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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: A Lewisville clarinetist doesn’t want to go corporate just to ease her debt; bust your gut with five Dallas food challenges; what questions do you have about the election?; and more.

 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A local artist is using 1,000 pounds of butter for a cow sculpture commissioned by the State Fair; Dallas Police Chief David Brown makes a cameo in a Black Eyed Peas video; despite the economic boom, North Texans are burdened by debt; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas isn’t helping low-income households keep the lights on anymore; a single mother dressed up like a man to have doughnuts with her son; local arts and cultural groups rallied outside Dallas City Hall this weekend; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The number of minority-owned businesses in D-FW exceeds the national rate; a century ago, Bevo didn’t get any respect; did you hear the good news from Blue Bell?; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The housing market in Texas seems healthy; how often do Texas police pull the trigger; cochlear implants have allowed a Plano girl to thrive in kindergarten; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Paralympians from the Dallas area will compete in Rio next week; Matthew McConaughey’s teaching at his alma mater this semester; Radiolab tells the story of a Texas woman who can’t prove her existence; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Melanie Salazar, 18, and her grandfather are both students at Palo Alto College this semester; a Texas representative wants to ditch STAAR altogether; how to save big at the State Fair; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A new mural of Oak Cliff’s most infamous killer wasn’t meant to be offensive; There’s just over a month between you and award-winning fried Jell-O; Wylie’s the best small city for families; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Shake Shack opens its first location in Dallas on Thursday; 31 percent of teachers in the state have a second job; the exodus of some health insurers has Texans worried; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Months after Amber Briggle invited Ken Paxton for dinner to meet her transgender son, he accepted; volunteers with a San Antonio food truck are helping Louisiana flood victims; Swedes love some Texas barbecue; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: An elementary teacher is encouraging outdoor play and family time over homework this year; thousands of people will be carrying on UT’s campus today, but it won’t be guns; growing into your grito; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas would see more than 130 days of 95-degree temperatures by the end of the century if climate trends continue; members of Dallas’ first graffiti crew reflect on the times; Trump’s coming to Fort Worth and Austin today; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Rising construction costs bump the price of McKinney’s new stadium to nearly $70 million; educators and students will talk about race in the region this week; what police found during a bingo hall raid; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Lathan Crump, 19, rode his horse, Hollywood, inside a Taco Bell in Commerce, Texas; of the 100 top paid public company CEOs in North Texas, one is female; Fort Worth's animal shelter adopted out 310 animals in one day; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Sandbranch isn’t the only community in Dallas County without clean water: a $90 million proposal for Klyde Warren will be presented today; original music from Austin band Survive is just one more reason to watch “Stranger Things”; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas native Jeremy Shuler, 12, begins his freshman year in the Ivy League this fall; H-E-B bought six grocery stores in Dallas-Fort Worth; the State Fair of Texas announced its food finalists; and more.

 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A Dallas-based artist brings the best of summer storms inside a Fort Worth museum; Plano’s 155-year-old Collinwood House will stand until next May at least; make a splash in Texas before it’s too late; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Of nearly 30 schools in Texas with Confederate monikers, 10 have changed their name; Spring’s Simone Biles earned the most gold medals in a single Olympics for a U.S. female athlete; it’s DFW Restaurant Week; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: More than 30 members of Team USA hail from Texas; Denton’s losing another beloved music venue; President Obama has been listening to Leon Bridges this summer; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: To see the Perseid “outburst” tonight, you’ll need to head to the country; female runners in Dallas-Fort Worth offer their safety advice; so long, Tallywackers; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A longtime criminal appeals judge put up fake “no parking” signs in a TCU-area neighborhood; AG Ken Paxton says UT professors’ action against campus carry would be punishable; long live the horny toads; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Kroger is holding a one-day hiring event today to employ hundreds for ClickList, its new shopping service; Irving’s “Clock Boy” sued the city, the school and the principal Monday for his September arrest; it could be an awkward Thanksgiving at The Bushes this year; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A Granbury-raised Olympian claimed two medals for the U.S. over the weekend; a DART officer wounded in the Dallas ambush received an honorary black belt; The New York Times discovered Topo Chico; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Two separate robberies of Pokémon Go players near White Rock Lake have several similarities; a Dallas children’s hospital is dabbling with new technology; Norah Jones is coming back to Denton for the first time since college; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The most beautiful library in Texas was a Walmart in a past life; northeast bound lanes of the Sam Rayburn Tollway will be closed this weekend; Texas will use Medicaid funding to provide mosquito repellent to women through October; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A Fort Worth zookeeper found an unharmed kitten inexplicably inside the Komodo dragon exhibit; catch up with Ahmed Mohamed, also known as “clock boy”; an Oak Cliff taqueria has “all of the tacos, none of the ambience”; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Blue Bell could face an $850,000 fine for its listeria outbreak last year; Gov. Abbott defended the family of a fallen Muslim soldier; details regarding the Dallas shooter's past have emerged; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Could you stomach the potential Texas State Fair food this year?; campus carry takes effect today; tax-free weekend is coming; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A Fort Worth family claimed their lost dog Saturday after it went missing in mid-2009; the latest case of old landmark versus new construction in Dallas; pencil on that Harry Potter scar this weekend; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The state of Texas has sued the Obama administration more than 40 times since 2009; Central Market and Kroger will roll out grocery delivery next week; wonderfully weird creations come from Dallas-area people; and more.

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