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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

The Texas House passed its version of the state budget Wednesday afternoon. That came after legislators spent 17 hours debating into the wee hours of the morning.

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After a marathon 17-hour debate, the Texas House gave tentative approval to its version of a new state budget this morning.

Texas Tribune executive editor Ross Ramsey tells KERA’s Sam Baker the $210-billion budget reflects a lot of Gov. Greg Abbott’s priorities.

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Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum wanted to write about the choice to not have children for years, but no one would take her pitches. She found a stigma against childless people sticks even as ideas about sexuality and marriage have become more progressive. In the new book Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed, Daum collects essays from men and women who've had their maturity questioned simply because they're not parents.

University Of Houston To Pay $135,000 For Matthew McConaughey Speech

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Call it the Houston Buyers Club: The University of Houston is paying $135,000 plus travel expenses to get Matthew McConaughey to speak at its spring commencement.


Last week, Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk acknowledged that she sought treatment for prescription drugs during her campaign. On Tuesday's Think, KERA's Krys Boyd talked with a panel of addiction experts about the unique challenges in treating this type of dependence.

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: The Texas House of Representatives passed their version of a budget after more than 17 hours of debate. Also, Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk makes her first public appearance after last week's news of her entering treatment to get off painkillers.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Susan Hawk talks – but not about recent controversies; the Texas House has a tense debate; the Department of Justice investigates Dallas County for truancy issues; and more.

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Seven hours into Tuesday's debate on the House's $210 billion two-year budget, things got first heated and then uncomfortable as state Rep. Stuart Spitzer, R-Kaufman, successfully pushed an amendment to move $3 million from HIV and STD prevention programs to pay for abstinence education. 

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Jude Cobler’s bone marrow transplant changed him physically, by altering his blood type. And emotionally, too, by creating an unbreakable bond with his brother, who helped save his life. For Jude and other cancer patients, a bone marrow transplant is really just the beginning.

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The two top candidates for Dallas Mayor talked about potholes, poverty and the controversial Trinity toll road at a forum sponsored by the Dallas Bar Association and the League of Women Voters on Tuesday. The two agreed on a few things, but were far apart on one big issue.