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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.  

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: fossil found in South Texas could be some 90 million years old; “Metroplex’s playground” needs funding to open; state winegrowers fear new herbicides; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Fort Worth-based judge blocks a federal transgender health mandate; Romo throws his first touchdown pass in over a year; meet the creators of the Dallas Biennial; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: An Arlington teenager opts for pushups after being caught with pot; more than 130 acres in North Texas burned in grass fires Thursday; a nod to KXT; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Rent is going up in D-FW; Greg Abbott takes Australia; work out like (or with) a Dallas Cowboy; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: There are more Zika cases in Texas than we thought; three Texans could serve as Secretary of Agriculture; don’t dump a woman with Cowboys tickets; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: this database of objects found at the border could help identify perished migrants; meet the man who painted Deep Ellum; revisit our 20 most popular stories this year; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Barry Switzer pulls a fast one on reporters; late “Jeopardy!” contestant wins $103K; lawsuit over Capitol nativity scene proceeds; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: This Addison-based agency throws birthday parties for homeless kids; Fort Worth police handed out holiday tofurkeys Wednesday; a TCU prof explains the science of whiskey; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: UNT is archiving Obama’s presidency; Greg Abbott “fires” Chris Suprun via Twitter; Big D NYE is canceled again; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ezekiel Elliott's red kettle stunt is paying off for the Salvation Army; Arlington’s airport has a coyote problem; checking in with North Texas tornado survivors, one year later; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The Electoral College will vote today for the next president; the water ban in Corpus Christi has been lifted; Jerry Jones’ grandson takes state; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Secret Santa gave $150,000 to Dallas ISD teachers; wind chills will drop to single digits this weekend; it’s the last day to vote for the best of “Think”; and more. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Waging battles over Christmas is a Texas tradition; here are this year’s top Google trends in Dallas-Fort Worth: expect more tacos in 2017; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Rick Perry has be tapped to lead the agency he forgot in 2012; the next steps after your home is accidentally razed; vote for “Best of Think”; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas has spent about $500 million on indoor facilities for high school football; Texas wins $5 million to combat Zika; how Neiman Marcus came to be; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Trump has reportedly chosen the first Texan for his Cabinet; The Humane Society of North Texas is taking in 400 wild horses; see photos of Texas life spanning four generations; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Don’t hold your phone and drive in Denton; watch a short film on the Dallas police ambush; hear the sounds of the border at the Amon Carter; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The first black Santa at the Mall of America? He’s from Irving; a 20-pound cabbage won a Georgetown fourth-grader $1,000; the Dallas Arboretum welcomes its millionth visitor this year; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Lowe's in Abilene hired a disabled veteran and his dog, too; several Texans are up for Grammys; Baylor hires a new football coach; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Improvements in mental health screenings have lowered the number of suicides in Texas jails; families in Rowlett and Garland are still rebuilding their lives, a year after disaster; vote for your favorite “Think” episode of 2016; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ag Commissioner Sid Miller is a standout disseminator of “fake news”; what’s next for the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund; Fort Worth symphony management and musicians reach an agreement; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The man hosting Richard Spencer at Texas A&M has been inviting such guests for years; the EPA says four Dallas-owned power plants need to reduce pollution; a 53-pound turtle was rescued from a drainage pipe; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: David Brown will be an ABC News contributor; relieve stress in Dallas’ Anger Room; Matthew McConaughey drives UT students home; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Gov. Abbott says campus carry could have deterred the Ohio State attacker; the City of Dallas has five finalists for city manager; how to volunteer during the holidays; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Trump’s voter fraud claim has Texas ties; the state reported its first locally transmitted Zika case; kolaches are taking off across the U.S.; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the Longhorns fired and replaced Charlie Strong; the San Antonio Four were exonerated; the Texas Law Hawk released a new Christmas ad; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Astronauts are celebrating Turkey Day in space; there are dedicated stores in D-FW for ugly Christmas sweaters; an Argyle woman trained her horses to eat Thanksgiving at the table; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas is facing a threat of bankruptcy: Rick Perry met with Donald Trump; UT’s Charlie Strong hopes to stay with the Longhorns; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Protests broke out after the unveiling of an African-American memorial at the Capitol Saturday; Uber wants to return to Austin; a Plano painter’s insatiable curiosity led him to a bright future; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Austin and Dallas are looking for a new police chief and city manager at the same time; “Mexican American Heritage” isn’t the first inaccurate textbook written for Texas classrooms; tonight's State of the Arts will trace Fort Worth’s musical history; and more.

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