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The Richardson Independent School District has suspended two high school students after they posted racially charged messages on social media.

A lot of people already know the story of Friday Night Lights, in which a West Texas high school fights for the state football title. It started as a nonfiction book, then it became a movie (with Billy Bob Thornton as the coach) and finally a TV series. In the film, Thornton tells his team that to win state, they'll have to beat "a team of monsters" from Carter High School in Dallas (which they fail to do).

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High school football playoffs are underway. For the Aledo Bearcats — a powerhouse football team from Parker County – this time of the season is the ultimate test after months of training hard and dreaming big. 

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As you enter The Star, you know right away that you're walking into Dallas Cowboys' territory.

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While high school football teams across North Texas get set to kick off a new season Friday night, one district is waiting to play until Saturday morning.

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So far this year, 14 high school football players have died across the country -- seven after an injury on the field, another seven from indirect causes such as heat stroke and heart problems. 

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There’s Friday night football, and then there’s Friday night football in Allen, Texas: a state-of-the-art stadium packed with 18,000 fans, a halftime marching-band army of 800, and, yes, skydivers.

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There’s no denying that Texas is the land of football. With the first scrimmage a week away, there’s another group of athletes training hard -- the marching band.

Allen school district officials say the high school graduation ceremony scheduled for early June is moving to the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Aledo's football team is good -- really good, the Dallas police chief closed a public meeting to the media, Camelot mania is here, and more:

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Almost 90 percent of concussions in high school football happen from player-to-player contact. That's one reason the NFL Players Association negotiated limits on tackling during practices.

But very few high school leagues have caught up with that NFL standard.

Texas has. The state that brought you Friday Night Lights and a $60 million high school football stadium in Allen has adopted one of the strictest limits on high school contact and tackling at practices.

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The Dallas  Cowboys say they’ll be in their new Frisco headquarters and practice facility by 2016 after breaking ground next year. For decades, games, headquarters and practices were in Irving. Then games moved to their new, billion dollar-plus Arlington stadium in 2009. What’s the future looking like for Frisco and Irving?

"That's a big ol' lion." How else to describe the new golden cat on the field at Texas A&M University-Commerce's Memorial Stadium that stretches from sideline to sideline, dominating the area between the 25-yard lines?

That description of the giant cat, which may be the largest on-field logo in America, comes from Mark Haslett of NPR member station KETR, which is based at the school in eastern Texas.

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The Texas House has passed a measure that would create a pilot program offering concussion insurance for parents of public high school students in football and girl’s soccer.

Democrat Eddie Lucio of Brownsville says the Texas Education Agency and the UIL, University Interscholastic League would choose participating schools and run the pilot program.

Lucio says the voluntary insurance would cost about $5 and could pay off in the long run.