle? People who "hold the purse strings" thinking libraries don't continue to provide an important service. That's according to one music librarian at the University of North Texas.  

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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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What makes a high-quality learning program effective not just for the child but the whole family? What else, besides a well-run pre-K, is essential to help families break out of intergenerational poverty?

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When President Donald Trump selected retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for defense secretary, it was a rare choice. No recently retired general had been selected for the top Pentagon job since George Marshall, some 66 years earlier.

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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.

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.