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The Dallas and Fort Worth school districts are searching for new superintendents. They’re not the only school systems with help-wanted ads. Chicago, Newark and Los Angeles also have openings.

For this week’s Friday Conversation, we asked the question: is it hard to keep a superintendent in a big-city school district?


The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's spokesman fired back at Collin County prosecutor who accused him of a first-degree felony. 

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Look up into the night sky this holiday weekend and you'll certainly see some fireworks, but what goes into making these colorful displays? Amy Walker is a professor with the University of Texas at Dallas. She has her Ph.D. in chemistry, so she knows a thing or two about the science behind the boom.

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Prosecutors are planning to present a first-degree felony securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: peas in guacamole?; a co-defendant pleads guilty in the John Wiley Price federal corruption case; a roundup of things to do over the July 4 weekend; and more.

Prosecutors Developing Criminal Case Against Texas AG Ken Paxton

Jul 2, 2015
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The potential criminal case against Attorney General Ken Paxton is apparently growing more serious, with the state's top lawyer hiring heavyweight legal counsel of his own as special prosecutors prepare to take felony charges before a Collin County grand jury.

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Dwaine Caraway wants John Wiley Price’s seat on the Dallas County Commissioners Court. It promises to be a lively race – especially against the backdrop of Price’s corruption case.


The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: After two key people agreed to plea deals, what's next for Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price?

Not All Texas School Districts Will Bring Back Sodas And Fried Foods

Jul 1, 2015
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Students eager to purchase soda and fried foods when they return to school in the fall may be disappointed, despite Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's recent announcement that both will be welcome back on Texas public school campuses after a 10-year ban. 

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A co-defendant in the federal corruption case involving Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price pleaded guilty to a bribery charge Wednesday morning.