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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Sept. 1 brings a flood of new Texas laws, and we preview a few of the standouts.

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More than half of about 1,200 bills state lawmakers passed in 2015 become law September 1. Among them: One law allows doctors to be paid for seeing students in the state’s Medicaid program at school over a sophisticated form of video chat. 

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Depression in the workplace became a topic of conversation in our office - and maybe your office - after Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk announced last week she was taking an unpaid four-week leave to seek treatment for a serious episode.

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Last week, Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk announced she’s taking a four-week leave of absence to seek treatment for depression. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked to a UT-Southwestern psychiatrist about depression in the workplace.

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UT Arlington professor Sahadat Hossain is standing on an enormous mound of dirt at the city of Denton landfill, smiling. Because he’s literally turning trash into treasure.

Relaxed Texas Food Stamp Rules Meant To Help Felons

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One way to help keep thousands of freed drug felons from returning to Texas prisons is letting them collect food stamps while getting back on their feet, advocates say. And starting Sept. 1, many will be able to do just that.

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Blue Bell ice cream is back in parts of Texas. Blue Bell Creameries has resumed selling its products in select locations Monday, four months after the Texas-based retailer halted sales due to listeria contamination.

UT-Austin Removes Jefferson Davis Confederate Statue

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The Jefferson Davis statue will no longer cast a shadow on the University Texas main mall after its removal Sunday morning.

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: The winners of the State Fair’s annual Big Tex Choice Awards went to Fernie’s Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly for ‘Best Tasting’ and the Smoky Bacon Margarita for ‘Most Creative.’

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the king and queen of State Fair food are crowned; UT-Austin removes the Jefferson Davis statue; more on the Harris County deputy shooting; and more.

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