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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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President Donald Trump was in Dallas Wednesday for a hurricane briefing and Republican fundraising. The president met with Gov. Greg Abbott and other state officials to discuss the state's ongoing hurricane recovery after Harvey. While in town, the president also raised money for his joint fundraising committee with the Republican National Committee. 

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The City Council will take public comments tonight at 6 regarding recommendations on what to do with the city's Confederate memorials and symbols.

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Fort Worth is growing fast. The city is on track to become the nation’s 14th largest city next year, and the 12th largest by 2019. The growth is exciting, but it comes with challenges the city must meet like building infrastructure, and keeping job growth on track with population growth. 

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Black and Hispanic children face tougher barriers to success in Texas than other racial and ethnic groups, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Early voting started Monday for next month's elections and there are several local items on the ballot. Dallas voters will decide on a $1-billion bond package, and voters in the Fort Worth school district will vote on a $750-million bond proposal. 

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Early voting begins today for a number of state and local elections. There are seven state constitutional amendments to consider, as well as several bond and city charter issues. Check out this voter guide.

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The Texas unemployment rate fell for the fifth straight month, dropping to 4 percent in September. About 7,300 jobs were lost statewide -- most were washed away by Hurricane Harvey -- but new jobs made up for the losses. 

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According to Texas Sen. John Cornyn, President Trump has committed to take up the governor's request next month for almost $19 billion in Hurricane Harvey aid.

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Amazon set off a big, public scramble last month when it announced it was looking for sites for a second North American headquarters. The prize includes up to 50,000 high-paying jobs and billions of dollars in investment. Today was the deadline to submit proposals, and KERA's Chris Connelly reports, North Texas has high hopes to land the e-commerce giant.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: President Trump is still popular with Texas Republicans, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.

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An Arlington high school English teacher won a national education honor Wednesday afternoon. The Milken Educator Award comes with a $25,000 prize. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports the honor brought cheers from students and tears to the teacher. 

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The Fort Worth City Council has asked city attorneys to draft an ordinance clamping down on smoking in public places.

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Starting in December people caught with small amounts of marijuana in Dallas won't be arrested, instead they'll get a court summons. Dallas County commissioners today passed a "cite and release" program for people found with less than four ounces of pot. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Fort Worth City Council Tuesday will get a briefing on the city's current smoking ordinance and whether changes should be made.

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The driver of a semi-trailer packed with at least 39 immigrants, 10 of whom died, pleaded guilty Monday to making the deadly smuggling run.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is on a trade mission to China and South Korea this week.

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Fort Worth Superintendent Kent Scribner spent Friday promoting two bond packages that voters will consider next month.

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The U.S. House Thursday approved more than $36 billion for disaster recovery efforts. Gov. Greg Abbott urged the 36 House members from Texas to vote against the bill. Six Republicans ultimately voted no - including Joe Barton of Ennis, Louie Gohmert of Tyler, Jeb Hensarling of Dallas and Kenny Marchant of Coppell.

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The Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission unanimously adopted recommendations from a task force appointed by the mayor on what to do with the city's Confederate monuments and symbols. 

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The U.S. House today is expected to vote on an additional $36.5 billion for disaster recovery efforts across the country. Gov. Greg Abbott has criticized the proposal because it doesn't include nearly $19 billion in aid he and most of the state's congressional delegation wanted for Texas.

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The first trial of a biker involved in the deadly Waco Twin Peaks shootout is underway; opening statements started this afternoon in Waco. Jacob Carrizal is president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos motorcycle group. The Bandidos and their rivals — the Cossacks — fought in the restaurant's parking lot in May 2015. The deadliest biker shootout in U.S. history left nine bikers dead and 20 wounded. 

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The Dallas Public Art Committee has unanimously adopted all recommendations from the Mayor’s Task Force on Confederate Monuments. It now goes before the Cultural Affairs Commission tomorrow.

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Dallas' Public Art Committee met to hear recommendations Tuesday afternoon on what to do with the city's Confederate monuments from a task force appointed by Mayor Mike Rawlings. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Today's the last day to register to vote in next month's elections. Voters will weigh in on seven proposed state constitutional amendments and local bond issues.

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The Trump administration sent an immigration policy wishlist to Congress Sunday that could derail efforts to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

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North Texas congressman and Republican Joe Barton told KXAS-TV's Lone Star Politics he believes both border wall funding and legislation for people who benefit from the Deferred Action For Child Arrivals program can pass.

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The tiny town of Moran, Texas, is in the national spotlight. Moran, a couple of hours west of Fort Worth, is where the "bump stock" device is made. Bump stocks allow semi-automatic rifles to perform more like fully automatic weapons.

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About 100 protesters demonstrated outside the office of Texas Senator John Cornyn in Houston on Thursday. Organizers from United We Dream Houston want an extension to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Trump administration's deadline for DACA renewal applications was yesterday.

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North Texas journalism pioneer Vivian Castleberry, 95, died Wednesday after battling breast cancer. She was known as both a trailblazing journalist and peace activist.

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Today marks the deadline for beneficiaries of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, to submit renewal applications. Around 124,000 people in Texas now benefit from the deportation relief program. The deadline applies only to DACA recipients whose benefits expire before March 5, the date President Trump announced the program will end if Congress fails to work out a solution. 

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