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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.  

Texas General Land Office

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas archaeologists are rediscovering the Alamo brick by brick; call to talk about recent events in Dallas and Baton Rouge at 1 p.m. today; July hasn’t been the best month for Dallas’ Pecan Lodge; and more.

Whataburger / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A 79-year-old retired Texan ate at his 757th Whataburger store in Brownsville Tuesday; Southwest returns to normal after canceling around 1,000 flights in two days; a Senator from Dallas wrote an open letter, “Questions from a Black Man”; and more.

Pecan Lodge / UberEats

Five stories that have North Texas talking: UberEats took the blame for a Pecan Lodge delivery disaster Wednesday; TxDMV has rejected almost 900 license plates this year; go inside the re-opened doors of El Centro College; and more.

City of Plano / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Work-life balance, financial stability and low divorce rate make Plano one of the least-stressed cities in America, study says; Dallas Arboretum was recognized among top international gardens; university leaders have Grade-A salaries in Texas; and more.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Professors gathered Monday at the Texas Education Agency to criticize a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook; can you spot the Texas delegate?; Gov. Abbott thinks attacks against police should qualify as a hate crime; and more.

 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: One day after Dallas buried the last of its five officers, a shooter killed three more in Baton Rouge; see which Texans will attend the Republican National Convention; a father and son with North Texas roots were lost in the Nice attack; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Pokémon Go is wildly popular and kind of dangerous; John Cornyn’s new legislation would make killing an officer a federal crime; the DMA has a new curator from Mexico; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Parker County inmates helped their jailer having a heart attack; Texas let a lot of failing students graduate in 2015; former President George Bush can’t help but dance; and more.

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Move over Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Dallas Police Chief David Brown has been “nominated” for president by some social media users.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

Here are five things you should know about the deadly shooting in downtown Dallas: Chief David Brown offered new details and corrections to the shooting report; Micah Johnson’s parents love their son, but hate what he did; President George W. Bush will speak at today's memorial; and more.

Francesca Paris / KERA News

Here are five things you should know about the deadly shooting in downtown Dallas: more on the suspected shooter; President Obama to visit Dallas; Sunday a day of reflection in churches; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas is five spots shy of last place in new rankings on family-friendly cities; a win for the little guys — public school pre-k programs will be awarded $118 million; watch two docs on restoring Texas to its former glory; and more.

Chick-fil-A / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A Lake Jackson native ate Chick-fil-A regularly and lost 140 pounds; A Dallas woman won The Price Is Right; TCU researchers hope to save the bats; and more.

Justin Terveen

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Where and how to celebrate the Fourth from Art&Seek; a majority of Texas voters would support building a wall; answers to “Did you feel that earthquake?”; and more.

Fried and True / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Explore a map of pun-named places in Dallas-Fort Worth; state vehicle registration will be even less fun next year; public radio props to two Texas singer-songwriters; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A beloved library cat in White Settlement faces eviction and unemployment; Donald Trump said Texans love him too much to ever secede; dozens of people got burned by Tony Robbins in Dallas; and more.

CBS News/KHOU / YouTube

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A Texas woman has had a British accent for six months post-jaw surgery; Jaap Van Zweden made bank in 2013; UNESCO leader condemned the death of a late North Texas journalist; and more.

iBackPack / Indiegogo

Five stories that have North Texas talking: The iBackPack, developed in Austin, has Wi-Fi, USB ports and a bulletproof pocket; an anti-overdose drug is becoming more readily available in Texas; Tonight’s “Frame of Mind” features short films on Texas art; and more.

McKinney ISD / YouTube

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A U.S. Congressman from Fort Worth introduced a new law to help undocumented students get into college; Six Flags could boost Saudi Arabia’s economy; life is harder for kids in Texas; and more.

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: The president of the Texas Nationalist Movement sees Britain’s possible move from the EU as a model; Arlington police might be over-reporting traffic stops to meet quotas; two goats were shot and killed on the Waco property featured on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” ; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: An alligator causing unease among Fort Worth lake-goers has yet to be captured by authorities; a healthy baby girl was born in the backseat on the side of I-35; suspicious packages were found on the grounds of an LGBT church in Dallas; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Heed this weekend’s Dallas traffic changes; D-FW nears triple-digit temperatures today; a 381-acre artificial reef is being built off the Texas coast; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The Taylor Swift Experience will be on display this fall in Fair Park; Mark Cuban donated $1 million to Dallas Police; watch a rocket launch in West Texas; and more.

Google Fiber / Twitter

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas would be the third city in Texas to have access to Google’s high-speed internet; several memorial services for Orlando victims will be held in Dallas this week; these D-FW animals probably have more Instagram followers than you; and more.

Eco Latino Radio Program / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Two Dallas minority leaders share the moniker of a new $39-million medical facility; a dozen ways to prevent mosquitos from breeding in your yard; Waxahachie football will get a fancy new scoreboard; and more.

Houston Chronicle / Twitter

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick deleted “man reaps what he sows” posts on Facebook and Twitter after Orlando shooting; a panel will decide today whether to scrap the STAAR exam; if you’re considering adopting a cat, now’s the time; and more.

McKinney ISD / YouTube

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A McKinney Boyd graduate told fellow students she was an undocumented immigrant in her speech; Taylor Swift’s co-writer could help you with your songwriting this weekend; ride the Texas Star for free; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Denton and Collin county drivers will face tollway spillover traffic and delays this weekend; meet the musical descendant of Davy Crockett; Richardson has a bobcat problem; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Cedar Hill’s largely black community does not feel welcome at the nearby state park, a researcher found; meet the North Texas gymnasts hoping to compete in Rio; a 16-year-old golden retriever from Ground Zero died in Texas; and more.

City of Sugar Land / Twitter

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Sugar Land locals have mixed reviews on the city’s new selfie sculpture; Mark Cuban will read stories to kids at the library this afternoon; a congressman from Brownsville penned a strongly worded letter to Trump; and more.

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