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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


The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Federal officials will return to Texas late next month to continue investigating whether the state deliberately excluded students from receiving special education services.

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Choreographer Danielle Georgiou is known in North Texas for bold and often provocative work about feminism, sexuality and culture. Each week in Art&Seek’s Artist Spotlight series, we follow the personal journey of a North Texas creative. 

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A Senate confirmation hearing begins for former Governor Rick Perry. He’s nominated to become energy secretary. In a Republican primary debate during his failed 2011 bid for President, Perry forgot to name “energy” as one of the departments he’d eliminate if he were elected.

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus says a proposal barring transgender people from using public restrooms of their choice statewide is bad for business. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick backs the so-called bathroom bill. He says it’s based on privacy concerns. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Irving-based Exxon Mobil has made a major acquisition in the Permian Basin oil fields. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the company’s buying 275,000 acres from the Bass family for $6.6 billion.

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The presidential inauguration is only a few days away – and the list of Democrats planning to boycott is growing by the day. The latest count was at 59, and at least three of them are Texas members of Congress.


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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is expected to testify in a federal court in Dallas today. A lawsuit seeking $2 billion in damages accuses one of his companies of stealing trade secrets and destroying evidence.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: In 1994, Congress designated the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. as a national day of service. Ever since, non-profits, community groups and service-minded individuals have embraced the challenge to make the third Monday in January a day on – not a day off.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The National Weather Service has confirmed at least one tornado touched down in Clifton, northwest of Waco. No injuries were reported.


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The Dallas Cowboys are back in the NFL postseason. The Cowboys take on the Green Bay Packers Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Bob Sturm is a host of the BaD radio show on the Ticket. He joined KERA’s Gus Contreras to talk about the matchup.