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Every weekday morning and evening, KERA airs an extended local news report. Hosted by Sam Baker at 8:20 a.m. and Justin Martin at 6:20 p.m., the segment focuses on the latest in education, health, science, technology, arts and politics in North Texas. Special features include Breakthroughs reports on advances in health, science and technology; Vital Signsa weekly conversation about personal health; American Graduate stories about the journey to graduation; the weekly movie chat The Big Screen; and in-depth interviews of The Friday Conversation

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:

A new study finds that full-day pre-K benefits poor students across Texas. The nonprofit group Children At Risk tracked nearly 47,000 economically disadvantaged students over five years in five urban school districts in Texas: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.

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United States Department of Education officials want to hear from Texas families and students on getting access to special education services. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports the two-hour sessions are scheduled to begin December 12. 

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: After keeping quiet about his post-retirement plans, former Dallas Police Chief David Brown has a new gig. He will be a contributor for ABC News and starts the job in January.

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A U.S. Justice Department investigation resulted in Texas throwing out its old truancy laws. Now, Dallas school and county leaders have unveiled truancy reforms aimed at keeping more kids in class.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: In the 10 days after the election of Donald Trump, nearly 900 incidents of harassment and intimidation were reported around the country. In a nationwide survey, educators report the election results have had a negative impact on students. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court today will hear arguments in a Texas death row case. The high court in 2002 ruled that people who are mentally disabled may not be executed. But at issue in this case is how Texas determines the condition.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: A woman from the Rio Grande Valley has been diagnosed with the state’s first locally transmitted case of Zika virus, health officials announced Monday afternoon.

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A recount for a North Texas legislative race begins today. Democratic challenger Terry Meza requested the recount in her race against Republican incumbent Rodney Anderson for the House District 105 seat. She trailed Anderson by just 64 votes.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Most kids in Dallas schools get free breakfast and lunch on campus every school day. So what happens when Dallas schools are closed all week for the Thanksgiving break?  KERA’s Bill Zeeble went to Dan Rogers Elementary to find out.

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Just over a week before going into effect, a federal court in Texas has blocked implementation of a rule that would make an estimated 4 million workers nationwide eligible for overtime pay.

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