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Luke Chacko, an 11-year-old from Arlington shared a seat with Idina Menzel this week. Not too long ago, he shared a stage with the Broadway actress and singer in Grand Prairie.

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In Arlington, officials broke ground Friday on a new supplier park for companies that make components for the SUVs built at the General Motors Assembly Plant. It’s a move that GM hopes will make it operate more efficiently, and is expected to add jobs.        

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Incumbents ruled the day in Tarrant County when voters hit the polls in Saturday's municipal elections. Voters weighed in in municipal elections, choosing mayors, city council members and other local positions. 

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High school football in North Texas produces talent that has made it to the NFL, and on Thursday night an Arlington native made history.

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At a community forum on Thursday night, Fort Worth and Arlington residents voiced concerns about a proposed saltwater injection well near Lake Arlington. The residents made their case to an audience of one: Ryan Sitton, one of three Texas Railroad Commissioners who regulates the oil and gas industry in the state.

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Another election day is fast approaching. Cities, school districts and other local governments across North Texas are gearing up for municipal elections on May 6. Early voting starts next Monday. In Tarrant County, there are some crowded races for dozens of open seats, and a whole host of questions about taxes and bonds that voters across the county will decide.

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To live “comfortably” in Dallas these days, you’ll need $57,984 per year, according to a report published this week by Go Banking Rates, a financial website.

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The Texas Rangers will be getting a new stadium. That news after voters in Arlington overwhelmingly approved a plan to use local tax dollars to pay for half of a $1 billion ballpark with a retractable roof.

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If you build it, they will…stay? That’s the pitch from supporters of plan to build a new, $1 billion ballpark for the Texas Rangers in Arlington. Voters there will decide whether or not to pay for half of it with city funds. Opponents say it’s a bad deal for the city.

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The Texas Rangers are on fire. They’ve won six-of-their-last-seven games, and they’ve got the second best record in Major League Baseball. The fuel for that fire, is a trio of precocious kids.  

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The city of Arlington tore down its main library a couple of years ago. Officials said the Central Library was too outdated. There are several library branches still open. But, for now, the main library has had to seriously downsize.

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The non-profit Trust for Public Land has released its annual ParkScore Index, which rates the park systems in the 100 largest cities in the U.S. Six North Texas cities made the list. Here’s how they stacked up:

North Texans Line Up For 'The Force Awakens'

Dec 17, 2015
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Tickets for the seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise went on sale in October. It's generated more than $100 million in pre-sales. For almost 40 years, fans have been obsessing over their favorite characters.

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A University of Texas basketball team is making waves nationally — and it's not the one based in Austin. 

North Texas Has Its Own WNBA Team: Dallas Wings

Nov 2, 2015
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Arlington’s latest pro sports team will be called the Dallas Wings. Team President David Swatzell made the announcement Monday at UT-Arlington.

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Oct. 23, 2011. That’s the last time Arlington felt the surge of two sold-out stadiums on the same day.

Nearly 150,000 fans will come to town Sunday. And with no public transit, Rangers Vice President of Ballpark Operations Sean Decker has a challenge.

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For Dallas Cowboys fans, Sunday will be the end of a long drought, and they hope last season wasn’t a mirage.

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In the middle of this dreary May, there’s a ray of sunshine. The thing is, it comes from a giant tent in an Arlington parking lot.

Once you walk inside, the collection of 20-foot tall sand sculptures will make you forget you’re in land-locked North Texas.

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The non-profit Trust for Public Land has released its annual ParkScore ratings, which ranks public park systems in the 75 largest U.S. cities. Plano scored the highest out of Texas cities, coming in at No. 17.

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More than 11,000 residents in Arlington have signed a petition to remove the city's red light cameras. The City Council voted Tuesday to put the issue on the May ballot. 

But a Republican state House member from Bedford wants to go a step further. State Rep. Jonathan Stickland filed a bill for a statewide ban on red light cameras -- and he sat down with KERA to talk about why he wants to eliminate the cameras.  

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Grey and Scarlet versus Yellow and Green. Midwest versus West Coast. Buckeyes versus Ducks.

Diehard fans of Ohio State and Oregon converged on North Texas for the College Football Championship game at AT&T stadium.

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For people 35 and younger, Arlington is where it’s at, according to one survey. It’s among the country’s best places to live for young people.

How much are parents around the country spending on back-to-school supplies? According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Americans will drop about $8.6 billion this month on pens, notebooks, lunch boxes and more. NPR’s new education blog took a closer look at those costs by surveying nine schools around the country, including Atherton Elementary in Arlington. It checked each school’s recommended “supply list” for first, third and fifth graders.

Afraid It Was Missing The Boat, Arlington Tries The Bus

Apr 7, 2014
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Arlington has long been among the largest American cities without public transportation. Since 1980, the city’s voters have rejected transit proposals three times, with opponents citing fears ranging from costs to worries about an increase in crime.

Last year, the City Council unanimously approved a commuter bus line as a two-year pilot program, and six months in, the MAX (short for Metro ArlingtonXpress) has begun to draw riders.

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The last of the Blockbuster stores will close in the next few weeks. The move was announced by Dish Network, which bought what remained of the video chain out of bankruptcy two years ago.

Blockbuster was based in Dallas during its glory years. And despite the rise of Netflix, DVRs and video streaming, for a few folks at the 15 remaining North Texas stores, video loyalty dies hard.

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On Tuesday, Arlington voters could end the city’s 111-year-old patchwork ban on liquor sales in the city.  A proposition on the ballot would make all of Arlington "wet."

The Texas Giant is closed while staffers at the Arlington amusement park investigate the incident.

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As of 12:36 pm, Arlington police ended a lockdown at Lamar High School, finding nothing to confirm earlier reports of a gun possibly brought to the campus by a student.

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An appeals court has stayed an injunction that had blocked enforcement of parts of Texas' new voter registration laws.

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A federal judge in Galveston is to consider motions in a lawsuit filed by a Washington-based voters' rights group that contends Texas laws make it illegally difficult to register voters.

The group Voting for America is seeking an injunction to block enforcement of laws they say keep registration records from the public, attack voter registration drives and impede its "mission of voter advocacy."

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