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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 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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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Unlike last year, DFW has more affordable round-trip airfare than Love Field; the Texas delegation breakfast became heated Tuesday; several D-FW burgers were missing from Texas Monthly’s “50 best” list; and more.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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