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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 top local stories this morning from KERA News: All lanes of the Dallas North Tollway were shut down early Thursday morning near Northwest Highway. An 18-wheeler struck a concrete barrier and spilled fuel.

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The National Rifle Association's annual meeting starts Thursday night in downtown Dallas. Thousands of members will be at the convention center for the four-day event. On Friday, they'll hear from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Main Street in Fort Worth will be shut down most of Wednesday because of a train derailment.

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Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Santander is being remembered as a man of character and discipline who put his family first. Hundreds attended his funeral Tuesday morning at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall.

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Funeral services begin later this morning for Dallas police officer Rogelio Santander. The 27-year-old died last week of injuries after he was shot during a confrontation with a shoplifter at a Home Depot store.

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Federal authorities say dozens of people associated with white supremacist gangs in Texas have been arrested on charges of drug trafficking and also a kidnapping that included using a hatchet to chop off the victim's finger.

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Members of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs will join President Trump in a prayer service at the White House Thursday.

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A federal appeals court has upheld Texas’ voter ID law that a judge had twice blocked after calling the requirements discriminatory. The 2-1 decision Friday by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is a victory for Republican lawmakers who’ve spent years defending what critics say is one of the toughest voter ID measures in the nation.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Hundreds of people last night gathered for a candlelight vigil to mourn a Dallas police officer.

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Over the next several days, officials expect over a 250,000 football fans to flock to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the NFL Draft. Tonight’s the first round, and it’s also the first time the draft will be at a football venue. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A public candlelight vigil's scheduled Thursday night to honor Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Santander.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: A Wednesday evening Mass in downtown Dallas is honoring the police officer killed in a shooting at a home improvement store.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Authorities say two Dallas police officers are in critical condition after they were shot while trying to remove a man from a Home Depot in Northeast Dallas Tuesday.

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The Dallas Police Department says two police officers were shot late this afternoon in North Dallas, and are critically wounded. A civilian was also shot, but that person's condition is unknown. The incident happened along Forest Central Drive, near the intersection of Forest Lane and U.S. Highway 75.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Plano City Council member Tom Harrison faced a public hearing Monday over controversial social media posts.

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Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized Sunday morning, according to spokesman Jim McGrath. Bush was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital hours after a funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush.

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Early voting begins today for the May 5 local elections. Check out our voter’s guide here.

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Students across North Texas walked out of school today in a nationwide effort to remember victims of gun violence and advocate for stricter gun laws. At Flower Mound High School, students actually had the day off, so instead of doing a walkout, they showed up on a lawn in front of the school.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Thousands of students across North Texas are expected to walk out of school Friday as part of the National School Walkout.

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Homeless outreach workers spent six days in January counting the number of 12-to-24 year olds in Dallas County who didn’t have a stable place to live. They ultimately surveyed 179 people as part of the first-ever homeless youth survey in the county.

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The deadline to register to vote in the May 22 primary runoffs is Monday. North Texans will have their say in 12 races – including the Democratic nomination for governor – between former Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez and businessman Andrew White of Houston.

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Condolences are pouring in from political leaders in Texas and around the world for former First Lady Barbara Bush. She died yesterday in Houston at the age of 92.

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Police gave the Fort Worth City Council some startling numbers about opioid use in the city and Tarrant County, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Among the statistics reported Tuesday, the city's ambulance service last year responded to more than 1,000 opioid and illegal drug overdose calls. 

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One person was killed after a plane bound for Dallas experienced engine failure and had to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

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A trial continues in a lawsuit to determine whether Dallas County discriminates against white voters on Tuesday.

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The president and CEO of the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance has resigned – effective at the end of this month. Cindy Crain joined the nonprofit in 2015, and her departure comes amid months of growing tension between the homeless alliance and Dallas City Hall.

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Teenagers in foster care in Texas are five times more likely to become pregnant than other teens in the state, according to a new study out Monday. Research from the group Texans Care for Children showed state lawmakers have a lot of work to do to prevent pregnancy among teens in foster care.

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The Texas Board of Education has approved creating statewide academic standards for a Mexican-American studies high school course, but Republicans insisted on calling it “ethnic studies” over the tearful objections of a Democratic member.

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Dallas school district administrators are again trying to get a 13-cent tax increase before voters.

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Governor Greg Abbott visited the Texas-Mexico border this afternoon and met with Texas National Guard troops. Abbott's committed at least 1,000 troops to the border in response to President Donald Trump's call for an increase in troops to help with immigration enforcement.

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