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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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The recent removal of the Robert E. Lee statue at a park in Dallas has intensified a debate over whether Confederate statues and memorials should be taken down, moved to a museum or left alone. Protesters recently gathered at Oak Lawn Park, formerly known as Lee Park, in Oak Lawn to express their dissatisfaction over the statue's removal.

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San Antonio Republican Joe Straus is seeking another term as Texas House Speaker in the 2019 session. But at their retreat this weekend, Texas Republican caucus chairs will discuss ways to oust him.

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The Dallas Zoo is working to make their gorillas more heart healthy. To do that, they’re trying to get an accurate blood pressure reading for the animals. But that’s been quite a challenge. KERA's Stephanie Kuo visited the zoo and found out it takes months of training and trust.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: High school students from Richardson ISD got to rub shoulders with Grammy award winners for a career day event organized by the Grammy Museum.

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A team of researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington is working to identify and fight “fake news” with a focus on Twitter bots. Professors Chengkai Li and Mark Tremayne are on the team that's funded by a UT-Austin grant, and they spoke with KERA's Justin Martin.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: City officials are closing the downtown Dallas shelter hosting Hurricane Harvey evacuees today.

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus wants a controversial Confederate plaque removed from the state Capitol in Austin. The plaque, called "Children of the Confederacy Creed,” rejects slavery as an underlying cause of the Civil War. It was installed in 1959.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Traffic’s been tied up for hours along northbound I-35E thanks to a truck that lost its load of chicken parts.

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At one point, about 250 people were staying at Fort Worth's shelter for Hurricane Harvey evacuees. On Sunday, the count was down to about 50. Now, it's closed.

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About 115 people showed up at Lee Park in Dallas Saturday to protest the city's recent decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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The protest by the group called 'This Is Texas Freedom Force' is set to be held at Lee Park on Saturday, where the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was removed Thursday night. The Freedom Force group calls the effort to remove monuments an attack on Texas history. 

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The Dallas school board has been looking at renaming schools now named after Confederate soldiers.

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After a few delays, a Confederate statue in Dallas is set to come down today. A crane arrived at Lee Park in Oak Lawn on Thursday afternoon. City officials say it could take a couple more hours to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. 

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The Dallas City Council has rejected a ban on taxpayer-funded trips to North Carolina and official dealings with businesses in the state.

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A new campaign aims to point out the economic impacts of the ban on so-called "sanctuary cities" in Texas, as well as the phase-out of the federal immigration program known as DACA. The Mexican American Legislative Caucus is behind the multi-state campaign called “Not in My State.” 

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The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a serious setback to the efforts toward reconfiguring Texas' congressional district map before next year's elections.

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Texas still has more residents without health insurance than anywhere in the country, and the state has the highest uninsured rate, according to Census Bureau data. Last year, 16.6 percent of Texans were not insured, almost double the national rate of 8.6 percent. In recent years, the Texas uninsured rate has gone down, and the number of people without health insurance continues to decline. 

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Fort Worth estimates its cost to help with Hurricane Harvey will come to around $1 million.

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About 2,000 Harvey evacuees remain in North Texas shelters. The American Red Cross says most are staying at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas, about 100 people are in Fort Worth and a few dozen are in Irving. 

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Seven people and their attacker are dead after a shooting at a home in Plano Sunday night.

A police officer, who shot the suspected gunman, was the first to arrive in response to reports of shots fired at the home on West Spring Creek Parkway near Custer Road.

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The Texas child-welfare and foster-care system is getting a makeover this month. Among the changes? Moving to a “community-based foster care” model, like the one pioneered in the Fort Worth area. 

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A restraining order against the state's ban on second-trimester abortions has been extended until Nov. 2, when a court will hear a lawsuit brought by Whole Women’s Health and other reproductive rights advocacy groups.

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A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is coming down after all. On Wednesday, the Dallas City Council voted to remove the statue in Oak Lawn. That brought a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order. The statue’s fate was decided this afternoon in a federal courtroom. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Gov. Greg Abbott this morning is expected to announce a new commission to help the Texas Gulf Coast rebuild after Hurricane Harvey.

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A Confederate monument is staying put for now at a park in Oak Lawn, following a last-minute ruling. U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater granted a temporary restraining order this afternoon, a hearing is scheduled for Thursday. 

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President Trump’s decision to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program affects about 120,000 Texans who have legal protections from DACA.

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DACA's days are numbered and that's generating strong reactions across Texas. Since 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has given legal protections to more than 120,000 Texans.

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Hurricane Harvey has been tough for most in Houston, but even tougher for immigrants without papers. Stella Chavez caught up with an undocumented couple whose rental house in South Houston was trashed by flooding.

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Reports that President Trump will wind down the program that protects so-called "DREAMers" rocketed through Houston's immigrant community Monday. Houston bills itself the most diverse big city in America. A quarter of its residents were born outside the U.S. and a third of those residents are undocumented.

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The Houston Astros played a double-header against the New York Mets over the weekend. Fans say the games were a welcome distraction from the Harvey cleanup. KERA's Stella Chavez was there for the first home games.

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