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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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New U.S. Census data shows five of the most populous cities in the country are in Texas.

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The Tuesday runoff elections came just four days after the shootings that killed 10 at Santa Fe High School, near Houston. Gov. Greg Abbott held the second of three days of roundtables on the topic in Austin.

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Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday will continue roundtable discussions in response to last Friday’s school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.

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Polls opened across most of Texas for voters to decide on primary runoff races, including for party nominees for governor and Congress where no candidate won at least 50 percent of the votes cast during the March primary.

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Polls have opened for runoff elections to settle races from the March primaries.

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Governor Greg Abbott is launching a series of roundtable discussions focused on improving school security. Attendees for Tuesday's afternoon's discussion include two North Texas superintendents: Michael Hinojosa with the Dallas school district -- and Ricardo Lopez with Garland ISD.

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About 6,000 students in the Dallas school district will receive active shooter training Monday as part of an outreach program called "See, Say, Do Something." This was planned well before Friday's shooting at Santa Fe High School.

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It's been six months since a gunman shot and killed 26 people in a small-town Texas church. It's been three months since 17 people died in a mass shooting at a Florida high school. And today, it was another school, a half-hour southeast of Houston.

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With primary runoffs just five days away, Republican State Rep. Lance Gooden has filed a lawsuit alleging voter fraud in Kaufman County.

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When longtime Congressman Jeb Hensarling announced he wouldn't seek re-election, eight Republicans scrambled to replace him in the Fifth District. It’s a conservative district that includes eastern Dallas County.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A developer has announced the creation of a new district on the east side of downtown Dallas.

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The 32nd Congressional District in Texas is on the radar for national Democrats. They think a Democrat can beat longtime incumbent Republican Pete Sessions. But they still don’t have a candidate for the district, which includes a large chunk of North Dallas and suburbs like Garland and Richardson.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A new report says public schools outperformed charter campuses in North Texas last year.

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Dallas’ first comprehensive housing policy is designed to encourage development of affordable housing, and disrupt patterns of segregation and gentrification. As part of KERA’s One Crisis Away project, Eric Aasen talks to Stephanie Kuo and Courtney Collins about what this plan hopes to accomplish, and why critics say it’s not enough.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Tuesday's the last day to protest your property tax appraisal.

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Early voting has begun for the 30-plus races across Texas where no candidate captured 50 percent of the votes cast in crowded fields during the March 6 primary – forcing runoff races. Democratic gubernatorial candidates Lupe Valdez, a former Dallas County sheriff, and Andrew White, a Houston businessman, are competing for the right to face Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in November.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Dallas minister Robert Jeffress delivered the opening prayer during Monday's opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

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U.S. Senator John Cornyn was in North Texas this afternoon, and toured a federal prison outside of Dallas. It’s part of his efforts to promote a prison reform bill he introduced earlier this week. As Miguel Perez reports, Cornyn says the legislation’s goal is to reduce recidivism.

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Jared Kushner, a top advisor and son-in-law to President Trump, will be in Texas Friday.

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White House adviser Jared Kushner will visit North Texas on Friday to promote prison reform. The president's son-in-law will tour the Seagoville Federal Correctional Institution, along with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. The Houston Chronicle reports the pair will also be briefed on the prison's community re-entry and drug treatment program.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Preliminary results are out from this spring's STAAR tests. According to The Dallas Morning News, fifth- and eighth-graders in Texas made improvements at every performance level in the math section.

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The Dallas City Council has approved its first comprehensive housing policy designed to address the shortage of affordable housing in the city and break up concentrations of poverty. The plan identifies neighborhoods that need the city's attention, and provides incentives for developers to build more affordable housing in those areas.

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The Dallas City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on its first comprehensive housing policy.

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A Home Depot worker who was shot while confronting a shoplifting suspect is out of the hospital nearly two weeks after gunfire that left one Dallas police officer dead and another critically hurt. Scott Painter, an employee at a store in North Dallas, was discharged Monday.

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Funeral services for Dallas philanthropist Margaret McDermott will be held Tuesday morning at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

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The National Rifle Association has announced that retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North is poised to become the gun lobbying group's next president. North will be replacing Pete Brownell, who decided not to seek a second term.

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North Texas voters weighed in on a number of local issues in Saturday's elections.

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The National Rifle Association took center stage in downtown Dallas on Friday. Fans at the NRA's annual meeting and opponents outside had something in common: sharp memories of mass shootings in a small-town Texas church and a suburban Florida school.

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The National Rifle Association's annual convention kicks into high gear Friday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. President Trump and Vice President Pence will both speak at the event, and protesters are mobilizing outside.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: The National Rifle Association's annual convention opens Thursday night in downtown Dallas. Teen actors from Dallas are among the NRA's newest members – and they’re heading to the convention. 

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