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For the past few years, KERA’s been checking in with students who are part of the Class of ’17. Ricky Rijos is a junior at Flower Mound High School where he loves basketball and has played every year. Now he’s trying for the varsity team but he faces tall odds. This story is part of KERA’s American Graduate Initiative, charting the journey from childhood to graduation.


The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk was out of the office for several weeks as she sought treatment for depression.

Courtesy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Over the weekend, the streets of downtown Fort Worth were filled with folks celebrating gay pride. The city has come a long way in how it interacts with its LGBT community. 

Report: Texas Abortion Restrictions Led To Longer Wait Times

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Wait times to get an abortion in Texas have grown in some metropolitan areas, a trend that could be felt statewide if the U.S. Supreme Court allows the strictest provision of the state’s 2013 abortion law to take effect.

Property Tax Relief Comes With Big Cost To Texas

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If history is any guide, Texans will overwhelmingly approve a state constitutional amendment on Nov. 3 aimed at providing them some relief from rising property taxes.

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Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk, who returned to work last week after a lengthy absence to seek treatment for depression, says she had suicidal thoughts in July and wanted to resign.

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: The Texas Rangers are in the playoffs. After a 9-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels, the Rangers will be in Toronto Thursday to face off against the Blue Jays.


About 120 over 80 is considered normal blood pressure. But blood pressure can run higher as you get older – around 140.  Doctors wanting to lower that systolic number finally have an ideal target thanks to a study of more than 9,300 seniors called SPRINT.

Rodger Mallison / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Erma Johnson Hadley, the first woman and African-American to lead Tarrant County College, has died.


The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: The words "Friday Night Lights" conjure up a very specific image of Texas and high school football. For author Buzz Bissinger, it's about how he can't escape those three little words.