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Homeless outreach workers spent six days in January counting the number of 12-to-24 year olds in Dallas County who didn’t have a stable place to live. They ultimately surveyed 179 people as part of the first-ever homeless youth survey in the county.

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The deadline to register to vote in the May 22 primary runoffs is Monday. North Texans will have their say in 12 races – including the Democratic nomination for governor – between former Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez and businessman Andrew White of Houston.

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Condolences are pouring in from political leaders in Texas and around the world for former First Lady Barbara Bush. She died yesterday in Houston at the age of 92.

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Southwest pilot Tammie Jo Shults is being praised for her cool demeanor after her plane suffered a blown engine — killing one passenger — and she was forced to make a one-engine, emergency landing in Philadelphia with nearly 150 people on board Tuesday.

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WASHINGTON — A new poll released Wednesday suggests the U.S. Senate race between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke is far more competitive than many political observers have initially thought.

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The North Texas-based maker of bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like a machine gun, has announced it will shut down its website and stop taking orders for the devices next month.

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Police gave the Fort Worth City Council some startling numbers about opioid use in the city and Tarrant County, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Among the statistics reported Tuesday, the city's ambulance service last year responded to more than 1,000 opioid and illegal drug overdose calls. 

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Dallas is warming at a faster rate than any other large city in the country, besides Louisville, Kentucky and Phoenix, according to research conducted for the Texas Trees Foundation.

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Four months after U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold promised to repay an $84,000 sexual harassment settlement funded by taxpayers — and 11 days after the Republican resigned his Corpus Christi seat — he has yet to write a check. And with Farenthold out of public office and increasingly out of the public eye, there's little anyone can do to force him.

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A preliminary examination of the blown jet engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that set off a terrifying chain of events and left a businesswoman hanging half outside a shattered window showed evidence of "metal fatigue," according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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One person was killed after a plane bound for Dallas experienced engine failure and had to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

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It's been 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law. It's designed to protect people from discrimination as they try to get a home loan, buy a house, or rent.

Peniel Joseph with the School of Public Affairs at UT Austin says its legacy has been a mixed bag. He talked with David Brown, host of Texas Standard. 

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Journalists from KERA are finalists for 12 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters awards this weekend. The project One Crisis Away: No Place To Go is a finalist in three different categories.

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A Southwest Airlines jet headed for Dallas blew an engine at 32,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window, setting off a desperate scramble by passengers to save a woman from getting sucked out. She later died, and seven others were injured.

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A trial continues in a lawsuit to determine whether Dallas County discriminates against white voters on Tuesday.

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KINGWOOD — Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday vowed to challenge Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez over her views on border security and immigration, emphasizing an early contrast with the former Dallas County sheriff who has not yet secured her party's nomination. 

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The president and CEO of the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance has resigned – effective at the end of this month. Cindy Crain joined the nonprofit in 2015, and her departure comes amid months of growing tension between the homeless alliance and Dallas City Hall.

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The president and CEO of the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance has resigned – effective at the end of this month. Cindy Crain joined the nonprofit in 2015, and her departure comes amid months of growing tension between the homeless alliance and Dallas City Hall.

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After some bad years, things are looking up for the freight rail industry right now — and that’s being felt at GE’s locomotive factory in far north Fort Worth. The plant is in the process of nearly doubling its staff, partly because of increased demand for brand-new locomotives, and partly because the factory has been overhauled to refurbish old ones.

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RICHARDSON — Jaculyn Zigtema, a special education director in Whitehouse ISD in East Texas, told state education officials Monday that she planned to hire two diagnosticians, four teachers and two behavioral specialists to handle an anticipated spike in students considered eligible for special education.

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Teenagers in foster care in Texas are five times more likely to become pregnant than other teens in the state, according to a new study out Monday. Research from the group Texans Care for Children showed state lawmakers have a lot of work to do to prevent pregnancy among teens in foster care.

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Physical fitness, diet and mental stimulation all contribute to good brain health. But you also need water — and lots of it.

On average, the human body contains about 60 percent water. Nearly all bodily systems depend on it, including the brain.

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Southern Methodist University alumni are raising funds to try to preserve the independent student media company that’s scheduled for dissolution next month.

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Former first lady Barbara Bush has endured a series of hospitalizations and has decided to halt treatment for her failing health, according to a statement from her family Sunday. 

Laura Skelding: O'Rourke/Douglas Young: Cruz

When U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke announced his latest fundraising haul earlier this month – a stunning $6.7 million – it was widely expected to surpass what his rival, Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, brought in over the same period. Now it's clear by how much: roughly $3.5 million.

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The Texas Board of Education has approved creating statewide academic standards for a Mexican-American studies high school course, but Republicans insisted on calling it “ethnic studies” over the tearful objections of a Democratic member.

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The Dallas Cowboys released Dez Bryant on Friday, deciding salary cap relief with the star receiver's declining production outweighs the risk of him returning to All-Pro form with another team.

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Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock announced his retirement Friday, exactly one year after he was hired to coach the team a second time.

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Dallas school district administrators are again trying to get a 13-cent tax increase before voters.

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The four-year-old UNT Dallas College of Law is about to get a new dean. Felecia Epps comes from Florida A&M University, which faced similar challenges with getting its would-be lawyers to pass the bar exam.

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