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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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More than 113,000 Texas students were homeless during the 2014-15 school year. That’s a 12 percent increase from the year before, according to a new report out Wednesday on youth homelessness. The report by Texas Appleseed and Texas Network of Youth Services also finds that homeless students are more likely to repeat a grade, or drop out of school.

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A dissolution committee that will oversee the closing of Dallas County Schools will appoint a CEO Wednesday to wind down operations through the end of the school year.

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One in five North Texas children lives in poverty, according to a report out Tuesday called "Beyond ABC," from Children’s Health. It examines the well-being of children in six North Texas counties. The report finds that in five of those counties, the rate of uninsured children is twice the national average. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Though there's bipartisan support, Congress still hasn’t reauthorized funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which could affect roughly 400,000 children in Texas.

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Domestic violence cases have sharply increased in Texas. State figures show more than 214,000 wives, husbands, girlfriends and others were injured or died last year at the hands of a family member. The Houston Chronicle reports that's an increase from about 193,000 in 2011.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Parts of the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas is rapidly gentrifying, but some of its residents and community leaders are trying to preserve its cultural identity.

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A judge has declared a mistrial in the trial of Christopher "Jake" Carrizal, a leader of the Bandidos biker gang.

State District Judge Matt Johnson ended the trial Friday after McLennan County jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked on a verdict. They had deliberated for 14 hours.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A federal agency is opening an investigation into Plano-based Rent-A-Center and the $8 billion rent-to-own industry.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: The South Texas church where more than two dozen people were killed by a gunman during Sunday services will be demolished.

Pastor Frank Pomeroy says it would be too painful to continue using First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs as a place of worship, the Associated Press reports.

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With nearly a month left to file for next year's primaries, a Democrat's finally stepped up to try and take on Texas Attorney General and Republican Ken Paxton.

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After a tragedy, people often want to find a way to help, and after Sunday’s church shooting in Sutherland Springs, people across the country have been taking action to show their support. But as KERA’s Christopher Connelly reports, experts say it’s critical to make sure donations go to the people who need them.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Voters last night decided to abolish Dallas County Schools, a regional bus agency that serves a number of North Texas school districts.

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The polls are closing soon in Texas. Across the state, people are considering seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. In Dallas, a $1 billion bond package and the fate of an agency that provides bus service to area school districts are on the ballot.

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Polls are now open across North Texas for a variety of state and local issues. There are seven state constitutional amendments to consider, along with local bond issues and a vote on Dallas County Schools’ fate. Visit our voter’s guide for more details.

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Texas Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz on Monday offered their condolences to the families of the victims killed in Sunday's shooting in Sutherland Springs. The lawmakers touched on the unity shown by fellow Texans, and about the need to slow down the gun control debate. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Texas officials have offered condolences to the residents of Sutherland Springs after Sunday's deadly church shooting. Twenty-six people were killed, and 20 others were hurt.

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A city near Austin will be home to the state's gold and the Texas Bullion Depository. State officials today announced the site will be in Leander. In 2015, the Legislature approved a plan to keep the state's gold holdings within its own borders, instead of at a bank in New York City.

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U.S. House Republicans yesterday released their long-promised tax reform proposal.

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Another Texas Congressman has decided not to seek re-election. San Antonio Republican Rep. Lamar Smith has been in office since the late 1980s. He says it's time for someone else to have the opportunity to serve the 21st district, which includes parts of San Antonio, Austin and the Hill Country. 

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The Dallas City Council will push back a vote on recommendations for Confederate monuments and symbols.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been touting many the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement, as President Trump pursues his campaign promise to dismantle the deal. The governor met this week with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to emphasize how Texas benefits more from NAFTA than any other state. 

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As Dallas voters decide whether to approve a billion-dollar bond package, the city's debt outlook has been upgraded from negative to stable.

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Dallas Congressman Jeb Hensarling has become the latest Republican House member to announce his retirement. Hensarling, who chairs the powerful Financial Services Committee, tells fellow Republicans in an email Tuesday that as his term as chairman comes to an end, it's the right time to leave Congress and spend more time with his teenage kids.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Unless Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott files an appeal, the NFL's six-game suspension will be reinstated tonight.

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The Texas Attorney General's office is cracking down on businesses accused of price gouging during the state of disaster declared during Hurricane Harvey. The Consumer Protection Division says it has notified more than 125 gas stations of their violations, and many of them are in North Texas, where the weather was virtually unaffected by the storm.

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott faces another hearing today on whether he’ll serve a six-game suspension.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: A Confederate plaque in the Texas Capitol may be closer to coming down.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Governor Greg Abbott and Texas House Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) will meet this afternoon in Dallas to discuss Confederate monuments on Capitol grounds.

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President Donald Trump is delaying the release of some files on the John F. Kennedy assassination that were due to come out Thursday. He's approved 2,800 other records for release. White House officials say Trump will state in a coming memo that he had "no choice" but to keep others secret because of national security concerns. 

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus' decision to not seek re-election prompted another retirement announcement - and several bids to run for House speaker.

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