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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Geese are disappearing from White Rock Lake; Arlington native chosen first by Cleveland Browns; here’s a guide to a pair of Dallas festivals; and more.

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High school debaters from across the Dallas school district took center stage at the first ever Mayor’s Cup contest Thursday night.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Minority rights groups today told federal judges that Texas needs new election maps for 2018. A three-judge federal panel met in San Antonio. The judges didn’t decide next steps, but it appears a trial is likely this summer over the state’s voting maps for Congressional and state House districts.

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Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa is the 2017 Latino Superintendent of the Year, according to the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS).

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In a huge win for environmental groups, a federal judge has ordered ExxonMobil to pay nearly $20 million for spewing millions of pounds of excess air pollution from its Houston-area industrial facilities.

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Two annual festivals in Dallas are joining forces for the first time this Saturday, providing a wealth of diverse programming focused on literacy, creativity and community across the city.  

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High school football in North Texas produces talent that has made it to the NFL, and on Thursday night an Arlington native made history.

Clock Ticking Toward 2018 As Court Mulls Redistricting Questions

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A pair of federal court rulings that Texas leaders purposefully discriminated against minority voters in rejiggering congressional and state House boundaries have triggered a slew of pressing questions among politicos.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

The Texas House today will take another vote on a controversial bill to ban so-called “sanctuary policies.” Senate Bill 4 would establish penalties for local entities that do not honor federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants booked in a local jail.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Wichita Falls coffee shop makes its own “unicorn frappe’; doctors hope to release Bush 41 from the hospital soon; mosquito season is coming; and more.

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