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Molly Evans

Assistant Producer of Digital News

Molly Evans is the Assistant Producer of Digital News at KERA. She writes, edits and curates news content and maintains the news Twitter feed. Molly previously served as Digital Coordinator, maintaining KERA’s various websites and digital platforms, designing graphics, working on digital projects and offering technical assistance to the staff. She has worked at KERA since January 2015.

Before KERA, Molly interned with This Land Press, TulsaPeople, World Literature Today and the Oklahoma Gazette, where she also freelanced. She also wrote and edited for The Oklahoma Daily, the award-winning student newspaper at the University of Oklahoma. 

She's an OU graduate and Tulsa native.

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In order to afford a two-bedroom home in Texas, renters earning the minimum wage would have to work 107 hours per week, according to a new study.

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This story was updated at 3:45 p.m.

This evening's rush hour could have been a lot worse. 

The High Five interchange in northern Dallas — U.S. Highway 75 and Interstate 635 — was shut down for most of the day Thursday after a tanker truck rolled on its side and spilled hazardous materials.

It took hours for crews to clean up the mess. As of 3 p.m. all lanes of 75 and 635 were reopened, save for the ramp from southbound 75 to eastbound 635, where the accident occurred around 4:15 this morning.

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Up until Tuesday, Olivia Solis had spent her entire life in the hospital.

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This story was updated at 6 p.m. CST Tuesday.

Dallas County has gotten the "green light" from federal officials to potentially house immigrant children separated from their parents who entered the country illegally, County Judge Clay Jenkins says.

County officials will offer a list of possible shelters to the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Federal authorities would visit the sites and select ones deemed suitable.

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The jury selection process began Friday in the trial of a white former suburban Dallas police officer charged murder after fatally shooting a black teenager, the Associated Press reported.

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By 2020, all Dallas apartment complexes with eight or more units will have to provide one common service: recycling.

The Dallas City Council unanimously approved the new ordinance on Wednesday, pushing the city closer toward its “zero waste” goals established in 2013. 

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The Dallas school district is spending part of the summer break replacing the names of four campuses named for Confederate leaders.

The district tweeted photos Monday of new signs for the elementary schools updating their names: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and William L. Cabell.

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One of the nation's first self-driving car services will be coming to North Texas next month. 

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Former President George H.W. Bush is celebrating his 94th birthday Tuesday in Maine.

He’s the first U.S. president to reach the milestone. Bush became the longest-living president in U.S. history last November when he surpassed the late Gerald Ford.  

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Dallas voters may have the chance to weigh in on whether workers across the city get paid when they’re too sick to work.

A coalition of Texas-based community groups says it's turning in more than 110,000 signatures to the city clerk's office in a petition to put a paid sick leave ordinance on the ballot in November.

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A new study from the Southern Poverty Law Center says Texas has removed 31 Confederate symbols over the last three years — more than any other state in the nation.

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Dallas has let private dockless bike-share companies operate freely since they first appeared last summer. Now, city officials have drawn up some regulations.

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For Texas students who eat breakfast and lunch on campus during the school year, summer break can be a difficult time to secure three full meals a day.

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Construction on one of the country's most expensive high school football stadiums has been interrupted after cracks were discovered in the concrete. 

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Eating a ripe, juicy peach — from a fruit stand along a country road or from a farmer's market or inside a grocery store — is a summertime ritual for many Texans. 

While we can get peaches and most produce all year round, the best chance to eat homegrown fruits and vegetables at their peak is knowing their typical season. 

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Summer weather in North Texas waits for no one. The long, hot, sunny days are already here.  

One way to treat early symptoms of summer heat? Take a dip into a local lake or swimming hole. And North Texas has plenty of places to dive in and make a splash — all while enjoying the great outdoors.

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Authorities say a North Texas high school was locked down after a student died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

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Karthik Nemmani of McKinney defeated 15 finalists, including three North Texans, in the 2018 annual Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night.

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Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday offered several immediate and long-term strategies to improve school safety in Texas. 

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Gov. Greg Abbott officially has a challenger for the midterm elections. Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez has won the Democratic gubernatorial runoff against Houston businessman Andrew White. She is the first openly gay and Latina nominee for Texas governor. 

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A man accused of killing a Dallas police officer at a Home Depot store and seriously injuring two others should be sentenced to death, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson says.

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The March primary elections knocked out dozens of Democratic and Republican candidates in crowded races across North Texas.

But not every race had a clear winner. If a single candidate did not win a majority of the votes in the primary, the two candidates who earned the most votes head into a runoff election. 

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Starting July 1, American Airlines passengers cannot bring their goats or hedgehogs, spiders or sugar gliders, or any creatures with tusks, horns or hooves on board as service animals or for emotional support.

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When it comes to landing a job, one report declares Dallas as the place to be.

For the second year in a row, Forbes has named Dallas the best city for jobs in America.

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There was a slew of mayoral races, bond packages and other local matters on the ballot for North Texas voters to decide during Saturday’s elections. 

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Dallas City Hall Plaza had plenty of foot traffic Saturday, first from students and gun reform advocates in the morning — and later from counter-protesters in the early afternoon.

Both demonstrations were planned in light of the National Rifle Association's annual meeting, held across the street at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

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Last updated, 3:55 p.m. 

President Donald Trump assured attendees of the National Rifle Association’s Leadership Forum Friday that his administration is fighting to protect their constitutional right to bear arms.

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Registration begins Thursday for the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association, which is at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas.

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Saturday is Election Day in North Texas.

It’s the first of two elections for Texas voters this month. The May 5 elections are all about local matters. Some voters will vote on bond packages and decide whether to spend money on improvements like roads and schools. There are several races for city councils and mayors, as well as school boards.

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Update, May 4: The Dallas Zoo has named its new baby giraffe, Witten, after retiring Dallas Cowboys tight end, Jason Witten

The male giraffe, standing at 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds, was born on April 25 at the Dallas Zoo. It’s the second baby for mom Chrystal, who gave birth to her first calf, Kopano, in 2014. 

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