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Rich Templeton, the president and CEO of Texas Instruments, is stepping down after nearly 14 years in the position.

Templeton will make the transition over the next four months and remain TI's chairman, the Dallas-based company said in a statement. Brian Crutcher, currently the executive vice president and chief operating officer who’s been with TI since 1996, will take over as CEO, effective June 1.


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Two Texas cities have made Amazon's list of 20 finalists for its second headquarters in North America. The company says the $5 billion project would include more than 50,000 jobs and be comparable to Amazon’s Seattle campus.

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The city of Dallas will foot the $2.4 million bill to pay for crossing guards through the end of the school year, but a long-term solution is still up in the air.


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Seven additional people in Dallas County have died from the flu - bringing the total for the season to 38.

While Texas' infant mortality rate is lower than the national average, a new study shows wide differences in rates across different areas of the state and among different racial groups.


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School kids in Bonham, an hour northeast of Plano, are getting a week off school starting Wednesday. The reason? The flu.


Update: Jan. 18, 12:40 p.m. Almost 50 people have died from the flu in North Texas this season.

Five people in Collin County, three in Tarrant County, two in Denton County and a whopping 38 in Dallas County have died after complications from the virus.

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This has been a brutal flu season in North Texas. More than 40 people have died so far, and Tuesday, the Bonham Independent School District announced it was closing for a week because of the flu outbreak.

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In 2018, tacos seem as American as hamburgers and apple pie. If you trace the taco’s path to the states, you’d discover the rich history of the people who brought them here.

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Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea has been helping his native Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria hit the island in September.


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The flu outbreak has forced the Bonham school district to cancel classes for the week because too many teachers and students are sick.

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The horror stories about football and brain damage keep flowing out of the NFL, but surprisingly, little is known about how the sport affects the brains of young players. 

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After years of hearing about a bullet train shuttling passengers between Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes, the public will get a chance to talk about the ambitious and controversial project.

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Coming soon, Dallas Maverick fans will have a high-tech option to pay for tickets.

Owner Mark Cuban says the team will become the first pro sports franchise outside of California to accept bitcoin.


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Students in the Bonham school district won’t be able to go to school for a week. The district Tuesday afternoon said it decided to cancel school beginning Wednesday through next Tuesday because of the number of students and employees who are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

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One Dallas school is devoted to helping its students get hands-on experience with money. Conrad High School is home to many low-income and refugee students, and some of them help support their families financially. Teachers says that means learning about budgeting, saving and investing can't wait.

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On Jan. 25, hundreds of volunteers will descend onto Dallas and Collin County streets to count the number of people sleeping outside as part of the annual homeless “point-in-time” count, organized by the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance

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More than three million adults in Texas don’t have a high school diploma or the equivalent of one. And the number of adults in Texas taking the General Equivalency Diploma test, or GED, has been dropping for the past decade, according to a new report.

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HOUSTON — Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday unveiled a plan to "rein in skyrocketing property taxes" in Texas, looking to lay down a marker in a debate that dominated the legislative sessions last year and promises to remain front and center through the 2018 primaries and beyond.


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The National Weather Service says a winter storm system sweeping across the state will move out of North Texas this morning.

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Roads around Dallas-Fort Worth are "generally clear," but drivers should still watch out for icy spots in east and southeast Dallas, KXAS-TV meteorologist Brian James says.

While North Texas was largely spared the harsh road conditions predicted Monday, folks should heed the warnings of bitter cold temperatures as they walk out the door Tuesday.


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Another round of cold weather has made its way back to North Texas. The region could see temperatures dip below freezing, a wintery mix and a chance at some light snow, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

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On Martin Luther King's birthday, with a winter storm looming, volunteers at a mosque in Richardson spent a day of service assembling and handing out hygiene kits for homeless folks.

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Flying can be stressful, and sometimes, all it takes is one inconvenience or misunderstanding for a situation to escalate into a viral video. 

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After a federal report blasted Texas for failing kids with disabilities, educators and public education advocates are pointing the finger directly at state legislators who, they argue, first suggested capping special education to keep costs low.

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Since 1993, fourth and fifth graders across Dallas have written and performed speeches inspired by civil rights leader Dr. King at the Gardere Martin Luther King Junior Oratory Competition.

This year, students answered the question: “What is your dream for today’s world?”


Recently released guidelines have lowered the definition for high blood pressure, which increases the number of people identified as having hypertension and being at risk for serious medical problems because of it.


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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by the state of Texas to preserve congressional and legislative districts -- that's after a lower court struck down the districts as racially discriminatory.

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Updated, Saturday, 2:15 p.m.

A Dallas County employee has released more details about her allegations against Zachary Thompson, the former county Health and Human Services director, who was fired over reports of sexual misconduct.

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Further extending a drawn-out legal battle, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a case over whether Texas' congressional and House district boundaries discriminate against voters of color.