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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: The Texas House of Representatives passed their version of a budget after more than 17 hours of debate. Also, Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk makes her first public appearance after last week's news of her entering treatment to get off painkillers.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Susan Hawk talks – but not about recent controversies; the Texas House has a tense debate; the Department of Justice investigates Dallas County for truancy issues; and more.

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Seven hours into Tuesday's debate on the House's $210 billion two-year budget, things got first heated and then uncomfortable as state Rep. Stuart Spitzer, R-Kaufman, successfully pushed an amendment to move $3 million from HIV and STD prevention programs to pay for abstinence education. 

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Jude Cobler’s bone marrow transplant changed him physically, by altering his blood type. And emotionally, too, by creating an unbreakable bond with his brother, who helped save his life. For Jude and other cancer patients, a bone marrow transplant is really just the beginning.

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The two top candidates for Dallas Mayor talked about potholes, poverty and the controversial Trinity toll road at a forum sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association and the League of Women Voters on Tuesday. The two agreed on a few things, but were far apart on one big issue.   


Last week, Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk acknowledged that she sought treatment for prescription drugs during her campaign. On Tuesday's Think, KERA's Krys Boyd talked with a panel of addiction experts about the unique challenges in treating this type of dependence.


A civil rights investigation targets whether Dallas County has been too tough on students who skip school and sometimes end up handcuffed and in court.

Grand Jury Recommends UT Regent's Removal

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In an unusual, strongly worded report, a Travis County grand jury recommended this week that University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall be removed from office. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Rahr & Sons isn’t shutting down; a Denton teacher’s video about testing goes viral; a North Texas mom tells her daughter to hide in a trash bin while she visits a spa; and more.

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Twenty years ago today, Selena Quintanilla-Perez was gunned down at a Days Inn in Corpus Christi. The Tejano music star was only 23, and she was just about to release her first album in English. She had an All-American story that still resonates two decades later.