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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 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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More Harvey evacuees are heading to North Texas. Nearly 2,000 people were staying in Dallas shelters as of Friday afternoon.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A slew of laws take effect today in Texas, including a ban on texting while driving. However, some high-profile laws were temporarily blocked earlier this week by federal judges. 

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Cars are lined up at some gas stations across North Texas, and fuel prices in the state and across the country have jumped by at least 10 cents since Harvey pounded Houston and the Gulf coast. Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton wants nervous motorists to know despite the oil refineries currently offline, there's not a fuel shortage.

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With the skies finally clearing over the Houston area, residents are getting their first chance to survey the damage and catalogue what was lost.

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Dallas has welcomed hundreds of Harvey evacuees so far, and the city is preparing for many more. The City Council today approved using $8 million in emergency funds to cover Harvey relief efforts, and Texas will reimburse the city. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: $25 million dollars is now “immediately available” to help Texas repair flood-damaged roads and bridges in the aftermath of Harvey.

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Corpus Christi, just inland from where Hurricane Harvey landed last week, got another visit today from the President and the First Lady.

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North Texas is preparing to take in more Harvey evacuees Tuesday morning. Dallas, Fort Worth and Irving are all opening up shelter space. The city of Dallas will open the convention center as a mega-shelter that can handle as many as 5,000 evacuees.

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Harvey evacuees have been making their way to North Texas. More than 500 spent last night at three Dallas city shelters.

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The city of Dallas is expected to take in about 5,000 evacuees from Harvey. Mayor Mike Rawlings today will announce the city's plans to turn the convention center into a rescue shelter for coastline evacuees starting Tuesday. 

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Hurricane Harvey has grown into a Category 3 storm and is expected to slam into the Texas Gulf Coast late Friday or early Saturday, dumping torrential rains and unleashing triple-digit winds. Governor Greg Abbott warns Harvey will be a major disaster, and he's asked President Donald Trump for a federal disaster declaration. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: As Hurricane Harvey hurtles towards the Texas coast, communities are bracing for impact. North Texas is preparing to receive evacuees - and sending help to the coast.

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Hurricane Harvey is intensifying over the Gulf of Mexico before it hits the Texas coast late Friday. It could become a Category 3 hurricane by the time it makes landfall between Port O'Connor and Matagorda Bay.

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The Texas Association of School Boards say personal information of thousands of teachers across the state may have been exposed online.

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A federal judge has once again thrown out Texas' voter ID law. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos today rejected a weakened version of the law signed by Governor Greg Abbott earlier this year. Texas had made the changes after the same judge compared the original version to a "poll tax" on minorities.

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Ed Jamison will be the new director for Dallas Animal Services. The former chief animal control officer in Cleveland will begin his new gig in October.

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Thousands of people have signed an online petition asking the city of Fort Worth to rename Jefferson Davis Park.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The first day of school is always a big deal. It was even bigger for North Texas science teachers with yesterday's historic solar eclipse.

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North Texans had a severe case of eclipse fever today. The eclipse fell on the first day of school for many North Texas students. The National Weather Service reports temperatures across Dallas-Fort Worth dropped a few degrees as the eclipse was peaking locally. 

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Thousands protested against white supremacy over the weekend at Dallas City Hall plaza. Similar rallies took place across the state. 

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