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From Texas Standard.

Texas has a state bird, a state flower — even a state insect. What most Texans don’t know, however, is that the state also has an official play, and this year marks its 50th anniversary. And, though millions around the world have seen the musical, many Texans have yet to experience it.

It happens six nights a week for three months every summer. Crowds gather at an outdoor amphitheater at Palo Duro Canyon State Park outside of Amarillo, as they have for the past 50 years. They come to see a musical they won’t see anywhere else.

It’s called ‘Texas.’ It’s kind of like the more-famous ‘Oklahoma,’ except it’s about, well, Texas.

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Ornette Coleman, the celebrated saxophonist who was born in Fort Worth, died Thursday morning. He was 85.

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Denton touts its downtown as one of the best-preserved in North Texas. The county historical society aims to keep it that way – and tell the stories of some downtown’s most iconic buildings.

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Texas has become the first state to name an official "Tweeter Laureate," and its recipient is not a star quarterback, or pop star but a state Supreme Court justice.

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North Texas is the heart of rodeo country -- but this weekend brings a three-day event that's like no other Lone Star rodeo. It's called the Texas Tradition -- it's the annual competition sponsored by the Texas Gay Rodeo Association.

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Miranda Lambert won four awards, including album and song of the year, but the singer lost the night's top prize to Luke Bryan at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards.

Today’s Wayback Wednesday looks back at some memorable performances of the 41-year-old music program. One of ACL's creators, Bill Arhos, passed away last Saturday at the age of 80. So as a tribute of sorts, we’ve compiled videos from the show’s four-decade run, with a song from the show’s inaugural broadcast in 1974 with Willie Nelson, a 1982 set from Emmylou Harris, a cut from what would be Stevie Ray Vaughan’s final performance at Studio 6A, and a recent tune from Rodrigo y Gabriela.

Check out the full video playlist below.

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The Nasher Sculpture Center is creating an international award that will honor an artist – with a $100,000 prize.

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Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum wanted to write about the choice to not have children for years, but no one would take her pitches. She found a stigma against childless people sticks even as ideas about sexuality and marriage have become more progressive. In the new book Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed, Daum collects essays from men and women who've had their maturity questioned simply because they're not parents.

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Twenty years ago today, Selena Quintanilla-Perez was gunned down at a Days Inn in Corpus Christi. The Tejano music star was only 23, and she was just about to release her first album in English. She had an All-American story that still resonates two decades later.

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