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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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Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered a Texas Rangers criminal investigation into claims that former doctor Larry Nassar abused some of his victims at the Karolyi Ranch. The U.S. women's gymnastics team used the facility near Huntsville for training.

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A man from Dallas facing a lethal injection Tuesday night is waiting to hear if the U.S. Supreme Court will block his execution.

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Developers behind the Texas bullet train, promised to shuttle travelers between Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes, have released unofficial designs of a station just outside of downtown Dallas. KERA’s Stephanie Kuo reports.

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There's no movement yet on a lawsuit by the Dallas County Republican Party to remove 128 Democrats from the primary ballot.

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A former Richardson ISD school board member has sued the district. David Tyson Jr. alleges the district's at-large system violates the Voting Rights Act by denying “fair representation of African Americans and other non-white voters.”

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The Dallas school board last night voted to potentially close five schools.

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Two of the nation’s busiest airlines, American and Southwest, are reporting fourth-quarter profits -- and they're predicting a strong start to the new year.The world’s biggest carrier, Fort Worth-based American Airlines, says it earned 258 million dollars in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas Transportation Commission this morning will consider the proposed expansion of 635-LBJ at a hearing in Austin.

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Members of Congress are still trying to reach an agreement on an Obama-era immigration program that protects young people, who came to the U.S. illegally as children, from deportation.

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Health officials have confirmed six cases of measles in Ellis County.

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The number of Texans dying from a flu-related cause has now doubled over the past two weeks. In the most active flu season in recent years, 2,355 Texans have died from flu-related causes – with 60 deaths in North Texas alone.

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Classes resume this morning at Italy High School following a shooting on campus early yesterday.  

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A federal civil rights lawsuit alleges Dallas County's bail system unfairly harms poor people -- and violates their constitutional rights.

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Thousands took to the streets across Texas and the country to demonstrate solidarity in the second Women’s March.

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Denton County reported a third flu related death on Friday. That takes the total in North Texas to at least 52 this flu season, and 40 of those have been in Dallas County. Collin County has six and three in Tarrant. 

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If the U.S. Senate misses its deadline to pass a spending bill, the federal government will shut down. That would also mean furloughs for 200,000 Texans.

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Two Texas cities have made Amazon's list of 20 finalists for its second headquarters in North America. The company says the $5 billion project would include more than 50,000 jobs and be comparable to Amazon’s Seattle campus.

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Seven additional people in Dallas County have died from the flu - bringing the total for the season to 38.

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School kids in Bonham, an hour northeast of Plano, are getting a week off school starting Wednesday. The reason? The flu.

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The flu outbreak has forced the Bonham school district to cancel classes for the week because too many teachers and students are sick.

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Students in the Bonham school district won’t be able to go to school for a week. The district Tuesday afternoon said it decided to cancel school beginning Wednesday through next Tuesday because of the number of students and employees who are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

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The National Weather Service says a winter storm system sweeping across the state will move out of North Texas this morning.

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Another round of cold weather has made its way back to North Texas. The region could see temperatures dip below freezing, a wintery mix and a chance at some light snow, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

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Since 1993, fourth and fifth graders across Dallas have written and performed speeches inspired by civil rights leader Dr. King at the Gardere Martin Luther King Junior Oratory Competition.

This year, students answered the question: “What is your dream for today’s world?”

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by the state of Texas to preserve congressional and legislative districts -- that's after a lower court struck down the districts as racially discriminatory.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Dallas County is suing drug companies and doctors over their alleged roles in the deadly opioid epidemic.

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Gov. Greg Abbott has given the Texas Education Agency a week to file a draft plan to fix long-standing violations of federal education law.

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Six Dallas-area locations were among nearly 100 7-Eleven convenience stores targeted by federal immigration agents on Wednesday. They served the stores with audit notifications and conducted employee interviews to verify employees as eligible to work legally in the United States.

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Texans are reacting to a federal judge's decision to temporarily block President Donald Trump from ending protections for nearly 800,000 young immigrants. The judge granted a request to prevent the president from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, while various lawsuits play out in court.

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We may not have seen the worst of the flu season yet. Flu cases typically peak between December and March.

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