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The High Five

Most weekdays, KERA takes a look at five stories that have North Texas talking — newsy, buzzy tidbits that bring you up to speed on what's happening in Dallas-Fort Worth and across the state.  

Center for Strategic & International Studies

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Watch a new documentary on Ebola in Dallas; Dallas takes part in exclusive McDonald’s menu expansion experiment; Whole Foods filed a counter-lawsuit against an Austin pastor in heated cake matters; and more.

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texans wanting to secede are essentially harmless yet becoming harder to ignore; a Houston midwife glided across flood waters on an inflatable swan to deliver a baby; Snapchat is opening a regional hub in Deep Ellum; and more.

U.S. News & World Report

Five stories that have North Texas talking: High schools in the Southwest dominated this year’s U.S. News rankings; the 10th time could be the charm for a 50-year-old Dallas Cheerleaders hopeful; see the lineup for KXT’s Summer Cut; and more.

Rodeo Goat / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Where’s the beef? Fort Worth; Bloodbuy of Dallas won first place in an inaugural Harvard competition; a man in a monster truck rescues his neighbors from high water; and more.

Joe Berti

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ammonium nitrate still resides near schools and homes across Texas, despite progress made after 2013 explosion; a North Texas man’s invention could protect your vehicle from the next hailstorm; the Greater Denton Arts Council will issue more than a dozen grants to local artists; and more.

Whitness Project

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Watch interviews with Dallas millennials on their worldview as white, or partially white, citizens; Texas inmates can’t have social media; Dallas filmmakers will write and direct a live-action Disney classic; and more.

Christina Ulsh / Art&Seek

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Denton has one of the state’s best yet most underrated scenes; a Texas twenty-something won $3,000 worth of Whataburger; Ethan Couch was sentenced to almost two more years of jail time; and more.

Reuters

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ethan Couch’s rehab bill was picked up by the state; a woman tried to smuggle 50 pounds of drugs in her car tires; peruse through a newcomer’s guide to Dallas; and more.

Jimmy Emerson / flickr.com/photos/auvet/

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Some Texans have a special way of saying things; plan your next adventure in Houston; local musicians collaborate in the latest KXT Live Session; and more.

Paradigm Studios / Cat Connection Facebook page

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Cat Connection in Farmers Branch will bring coffee and cats together; Dallas City Council will discuss ways to re-house hundreds of homeless living in Tent City; Fort Worth flamingos are in the mood for love; and more.

CoreBurn from Abilene / Wikimedia

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Abilene was named the best place to retire for the third consecutive year; Dallas has a new professional sports team; have your fill on food from around the world in Irving; and more.

Texas Rangers / Twitter

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas baseball season begins; a dumpster-diving chef will host a dinner party; picking bluebonnets is legal but frowned upon; and more.

Shutterstock

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Police are dealing with a major crime surge in Dallas; a Dallas preacher tries to justify Donald Trump’s comments on abortion; a Frisco hospice was reportedly overdosing its patients; and more.

 

Alan Melson / KERA News

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Three Dallas neighborhoods are considered foot-friendly; Rick Perry endorsed Ted Cruz, but didn’t vote for him; a Texas woman died in the Brussels attacks; and more.

 

National Weather Service / Twitter

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Brace yourself for possible hail and wind damage this afternoon and evening; Dallas paid unique tribute to Pakistan bombing victims; a Granite Shoals woman brought drugs to the police to make sure they weren’t contaminated; and more.

 

Galveston.com

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Schlitterbahn outdoes itself with MASSIV ride; Dallas’ Reunion Tower has historical connections to a short-lived, European socialist movement; more than 900 pounds of pot was found buried in South Padre sand dunes; and more.

Jimmy Emerson / Flickr Creative Commons

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A Wharton County prosecutor said he felt boss' pressure to strike black jurors; fish oil helps footballers’ reduce the severity of brain damage; Jeb Bush endorsed Ted Cruz; and more.

TCU Basketball / Twitter

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A Horned Frog returns; the imminent demolition of “Tent City” will leave 250 homeless without a viable Plan B; preservationists hope to save Plano’s pre-Civil War Era house; and more.

Ben Philpott / KUT/Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas women are traveling to New Mexico for abortion procedures; an animal rights group disapproves of the Dallas Zoo’s imported elephants; Texas A&M will take on its Sweet Sixteen matchup with OU on Thursday; and more.

 

Photo by Daxis / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Allen was top ranked city in the Dallas metro for families; citizenship applications in Texas are through the roof; there’s a new nationally beloved bakery in town; and more.

Shutterstock

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Compare the gains and losses among the state’s largest public university teams; San Antonio plans to solve lack of downtown restrooms with a $90K toilet; purchase a piece of history at a late congressman’s estate sale; and more.

Maridav / Shutterstock

Five stories that have North Texas talking: What’s the risk of Zika virus affecting Dallas this summer?; after Marco Rubio quit, Ted Cruz continues as Donald Trump’s main competitor; you may have been to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Uptown bar; and more.

TxDOT-Beaumont / Twitter

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Serious flooding in Southeast Texas continues; Gov. Abbott’s claim of “rampant” voter fraud in Texas has some holes; Dallas ISD kids talk through issues rather than head to the principal’s office; a Dallas real estate developer is the new “bachelorette”; and more.

State Fair of Texas

Five stories that have North Texas talking: The countdown to the State Fair of Texas begins; TCU fired its basketball coach of nearly four years; SXSW apologizes for asking a Muslim presenter to remove her hijab for a badge photo; and more.

Broken Piggy Bank / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas’ potential smoking ban would come with a $200 fine if breached; Texas filmmaker Richard Linklater discusses his past and present work; 35 Denton kicks off tomorrow; beautiful Texas destinations you may not know about; and more.

Jimmy Emerson / flickr.com/photos/auvet/

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ninety-two percent of Texans say their city is minority-friendly; rescue crews save kids in Denton from a water-stalled school bus; four tips to take the best bluebonnet photos; and more.

Joyfull / Shutterstock

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Spend wisely when it comes to summer getaways; meet Jennifer Anderson, widow, mother of two, tornado survivor; Donald Trump has the evangelical vote thanks to a Dallas pastor; taking a selfie can be deadly; and more. 

KlydeWarrenPark.org

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Klyde Warren Park could be named America's best park; the new UT-Dallas President still copes with Virginia Tech trauma; a Dallas musician joined French synthpop band, M83; and more.

Shutterstock

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texans in Plano and Irving work especially hard; Houston isn’t ready for “the perfect storm;” an IHOP in Austin upset customers with an offensive receipt; and more.

Scott Kelly / Twitter

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Astronaut Scott Kelly grew two inches while in space; long live cursive writing; Euless mourns a fallen police officer; and more.

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