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Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was one of the holdouts who led Republicans to back down on a health care vote today. After that decision, Cruz told reporters he still has faith. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had hoped to get the measure through by the end of this week, and before Congress leaves on its Independence Day recess. 

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The Dallas Street Choir just returned from a whirlwind tour through New York City and Washington D.C., performing four times and seeing all the sites. For many members, a trip like this was a first — because they all happen to be homeless.

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The city of El Paso voted on Tuesday to join the growing list of local governments that have filed a legal challenge in hopes of stopping Texas’ new immigration enforcement law from going into effect.

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Senate Republicans have unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The long-awaited plan marks a big step toward achieving one of the Republican Party's major goals.

But, a vote on the bill has been pushed to after July 4.

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No timetable has been set so far for a federal judge in San Antonio to rule on when Texas can implement a new anti-sanctuary cities law.

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Telemedicine, which connects doctors and patients virtually, has made a big difference in North Texas schools for students with physical issues.

This fall, the same technology will be available to connect students and their behavioral therapists in a pilot program from Children's Health.

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In Dallas, there’s a free workshop that teaches renters their rights. Housing advocates say it’s a necessary resource since renters make up nearly half of the housing market in Dallas County, according to census data.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: DMA invites guests to dress as Frida Kahlo for record attempt; gay couples can’t get hitched in Waco; proof that music makes sick kids feel better; and more.

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The battle over this state's new immigration enforcement law moved to a federal courtroom in San Antonio today. Opponents have filed a lawsuit to stop the law, which was passed last month. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia was interested in learning how Senate Bill 4 -- the so-called "sanctuary city" law -- would be enforced.


For a little over a year, musicians – from national stars to local talent – have been going room to room, playing tunes for patients at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

It’s part of a national effort to channel the healing power of song.

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A federal judge in San Antonio this morning will hear arguments for putting the state’s new sanctuary cities ban on hold while the court considers whether the law violates the U.S. Constitution.


A new study has found longer survival rates for women with Stage 4 breast cancer, the most severe form. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Bonnie and Clyde's keepsakes sold in Boston; train from Fort Worth to the airport could run in 2018; how the art of food photography is perfected; and more.


KERA took home four awards from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. over the weekend, just a few days after the stations won its first-ever National Edward R. Murrow Award. That's five national  honors in a week and 36 awards for KERA so far this year.


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The fired Balch Springs officer who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards turned himself into authorities on Friday. Roy Oliver is facing two new aggravated assault charges for an off-duty unrelated road rage incident.

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Cattleack BBQ in North Dallas was recently named the No. 3 best barbecue joint in the state by Texas Monthly.

It beat out local staples like Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum and Lockhart Smokehouse in Bishop Arts. It's the first time the North Dallas joint, whose name plays off Cadillac, has been recognized on the list.

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A Balch Springs police officer, who was fired and charged with murder after fatally shooting a black teenager, has been indicted on two unrelated charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant.

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Texas’ two U.S. senators are split over their chamber's version of a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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The Fort Worth Star-Telegram got its first new editor in nearly two decades this week. Lauren Gustus comes from Fort Collins, Colorado, where she also fought to pass legislation improving that state's open records laws. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas’ bookstore opens soon; Cornyn and Cruz don’t agree on health care; new stats support an old adage: DART needs work; and more.


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The latest U.S. Census Bureau data, released today, reports that Texas saw a larger numeric growth in its Hispanic population than any other state in the country between July of 2015 and July of 2016. Peter Borsella is a demographer with the Census Bureau, and says Hispanic population growth across the nation might not be due to immigration. 

Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled their plan to overhaul President Obama's 2010 health care law. Within hours, Texas' two Republican senators took opposite positions on the measure.

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U.S. Senators today expect to receive their copies of the healthcare bill today. Senators have complained about the secrecy of the bill, which has been drafted behind closed doors. However, Texas Sen. John Cornyn said the secrecy's necessary because healthcare has become such a partisan issue.

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The state’s population is still booming, and Hispanic Texans are driving a large portion of that growth. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: TCU reports most alcohol violations among Texas schools; meet the candidates for Dallas Police Chief; Tarrant County’s getting its first cat cafe; and more.


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Dallas is a step closer to getting a new police chief. The city today released a list of eight candidates, including three insiders and a police chief from North Texas. Candidates will be interviewed in Dallas starting July 10. Dallas has been without a permanent chief since David Brown retired from the force last fall.

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North Texas is filled with taquerias and Tex-Mex restaurants, but there aren’t many places that specialize in Mexican fine dining. In Dallas, Revolver Taco Lounge in Deep Ellum is changing that with its new dinner concept. It’s bucking the trend that good Mexican food has to be cheap.

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The Houston-based organization that fueled President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that “millions” of people voted illegally in the 2016 election says it’s scaling back its effort to catalogue the fraudulent votes it alleged.  

Erika Rich for The Texas Tribune

The largest city in Texas will join San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and other local governments in a lawsuit against the state’s new immigration enforcement law.


Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax on Wednesday released a list of police chief candidates.