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Lawrence Herkimer was called the grandfather of modern cheerleading. He died last week in Dallas. He was 89.


The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: How the grandfather of American cheerleading made his first jump in Dallas. 

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We’ll catch back up with Jeffery Xiong. He’s one of the world’s newest and youngest chess grandmasters playing. And today he makes his play to be the U.S. Junior chess champion.

After Suing Hood County, Granbury Gay Couple Gets Marriage License

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A Granbury gay couple on Monday obtained a marriage license from the Hood County Clerk's office after filing a lawsuit against the clerk in federal court.

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Authorities say about 250 immigrant children were given an adult dose of a Hepatitis A vaccine at a Texas detention facility where they are being held with their mothers.


The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: 41 Texas kids have drowned this year, but a North Texas instructor hopes to change that.

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So far this year, 41 Texas kids have drowned, including three siblings recently pulled from an apartment complex pool in Irving.

One North Texas swim instructor is taking an approach that’s much different from the traditional “Mommy and Me” lessons.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: an alligator kills a Texas man; the Alamo gets a special designation from the United Nations; a Fort Worth band is performing at a prestigious jazz festival; and more.


State health officials have reported dozens of cases statewide this summer of stomach-related illnesses from cyclospora, a parasite. Several of those cases have been in North Texas.

Dr. Christian Mayorga, ​chief of digestive and liver diseases for Parkland Hospital System and assistant professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, talked about the resulting illness, cyclosporiasis, as well as treatment and prevention. 

Alamo Gets A Big United Nations Honor: It's A 'World Heritage' Site

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The San Antonio Missions, the Alamo and other historic Texas shrines have attained the status of other internationally recognized landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and the Great Barrier Reef.