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A Dallas school district tax ratification election will not be happening in November. 

The Dallas school board did not approve an election that would have asked voters for more money. The board voted 5-3 Friday night on calling an election, but a six-vote super-majority was needed. As a result, the measure failed.


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

As you might've heard by now there's a total solar eclipse next Monday. It's the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross coast-to-coast, and it's the first in 38 years to pass through any part of the lower 48 states.

Jim Malewitz / The Texas Tribune

If Gov. Greg Abbott calls a second special legislative session this summer, it won’t be for redistricting.

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A week after the violence in Charlottesville, Va., protesters will gather at City Hall Plaza in Dallas on Saturday night to denounce white supremacy.


The top local stories this morning from KERA News: At a special meeting tonight, the Dallas school board will consider asking voters for more money through a tax ratification election this fall.  

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A statue of Robert E. Lee was at the center of the white supremacist rally last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Cities across the U.S., including Dallas, are now renewing debate on what to do with existing Confederate memorials.

Richard W. Rodriguez / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Five stories that have North Texas talking: D-FW shelters participating in national adoption event; UNT picks NASA administrator to lead system; dinner in Denton with a view; and more.


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The University of North Texas has picked NASA’s number two to lead the growing public university system. This morning, the board of regents named Lesa Roe as the sole finalist to be chancellor of the system. She’s expected to be confirmed next month. 

Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday weighed in on the renewed debate over Confederate monuments in Texas, saying that removing them "won't erase our nation's past, and it doesn't advance our nation's future." 


Bachman Lake Together Family Center provides extensive child development services and parent engagement programming for low-income families.

Director Jerry Hawkins and parent Denisse Gutierrez talk about the life-changing impact of surrounding children with support and helping parents to be leaders in their communities. 


As a teenager, Jeanie Greenidge was homeless and hopeless – until a teacher saved her life.

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Lesa Roe, a leader at NASA, has been selected as the next chancellor for the University of North Texas System.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr

On Monday, millions of people across the United States will have the opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse. It's the first of its kind in 99 years.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A state lawmaker from Dallas wants a Confederate plaque near his capitol office removed immediately.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas is building thousands of new homes; an SMU grad is interim White House communications director; three words: state fair food; and more.


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Disgruntled by the results from the special legislative session, which wrapped up Wednesday, the Governor and Lt. Governor blame House Speaker Joe Straus for the failure of certain bills. House Republicans held a special behind-closed-doors caucus meeting this morning to discuss how they, as a party, could change how the Speaker is nominated. 

Rodger Mallison / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

When the Dallas Cowboys take the field next month, they'll be without one their best players. The NFL suspended 22-year-old running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games after a yearlong domestic violence investigation.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

Fort Worth will not join a lawsuit opposing a controversial new Texas law targeting so-called "sanctuary cities." City Council voted five to four after five hours of debate and testimony Tuesday night.

For weeks, activists opposed to Senate Bill 4 have been calling for a vote on joining the lawsuit. They got their wish, but not the result they wanted. 

Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

President Donald Trump is slated to raise money in Texas next month. 

Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday put blame on the House — particularly Speaker Joe Straus — for the shortcomings of the special session and left the door open to calling another one.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

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The special legislative session was scheduled to end today. Instead, state lawmakers went home early.


President Trump called the opioid crisis in the United States a national emergency last week, and Texas has joined a coalition of states to investigate the role pharmaceutical companies have played in creating and prolonging the epidemic.

State Fair of Texas

The competition's heating up: Ten finalists for the 13th annual Big Tex Choice Awards were announced by the State Fair of Texas Wednesday morning.

Oreo Beer — an item some thought would be just crazy enough to eat (or drink?) — didn't make the cut. But, the even more perplexing Fat Smooth sailed through the semifinals. 


Five stories that have North Texas talking: How Dallas traffic compares with major cities; Rawlings wants task force on Confederate statues; more Dallas and Fort Worth schools meet state education standards; and more.

Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

The Texas Legislature closed out the special session Tuesday night amid a stalemate on property tax reform, leaving unfinished Gov. Greg Abbott's top priority.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings wants to form a task force to discuss whether the city should remove its confederate monuments. Rawlings told reporters today he has asked the Dallas Holocaust Museum and other groups about what to do with statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and other confederate leaders located in various parts of Dallas.


Poor families that spend too much on rent or live in terrible conditions have what's known as "worst-case housing needs."


A new U.S. Housing and Urban Development report shows the numbers of those types of renters surging across the country. Sandy Rollins of the Texas Tenants’ Union explains what that means for North Texas.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings wants to form a task force to discuss whether the city should remove its Confederate monuments.


More Dallas and Fort Worth schools met the state’s education standards this year than last year, according to 2017 accountability ratings released Tuesday by the Texas Education Agency.

Abbott Signs Bill Restricting Insurance Coverage Of Abortion

Aug 15, 2017
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed a bill that will require Texas women to pay an extra health insurance premium for non-emergency abortions, one of three abortion-related items the governor placed on lawmakers' agendas for the special session.