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City of Dallas and community leaders gathered Tuesday to talk about everything from child poverty to living wage jobs. Experts say getting a grip on the problem is the first step to solving it.

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Even with the connections of a former NBA player, becoming an entrepreneur isn’t easy.

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Two weeks from today, Dallas voters decide on a $1.6 billion school bond package. KERA is exploring what opponents and supporters are saying about the record-setting proposal.

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Dallas’ new chief resilience officer, Theresa O'Donnell, met with community members this week for a brainstorming session. The task: figure out how to make the city more resilient. 

Remembering Philip Wuntch, A Film Critic Who Wrote From His Heart

Oct 13, 2015
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An iconic voice for North Texas film fans was silenced this week. Philip Wuntch, who reviewed movies for The Dallas Morning News for 37 years, died after a long illness. He was 70. KERA's vice president of news, Rick Holter, and the newspaper's culture critic, Chris Vognar, worked with Wuntch. They sat down Tuesday to talk about talk about the critic and his legacy.

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In the 1980s, North Texas was a professional wrestling hot spot. World Class Championship Wrestling was televised to fans across the globe from Dallas-Fort Worth. A new exhibit at UT Arlington shows off the group’s outrageous outfits, the high drama, and the loud crowds that gathered to take it all in. 

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Forgotten lore from Dallas, fascinating photos from iconic landmarks, and a cornucopia of North Texas history -- it's all online at Flashbackdallas.com. Paula Bosse runs the website and she talks about her passion for the city and its curious past.

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Too much credit card debt is sometimes enough to push people over the financial edge.

According to a new survey, three of the five worst big cities for credit card debt are right here in Texas.

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 The drought’s over for now, but not statewide needs for more water. The Texas Water Development Board votes Thursday (7/23) on loans for projects that address future needs in the state’s water plan. Nine of the 21 applications came from North Texas.

Jeff Walker, Deputy Executive Administrator for the Water Supply and Infrastructure Division of the Texas Water Development Board, says the North Texas projects range from a six-figure wastewater system improvement to a $440 million pipeline project.

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For the past month, North Texans have been sharing the road with pink Cadillacs and downtown Dallas crosswalks have been thick with high heels.

The 41st annual Mary Kay seminar kicked off July 16. The company has its critics, but thousands of seminar attendees are singing a different tune. 

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An obituary following his death June 20 called Daniel Weiser arguably the most powerful Dallas political figure who never sought elected office. Journalist Bob Ray Sanders explains in this commentary why voters in recent Dallas elections owe him a thank you.

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Dallas Police say increased security is needed at its headquarters and substations after a lone gunman attacked the Jack Evans Police headquarters this weekend. The gunman, killed by a sniper, was the only casualty.

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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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YWCA buildings in Dallas used to feature swimming pools and gyms. Those disappeared a decade ago. Since then, the organization has re-focused on women’s health and financial coaching, but until last week, the YW didn’t have a place to call home.

Why Walkability Matters In North Texas

Apr 29, 2015
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Chances are you probably didn’t walk to work today – but walkability is one of the big topics at the 23rd annual Congress for the New Urbanism being held in Dallas this week. 

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As downtown Dallas sparks back to life, the city faces a crucial question: Tear down old buildings or save and rehab them? A task force on preservation was created after several historic buildings were demolished last fall without much warning. Katherine Seale chairs the city’s Landmark Commission and is also the head of that task force

For this week’s Friday Conversation, she talked about the task force’s new recommendations for the city. 

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Note: This interview contains some graphic descriptions that may be uncomfortable. 

In 1908, a ceremonial arch lit up downtown Dallas at the corner of Main and Akard streets. It was built by the Elks Club, with a gaudy sign that proclaimed “Welcome Visitors.” It became an iconic symbol of an ambitious city. 

By 1910, it became a different kind of symbol when a mob hung the body of a black man named Allen Brooks from the arch.

Dallas Conference Focuses On Crimes Against Women

Mar 18, 2015
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Crime is down in North Texas, but Dallas police chief David Brown says the exception is crimes against women. 

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The president of a Dallas prep school says it appears a graduate is one of the University of Oklahoma students leading a racist chant captured on video during a fraternity event.

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The Dallas Festival of Ideas has announced that its programming is now free today.

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It’s Fare-war time again at Love Field. Virgin America announced it’ll fly from Dallas to Austin for $39. That got the attention of Dallas-based Southwest, which built its business, in part, on that route.

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Downtown Dallas doesn’t have a full-fledged university – it has three of them, all based at the Universities Center at Dallas. The biggest by far is a branch of Texas A&M Commerce.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Schedule a puppy playdate in Dallas; former Gov. Perry’s legal battle continues; a Facebook post lands a North Texas man in jail; and more.

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The new Dallas carry-out bag ordinance went into effect Thursday. 

Customers at Dallas stores will be charged a nickel for every single-use plastic or paper bag they take home. The goal is to be “greener” and cut down on plastic-bag litter.

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Neat video alert: This stunning video of Dallas above the fog is making the rounds on the Internet.

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The deadline to sign up for health insurance for the New Year through healthcare.govis Monday, Dec. 15th.

A warning: Research shows consumers often choose a plan that’s not the best deal. We’ve got some tips for shopping health care.

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Another big score for North Texas and college basketball.  Six months after Arlington hosted the NCAA Men’s Final Four, the city of Dallas landed the Women’s championship for 2017. It’s part of a plan to make Dallas a go-to destination for college hoops.

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Update, 4:48 p.m.: Civil rights activist and singer Bernice Johnson Reagon is the keynote speaker at Facing Race, a national conference of inter-generational activists, students and teachers working towards racial justice in the United States. 

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Several Dallas city workers saved a colleague after his pickup truck plunged into a cold creek and stranded him in water up to his neck.

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When faced with a financial emergency, some turn to payday or car title lenders. There’s about 175 of them in Dallas offering quick cash at great cost. The city and an Austin-based lender to small businesses have announced an alternative.

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