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Bill Zeeble, a 26-year veteran of KERA News, has been named best broadcast beat reporter in the country by the Education Writers Association. 

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The Fort Worth school district is trying to recruit teachers with a billboard campaign in Oklahoma, where teacher protests about classroom funding recently closed schools across the state.

Fort Worth ISD has placed red billboards in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman and Stillwater. They declare, “Your future is in a Fort Worth classroom.”

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A Home Depot worker who was shot while confronting a shoplifting suspect is out of the hospital nearly two weeks after gunfire that left one Dallas police officer dead and another critically hurt.

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President Donald Trump says the United States is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, which he is calling "defective at its core."

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

The National Rifle Association's annual convention kicks into high gear Friday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. President Trump and Vice President Pence will both speak at the event, and protesters are mobilizing outside.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: The National Rifle Association's annual convention opens Thursday night in downtown Dallas. Teen actors from Dallas are among the NRA's newest members – and they’re heading to the convention. 

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A teenager accused of planning a mass shooting at a Frisco mall inspired by ISIS has been arrested and charged with terrorism.

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Hundreds attended the Tuesday morning funeral for Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Santander, who was fatally shot last week while questioning a suspected shoplifter at a Home Depot in Northeast Dallas.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: A Wednesday evening Mass in downtown Dallas is honoring the police officer killed in a shooting at a home improvement store.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

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 top local stories this evening from KERA News:

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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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is appearing on Capitol Hill for a second day of hearings about protecting its users' data. The House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing follows hours of questioning by lawmakers in the Senate. 

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Over the weekend, a North Texas activist group released a video of two Fort Worth police officers appearing to punch a man in the face as he was pinned on the street.

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The Texas Tribune is hosting a discussion with North Texas state Reps. Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth, and Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, moderated by Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith.

Stream the hourlong conversation live, starting at noon. The video will be archived to watch after the event has concluded.

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Ethan Couch, who as a teenager used an "affluenza" defense regarding his drunken-driving wreck that killed four people, will get out of jail soon.

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A federal judge has again dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Irving, the school district and others filed by the father of a teenager whose homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb.

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Friday's the last day of the public input period on a proposed $15 billion high-speed rail line that developers promise will shuttle travelers between Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes.

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President Trump hosted lawmakers from both parties to discuss gun policy and school safety on Wednesday. During the freewheeling meeting, Trump appeared to support a number of conflicting measures.

NPR journalists have annotated a transcript of the exchange, adding context and analysis.

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The Texas Tribune is holding a daylong and public event, At the Table: A Symposium on Texas Women, on Monday in Dallas.

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Mourners sang and prayed during a service Tuesday to honor a Richardson police officer who was fatally shot while answering a disturbance call.

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Elected officials from Texas were among those on a chartered train that crashed in Virginia this morning. The train was carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia when it hit a garbage truck.

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A grand jury has declined to bring charges against Dallas police officers responsible for the death of a sniper who had killed five officers during a downtown rally.

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President Trump delivered his State of the Union address to Congress Tuesday evening, followed by the official Democratic response, by Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts.

Journalists across the NPR newsroom annotated those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. 

Jump to Democratic response

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A fast-moving wildfire borne by gusty westerly winds forced evacuation Monday afternoon of a nearby subdivision and school and closed two heavily traveled interstate highways in North Texas.

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Rich Templeton, the president and CEO of Texas Instruments, is stepping down after nearly 14 years in the position.

Templeton will make the transition over the next four months and remain TI's chairman, the Dallas-based company said in a statement. Brian Crutcher, currently the executive vice president and chief operating officer who’s been with TI since 1996, will take over as CEO, effective June 1.

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Dallas County officials are beginning to overhaul their bond system to allow inmates to be released based on their risk level to the public instead of their ability to pay a bond.

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U.S. immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers in what officials described as the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump's presidency.

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Hurricane Harvey, which caused massive flooding in Texas, cost $125 billion, making it the most expensive U.S. disaster last year.

With hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record-high bill in 2017 for weather disasters: $306 billion.

This March, Texas voters will decide who will appear on November's general election ballot.

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In September of 1982, a 12-year-old girl and six adults in and around Chicago died suddenly and mysteriously. Hundreds of investigators looked into the cases and discovered that all the victims had taken Tylenol laced with cyanide.

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