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Only about one in three third graders are reading at grade level in Dallas County schools. And that can have big implications down the road since only one in five kids who read below grade level go on to college. A new kind of virtual tutoring aims to tackle that problem even earlier. And the volunteer tutors don’t even have to leave the office.

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Three to 7 inches of rain doused North Texas last night, flooding streets and homes. 

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Update, 9:40 a.m.: According to city officials, Northeast Dallas received 6.8 inches of rain last night. Far South Dallas received the least amount of rain, at 1.5 inches.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: A texting and driving ban has come to a halt; a new portrait for former Gov. Perry; public art to honor Stevie Ray Vaughan; and more.

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Darlene Ewing presided over one of the few blue counties in Republican Texas as the chair of the Dallas County Democratic Party.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Floods drench a golf course west of Fort Worth, and leave players little options. 

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For the second week in a row, Jordan Spieth is getting some home cooking. And a lot of love like the reception he got on the 18th hole at Colonial last week.

Rodger Mallison / The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Update, 3:50 p.m.: Authorities say floodwaters from the swollen Brazos River are lapping at the foundations of 11 homes in a North Texas community west of Fort Worth.

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Between now and the end of July, a North Texas college student will have traveled to four different continents to compete at the highest level of taekwondo. She’ll fight the Paraguay Open this weekend. Jackie Galloway hopes all her travels lead to one place: the Olympics.

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Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday turned one of his highest legislative priorities into law, signing a bill aimed at improving early education in Texas.