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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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A memorial service for Ruth Altshuler will be held Thursday at Highland Park United Methodist Church. The prominent Dallas philanthropist died last week, after complications from a broken hip. She was 93. She was known for the millions of dollars she raised for charities, including the Salvation Army and United Way. KERA’s Stella Chavez takes a look back at Altshuler’s impact on North Texas.

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Fort Worth is one of the last major cities in Texas that still allows smoking in bars, but that's soon about to change. The City Council voted 8-1 on Tuesday to ban smoking and electronic cigarettes in bars and bingo centers in 90 days, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Hurricane Harvey, and the devastating rainfall that came with it, changed hundreds of thousands of people's lives. Some lost loved ones, while others watched the floodwaters invade their homes. Thousands of families were displaced, and some landed in North Texas. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Now that the filing deadline has passed, the March primary elections are taking shape.

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A new study commissioned by Dallas officials shows the city has a ways to go in providing more frequent and more equitable public transportation to people across the city, and especially low-income people. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Tonight's the filing deadline for candidates seeking to run in the 2018 elections. An unusual number of retirements by seven members of Congress and some prominent state legislators has triggered a slew of filings for next year's primaries.

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It’s been over three months since Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast. For people from areas hit the hardest, a return to normal life seems far away. That’s especially true for those still staying in hotels, often miles and miles from the community they left behind, and with no home to go back to.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush could get a Democratic challenger today.

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The son of a former Texas governor has launched his bid to unseat the current governor. Andrew White held a rally Thursday in Houston, where the investor promised to campaign as a conservative Democrat. The party hasn't captured the Texas governorship since Ann Richards won in 1990.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The son of the late Texas Governor Mark White is joining the race for governor.

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The long-time Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, the daughter of South Texas migrant workers, said Wednesday she will resign to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott. Observers say Valdez is the strongest Democratic challenger in the race, but winning office will be an uphill battle.

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In a statement this morning, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez says she will resign and file for governor at the Texas Democratic Party headquarters in Austin later this morning.

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Just over three months ago, Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Gulf Coast and settled over southeast Texas for three days dumping feet, not inches, of rain. Thousands evacuated before the storm made landfall, others had to be rescued when floods raged through their homes.

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The Dallas Theater Center's director of new play development has been fired for what it calls "inappropriate behavior." The center has not disclosed details of the allegations against Lee Trull.

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Baylor University Medical Center officials in Dallas say the birth of a baby from a uterus transplant could open doors for women struggling with uterine infertility. It's the first birth as a result of a womb transplant in the United States. Baylor officials say that eight transplants have been performed and that one of those women currently is pregnant.

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Joe Barton’s former chief of staff has filed paperwork to run for his congressional seat.

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A woman who had been born without a uterus gave birth to a baby at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Hospital spokesman Craig Civale confirmed Friday that the birth had taken place. The hospital has had a study underway for several years to enroll up to 10 women for uterus transplants.

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Dallas launches a new policy on marijuana possession today.

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North Texas Congressman Joe Barton announced Thursday he won’t seek another term next year. It marks an end to the Ennis Republican’s three-decade career in Washington. He faced a growing chorus of calls for his resignation after a nude picture and a sexually charged exchange were made public.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Several media outlets, including KERA, reported last night that Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is resigning to run for governor.

A spokeswoman later said that while Valdez is considering a statewide run, she has not submitted her resignation and will make an announcement when she decides. The deadline for filing for next year's primary is Dec. 11.

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Update, 8:30 p.m. Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez says that she's still considering a run for governor, but reports that she has resigned from her current post are false, according to The Texas Tribune.

If she does run, Valdez would be the first high-profile Democrat to challenge Republican incumbent Greg Abbott.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Plano ISD officials remain tight-lipped about the departure of Superintendent Brian Binggeli. After just two years, Plano ISD officials cited “differing leadership philosophies” as the reason for his resignation.

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The Plano school district superintendent and a school board member have resigned. Brian Binggeli has been superintendent since 2015, and the school board says he’s leaving because of a difference over leadership philosophies. Meanwhile, school board member Greg Myer has submitted his resignation, citing personal reasons. 

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Viral nude photos of Congressman Joe Barton may have caused trouble for the Ennis Republican. But a Democrat vying for his 6th Congressional District seat says they've benefited her campaign.

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Gov. Greg Abbott is not wasting any time nominating a replacement to fill Justice Don Willett’s position on the Texas Supreme Court. Abbott announced Monday afternoon that he will appoint Jimmy Blacklock, who works as the governor's general counsel. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: In Dallas County, being accused of marijuana possession could land you a night in jail. That'll change Friday when the county begins its new cite-and-release program.

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After years of growth, international student applications are down 6 percent at the University of Texas at Dallas. This is a big concern for UTD, where one in four undergraduates and half of grad students were born outside the U.S., and it's part of a national trend.

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North Texans plan to spend more on gifts and entertainment than the average American — way more, according to the consulting company Deloitte. Plus, for the first time ever, North Texans plan to do shopping online than in brick-and-mortar stores.

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Two Texas members of Congress — a Democrat and a Republican — spoke out for legislation to help so-called "dreamers." KERA’s Bill Zeeble explains why two typical opponents on immigration came together in downtown Dallas.

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The Dallas County Republican Party has a new leader: the first woman to head the local party. Missy Shorey was elected unanimously Monday night.

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