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The storm and the disaster that followed reshaped New Orleans and had a dramatic impact to North Texas, and beyond.

About 26,000 evacuees made their way to Red Cross shelters near Dallas. The influx of people shocked the city.

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For people battling back from an injury, or trying to live with a chronic condition, medical gear can be key to recovery. If insurance won’t pick up the tab, the cost can be devastating.

A North Texas nonprofit that’s part salvage yard and part repair shop is trying to bridge the gap.

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Update: Fans of Lakewood Theater descended on a dumpster outside the iconic movie house Thursday to rescue antique seats, trashed to give crews more room to get rid of asbestos inside. Now, the head of the Dallas Landmark Commission says the site will be considered for historic landmark designation.

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Sometimes small expenses can completely derail folks trying to leave homelessness behind.

For people just getting into transitional housing, little costs like a work uniform or a car tire can be enough to put them back on the street or in a shelter. That's where "flex funds" come in.

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NorthPark Center turns 50 this week. At a time when shopping malls are closing, NorthPark remains one of the top-performing malls in the country, generating more than $1 billion in sales a year.

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August in North Texas may not be anyone’s favorite weather, but it’s peak season for creative complaining.

Bemoaning the sweltering heat is almost a hobby during the summer. And just about everyone has their own, unique way to describe it.

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Imagine trusting a stranger to make your financial decisions. For some North Texans, that’s the best possible reality.

The “representative payee program” helps mentally ill adults manage Social Security benefits. It helps people pay their bills. And when done right, it builds a bond between volunteers and vulnerable citizens.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: 

One of the state’s oldest residential treatment centers for people with mental illness could lose its federal funding. Timberlawn Mental Health System in Dallas, a Pennsylvania-based chain that’s been operating here since 1917, is in trouble with regulators for violating patient safety.

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A convention billing itself as "the largest event in the U.S. devoted to love and sex” opened Friday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Before the end of the weekend, more than 15,000 people are expected to turn up at EXXXOTICA.

Some North Texas nonprofits wanted to shut it down.

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Anyone who’s accidentally brushed against a searing seat-belt buckle this week knows: summer has hit the broiler setting in North Texas, and it’s just going to get worse.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through Saturday and says the next week will feel as hot as 109 degrees. Some forecasts have triple digit temperatures for the next 15 days.

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