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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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It’s Election Day for the state primary runoffs. This will settle races in May in which Republicans or Democrats failed to get at least 50 percent of the vote.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: The education nonprofit ‘Children At Risk,’ has rated some 1,600 hundred schools across Dallas-Fort Worth. While some low-income school are doing better than they have in years past, the organization says too many local schools are failing.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush paid out nearly $1 million in taxpayer money to dozens of people his office fired. The Houston Chronicle reports it was in exchange for the employees promising not to sue Bush or the agency.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: While North Texas isn’t known for being particularly bike friendly, many cyclists wanted to prove otherwise. Today’s ‘Bike To Work Day’ was the perfect occasion to urge people to give the two-wheel commute a try.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Arlington city officials will hold a press conference this afternoon to announce what they call an “important economic development.”

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Friday’s commute will see more bikers on the road as cyclists tackle 'Bike To Work Day. And one Dallas class is trying to teach newcomers essential road etiquette.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A new report says Child Protective Services in Dallas County have been in a “downward spiral” for at least five years.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Cataracts are debilitating but easy to treat. The problem is, surgery is expensive, especially for the uninsured and underinsured. A free clinic in Fort Worth is trying to bridge that gap for folks who might otherwise go blind and have to quit working.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A new study out from UT Austin and SMU argues humans have been causing earthquakes throughout Texas for almost a century.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: A community of tiny homes will open shortly to house 50 of Dallas’ most expensive homeless, a phrase that’s been tossed around a lot since the project was announced. What does that actually mean?

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