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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Irving and its school district filed by the father of Ahmed Mohamed, the teenager whose homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb.

A family attorney said Friday that they would file a new lawsuit, The Associated Press reports.

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The AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament is being held in Irving one last time. After 35 years, the event is moving from the Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas to south Dallas’ new Trinity Forest Golf Club.

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Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday at North Lake College in Irving, police say. 

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Does geography actually matter when it comes to getting that first job?

A new Wallethub study ranks the best and worst cities for starting a career, and Texas is all over the top 25. Analyst Jill Gonzalez breaks down the rankings with KERA's Courtney Collins.

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The non-profit Trust for Public Land has released its annual ParkScore Index, which rates the park systems in the 100 largest cities in the U.S. Six North Texas cities made the list. Here’s how they stacked up:

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The fabric of Texas isn’t solid red; Ted Cruz gained another high-ranking official’s endorsement; Texas outdoes itself with new wind energy record; the smells of Dallas abound; and more.

 

Irving has been in the national spotlight in recent months, especially after a Muslim teen was arrested and suspended for bringing a homemade clock to school. But during her annual State of the City address Tuesday night, Mayor Beth Van Duyne steered clear of controversy. Instead, she highlighted several economic development efforts.

A backlash against American Muslims is on the rise again after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and last week's attacks in San Bernardino, Calif. Advocates say the number of hate crimes and harassment incidents today is nearly as bad as it was in the weeks after Sept. 11.

An anti-Muslim climate seems especially potent in the Dallas area.

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Three Texas mayors came together in Addison Friday to discuss diversity, refugees, the economy and education at a luncheon hosted by the National Center for Policy Analysis.  

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Ahmed Mohamed has been reunited with his infamous clock.

Expressing his admiration for a high school student's curiosity about science, President Obama has invited Ahmed Mohamed to the White House.

A tweet from the president reads: "Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great."

Scouts For Equality

Update: Irving-based Boy Scouts of America voted to lift it's blanket ban on openly gay adult leaders Monday evening. This change will go into effect immediately. Below is a statement posted on the Boy Scouts' Newsroom Blog:

Demographics Are Creating An Electoral Battleground In Irving

Oct 27, 2014
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In the southeastern part of Irving, the signs of an increasingly diverse population are unmistakable.

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Golfers at the 47th annual HP Byron Nelson Championship teed off Thursday in Irving. Proceeds from the tournament benefit an Oak Cliff school for low-income children. Some of those students got to play caddie this week.

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A 36-year-old man from Dallas has been charged with negligent homicide after his gun went off and the bullet killed a woman in the motel room next door.

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Texas schools will begin this year with more state money than last year, but most are getting less than they did in 2011, before state lawmakers dramatically cut the education budget.

Funding still varies dramatically from district to district, which is one of the reasons a state judge in February found Texas’ school finance system unconstitutional for the second time in a decade.

As part of KERA’s American Graduate Initiative KERA took a look at the funding gap and how it’s affecting kids in a district that is often at the end of the receiving line.

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Activists made one last push for support before Thursday’s vote in Grapevine on openly gay membership to the Boy Scouts of America.

And both sides say the result will dramatically impact the future of the Irving-based organization.

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No matter which way Boy Scout delegates vote this week on banning gay members, a local leader says troops may be impacted.

We caught up with Cubmaster James Maddux at the Rangers game Sunday during Boy Scouts of America weekend.

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The Boy Scouts of America, with national headquarters in Irving,  is proposing an end to its longstanding ban on gay scouts. It would however maintain a ban on  gay/lesbian adult  scout leaders.

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The daughter of Sue Taylor, one of two who died in the Irving bus crash, says her vibrant mom loved life and should still be alive today.

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An announcement by the Boy Scouts of America last Monday has raised expectations that the organization's board will vote to eliminate its ban on gay scouts and volunteers during a quarterly meeting in Irving this week.

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The Irving-based Boy Scouts of America says it's discussing actions that would end the national organization's ban on gay scouts and gay scout leaders. The Scouts' National Executive Board is scheduled to meet next week in Irving.

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The Irving Independent School District has again been sued. The suit argues a new election map and the new voting scheme still deny Hispanics a fair chance to get on the school board.

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Nowhere is the gun lobby stronger than in Texas. But even in Lone Star country, the Connecticut school shootings have sparked debate over new restrictions on owning assault weapons.

A Cream-Filled Legacy: Sweet Memories Of Twinkies

Nov 16, 2012
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Throughout North Texas Friday generations who grew up with Twinkies in their lunch boxes were wondering if their childhood treats will disappear. The Irving-based Hostess Brands company which makes the desserts is going out of business.

The number of deaths from West Nile virus continue to rise in North Texas. Tarrant County reported its seventh related death Wednesday afternoon.. The patient was a Hurst resident, in his 70’s, who had additional health problems.

Texas police say they have arrested a man in the death of a 16-year-old girl who was expected to testify against him in an upcoming sexual assault trial.

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Early Friday evening Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed the county’s sixth death related to West Nile Virus.

This is the first day of DART’s Orange Line service to Irving. The trains on the track at the new Las Colinas station could change the route for some local joggers.

Monday morning, DART’s Orange Line will make three new stops in Irving. Two years from now, it will continue on to DFW Airport.

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