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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 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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A jury sentenced a former Farmers Branch police officer to 10 years in prison for the shooting death of a 16-year-old who had burglarized his SUV. Former officer Ken Johnson received the sentence Tuesday from the same Dallas County jury that found him guilty of murder and aggravated assault last month.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Dallas County Health and Human Services has reported seven more flu-related deaths in the county, bringing the total number in the county to 18 this season.

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What was billed as a region-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has drawn fire from civil rights groups and community activists. As KERA’s Christopher Connelly reports, they’re angry over the inclusion of Gov. Greg Abbott as an honorary grand marshal of the North Texas MLK Parade in Arlington.

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Lupe Valdez kicked off her campaign for governor in Dallas yesterday. She’s among 10 candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination in the March 6 primary.

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North Texas health departments are tracking a steep uptick in the number of positive flu tests. This year's vaccine is thought to be about 32 percent effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Dallas County Health and Human Services has confirmed nine people have died of the flu this season so far in the county.

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The director of Dallas County Health and Human Services has been fired. Zachary Thompson was terminated Wednesday, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. The judge gave no explanation in a statement issued on Thursday afternoon. Thompson had been set to retire at the end of the month. 

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This year's flu season has been particularly bad in Texas. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state is experiencing widespread activity of the illness.

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A battle is brewing in the city of Dallas over school crossing guards. Dallas County Schools bus agency said it doesn’t have the money to continue paying for crossing guards past this month.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas Democratic Party says it has a candidate running for every congressional seat this year and almost 90 percent of seats in the state Legislature.

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The new year brings new laws to Texas. More than a couple dozen new laws are now in effect, and they include revisions to the state's controversial voter ID law.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: 2017 may have been the warmest year on record for North Texas, but it doesn’t feel like it today.

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A blast of arctic air is heading to North Texas -- just in time for New Year's Eve. Temperatures will dip below freezing Saturday night.

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A big chill is expected to pass through North Texas this holiday weekend. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth is predicting freezing temperatures for the area.

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Federal charges have been filed in an investigation into the financial losses at Dallas County Schools.

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The first rule of improv? Agree with everything. 

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says coach Jason Garrett will return for an eighth full season. This comes after Dallas were eliminated from playoff contention in a year marred by the six-game suspension of star running back Ezekiel Elliott.

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The owner of the Balcony Club in Lakewood has died. Ted Davey had been battling cancer. In 2013, Davey bought the venerable but failing Dallas club and turned it into a favorite hangout for musicians.

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Several businesses have sustained damage in a four-alarm fire that struck Denton's historic downtown square. The fire in downtown Denton appears to have started early this morning in a building that houses a market selling vintage items and other collectibles.

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A new report out today says the state of Texas is at the lowest monthly unemployment rate in four decades. Texas Workforce Commission data shows the unemployment rate has improved for the seventh month in a row with November unemployment slipping to a record 3.8 percent.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Operations at Dallas Love Field are back to normal at this hour after holiday travelers had to evacuate the airport earlier this morning.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Dallas County teen inmates went months, sometimes more than a year, with very little time outdoors.

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SMU's football team plays its first bowl game in five years on Wednesday night. The Mustangs take on Louisiana Tech in the re-booted DXL Frisco Bowl at Toyota Stadium. The bowl game's a newcomer to North Texas. It was formerly called the Miami Beach Bowl before the local pro soccer team and ESPN partnered up to move the game to Frisco.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald yesterday said the sergeant he fired this week had no basis for arresting a woman back in August. That's according to the findings from an internal affairs investigation.

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Marian Brown was named Dallas County's acting sheriff on Tuesday. The department's chief deputy, a Dallas native, takes over for Sheriff Lupe Valdez at the end of the month. Valdez is stepping down to run for Texas governor. As KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports, Brown’s also running for Valdez’s old job.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Dallas County Commissioner's court this morning is scheduled to appoint an interim sheriff.

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