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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.  

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.

Preston Kemp / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Boy Scout decision leads to spin-offs, Fort Hood suspect could put injured soldiers on the stand, Texans don’t feel the call of civic duty and more.

Thiago Game Oliveira / Flickr

Five stories that have Texas talking: “Killer Bees” swarm in central Texas, Gov. Perry goes after jobs in other states with Texas swagger, hate speech charted through Twitter and more.

City of Dallas

Five stories that have North Texas talking: '50s Dallas in a citizen committee-produced documentary, the word that knocked Plano speller Chetan Reddy out of the National Bee final round, and more.

State Farm / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: End-of-session legislation would spare West homeowners from paying tax on a house that’s no longer there, Texas senior health care ranks toward the bottom in new study, Plano spelling whiz is one step closer to hoisting the Scripps Bee trophy and more.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Rare giraffe twins charm New Braunfels tourists, Austin-based Livestrong dropped by company that made it famous, experts say storm shelters held up in OK tornado and more.

Texas Governor Rick Perry's office / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A very special end to the 83rd legislative session, Affordable Care Act means no weight loss surgery coverage in Texas, a barbecue legend takes his meat to the street and more.

Shutterstock

Five stories that have North Texas talking: drop in Hispanic teen birth rate doesn’t completely apply to Texas, solar plane glides to a landing early this morning at DFW, the speech JFK never gave will live on in Dallas and more.

Courtney Collins / KERA News

Five Stories that have North Texas talking: people for and against banning gay scouts speak up, Van Cliburn competition kicks-off without namesake, a Texas company builds fuchsia homes for flora and fauna and more.

Paul McCord Jr. / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Still reeling from Oklahoma destruction, Texans must brace for more severe storms, elite task force from the Lone Star State heads to Moore, students use math skills to support recovery in West and more.

BJ Austin / KERA News

Five stories that have North Texas talking: New findings about living poor in suburbia, the economy of new abortion laws, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and more.

Habitat For Humanity, Hood County

Five stories that have North Texas talking: introducing the Dallas Maritime Museum (?), an ideal weekend in the Hill Country, word nerd paradise and more.

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