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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings are in Europe this week to boost business opportunities and promote tourism throughout North Texas.

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HOUSTON — It took nearly two hours, dozens of air balls and rim shots, a few rounds of political trash talk, and one desperately needed reduction in the score required to win — but they did it.

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Nearly 100 migrant children have arrived at the Department of Health and Human Services temporary shelter in West Texas. Officials estimate there will be almost 300 kids at the shelter by the end of the day at the Tornillo port of entry, about 20 miles southeast of El Paso.

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Update: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz defeated late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel 11-9 on Saturday.

The NBA season ended last week when the Golden State Warriors claimed their second straight championship. But there’s still one very important basketball game to be played.

A late-night talk show host and a senator from Texas will settle their beef this weekend on the court.

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Tomorrow's Election Day for municipal runoffs. These are races in which a candidate did not earn a majority of votes in last month's municipal elections.

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The State Board of Education will take a final vote Friday on what will be the first state-approved course on Mexican-American history in Texas public schools.

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Federal authorities say they will open a temporary shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children in far west Texas as existing facilities reach capacity.

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The Trump administration has selected Tornillo Land Point of Entry, a crossing point along the Texas-Mexico border near El Paso, as the site of its first temporary shelter for immigrant children separated from their parents under the administration's "zero tolerance" policy, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

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By 2020, all Dallas apartment complexes with eight or more units will have to provide one common service: recycling.

The Dallas City Council unanimously approved the new ordinance on Wednesday, pushing the city closer toward its “zero waste” goals established in 2013. 

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More than 100,000 Texas students were affected by computer glitches on standardized tests this year, tens of thousands more than previously estimated, Education Commissioner Mike Morath told the State Board of Education during a briefing on Wednesday morning.

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Texas Republicans open their state convention in San Antonio today.  

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Vice President Mike Pence gave a campaign-style speech to the closing session of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting on Wednesday in Dallas, winning several standing ovations even as his appearance drew criticism from some evangelicals.

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It's summer in Texas, and that’s got many people heading for their nearest pool, or, as tradition has it, the Gulf. But one of the state’s most beloved beach getaway destinations, Port Aransas, took what amounts to a direct hit from Hurricane Harvey in August, and the town’s still bouncing back.

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The State Board of Education indicated in a preliminary vote on Wednesday that it would change the name of Texas' new high school Mexican-American history course to “Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies.”

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Vice President Mike Pence gave an often boastful campaign-style speech Wednesday to the closing session of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, winning several standing ovations even as some evangelicals criticized his appearance.

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The Dallas school district is spending part of the summer break replacing the names of four campuses named for Confederate leaders.

The district tweeted photos Monday of new signs for the elementary schools updating their names: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and William L. Cabell.

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One of the nation's first self-driving car services will be coming to North Texas next month. California-based Drive.ai has teamed up with the city of Frisco to launch the program.

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Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday visits Dallas to speak at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Wylie Independent School District prepares for armed intruders in a variety of ways, from active shooter drills to safety-themed coloring books. Some school staff are trained to be armed marshals and are ready to shoot if there's a threat.

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A federal judge issued a ruling Tuesday afternoon that could fundamentally reshape one of the most influential companies in Texas. Judge Richard Leon said AT&T will be able to merge with Time Warner after all.

A federal judge issued a ruling Tuesday afternoon that could fundamentally reshape one of the most influential companies in Texas.

Judge Richard Leon said telecom giant AT&T will be able to merge with Time Warner after all, despite opposition from the Trump administration.

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Texas activists pushing for a high school course on Mexican-American history won a hard-fought victory in April, when the State Board of Education voted to create the class. 

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Former President George H.W. Bush is celebrating his 94th birthday Tuesday in Maine.

He’s the first U.S. president to reach the milestone. Bush became the longest-living president in U.S. history last November when he surpassed the late Gerald Ford.  

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America’s more than 46,000 Southern Baptist churches are grappling with their own #MeToo moment after a leader from Fort Worth fell from prominence after weeks of scandal around past statements he’d made about women. It follows after other recent scandals in which Southern Baptist leaders have been accused of or admitted to inappropriate behavior toward women.

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This is the last day to vote early before Saturday's municipal runoff elections across North Texas.

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Across Texas and the country, many campuses conduct active shooter drills. Because school shootings are often perpetrated by students who attend those schools, some raise a concern: Do these drills give potential shooters too much inside information? 

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Dallas-based AT&T will get a big piece of news about its future Tuesday: A federal judge is expected to decide whether it can buy Time Warner. The U.S. Justice Department sued to stop the merger last year. 

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Dallas voters may have the chance to weigh in on whether workers across the city get paid when they’re too sick to work.

A coalition of Texas-based community groups on Monday said it will turn in more than 110,000 signatures to the city clerk's office in a petition to put a paid sick leave ordinance on the ballot this November.

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The Fine Arts Theatre in Denton is a classic movie palace that has sat on the city’s Square, mostly abandoned, since a fire in the '80s. But that’s all about to change.

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Several thousand Texans will descend on San Antonio and Fort Worth for the biennial Republican and Democratic conventions to hear from the state’s most prominent politicians, adopt new platforms and elect party leaders.

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