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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: For longtime Texans, a gunman’s attack this July on law officers in Dallas dredged up memories of another shooting in Austin 50 years ago. 

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: An often overlooked aspect of domestic violence is financial abuse. Victims are forced to co-sign loans, open new credit cards and make purchases they can’t afford.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: With Debbie Wasserman Schultz out as the chair of the Democratic National Committee, a top Texas Democrat has a few suggestions for her replacement.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA news: Some Texas Democrats gathering in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention are pushing two Texans as candidates to be the next national party chair: the Castro brothers – Julian and Joaquin.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Dallas police say the number of officer applications has increased 344 percent since the deadly July 7 shootings.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA news: This week, a computer outage took down the Southwest Airlines website, forcing 1,300 hundred flight cancelations, and stranding passengers and crews. Then, despite a record second quarter profit, its stock price fell. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Opponents of the state’s voter ID law are celebrating this week’s federal appeals court ruling. However, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the law is cautious.

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The top stories this afternoon from KERA news: A new light rail extension takes its maiden voyage. The DART extension runs three miles from the Ledbetter Station in South Dallas to the University of North Texas Dallas campus.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Fort Worth school district yesterday released an updated version of safety guidelines for transgender students.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Almost three months ago, Fort Worth became the epicenter of a fierce debate over the rights of transgender students. On Wednesday, that city’s school district revised its controversial anti-bullying guidelines.

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