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A petition to let Dallas voters decide whether employers across the city should be required to give employees paid sick leave has failed.

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It’s called junk food for a reason.

It contributes no nutritional value, but you don’t have to avoid it to maintain long-term health.

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Federal authorities Friday in Dallas announced indictments for eight alleged MS-13 gang members on a range of criminal charges including racketeering, attempted murder and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Seven of the men are in custody and one is still at large.

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After months of research, interviews and rehearsals, the teen actors of Dallas' Cry Havoc Theater Company are performing their original play about guns and gun violence in America.

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For someone seeing downtown Dallas for the first time, it's hard to believe: a half-mile-wide swath of open land, almost in the shadows of the skyscrapers. And yet, Dallas has never figured out what to do with this massive green space.

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A man Dallas police wrongly identified as a suspect in the July 2016 shooting that left five officers dead is suing the city of Dallas and the police department.

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Local transportation officials are interested in hyperloop technology to shuttle travelers across North Texas.

The Regional Transportation Council, made up of dozens of elected and appointed officials, announced Wednesday that it will consider hyperloop as a potential option to connect Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth.

The mode of transportation is designed to allow passenger pods to travel through a low-pressure tube at speeds up to 700 miles per hour. 

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A former school board member is suing the Richardson school district and school board claiming they violated the state open meetings law.

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To help combat the mental stress that police officers face on the job, the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas has developed a program to help police in Dallas make better decisions.

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Pre-registration begins Wednesday for the 22nd Dallas Mayor's Back to School Fair, with a sign-up event at Habitat for Humanity in West Dallas from 1 to 4 p.m.

The fair, which is scheduled for Aug. 3 at Fair Park, supports Dallas students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade as they return to school this fall.

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As 3-year-old Arian and his mom Lindsay Diaz patiently roll Play-Doh into snakes on the island in their new kitchen, a rumble can be heard just outside their front door.

Crews are taking down a tornado-damaged house across the way — two and a half years after the storm that destroyed it tore through Rowlett.

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At least 50 immigrant children under age 5 are expected to be reunited with their parents by Tuesday's court-ordered deadline for the Trump administration to reunify families forcibly separated at the border.

Jenifer Wolf Williams is a trauma therapist based in Richardson. In recent years, she's helped immigrants separated from their loved ones — from families applying for asylum to children who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

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Dallas’ web of interstates and highways transformed the city in the 1960s, allowing people and families to prioritize cars and spread out.

But recently, the “commuter city” identity has been challenged.

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The sun is just creeping over the horizon on a hot July day. It’s only about 80 degrees, but everyone is already drenched in sweat because they’ve been packing and hauling dozens of 40-pound plastic tubs full of food onto a fleet of white vans.

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Failure to remove your eye makeup on a regular basis can eventually cause serious problems, like inflammation and irritation, according to a local ophthalmologist.

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Dallas police quietly gathered in front of their headquarters Friday morning to remember the officers who died in an ambush two years ago.

Songs and prayers from four different faiths opened the observance. Along with citizens and officials, police remembered Dallas officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Patricio Zamarripa, Michael Smith and DART Officer Brent Thompson, who died on July 7, 2016.

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At Hamon Hall inside Dallas’ Winspear Opera House, volunteers sort through some 7,000 donated shoes on the floor. Sneakers, flip-flops, high heels, hiking boots, baby shoes.

Gun violence, says Bart McGeehon, “touches us all.”

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There's a big, chunky building with tiny, obscured windows along Bryan Street in Old East Dallas that is a bit of a mystery. A pair of reporters think they've unraveled some of that mystery.

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It’s been 50 years since Dr. Kenneth Cooper wrote “Aerobics,” the best-seller that helped launch the country's fitness movement.

His son, Dr. Tyler Cooper, continues the family legacy at the Dallas-based Cooper Aerobics Center. He talked with KERA’s Lee Cullum on the TV program "CEO" about how fitness research is changing — and what can be done to get children in better shape.

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On paper, Natalie Berquist has a good, steady grip on her life. She's had the same job for five years and earns $17 an hour, with benefits. Despite making more than double the minimum wage, she was struggling when we met her five years ago. And now, she’s still juggling work, money and a more complicated version of motherhood.

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Some North Texans with ties to Mexico are excited about the new President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who campaigned on rooting out corruption and advocating for the poor. Others are skeptical.

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Just in time for July Fourth, organizations at White Rock Lake in Dallas can return to normal after a sewage spill last week prompted city officials to suspend all water recreation activities.

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Ground was broken Friday on another high-end, residential high-rise in downtown Dallas near Klyde Warren Park, but this one is different: It's designed with its neighbors in mind.

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After years of warnings to limit our consumption of eggs, a recent study suggests eating one a day might actually lower rates of heart disease and risk of stroke.

A local cardiologist says the benefits depend on who's eating the egg.

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Friday is the rare off day in one of biggest sporting events on Earth.

The World Cup starts its Round of 16 this weekend, and one North Texan spent the last three weeks following soccer teams and fans across Russia.

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The Dallas City Council has decided to bolster an ordinance to counter the problem of attacks by loose dogs.

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A group of Dallas renters in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood have gotten some good news: After they spoke up, the Dallas school district agreed to pay them four times as much money as originally offered to help them move out. The district plans to tear down their apartment complex and build a school there.

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Leaders from the “March For Our Lives” group, formed after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, will visit Texas next month to register young voters ahead of the November general election.

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Life hasn't changed much since we visited Jubilee Park three years ago. It's a neighborhood on the financial edge, in the shadow of Interstate 30 in Old East Dallas. Chris Crowley was born and raised there. He's got a better job now, but he's spending 24 hours a week commuting.

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People leaving California for cheaper homes in Texas isn’t a new story, but new numbers show Dallas as a top destination for these West Coast transplants.

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