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A new study by the University of North Texas shows more than half of the 350 Census tracts in Dallas are moderate or high-blight areas. Those are neighborhoods with neglected, rundown or abandoned buildings. 

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A daylong symposium this November will delve into how the assassination of John F. Kennedy changed the course of a city.

The Nov. 2 event, "Understanding Tragedy: The Impact of the JFK Assassination on Dallas," will feature a series of panel discussions headlined by U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, law professor Stephen Carter, journalists Jim Lehrer and Lee Cullum, and others.

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It’s the Good Book like you’ve never heard it before.

The tech guru at Dallas Theological Seminary has built a web app that translates the Bible into “Texan.”

But replacing “yous” with “ya’lls” is just one of the faith-based technology projects John Dyer’s involved in.

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Belo, the Dallas-based chain of TV stations, was sold today to Gannett in a deal worth 2.2 billion dollars. Twenty stations will change hands, including Belo’s flagship, WFAA-Channel 8. Until now, IT’S been the only locally owned major-network affiliate in North Texas. This deal does NOT include The Dallas Morning News – the newspaper is owned by a spinoff company, A.H. Belo. This deal could reshape the broadcast landscape in North Texas.

A proposed bullet train between North Texas and Houston is still years away from becoming reality, but Dallas and Fort Worth are already sizing up station locations. The idea is to build three: one each in Dallas and Fort Worth and another somewhere in between. But both ends of the Metroplex want to go first.

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The Dallas Catholic Diocese dismissed school at noon today because of the threat of severe weather in North Texas . 

Update: Dallas officials have confirmed 28-year firefighter Stanley Wilson died in a morning fire. He was trying to rescue residents in the burning condo complex. Firefighters stood in a salute as the flag-covered body of one of their own was removed from the wreckage of a condo fire at at 12363 Abrams Road this morning.

After three decades at Dallas City Hall and eight years as city manager, Mary Suhm says she is stepping down. She notified council members yesterday that she will step down following the preparation of the current budget.

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Dallas city leaders announced on Tuesday a new partnership aimed at improving blighted and crime-ridden neighborhoods.

Economic Partners Investing in Communities, or EPIC, includes the Dallas Police Department, GrowSouth, Safer Dallas Better Dallas, Communities Foundation of Texas and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity.

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Southwest Airlines is teaming up with the Trinity Trust Foundation and City of Dallas to create the Trinity River Conservation Corps. With the help of a three-year, $150,00 grant, this new program will help clean up and conserve the Trinity River Corridor.

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Like many runners around the country today, North Texas residents are showing their support and honoring the victims of yesterday's tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Through social media channels like Twitter and Facebook, runners in groups like the Dallas Running Club are calling on their cohorts to wear one of their race t-shirts today.

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The City of Dallas says it has placed eight employees in the Housing and Community Services department on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into misuse of federal housing money.  A ninth city employee was referred to the grand jury in January. 

The choice to replace Veletta Lill as the head of Dallas' downtown arts haven is a familiar face: Catherine Cuellar, a member of the city's Cultural Affairs Commission and a former reporter at KERA.

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Dallas has kicked off a new branding campaign: Big Things Happen Here.  And tourism officials want everybody to get into the act.

The resignation of board trustee Thomas White, a Dallas police officer, comes as questions are being raised about swanky real estate investments making up a disproportionate amount of the pension fund's assets. The controversial Museum Tower in downtown Dallas is among the properties owned by the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings' appearance at a United Nation's anti-abuse event captured the attention of Big Apple journalists. They liked the sensitive side of the macho man.

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The mosquito population in parts of Dallas and Denton counties actually increased after last summer’s aerial pesticide spraying.  But, the Centers for Disease Control found the number of human cases of the mosquito-borne illness went down.

Continuing Coverage: Tracking West Nile

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Our 7:33 composite entry includes portions or all of eight reports: 

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department has a new leader for the first time in a couple of decades. 

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Newly elected lawmakers sometimes blend into the woodwork in Austin. But that’s not likely to happen to Republican Jason Villalba whose District 114 includes parts of North Dallas, Preston Hollow and Lake Highlands.

In the first week of the session Villalba is already gaining a reputation as an independent voice who wants to tackle big problems. 

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Plans for the first new construction in five years in Dallas’ West End – an apartment building –  got a green light at City Hall this morning, while the storied Oak Cliff apartment building where Lee Harvey Oswald once lived is officially on its way down.

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Dallas joined cities nationwide in ringing bells this morning at 8:30 in remembrance of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Twenty-six children and adults were killed in the shooting rampage a week ago today. 

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The Dallas City Plan Commission voted against natural gas drilling permits on three sites in northwest Dallas on Thursday.  That move becomes an influential recommendation to the Dallas City Council, which will have the final say on the start of drilling in Dallas.  That vote will come next month. 

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says the city’s diverse economy and easy access to both coasts help explain why the Brookings Institution lists Dallas as one of just three cities to fully emerge from the recession.

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Plans for a championship golf course on an old landfill site in southeast Dallas could land the annual Byron Nelson Championship and spark new development on the edge of the Great Trinity Forest. Officials launched the project Friday morning.

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Thanksgiving usually conjures up the aroma of turkey-in-the-oven; giblet gravy on the stove; and pumpkin pie cooling on the counter. But for some Texans, it’s the savory scent of mole.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is asking the entire nation to join Dallas in a moment of silence November 22n , 2013 at 12:30pm. That's when Dallas will go silent, then hold its memorial of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Meatless hospitality, Ken Burns’ ‘The Dust Bowl,’ Gaza protests and more.

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Garland firefighters let a chemical fire burn down before using foam on the flames at Nexeo Solutions, the old Ashland Chemical on Wood Ave, near Jupiter and Kingsley.

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An alternative for patients who can’t survive open heart surgery replaces the aortic valve without opening the chest or heart. Medical City recently became the first in the country to perform the procedure, just days after it received FDA approval. 

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