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Some communities hover over the financial edge, while others have completely fallen off. Sandbranch, an unincorporated corner of Dallas County, is one of them. Residents there have no internet, no trash pickup and no running water. 

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The news Thursday that more than 700 people were trampled to death in Mecca cast a shadow over the start to the Muslim holiday Eid. It’s three days of gift-giving, family gatherings and prayer.

A Collin County Muslim woman is using a technique from Christmas traditions to make Eid brighter for refugee families in North Texas.

A Fort Worth business owner is working tirelessly to make sure her employees don’t fall over the financial edge. She makes it her mission to employ, educate, and embrace each and every one of her staff members.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Ahmed Mohamed spoke at press conference outside his home Wednesday.


New numbers came out Wednesday from the U.S. Census Bureau on income, poverty and health care. There’s been a big drop in the number of uninsured Americans since the Affordable Care Act passed.

And while the number of uninsured Texans dropped by 700,000, the Lone Star State still has a long way to go.

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After announcing a 10-year plan to jump from 62 million meals a year to 92 million, staffers at the North Texas Food Bank admit, it will be a challenging decade.

Forget 10 years down the road, serving as much as they do now isn’t exactly a cinch. 

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The North Texas Food Bank is tackling hunger with a bold 10-year plan. The goal? To put out 92 million meals a year by 2025. That’s 50 percent more than what’s being served now.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry becomes the first Republican to exit the presidential race.

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Toyota’s new U.S. headquarters in Plano won’t be ready until 2017, but its North American CEO has already set up shop in North Texas. Jim Lentz is a 33-year veteran of the company, and he’s putting down roots in Westlake.

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After four years of barricades, orange cones and blinking lights, the LBJ Express project is now officially open.

The new toll lanes, called TEXpress, are being hailed as the answer to congestion on 635. Traffic-weary drivers certainly hope so.