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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.


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.


The nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization released its third annual report assessing LGBT equality in 353 U.S. cities. Dallas and Fort Worth fared well, but other North Texas suburbs had low equality ratings.

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The city of Dallas and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have settled a complaint that involved the city’s use of incentives for locating low-income housing.

Dallas city officials say they have resolved a federal fair housing discrimination case.

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Deep-blue Dallas County got a touch of red Tuesday when Republican Susan Hawk ousted District Attorney Craig Watkins. Hawk talks about some of her plans, while a loyal Democrat talks about why she may have gained votes that used to belong to Watkins

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Former Dallas Mayor Austin Starke Taylor Jr. died Monday.

Historic 508 Park Makes Debut After Decades Of Quiet

Oct 26, 2014
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The building that sits at 508 Park Avenue in Dallas is quite the opposite of its glitzier counterpart in Manhattan. The landmark recording studio and film exchange has been vacant for decades. Over the weekend, crowds got their first glimpse of its revitalization.

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Longtime Dallas businessman and philanthropist Comer J. Cottrell has died.

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It's the last day of Banned Books Week, when American Library Association calls attention to the freedom we have to read what we want. An exhibition at the Dallas Holocaust Museum reminds us that freedom hasn’t always existed in the world, and it's still being challenged here.

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The Dallas Observer’s annual “Best of Dallas” issue is out, and the people have spoken.

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Dallas’ skyline is striking – and it’s been deemed the best in the whole world. Dallas has been voted “Best International Skyline” in a contest by USA Today and 10Best.

Commentary: The Tumbleweeds Are Back

Sep 4, 2014

Don’t let the recent rains fool you. We’re still in drought and commentator David Marquis says there’s no reason to get comfortable.

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There’s a new kind of private school that just opened in Dallas with a nearly unheard student-teacher ratio: 1-to-1. Fusion Academy’s cost is nearly unheard of, too.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: rent eats up more income in Dallas, President Obama taps Sarah Saldaña to head U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, more Texans are choosing urgent care centers over hospitals, and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Does Dallas have the best skyline in the world?; the Fort Worth-trained doctor who recovered from Ebola says he's thrilled to be alive; Sarah Jaffe is performing in Dallas this weekend; and more.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: there’s an app for dealing with bad college roommates, Bitcoin gains some traction in Texas, the Transportation Security Administration confiscates the most firearms from DFW International Airport, and more.


A.C. Gonzalez is six months into his job as Dallas' city manager, and Tuesday, he’ll present his first official budget to the city council. It includes a $5 million cut in police funding -- meaning 35 fewer officers -- and more money for libraries and animal services. Gonzalez sat down with KERA a day before his big reveal.

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Cindy Sweet Moskowitz, board chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. visited Israel earlier this month, and left just a few hours before Israeli troops moved into Gaza. Today, she sat down with KERA to talk about what she saw.


Columns are sprouting, highways are being rerouted and displaced drivers are fuming.

Managers of the “Horseshoe” project, which is remaking part of downtown Dallas’ highway system, say the pain will eventually bring relief.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Collin County wishes it had received some of the 10-inch downpours from yesterday’s storms, an old Disney billboard is up for auction, restaurant owners have some beef with Mary Kay convention-goers, and more.

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When 2000 children from Central America come to North Texas later this month, they’ll be greeted by a burgeoning army of volunteers. Here's how local organizations are responding to folks who want to help.

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Committee members choosing a site for the 2016 Republican National Convention said repeatedly they’d make a business decision, not a political one.  But following the selection of Cleveland over Dallas Tuesday, those close to the negotiations said politics played a role.

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The Republican National Committee chose Cleveland over Dallas on Tuesday morning to host its 2016 national convention. RNC chairman Reince Priebus made the announcement on Fox News shortly before 11 a.m.


About 800 participants from around the world discussed the future of the urban world at the New Cities Summit in Dallas. Commentator Lee Cullum considers the summit’s theme: “Re-imagining Cities.”

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This week, Dallas is hosting top city planners and officials at two big conferences.  On Friday, 200 mayors from around the country will be here to discuss issues like education and urban poverty.  On Tuesday, 800 public, business and academic leaders from 40 countries are meeting in the arts district at the third New Cities Summit.

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Research shows that the summer break takes a toll on learning. Either kids aren’t doing much of it at home or they don’t have access to education programs or activities. In the first of two stories, we look at the “summer slide” and how Dallas is tackling it.

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Dallas’ unusual effort to turn an old bridge into a new park culminates this weekend when the Continental Bridge Park opens Sunday. Here’s a sneak peek.

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Cowboys mascot Rowdy offered high-fives and several team cheerleaders waved pompoms Wednesday at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport as they welcomed members of the committee choosing a site for the 2016 Republican National Convention.