BJ Austin

The new Parkland Hospital in Dallas opens in August.  The $1.3 billion complex promises high-tech care inspired in part by Disney.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

The new Parkland Hospital in Dallas opens in August, and the $1.3 billion dollar complex promises high-tech care inspired in part by Disney.

A new study is out – and it’s focused on America’s charter school petri dish, New Orleans. It shows that the charter schools there are more focused on marketing and advertising themselves, rather classroom performance. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports on what the research, from the University of Texas and Tulane, could mean for charters in North Texas.

List Of Fastest-Growing Counties, Metros Have Strong Texas Flavor

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As Texas' population continues to climb, it's the state's suburbs that are seeing the quickest growth, census figures show.

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Update: Investigators say the driver of a pickup truck was killed in an accident involving a tractor-trailer that slammed into construction beams along Interstate 35 in Central Texas.

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If you've never been able to get out of bed for a morning run, keep your place clean or give up fast food, it might be time to stop wallowing in guilt and find out why.

Dianna Douglas

Recent pep rallies at elementary schools across Dallas have included a little gift for every kid in attendance -- a T-shirt with the name of their local high school and the year they’ll graduate.

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: New census numbers put the Dallas-Fort Worth area as the second fastest-growing metro area area in the country. Also, how a child might cope with cancer differently than a teenager or an adult who’s survived the disease.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas is a step closer to a ban on texting while driving; Levi Pettit apologizes for his role in the racist fraternity video; elephants keep an 18-wheeler from falling over; and more.

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Cancer can take a toll on a kid’s physical health, but there are psychological effects, too. Many survivors experience anxiety, while some suffer from post-traumatic stress.