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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: Just one North Texas locale ranked well as a staycation-worthy city; “Donald Trump is a shape shifting lizard”; hundreds of people on state commissions and boards have expired terms; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The question Texans googled more than any other state is “Where is the internet?”; once again Exxon Mobil rejected climate change proposals; craft beer has transitioned from trend to trademark in D-FW; and more.

Scripps National Spelling Bee / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Seventeen spellers, including first grader Akash Vukoti, represented the state; golfer Jordan Spieth and Bill Murray paired up for a round; no one’s sure how an alligator got feet from a Dallas middle school; and more.

The Dallas Zoo

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A 3-foot, 175-pound male calf was born May 14 at the Dallas Zoo; AT&T is expanding internet access in South Dallas; a 12-year-old Austinite is competing in a barbecue championship on Food Network; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: There are tons of fireflies in Texas thanks to last year’s rain; Mark Cuban could play for either team when it comes to the vice presidency; watch two journalists rappel down the Reunion Tower; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A woman in a wookie mask spread laughter to millions on Facebook; Buc-ee’s has arrived in Fort Worth; everybody needs a copy editor, specifically the Texas Republican Party; and more.

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Five things that have North Texas talking: DART’s Jesus Rodriguez drove a 40-foot bus better than 39 others to win the title; most Texas water utilities don’t meet conservation standards, report found; working dogs are sniffing out a common nuisance for lake-goers; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Courtney Okolo has already broken records before graduating from UT this weekend; a nonprofit is starting small in the fight against homelessness; humans Texas are to blame for a century of earthquakes; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Before recent findings, lead was detected in a state-supported facility in 2014; the music world lost two Texas legends early this week; take these precautions to avoid Zika this summer; and more.

Waco Police Department / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Many details of the May 2015 shootout remain unclear one year later; DART’s making changes to help cash-only passengers; Texas might designate a safe place for precious metals; and more.

 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A domesticated buffalo in Argyle was sold on Craigslist; after a controversial convention, the state Republican platform is approved; McDonald’s is conducting another menu experiment exclusively in Dallas; and more.

Mike Stone / Bay Area News / The Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A suspect has yet to be named in West fertilizer plant explosion; there’s an arm wrestling competition happening on Saturday; stay aware of highway closures this weekend; and more.

 

Whataburger

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Whataburger does prom; Fort Worth’s The Toadies transcend the second dimension for X-Men comic; my, how Dallas has grown; and more.

Guinness World Records

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Guinness World Records recognized the 30-year-old Siamese as the world’s oldest feline; Fort Worth superintendent won’t resign over bathroom policy; what’s next for the class of ‘17?; and more.

 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A new commission will work on long-term housing strategies for Dallas homeless; a former New Yorker reflects on what makes Texas unique; McKinney ISD got the green light on a multimillion-dollar football stadium; and more.

 

Shelby Knowles / The Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A Dallas start-up is ready to take the wheel in Austin if Uber and Lyft leave; Fort Worth ISD allows its students to use the bathroom consistent with their gender of choice; and more.

 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas receives more automated phone calls than most major U.S. cities; an SMU professor inspired a character in “Yellow Submarine”; a son shares his 101-year-old mother’s life wisdom; and more.

 

Blue Bell Ice Cream / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Don’t panic — the recall only affects Rocky Road; what’s next for the former residents of Tent City; an iconic Denton venue is closing after almost two decades; and more.

Kent Wang / Flickr Creative Commons

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Houston’s Justin Yu earned a coveted culinary title; you can rappel down the Reunion Tower in Dallas this month; many Texans have to navigate the insurance waters after months of severe storms; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a South Dallas staple is crowd-sourcing to find its new name; Texas has resettled the most refugees in the U.S.; Texas A&M is building a new campus to study self-driving cars; and more.

 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Plano will release the fish in a large pond this afternoon; more people are arrested for student loan debt in Houston than any other major city; a Texas Senator fears for the U.S. electric grid; and more.

Dallas Horseshoe Project / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: The new ramp is a part of the ongoing TxDOT Horseshoe Project; award-winning sportswriter Blackie Sherrod leaves his legacy in writing; listen to an exclusive interview with Diane Rehm on Think; and more.

Eric Aasen / KERA News

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Animal Control hopes to increase citations by 500 percent; Ted Cruz named a running mate; take a tour of NPR with Susan Stamberg; and more.

Tim Patterson / Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Everybody’s transplanting to Texas; Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants to cut financial aid to lower college tuition; State of the Arts is coming to Fort Worth; and more.

KUT

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Crowdsourcing for a new school moniker invited several snarky submissions; a Texas photographer found Georgia O’Keeffe’s elusive landscape; what do Washington D.C. passersby think of Texas?; and more.

Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: The dissatisfied lawyer seeks $2.25 for the soup plus $250 in legal fees; a Laredo-born musician remembers his time with Prince; KERA’s Think is in D.C. and more.

Center for Strategic & International Studies

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Watch a new documentary on Ebola in Dallas; Dallas takes part in exclusive McDonald’s menu expansion experiment; Whole Foods filed a counter-lawsuit against an Austin pastor in heated cake matters; and more.

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texans wanting to secede are essentially harmless yet becoming harder to ignore; a Houston midwife glided across flood waters on an inflatable swan to deliver a baby; Snapchat is opening a regional hub in Deep Ellum; and more.

U.S. News & World Report

Five stories that have North Texas talking: High schools in the Southwest dominated this year’s U.S. News rankings; the 10th time could be the charm for a 50-year-old Dallas Cheerleaders hopeful; see the lineup for KXT’s Summer Cut; and more.

Rodeo Goat / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Where’s the beef? Fort Worth; Bloodbuy of Dallas won first place in an inaugural Harvard competition; a man in a monster truck rescues his neighbors from high water; and more.

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