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Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price will not be retried on any charges related to his case, federal prosecutors announced Friday.  The jury in the federal corruption trial of John Wiley Price has found the longtime Dallas County Commissioner not guilty on seven of 11 counts, including bribery and mail fraud. 

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John Wiley Price is now completely free of the federal corruption charges that dogged him for years.

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Update, May 19: Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price will not be retried on any charges related to his case, federal prosecutors announced Friday. Last month, 67-year-old Price was found not guilty on seven of 11 counts.

Prosecutors are also dropping their case against political consultant Kathy Nealy, Price's longtime associate who was accused of bribing him.

Bill To Ban Texting While Driving In Texas Clears Senate

May 19, 2017
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Legislation that would create a statewide texting while driving ban overcame a last-ditch attempt in the Senate on Friday to gut the bill. The bill's author, state Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, said he will concur with the changes the Senate made. The measure will then head to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk.

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Irving and its school district filed by the father of Ahmed Mohamed, the teenager whose homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb.

A family attorney said Friday that they would file a new lawsuit, The Associated Press reports.

Here's A Roundup Of Bills Addressing Sexual Assault At Texas Colleges, Universities

May 19, 2017
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The Legislature is set to give final approval on bills addressing sexual assault at Texas colleges and universities. Lawmakers are making campus sexual assaults a top priority this session following some major headlines around the state. 

Texas House Backs Proposal Requiring Seat Belts On School Buses

May 19, 2017
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The Texas House on Thursday tentatively backed legislation that would require three-point seat belts be installed on newly-purchased school buses across the state.

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At 95, journalism pioneer Vivian Castleberry has seen it all. She was born in the roaring '20s, came of age during the Great Depression and interviewed seven First Ladies.

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Dallas has one of the country’s highest rates of youth unemployment. Nearly 13 percent of residents 16-to-24 years old aren’t in school or don’t have a job. A massive job fair today hopes to lower those numbers.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The most popular baby names in Texas haven’t changed much; why Dallas struggles with affordable housing; exploring the history of headwraps; and more.

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A bill that aims to fix the troubled Dallas Police and Fire Pension fund took a big step forward today at the Texas Capitol. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted to advance the bill to the Senate floor. First, the State House also will have to vote to approve the Senate version of the bill. 

Texas House Passes Child Welfare Reforms

May 18, 2017
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The Texas House on Thursday passed the last bill in a package of sweeping measures aimed at addressing a crisis in the state's child welfare system. 

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Hundreds gathered downtown Wednesday for the annual Dallas Police Memorial to honor the city’s fallen officers. This year's ceremony paid special tribute to the five officers who were killed last summer by a lone gunman after a peaceful protest was wrapping up downtown.

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A bill to fix the Dallas Police and Fire Pension fund goes before a state Senate committee this morning

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas man sues first date over texting; Houston Democrat calls for Trump’s impeachment; two years since Waco shootout and nothing’s happened; and more.

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The Byron Nelson golf tournament starts Thursday and Irving is hosting it one last time. After 35 years, the event is moving from the Four Seasons resort in Las Colinas to south Dallas – at the new Trinity Forest golf club.

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In Dallas, the numbers on affordable housing are shocking. There are only 19 affordable homes for every 100 low-income families who need them. That’s playing out in West Dallas—as KERA's been exploring in the series One Crisis Away: No Place To Go.

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The AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament is being held in Irving one last time. After 35 years, the event is moving from the Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas to south Dallas’ new Trinity Forest Golf Club.

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With deadlines looming, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Wednesday threatened to push for a special session of the Legislature to pass a bill to regulate bathroom use for transgender Texans and legislation to set new thresholds for when cities and counties must get voter approval for their tax rates.

From U.S. House Floor, Texas Democrat Calls For Trump's Impeachment

May 17, 2017
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Amid multiple Trump-related scandals rocking the Capitol, U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump from the House chamber on Wednesday morning. 

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The number of teen pregnancies in the U.S. has hit a record low. But that doesn’t include certain parts of Texas. The Dallas and San Antonio areas have rates 50 and 40 percent above the national average.

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Across the U.S., the number of teenagers having babies has hit a record low — it's down to about one out of every 45 young women. That trend hasn't extended to certain parts of Texas, where it’s still nearly twice the national average.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas overtakes San Francisco in Forbes best cities for jobs ranking; John Cornyn doesn’t want to lead the FBI; SOLUNA fest kicks off this week; and more.

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After days of negotiations with state senators, officials reached a deal last week to fix the troubled Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings had called an earlier state House version a taxpayer bailout. 

Allison V. Smith / KERA news special contributor

West Dallas has been an afterthought for the better part of a century-- today it’s booming. The last four years have been a construction frenzy of new restaurants and upscale apartments. Some of the oldest residents don’t recognize the place.

John Cornyn Says He's Not Interested In Replacing James Comey At FBI

May 16, 2017
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John Cornyn withdrew from consideration to be the next FBI director on Tuesday, saying the "best way I can serve is continuing to fight for a conservative agenda in the U.S. Senate."  

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House lawmakers have until the end of the week to tentatively pass Senate bills for them to have any chance of surviving the current legislative session.

Ken Paxton Asks State Appeals Court To Intervene In Judge Dispute

May 16, 2017
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Lawyers for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton are trying to get a state appeals court to intervene in their long-running effort to replace the judge in his securities fraud case. 

Lara Solt / KERA News special contributor

Chance Hawkins, 19, was born with a rare genetic degenerative disease. He’s getting ready to graduate from Fort Worth’s Dunbar High School, concluding a journey that’s been filled with obstacles — and rewards.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: FWSO conductor kicked out of Bass Hall; Sid Miller suggests removing warning label on hog poison; check in with the Class of ‘17; and more.

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