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For 13 years, Lupe Valdez was the Dallas County Sheriff. Today, of the nine Texas Democrats running for governor, she’s the only woman in the race. After a career in law enforcement, she jokes that being a candidate has been something of an adjustment.

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An ice storm warning is in effect for several counties west of the Metroplex until midnight Wednesday.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The National Weather Service says there's a threat of freezing rain for areas north and west of the Metroplex today.

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The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.

The #metoo movement is getting a mixed reaction in Texas, but a majority of the state’s voters believe increased attention to sexual assault and harassment is going to improve the lives of most women, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

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Early voting is underway in Texas for the March 6th primary. In this primary election, voters will decide who appears on November's general election ballot.

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In this primary election, voters will decide who appears on November's general election ballot. From now until March 2, you can cast your ballot at any polling place in the county where you’re registered. But on Election Day, most Texas voters have to go to their assigned polling place. (That's unless you’re in one of the counties participating in a special program.)

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A Fort Worth couple is suing the federal government and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. They argue they were blocked from fostering refugee children because they’re lesbians.

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In light of the recent school shooting in Florida, a top elected official in Dallas is asking the NRA to hold its convention elsewhere this spring.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Polls are open for early voting in the state's March 6th primaries. Here’s what you need to vote, learn more about the early voting process, and check out the candidates on North Texas ballots.

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Texas Republican voter opinion turned against the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller even before last week’s mass shooting in a Florida high school and indictments of Russian propagandists who tried to influence American elections, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

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The most reliable indicator of whether a Texan thinks Donald Trump has what it takes to be president is the party that voter identifies with, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

 

Republicans are full of praise. Democrats are full of scorn.

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Early voting starts tomorrow in the Texas primaries, and Election Day is March 6. The winners advance to the November election.

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The midterm elections are often the overlooked middle child of any election cycle. But while they don’t get as much press as races during presidential election years, the stakes are high.

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In the era of U.S. slavery, it was illegal for African-Americans in many parts of the country — both enslaved and free — to learn to read and write.

But millions who were denied that right understood the power of education. By the late 19th century, there were dozens of black colleges in the United States.

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Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are far ahead of their Republican primary opponents in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, but the Democrats running for those two high offices face more difficult paths to their party’s nomination.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was in Texas over the weekend.

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A new study has found more stroke victims may be saved from disability or death if doctors can remove blood clots that block circulation to the brain. It also found doctors may have more time than originally thought to perform the treatment.

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Texas may be a red state, but for at least the weekend, it served the role of a battleground for two party leaders determined to put their spin on President Donald Trump's agenda in the lead-up to the midterm elections. 

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Plano City Council member Tom Harrison says he will not resign even though his colleagues have censured him. 

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A female hippo at the Dallas Zoo gave birth to her first calf Saturday morning, but the baby did not survive, the zoo announced.

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Russian nationals working to interfere with the 2016 presidential election visited Texas in 2014, spread derogatory information against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz during the Republican primary and posed as Americans while communicating with a person “affiliated with a Texas-based grassroots organization,” according to an indictment issued Friday.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is aligning with President Donald Trump in highlighting the lack of evidence in recently issued indictments that Russia's government colluded with Trump's 2016 campaign to influence the election. 

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The Plano City Council will meet Sunday to discuss the future of member Tom Harrison.

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Plano City Council has called a special meeting for noon Sunday to discuss the future of a council member who came under fire this week for his anti-Islam post on Facebook.

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Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley is angry.

The county's top elected official ignited a political firestorm a week ago when he said the state is refusing to pay what it should for public education, and he accused legislators of blaming local officials for raising property taxes.

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A new branch of Texas Capital Bank in the Trinity Groves area hopes to build a relationship with low- and moderate-income West Dallas families who may not currently use a bank at all.

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Regino Rojas has been named the sole semifinalist from North Texas for the 2018 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southwest.

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Authorities say three North Texas high school students face charges after bringing guns to campus a day after a deadly mass shooting at a school in Florida. Thursday's arrests happened at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, West Plano High and South Garland High.

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Don Carter, the owner who was instrumental in bringing the NBA to Dallas with the expansion Mavericks in 1980, has died. He was 84.

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