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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 morning from KERA News: Now that he’s out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination, many wonder what’s next for Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: A new Fort Worth program encourages families to think beyond that next paycheck, and make real plans for the future. Some experts say service agencies working together in a true holistic approach is the only way to get a handle on poverty.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Rockwall City Council last night rejected a proposal from the mayor to regulate use of public restrooms.  

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: Dallas city officials say they’re making progress toward closing Tent City by May 4. By early Monday, there were just 77 people left. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Rockwall city council tonight will debate a proposed public restroom ordinance.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: The National Weather Service map of North Texas looks like a  scary quilt right. Dark clouds have already rolled in from the south and the west, and forecasters say they could produce large hail and strong winds.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Another round of storms are expected to roll in this afternoon and some are expected to be severe.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: The Dallas Police Department will soon have a new weapon in its arsenal: something called a sponge gun. It launches a hardened foam projectile and gives officers an alternative to shooting a gun with bullets.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Texas lawmakers will meet today to examine policies on how human fetal tissue is used for scientific research.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: The Supreme Court is weighing Texas’ challenge to part of President Obama’s immigration policy known as ‘Deferred Action.’ A drama called ‘Deferred Action’ premieres this weekend in Dallas, and it couldn’t be more timely.

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