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Five stories that have North Texas talking: showing support for Irving mosque; the Chinese love Texas real estate; UT-Arlington’s basketball team attracts national attention; and more.

Why You Don't Want To Be Too Clean

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We examine real-life issues in our series Vital Signs. In this edition: the risk of being too clean. 

Dr. Donna Persaud, ​Chief of Pediatric Community Medicine at Parkland Hospital System, talks about potential problems from the types of soap we use – especially anti-bacterial soap.

Cruz Condemns Colorado Shooting, Rejects Anti-Abortion Link

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NEWTON, Iowa — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is condemning the fatal shooting of three people at a Planned Parenthood location in Colorado but also aggressively pushing back on suggestions the shooter was part of the anti-abortion movement. 

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A University of Texas basketball team is making waves nationally — and it's not the one based in Austin. 

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Just about anyone who’s into sports are familiar with crazy contests, like a fan taking a half-court shot to win a car or file a March Madness bracket for a shot at a million dollars. The odds of winning those contests are pretty small, but when someone does win, another person has to pay. 

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The holiday shopping season kicks into high gear Friday (and, in the case of a few stores, Thursday night). When you start talking shopping strategies, it becomes pretty clear pretty quickly how differently we all approach the task. 


The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: The clouds are gathering, and with a high of 75 degrees Wednesday, it certainly doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving yet. Matt Bishop of the National Weather Service says that’ll change when arctic cold starts pouring into Texas Thursday evening. 

Gil Gillam, artist and attorney with Gillam & Smith LLP in Marshall, Texas.

East Texas is known for its Piney Woods, Caddo Lake and perhaps, sweet potatoes. It’s also the patent lawsuit capitol of the country. The reason: more patent infringement cases are brought to Eastern District courts than anywhere else. 


The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: More patent infringement cases are brought to courts in East Texas than anywhere else in the country. In Texas alone, more than 600 companies have been hit with a patent infringement lawsuit since 2005. The rise of “patent trolls” is partially to blame.       

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This holiday weekend, high school kids across the country will be bringing their phones to family dinners. Not just to text their friends, though – they’ll be interviewing family members, StoryCorps-style. It’s a project called “The Great Thanksgiving Listen,” and it’s being done through the free StoryCorps app. One North Texas class lining up its questions.