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8:40 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Schools Applaud Ruling That Texas Education Funding System Is Unconstitutional

State Judge John Dietz in February 2013 found the state school funding system unconstitutional and issued a written order declaring the same on Thursday.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera Texas Tribune

School districts throughout the state are applauding a court ruling that may eventually lead to an overhaul of the way Texas pays for schools.

On Thursday State District Judge John Dietz again declared the state’s school funding system unconstitutional.

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Texas News
7:46 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

The Shed Opens Friday In Downtown Dallas With More Produce, Vendors And Kid Zones

It's moving day for farmers and vendors at the Farmers Market in downtown Dallas.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Just in time for peak squash and okra season, the Dallas Farmers Market is debuting a major renovation this Labor Day weekend. What’s now called “The Shed” will house long-time sellers and new vendors, all part of on-going 65 million dollar transformation on the East Side of downtown.

Stephenia Ottinger drives more than an hour down from Gainesville to this market to buy fruit and vegetables for a lot of people.  

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KERA Newsroom
6:41 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

From The Newsroom: School Finance Ruling, Farmer’s Market Redo

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

School districts are applauding the decision that could lead to an overhaul of the way Texas pays for schools. And just in time for peak squash and okra season, the Dallas Farmers Market is debuting a major renovation.

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Texas News
5:51 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

UT-Dallas Professor Dives Deep Into The Mysterious Mariana Trench

The three-person submersible 'Shinkai 6500' can dive up to 6,500 meters (about 4 miles). UT Dallas researcher Ignacio Pujana served as a scientific observer on board the vessel.
UTD

To boldly go where no man has gone before – is a phrase that usually leads to thoughts of exploring the stars, but in this case we’re referring to the deepest parts of the ocean.

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Government
5:49 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Judge Declares Texas School Finance System Unconstitutional

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A judge has again declared Texas' school finance system unconstitutional, reaffirming his 2013 decision despite $3.4 billion in extra classroom funding approved by the Legislature last summer. 

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Health/Science
12:31 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Cyclosporiasis Cases Linked To Fresh Cilantro From Mexico

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Texas health officials have determined that the state’s cyclosporiasis outbreak could be traced to cilantro imported from Puebla, Mexico.

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The High Five
7:23 am
Thu August 28, 2014

High-Speed Rail Could Expand To Other Parts Of Texas

A Shinkansen bullet train in Japan, which can hit speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.
Gerald O'Sullivan Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Bullet trains may connect other parts of Texas besides that Dallas-to-Houston line, another confirmed case of human Chikungunya in North Texas, confessions from Texas Monthly’s BBQ editor, and more.

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Education
6:46 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

In Dallas ISD, Thousands Of Students Don't Show Up For First Day Of School

More than 143,000 students attended the first day of school in Dallas ISD -- the highest first-day total since 2000. Many districts, including Dallas, see their attendance numbers fluctuate the first few weeks before leveling out.
Christina Ulsh KERA News

School started for most North Texas kids on Monday. But not everyone was there on the first day or the second or even the third. Getting every single student to show up is tough. In many districts, students keep trickling in days and even weeks later. A Dallas ISD official explains what keeps some kids away.

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KERA Newsroom
6:42 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

From The Newsroom: First Week Attendance, Potentially Haunted Workspace

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

In many school districts, students keep trickling in days and even weeks after the first bell. And two local art curators had a vision: they wanted to create a place where artists could both live and work in Dallas. They found a house and possibly some unexpected house guests.

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Health/Science
4:30 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Think: 3 Tips For Explaining To Children That They Have A Learning Disability

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Some of the kids heading back to school this week learn differently than their classmates. David Flink knows what that’s like – he was diagnosed as a child with both dyslexia and ADHD. Today on Think, he talked to Krys Boyd about how to inform kids that they have a learning disability.

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