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For 51 weekends a year, North Texas gamers are obsessed with everything from Candy Crush Saga to World of Warcraft. Except this weekend, in Frisco, where the hottest game in town is pinball

The Texas Pinball Festival got underway Friday night.

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The Dallas Cowboys' signing of Greg Hardy, suspended last year after a domestic violence conviction, fed a national conversation about domestic abuse. And one of the strongest voices came from a TV newsroom just down the street from KERA -- sportscaster Dale Hansen.

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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.

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KERA’s series One Crisis Away, Inside a Neighborhood, wrapped up with the story of Tricia Oliver, a hard-working single mom who couldn’t afford to buy a birthday bike for her 5-year-old, Jayden.

This station’s listeners weren’t OK with that. More than a dozen called or wrote in, offering to buy Jayden that bike. 

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In Fort Worth, the latest count shows the number of homeless military veterans has declined by a third. The Presbyterian Night Shelter held its annual fundraising breakfast Tuesday.

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The state is still not giving letter grades to public schools, but a North Texas non-profit is. And SMU receives the largest single gift in the history of the university. The Meadows Foundation is investing $45 million in the arts on campus. 

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There aren’t many Navajo Code Talkers left in the world. Military officials say maybe 20 are still living. Two of these World War II heroes traveled to Fort Worth Friday for a rare town hall meeting.

And the world’s royalty of rust descended on Dallas this week for a conference called Corrosion 2015.  

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For the last month, the KERA series One Crisis Away: Inside a Neighborhood has illuminated the lives of folks on the financial edge in Jubilee Park.

As KERA’s Courtney Collins reported, Jubilee has seen change for the good, but there are still plenty of problems in the East Dallas neighborhood: it’s tough to find fresh food, bank accounts and decent-paying jobs.

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Texas, Baylor, Texas Southern and SMU all lost first round NCAA tournament basketball game. SMU’s defeat was especially heartbreaking because this was the Mustangs’ first tournament game in 22 years.

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Numbers just released by the National Center for Education Statistics show Texas as the number one state in graduation rates for black and Latino high school students. But this year’s numbers sparked a familiar debate.

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