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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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As you might've heard by now there's a total solar eclipse next Monday. It's the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross coast-to-coast, and it's the first in 38 years to pass through any part of the lower 48 states.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: At a special meeting tonight, the Dallas school board will consider asking voters for more money through a tax ratification election this fall.  

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The University of North Texas has picked NASA’s number two to lead the growing public university system. This morning, the board of regents named Lesa Roe as the sole finalist to be chancellor of the system. She’s expected to be confirmed next month. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A state lawmaker from Dallas wants a Confederate plaque near his capitol office removed immediately.

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Disgruntled by the results from the special legislative session, which wrapped up Wednesday, the Governor and Lt. Governor blame House Speaker Joe Straus for the failure of certain bills. House Republicans held a special behind-closed-doors caucus meeting this morning to discuss how they, as a party, could change how the Speaker is nominated. 

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The special legislative session was scheduled to end today. Instead, state lawmakers went home early.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings wants to form a task force to discuss whether the city should remove its confederate monuments. Rawlings told reporters today he has asked the Dallas Holocaust Museum and other groups about what to do with statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and other confederate leaders located in various parts of Dallas.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will hold a press conference at noon Tuesday to address the white nationalist rally over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left three dead and several injured.

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This past weekend’s white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va. has generated strong reactions here in Texas. There have been rallies across the state in support of the victims injured and killed amid the violence.

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Amid news about the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, came word of an anti-white supremacy rally planned for Dallas.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The board of Dallas County Schools today will meet to formally call an election on whether to abolish the agency.

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After a quick start by the Senate, the special legislative session in Austin has been relatively slow-going, but there are signs of progress.

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There's about a week left in the special legislative session, and it's unlikely bills on all 20 agenda items will become law.

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The Trinity Parkway is dead. The Dallas City Council this morning pulled its support for the controversial toll road along the Trinity River. KERA's Krystina Martinez looks back at the long road to today's vote. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Dallas City Council today is expected to vote on whether to pull support for building a controversial toll road along the Trinity River.

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The clock is ticking on the state's special legislative session, only nine days remain. House Speaker Joe Straus and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who leads the State Senate, had a meeting Monday. It's the first time they met in person in six months. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A new study from Stanford University has found states with right-to-carry gun laws have higher crime rates. The report covers data from 1979 to 2014 in 30 states, including Texas, that adopted such laws. 

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A third Boy Scout from East Texas has died from injuries he suffered when a sailboat struck an overhanging power line. The 11-year-old was sailing in a catamaran Saturday with two older Boy Scouts.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Though a vote hasn’t been scheduled for the Fort Worth City Council to decide whether to join a lawsuit against SB 4, the city has its concerns about the anti-sanctuary cities law.

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The Texas House overwhelmingly approved a plan to inject $1.8 billion dollars into Texas schools on Friday, in part by using a deferred payment. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas House today will debate several bills aimed at reforming the state’s school finance system.

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On the heels of the Dallas Museum of Art’s blockbuster Mexico show, the Fort Worth Opera is going international for its next world premiere.  

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Dallas city leaders Thursday will interview finalists to head the Animal Services department.

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Dallas hosted the first Texas Latino Comic Con this past weekend, drawing comic book fans to the Latino Cultural Center in Deep Ellum. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Fort Worth police officials warned the city council yesterday Senate Bill 4 would damage trust with immigrant communities. The council was discussing whether to join other Texas cities in a lawsuit against the sanctuary cities bill, which will go into effect next month. 

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The mayors of Dallas and Fort Worth took a trip down to Austin today to meet with the governor. Greg Abbott has been sitting down with mayors from across Texas as the Legislature works through his special session agenda.

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The Fort Worth City Council today will hear presentations at a work session about whether to join a lawsuit against the state's new sanctuary cities law.

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Texas is ground zero in the immigration debate as the Legislature proved when it passed the controversial Senate Bill 4. The so-called “Sanctuary Cities” law penalizes government agencies that don’t cooperate fully with federal immigration officials. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The special legislative session resumes in Austin this afternoon.

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the country’s growing stockpile of nuclear waste is a pressing problem. At an event near Houston on Friday, Perry said it’s a tragedy there’s no set plan for dealing with the buildup of waste at nuclear power plants. 

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