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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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No timetable has been set so far for a federal judge in San Antonio to rule on when Texas can implement a new anti-sanctuary cities law.

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The battle over this state's new immigration enforcement law moved to a federal courtroom in San Antonio today. Opponents have filed a lawsuit to stop the law, which was passed last month. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia was interested in learning how Senate Bill 4 -- the so-called "sanctuary city" law -- would be enforced.

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A federal judge in San Antonio this morning will hear arguments for putting the state’s new sanctuary cities ban on hold while the court considers whether the law violates the U.S. Constitution.

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The fired Balch Springs officer who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards turned himself into authorities on Friday. Roy Oliver is facing two new aggravated assault charges for an off-duty unrelated road rage incident.

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Texas’ two U.S. senators are split over their chamber's version of a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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The latest U.S. Census Bureau data, released today, reports that Texas saw a larger numeric growth in its Hispanic population than any other state in the country between July of 2015 and July of 2016. Peter Borsella is a demographer with the Census Bureau, and says Hispanic population growth across the nation might not be due to immigration. 

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U.S. Senators today expect to receive their copies of the healthcare bill today. Senators have complained about the secrecy of the bill, which has been drafted behind closed doors. However, Texas Sen. John Cornyn said the secrecy's necessary because healthcare has become such a partisan issue.

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Dallas is a step closer to getting a new police chief. The city today released a list of eight candidates, including three insiders and a police chief from North Texas. Candidates will be interviewed in Dallas starting July 10. Dallas has been without a permanent chief since David Brown retired from the force last fall.

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A new Dallas City Council convenes for its first meeting today. One of the pressing issues facing the council this morning involves who'll represent the city on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board.

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A newly inaugurated Dallas City Council holds its first meeting on Wednesday. Newcomers and familiar faces from south and west Dallas have replaced four ousted incumbents seen as regular supporters of Mayor Mike Rawlings: Monica Alonzo, Erik Wilson, Carolyn King Arnold and Tiffinni Young. 

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A Dallas County grand jury today is expected to hear an aggravated assault case against Roy Oliver, the former Balch Springs police officer who was fired after he shot and killed a teenager in April.

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In Dallas, the campaigning is over and the governing begins for a new City Council -- members were sworn in Monday morning at City Hall. At the inauguration, Mayor Mike Rawlings said there’s lots to do – from approving a city budget, to finalizing a bond package scheduled to go to the voters in November. 

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The new Dallas City Council will be sworn in later this morning. The group of 15 includes new faces and the return of some familiar names.

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Today in Arlington, officials broke ground on a project that General Motors says will make it operate more efficiently. A new supplier park is being built for the companies that make parts for the SUVs built at the GM Assembly Plant.

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Gov. Greg Abbott signed a number of high-profile bills yesterday - and broke out his veto pen as well.

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Texas Republican voters remain strongly supportive of President Donald Trump, according to a new poll by the Texas Tribune and the University of Texas. Eighty percent of Texas Republicans polled approve of the job Trump is doing in office, while 90 percent of Democrats disapprove. 

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Testimony continues today in the appeal hearing of Fort Worth police officer William Martin. He's the police officer seen in the videotaped arrest of Jacqueline Craig that went viral in December. 

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Joe Barton, the Ennis Republican who represents parts of North Texas in Congress, was with his two sons on a baseball diamond Wednesday when a shooter began firing. Barton, who manages the Republican baseball team, recounted the scene for reporters a few hours later. 

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price are in Canada on a trade mission this week.

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The Fort Worth Police Chief defended his decision to suspend a white police officer who was seen in a viral video wrestling a black mother and her teenage daughter to the ground. Chief Joel Fitzgerald says the officer was disrespectful and used excessive force during the December incident.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Texas came in low among states in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's latest Kids Count rankings, which measures the well-being of children across the country. Texas ranked number 41 overall.

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Gov. Greg Abbott signed the $217 billion state budget this afternoon. It includes funding increases for the state's beleaguered child welfare system and $800 million for border security.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: It’s official. In Dallas, big changes are coming to the City Council after Saturday’s runoff elections. Three incumbents appear to have lost their seats, which represents a big shift on the 15-member body.

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The runoff election for several municipal races across North Texas is Saturday. There are three city council seats to decide in Dallas: in District 6 in West Dallas, Omar Narvaez faces incumbent Monica Alonzo.

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Tomorrow's the runoff election for several municipal races across North Texas.

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Dallas city officials say they've identified $1 million in federal funds from a program called Home Investment Partnerships. The Dallas Morning News reports the Dallas City Council will discuss a proposal next week to use the funds. 

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The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans today will take up a legal challenge on an obscure provision in the Texas Election Code.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced this afternoon that the city will join the legal fight to stop the state's so-called sanctuary cities bill. San Antonio and Austin announced last week they are also suing the state. Senate Bill 4 allows officers to question the immigration status of people. It also punishes officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Gov. Greg Abbott has called Texas lawmakers back to Austin for a special session to address legislation keeping major state agencies open.

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Governor Greg Abbott is calling state lawmakers back to the capitol for a special session. First, lawmakers must resolve so-called sunset legislation that’s required to keep open certain state agencies, like the Texas Medical Board. 

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