KERA Newsroom

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 the leading edge of health, science and technology; Vital Signsa weekly conversation about real-life health; American Graduate stories about the journey from childhod to graduation; the weekly movie chat The Big Screen; and in-depth newsmaker interviews of The Friday Conversation

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: A booming economy is producing jobs, but Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and others say too few people have the skills to do those jobs. 

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Five North Texas mayors got together in Fort Worth to talk about whether  students are ready to work when they leave high school.

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: The longtime curator of The Sixth Floor Museum died yesterday at the age of 68. Friends remember Gary Mack, who had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of what happened at Dealey Plaza.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Remembering the life of longtime curator at the Sixth Floor Museum, Gary Mack. 

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: A military training exercise called “Operation Jade Helm” begins today across the southwest, including a dozen Texas counties. A few months ago, conspiracy theorists started protesting it, believing it to be a government takeover.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: General Motors announced its plant in Arlington will get a $1.4 billion renovation starting this summer. 

The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: The discussion of LGBT-themed library books for kids continues in Hood County. This time, it’s on the agenda at the county commissioners  meeting today.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: A decade ago Dallas' Victory Park was billed as the future of hub of the city, but it hasn't quite lived up to expectations. Now, developers are hoping the streets pave the way to success. 

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: A 2.4 magnitude earthquake rattled Irving early this morning, a few hours before seismologists with the U.S. Geological Survey planned to meet with city and state officials.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Last night, two former presidents and a Maverick walk into a library, and deliver wisdom and wisecracks. 

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