KERA Newsroom

Every weekday morning and evening, KERA airs a 10-minute segment of local news. Hosted by Sam Baker at 8:20 a.m. and Justin Martin at 6:20 p.m., the report focuses on the latest in education, health, science, technology, arts and politics in North Texas. Special features include Breakthroughs reports on the cutting edge of health, science and technology; Vital Signsa consumer health series; American Graduate stories about the world of education; the weekly movie chat The Big Screen; and in-depth newsmaker interviews of The Friday Conversation

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: The state budget committee has finalized a budget that will go to the House and Senate for a vote. One item that was crossed off: a rider that would ban state money from being used to build a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: 

The story of going through 20, 30, even 40 foster homes in the next installment of our series "Remaking Foster Care."

Finally, a one-man play about a  health crisis and the financial devastation it can bring.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: 

A rare African black rhino is hunted down by a Dallas outdoorsman. 

The tale of Rio Vista foster parents who've opened their arms to more than 50 kids in eight years in the latest installment of our series "Remaking Foster Care." 

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: A tornado struck Mineral Wells last night, causing damage in a six-to-eight block section of the city’s downtown area. We’ll have an update on that and other towns affected by last night’s storms.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: 

There's more severe weather and rain in the North Texas forecast. 

And the next chapter in our series "Remaking Foster Care" about biological parents learning life skills. 

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Sunday’s biker gang shootout in Waco was not a surprise to experts who have been following biker gang culture. Courtney Collins explains.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: 

170 bikers arrested and charged  in connection with Sunday's deadly shooting at a Waco Twin Peaks restaurant. 

And a new KERA series called "Remaking Foster Care." Reporter Doualy Xaykaothao explores the redesigning of Texas'  troubled foster care system. 

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: A Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco will be closed this week after a deadly biker gang shooting yesterday killed nine and injured 18.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: 

Blue Bell Ice Cream lays off a third of its employees amid listeria cleanup. 

And the Texas House decides on the fate of bills before yesterday's midnight deadline. 

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: The Texas House faced a deadline to get any remaining bills in the legislative session approved.

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