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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.  

JonJon2k8 / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: a new program provides safe alternatives to calling 911, Nelson Mandela gets a Texas-sized birthday party, The Daily Show rips on Texas, and more.

Texas Governor Rick Perry's office / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Gov. Rick Perry signs hotly contested House Bill 2 into law, another big cat succumbs to feline distemper in Wylie, Fort Worth scrambles to fix a really expensive mistake, and more.

Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ted Cruz stands shoulder to shoulder with a Democrat to the delight and despair of pundits everywhere, North Texans are getting sick from unwashed fruits and veggies, Lone Star State-made sake could be the next big thing and more.

Lauren Silverman / KERA News

The fertilizer plant explosion in West killed 15 people, injured 200 more and flattened homes and businesses across town. It also destroyed three of the town’s four schools, which means when the first bell rings next month, students will start the year in what some are calling “Portable City.” But while a village of prefabricated buildings tends to be a sign of imminent construction, it might not be the case in West.

In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Distemper kills and sickens lions and tigers at Collin County preserve; court will ask, "Does BPA-free mean hormone-free?"; Dallas teen is youngest to win a PGA title in eight decades and more.

kayaker1204 / flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Cost of living far exceeds poverty guidelines nationwide, according to the Economic Policy Institute's family budget inventory; sales-tax-free weekend comes early this year; anonymous donor posts $500,000 bond for Texas teen's release and more.

j.o.h.n. walker / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: New study says Texas can save millions on Medicaid if we focus on caps and gowns, law school applications plunge in the Lone Star State and beyond, Texas Wild snap another team’s prestigious streak and more.

Dr. Boonyarit Cheunsuchon / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: key to preventing heart attacks could be locked inside a Dallas area woman, Perry signs off on bill to give nurse practitioners more medical might, national historic park on moon may be tough to visit and more.

Ed Schipul / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Pundits pit Perry against other possible GOP presidential candidates, male infertility now tied to higher cancer risk, NYC cooks are fleeing to Austin and more.

robertnelson / flickr.com

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Other states get guns on campus and face insurance woes - not so for Texas; the curious, record-breaking pig longevity in DFW; an East Texas identity thief's family realizes they have no idea who she really was and more.

modonnabhain / flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A 10-mile hump in Frisco becomes a new way for soldiers and others to mark the 4th; Beyoncé bans external photogs at sold-out Dallas stop tomorrow, campers refresh by leaving iPhones at the gate in the Redwoods and more.

MDGovPics / Flickr

It may be July 4th, but here are five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas politicians in Washington tough on immigration while some leaders back at home shake their heads, Kaboom Town came with new restrictions in 2013, charting the migration pattern of Austin hipsters and more.

TSA

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Air travelers (try to) walk through security with loaded guns—especially in Texas, parents of Texas teen jailed for Facebook posts say son is suffering behind bars, Frisco will make you believe a man can fly and more.

Beverly & Pack / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Firefighter grief examined during tragically active season, old Texas Democrats don’t look like new Texas Democrats, a Houston doctor brings a suitcase full of arm bones to Vietnam and more.

Elise Hu / NPR

Five stories that have North Texas talking: H-Town as microcosm of a no-majority, mixing-pot  America; the second special session of the Texas lege begins, last words of condemned prisoners in Texas and more.

StoryCorps

Five stories that have North Texas talking: One family's story of healing as Exodus International and its Texas affiliates close; possible changes experts are watching for in the electoral process besides Voter I.D., the unsung heroes behind David Bowie and Mick Jagger and more.  

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A double dose of amphibian fun hatches at the San Antonio Zoo, a reporter who’s witnessed countless Texas executions traces most memorable moments, College Station and Austin get nods for brain power and more.

fejsez / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: What were Davis’ filibuster ending three strikes?, Texas is set to make capital punishment history, Granbury family hits reset on tornado-wrecked Habitat home and more.

SFA Union City / flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas ISD's alternative three-year-degree pilot program gets the green light, GIFs from the Spurs' fall at the NBA finals Game 7, new Susan G. Komen CEO speaks out - sort of - and more.

Malingering / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A look at afflicted Texans now that obesity is now considered a disease, why more oil doesn’t always mean cheaper prices at the pump, memorabilia collecting Aggie fans make way for Barbie and more.

Dallas 1200am / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: DFW mayors touch down after international development mission, the journalism community loses one of its best far too soon, snakes as carry-on luggage and more.

Shutterstock

Five stories that have North Texas talking: New study gives teacher prep programs low marks, 14 West nursing home residents have died since explosion, new astronaut class boasts a Texan and more.

Harvard

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Waco-reared doctor reflects on almost a century spent listening to babies, Austin gains on Seattle in venture capital heft, a Dallas exonoree's case brings up the question: Should ex-spouses be awarded compensation for their former partners' wrongful convictions? and more.

Broadcast Engineering

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Gannett to acquire Belo TV, the Carnival Triumph re-launches in Galveston, Texas grads are making major strides and more.

Alameda Community Food Bank / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Version of Farm Bill in House could reshuffle food stamp guidelines, St. Mark’s photography students use school work to support Granbury, kids are aiming low at the library and more.

Martin Cathrae / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Worry revs up as vehicle inspection fraud oversight weakens, Mumford fans get bad news on concert day, Dallas theologian gives the Bible a Texas accent and more.

Carolyn Cruz / The Cliburn

Five stories that have North Texas talking: New interest in classical music, via the Cliburn and Dallas' neo-soul queen Erykah Badu; STEM jobs grow in Dallas; what it's like to choose between prescription medication and food for the week, and more.

Tedley Films / flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Hypnotic, Krispy Kreme, Dunkin' pass out free doughnuts today; how the recession affected diversity in executive careers; a new map of Austin music; every library and museum in the U.S. at a glance and more.

Alice Linahan / flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking:  What went wrong at a "Battlefield Dallas County" event, America's wily linguistic landscape, what you should see at the Oak Cliff Film Festival tonight and more.

KUHF News for Houston / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Reliant Stadium packed with mourners in Houston, IBM pays $2 million for Dallas-based cloud service, the Stars go green (again), and more.

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