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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 morning from KERA News: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton faces an ethics investigation over how he handled last year’s same-sex marriage decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA News: A traveling porn expo is not welcome at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved a resolution that bans the expo from returning to the city-owned center in downtown. The vote was close, and now the city could be facing a lawsuit. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Dallas City Council today will vote on a resolution to ban a traveling porn expo from returning to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA News: More than two dozen Texas counties are now eligible for federal help following the deadly late December tornadoes. President Barack Obama declared 25 counties federal disaster areas.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas Racing Commission today will again take up the issue of historical racing. Members have to decide whether to amend or repeal rules for replaying already-run races on slot-machine style devices at Texas tracks.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA News: The head of the Denton County Republican party is leaving her post for a spot on the party’s executive committee. KERA spoke with Dianne Edmondson to talk about the state of the GOP, and why Texas Republicans consider Denton County so valuable.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: There’s a special Dallas city council meeting at 5 p.m. for residents to offer suggestions for Fair Park’s future. It’s part of an effort to revitalize Fair Park and make the 277-acre fairground a year-round destination.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA News: The kids at Hood Middle School in Dallas took part in a historic election Friday. During lunch, they voted for the idea of changing their school's name. That's because the Pleasant Grove school is named after a Confederate general.

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The boil water notice has been lifted for parts of far north Fort Worth. The city yesterday notified residents in the affected area not to drink the tap water after an error led to the draining of an elevated water tank and a loss of water pressure.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA News: Thousands of residents in far North Fort Worth are being told to boil their water on Thursday because it might be contaminated. Restaurants are closed, schools have shut down water fountains and the city is handing out bottled water. KERA reports on how residents are coping.

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