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 the consumer health series, Vital Signs, 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: Regents for the University of Texas System will choose the sole finalist for UT Austin’s next president. Also, Amazon shoppers in North Texas will get some instant gratification with a new service providing one-hour shipping. 

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

The new Parkland Hospital in Dallas opens in August, and the $1.3 billion dollar complex promises high-tech care inspired in part by Disney.

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: New census numbers put the Dallas-Fort Worth area as the second fastest-growing metro area area in the country. Also, how a child might cope with cancer differently than a teenager or an adult who’s survived the disease.

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: We’ll continue our Breakthroughs series Growing Up After Cancer with the Cobler family’s search for a bone marrow match for six-year-old Jude. And we’ll hear how high schoolers are motivating the future Class of 2025.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

In Fort Worth, the latest count shows the number of homeless military veterans has declined by a third. The Presbyterian Night Shelter held its annual fundraising breakfast Tuesday.

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Western footwear icon Justin Brands is closing its only distribution center, which is in Fort Worth. We’ll also look at the impact of suspensions in North Texas high schools and whether they’re really effective at keeping discipline.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

The state is still not giving letter grades to public schools, but a North Texas non-profit is. And SMU receives the largest single gift in the history of the university. The Meadows Foundation is investing $45 million in the arts on campus. 

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz announced early this morning his decision to enter the 2016 presidential race.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

There aren’t many Navajo Code Talkers left in the world. Military officials say maybe 20 are still living. Two of these World War II heroes traveled to Fort Worth Friday for a rare town hall meeting.

And the world’s royalty of rust descended on Dallas this week for a conference called Corrosion 2015.  

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: March Madness proved its name last night after all five representative Texas teams were knocked out of the first round of the NCAA tournament. 

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