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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: If you thought last weekend marked the end of highway construction headaches in downtown Dallas, just wait. Something even more boggling is coming Friday night. The Horseshoe project will close all lanes heading south on Interstate-35 into downtown Dallas.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Two of yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decisions came out of Texas.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: The Supreme Court today handed affirmative action a major victory by upholding a University of Texas admissions policy that includes race as a factor. The high court also ruled on President Obama's plan to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. KERA's Christopher Connelly and Stella Chavez report on both issues and how it affects Texans.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The U.S. Supreme Court will issue an opinion in one or more cases. Several cases with Texas ties remain on the docket.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Britain will vote Thursday on whether to leave the European Union. The fallout from that vote could have major implications in here Texas. UT-Dallas professor Harold Clarke breaks down what it means for the Lone Star state.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Fort Worth Congressman Marc Veasey will introduce two bills this week to try and gain college access for undocumented and first-generation American students.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Ten pregnant women in Dallas County may have contracted the virus while traveling outside the country. Dallas County already has already had nine confirmed Zika cases. Tarrant County just announced its sixth case today; Denton and Collin Counties have reported two each. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Four gun measures up for a vote in the U.S. Senate failed last night, including one by Sen. Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas. He proposed a measure preventing gun sales to people on the FBI’s terrorist watch list. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando, the U.S. Senate today will vote on four measures seeking to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: The Seventh Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition starts Sunday with 69 competitors coming from as far away as Taiwan and Turkey. And then there’s Clark Vann Griffith.  KERA’s Jerome Weeks sat down with the contestant who can drive to the Cliburn performances – from his home in Fort Worth. 

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