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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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An ice storm warning is in effect for several counties west of the Metroplex until midnight Wednesday.

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In light of the recent school shooting in Florida, a top elected official in Dallas is asking the NRA to hold its convention elsewhere this spring.

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In the era of U.S. slavery, it was illegal for African-Americans in many parts of the country — both enslaved and free — to learn to read and write.

But millions who were denied that right understood the power of education. By the late 19th century, there were dozens of black colleges in the United States.

City of Plano; Facebook

Plano City Council member Tom Harrison says he will not resign even though his colleagues have censured him. 

Dallas Zoo

A female hippo at the Dallas Zoo gave birth to her first calf Saturday morning, but the baby did not survive, the zoo announced.

City of Plano; Facebook

Plano City Council has called a special meeting for noon Sunday to discuss the future of a council member who came under fire this week for his anti-Islam post on Facebook.

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Regino Rojas has been named the sole semifinalist from North Texas for the 2018 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southwest.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The Dallas area led the nation in arrests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last year, according to a report from Pew Research Center.

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President Donald Trump addresses the nation following a deadly school shooting in Parland, Florida that left 17 dead. 

Watch his remarks in the player below.

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Updated, Feb. 16

More than 100 people have died from the flu in North Texas this season.

One person in Parker County, eight people in Denton County, 14 in Collin County, 24 in Tarrant County and 69 in Dallas County have died after complications from the virus.

City of Plano; Facebook

A Plano City Council member has apologized for sharing a video on Facebook that he says "wrongfully implied I am anti-Muslim."

Humane Society of North Texas

More than 300 malnourished cattle were seized from a Central Texas property on Friday night. 

The Humane Society of North Texas removed 338 longhorns, including a three-day-old calf, from the property outside Waco. The cattle will be cared for by the humane society until permanent custody is determined, the organization said. 

WFAA / Via SMU's film and video collection

The folks at the G. William Jones Film & Video Collection at Southern Methodist University unearthed a bit of historic KERA footage on Sunday.

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In 1999, when TVs and desktops dominated, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its famous recommendation that children use no electronic screens before the age of 2.

Then in 2016 came an about face: If screens were used for something like video chat with faraway relatives or for looking at photos, they could be a good thing for kids of any age.

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Amazon giveth and Amazon taketh away.

The Seattle-based tech giant bought Austin-based Whole Foods in August. Since that acquisition, Amazon has cut prices on bananas, yogurt and other items at the organic grocer, and began selling Kindle e-readers in some of its 470 stores.

Now, it's rolling out something new for Whole Foods patrons: two-hour delivery.

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This story has been updated throughout.

A Richardson police officer was fatally shot Wednesday night while responding to a disturbance call at an apartment complex. This is the first police officer death in Texas this year.   

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In Texas, mothers are dying — and lawmakers and public health officials are trying to figure out why.

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Not news: Traffic in Dallas is more or less awful.

News: Dallas drivers didn't sit in it for quite as long last year.

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Some things will decline as we get older — that’s inevitable.

Physical strength, balance and endurance erode, our eyesight worsens, women quickly lose bone mass after menopause, and male testosterone levels drop.

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Denton County commissioners have unanimously approved a plan to keep the Confederate statue located on the south side of the historic Courthouse on the Square lawn — with added historical context. 

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Denton City Council approved a plan Tuesday to update the city’s energy plan to become 100 percent renewable by 2020, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports. 

If the plan is successful, Denton would become the second Texas city to purchase all of its energy from wind and solar farms or other renewable energy sources.

Krystina Martinez / KERA News

Last month, Dallas officials gave the five bike-share companies currently operating in the city a deadline of this Friday to get their two-wheeled troops in order.  

Brandon Wade / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

A 1,329-pound steer named Mufasa was sold for $200,000 at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, which ended its 23-day run Sunday.

Transportation Security Administration

Nearly 4,000 guns were discovered in carry-on bags at security checkpoints in U.S. airports last year, the Transportation Security Administration reports.

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A full moon in a clear night sky is nothing short of breathtaking. But, the next one will be even better, for three reasons.

Texas Central Partners

The folks behind the proposed Texas bullet train, which aims to shuttle travelers 200 miles per hour between Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes, have released unofficial designs of the North Texas station.

IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT

The U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agency arrested 86 unauthorized immigrants, including dozens in North Texas, in its most recent round of immigration enforcement.

Burley Auction Gallery

Merle Haggard fans have the chance to place a bid on the late country legend’s tour bus.

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A lawsuit that seeks to remove 128 Dallas County Democrats from the March primary ballot is “completely baseless,” the county party says.

Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center

It's not just Wednesday — it's Change a Pet's Life Day.

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