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North Texas is sweating through its second straight record day of heat. Friday’s high of 108 makes this the hottest July 20th ever in Dallas. Wichita Falls also blew away its daily record with 112 degrees.


SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — A baby girl is guaranteed food for life — and a job — after her mother gave birth in a Chick-fil-A bathroom.

Immigrant Parents Wait By The Phone Hoping Separated Kids Will Call

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An immigrant father from Guatemala dotes over his despondent teenage daughter during a weekly 10-minute phone call, while other parents wait weeks for the phone to ring.

A mother in Louisiana has phone video chats with her detained 5-year-old son in Texas, while a Honduran asylum-seeker had actual face time with his little girl, visiting her in person. He made sure to bring along a McDonald's hamburger to share.

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The Texas jobless rate improved to 4 percent during June to mirror the nationwide figure.

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Managers of the state's largest electrical grid had predicted more record highs for power use as the extreme heat continues – and they were right.

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Thursday was the hottest July 19th in the history of Dallas, with temperatures reaching 108 degrees. In Wichita Falls, temperatures reached a high of 111 degrees.

Surge Of Candidates Leaves Texas Democrats Struggling To Recruit Qualified Staffers

Jul 19, 2018
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The uptick in the number of Democrats running across Texas this election cycle has exposed a weakness in the party’s statewide apparatus: a shortage of experienced operatives equipped to run so many campaigns.

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On Wednesday, Democrat Lupe Valdez accepted an invitation to a debate with Republican Governor Greg Abbott, but it's not the same debate he has said yes to.

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Andrew Oldham was confirmed to the federal bench Wednesday by a 50–49 vote, making him the the fourth alumnus of the Texas Attorney General’s Office to join the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals since President Donald Trump took office. That tally made his confirmation the narrowest of any Texas judicial nominee under Trump.

Oldham currently serves as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s top legal adviser.

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There's been a sharp increase this year in Texas students arrested for threatening violence, according to a new report. Data from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department showed more than 1, 200 arrests from January through May for terroristic threats.

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Police officers have long had a presence in public schools. But since the deadly school shootings in Santa Fe and Parkland, Florida, more Texas school children have found themselves facing police for actions the authors of a new study view as kids just being kids.

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After just over six weeks in the job, the new president and chief executive officer of Texas Instruments, Brian Crutcher, is out.

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The CEO and president of Dallas-based Texas Instruments resigned today because of what TI calls "violations of the company’s code of conduct.” Brian Crutcher had been in the job less than two months.

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The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the fastest-growing segment of the workforce is people 75 and older. Shirley Martin is one of them.

When we met her five years ago, she was a greeter at Walmart, making slightly more than minimum wage. Today, she's 77 and manages a group home for adults with disabilities in South Dallas. 

She's better off financially, but to stay that way, she works full time — and she has no plans to stop.

Little Food, High Fevers: Three Border Volunteers Allege Mistreatment Of Detainees

Jul 17, 2018
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We’re learning more about how migrants are being treated at the Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas. Some volunteers from Texas and elsewhere are sounding an alarm, alleging migrants are not receiving proper health and medical care.

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A petition to let Dallas voters decide whether employers across the city should be required to give employees paid sick leave fell short. Now, organizers are demanding the city secretary take another look at the signatures. 

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Some Texas Democrats running for office are managing to out-fundraise their Republican opponents. Recent Texas Tribune figures show four Democrats running for Congress have all reached the $1 million mark in campaign contributions.

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A new medical school opening next year in Fort Worth will feature a four-year curriculum in communication, a program believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

What’s more, it’ll be run by the nation’s first medical school dean dedicated solely to that subject. The focus on communication is designed to improve not just the health of patients but of doctors, too.

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Across Texas, seven Democratic challengers raised more money in the latest reporting period than the Republican incumbents they're facing.

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WASHINGTON – There are few bigger warning signs for a member of Congress that their re-election may be in doubt than when a challenger outraises them. In Texas, it just happened to seven incumbents, all Republicans.

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The estranged wife of a Van Cliburn piano competition winner was found not guilty by reason of insanity on Monday in the 2016 deaths of their children.

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Families who were separated crossing the U.S.-Mexico border can't be deported immediately after they are reunited — at least for the next week, a federal judge told the federal government Monday.

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It’s no State Fair of Texas, but the other major fair in this region, the North Texas Fair and Rodeo in Denton, has dreams of expanding.

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The city of Denton is losing three of its top law enforcement officials, including the chief of police.

Chief Lee Howell has resigned, effective Aug. 6, after six years in the role. He'll move to the top job in Saginaw, a northern suburb of Fort Worth. He was chosen for that job last month and will begin work sometime in August, according to a news release from the city of Saginaw.

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An effort in Arlington aims to establish term limits for public officials, but Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams says he doesn't think it would be good for business.

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A challenge of an abortion-related restriction in Texas returns to court on Monday in Austin. The law requires burial or cremation of fetal remains instead of incinerating and depositing in a landfill.


It’s called junk food for a reason.

It contributes no nutritional value, but you don’t have to avoid it to maintain long-term health.

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State and reproductive rights attorneys are going head to head again in federal court on Monday to argue whether Texas should require health providers to cremate or bury fetal remains.

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North Texans should prepare for a full week of triple-digit temperatures, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. 

Monday is expected reach 101 degrees and daytime highs should climb to 105 by the end of the week.

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On Friday, federal authorities in Dallas announced indictments for eight alleged MS-13 gang members on a range of criminal charges. Officials have seven of the men in custody and are still looking for one.