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Amna Salman (foreground) and other Muslim students gather to pray inside a classroom at Liberty High. Photo/Lara Solt
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The city of Frisco has transformed over the last quarter century – from a country town to a booming suburb that’s home to high-end shops and the Dallas Cowboys. Its schools have been transformed, too. Here's a look at how one school — Liberty High — is changing.

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As you enter The Star, you know right away that you're walking into Dallas Cowboys' territory.

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While high school football teams across North Texas get set to kick off a new season Friday night, one district is waiting to play until Saturday morning.

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On May 7, McKinney voters will head to the polls to decide on a $220 million school district bond package. It includes plans for school upgrades, new technology and a 12,000-seat stadium and event center.

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For 51 weekends a year, North Texas gamers are obsessed with everything from Candy Crush Saga to World of Warcraft. Except this weekend, in Frisco, where the hottest game in town is pinball

The Texas Pinball Festival got underway Friday night.

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Have you heard the online craze about Alex from Target? He’s real -- and he's from North Texas. He’s had a wild November.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: attempts by state Democrats to turn Texas blue fall flat, Frisco is one step closer to extending “last call”, detectives investigate a missing Fort Worth woman’s friend, and more.

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Mario, Zelda, and Master Chief have finally found common ground - in Texas. The Video Game History Museum has taken its operation to the next level with a permanent home in Frisco.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A shooting at the brand-new Frisco Gun Club (it was accidental), Ray Price is near death, what are the top Foursquare check-ins in Dallas?, and more:  

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Nearly 1,800 kids and spouses of those lost in combat are in town for the 8th annual Snowball Express. It’s a four-day, all-expenses paid weekend filled with activities, which gives families an opportunity to bond.

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Exide Technologies says bankruptcy will not alter the cleanup of lead contamination at its closed Frisco plant. 

Exide Technologies, which owns the recently closed battery recycling plant in Frisco, has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Exide is in the midst of cleaning up lead contamination in and around the Frisco plant. It is unclear how the bankruptcy will affect activities there.

Shelley Kofler, KERA

Some Frisco residents want more details about what will be buried on the property of the Exide lead battery plant which has closed. 

Exide officials say they will answer citizen questions at a public meeting scheduled for 7:00 p.m. tonight at Frisco’s Heritage Center.

Members of Frisco Unleaded, a group that successfully fought to close the battery recycling plant, say they are now concerned that contaminated materials will be buried on the 75 acre plant site which sits in the middle of Frisco.

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Citizens who fought for the closure of the Exide lead battery plant in Frisco are now preparing to take legal action. 

Exide’s exit from the city of Frisco was formalized last night quickly and without dissent. That’s a stark contrast to the three-year, citizen-led campaign to push the lead battery manufacturer out of the community.

Frisco Citizens concerned about dangerous levels of lead found in the air, say they’re thrilled and relieved that the Exide lead battery plant in their community has decided to close.

The Frisco City Council has set the stage for a process that could close the Exide lead battery plant. But Exide is promising to fight back. KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports it may be a long, emotional battle.

The Frisco City Council will tonight consider several measures that could limit the ability of Exide’s lead battery plant to meet clean air requirements and continue operating.

The Exide plant has faced growing citizen opposition since the EPA said the air near the plant contains a dangerous amount of lead. Lead can affect learning in children. State inspections also found lead contamination around the plant.

The fight over the Frisco lead smelter got hotter last night. Frisco’s Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously rejected a plan that would have favored Exide, the city’s long-standing smelter and recycler. Exide opponents call it a victory. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports plant workers now fear the business might close or move, taking their jobs.

Shelley Kofler, KERA

Tuesday night a group of Frisco citizens plan to demand the city council use a zoning tactic to close the Exide lead battery plant. The confrontation comes as Exide scrambles to meet government mandates to clean up toxic levels of lead. Shelley Kofler reports lead contamination was the last thing residents expected to find in this upscale community.

Last year Meghan Green had a toddler and was eight months pregnant when she and her husband joined other affluent families moving to Frisco.