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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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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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As students across the state continue STAAR exams Thursday, the head of the Texas Education Agency has announced he may not count the test scores against annual ratings for schools affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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The State Board of Education gave preliminary approval on Wednesday to creating statewide academic standards for a Mexican-American studies high school course. But only after changing the name to "ethnic studies," which conservatives argued is less divisive.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: As standardized testing continues Wednesday across the state, officials say technical issues experienced Tuesday should be resolved.

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When a study found the maternal mortality rate in Texas had apparently doubled in a two-year period, it generated national headlines. But the Texas Department of State Health Services now says the number of maternal deaths is drastically lower than previously reported.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Plano City Councilman Tom Harrison will face a special recall election in November. He drew criticism from residents and his council colleagues for sharing a Facebook post that promoted a ban on Islam in schools. 

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Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas will commit at least 1,000 National Guard troops to the Mexico border in response to President Donald Trump's call. The Republican told San Antonio radio station KTSA on Monday that the state will add around 300 guard members a week.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas National Guard deployed hundreds of troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the weekend. Gov. Greg Abbott praised President Trump's order in an appearance this morning on Fox & Friends.

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Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas has resigned abruptly from Congress, saying it is time for him to "move along and look for new ways to serve." Farenthold announced in December he would not seek re-election to a fifth term, apologizing for angry outbursts but denying allegations of sexual harassment.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Eastbound I-30 is closed right now while hazmat crews clean up a fuel spill. An 18-wheeler exploded after crashing into another vehicle around 5:45 a.m. this morning. The truck driver was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital. He later died.

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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stopped by Dallas schools on Thursday. She visited Dade Middle School and Birdville’s Center for Technology and Advanced Learning.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has several stops in the Dallas area Thursday.

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Gov. Greg Abbott is commending President Trump’s decision to send National Guard members to the border with Mexico. The guard members would help with surveillance, and alert federal agents if they see anything suspicious.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Events across the country will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The civil rights activist was assassinated 50 years ago, Wednesday.

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Beto O'Rourke says he raised more than $6.7 million in the first three months this year in his Senate campaign. The Democratic Congressman from El Paso says he received donations from more than 141,000 contributors during the first quarter.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is in North Texas for a fundraising trip.

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The former head of the Dallas County Schools bus system, Rick Sorrells, will plead guilty to a wire fraud charge for his role in taking more than $3 million in bribes and kickbacks. As KERA's Bill Zeeble reports, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the agreement on Monday afternoon.

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Atmos Energy is investigating an explosion at a duplex in South Dallas near Fair Park.

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A small group of Dallas faith leaders gathered beneath the Confederate war memorial in Pioneer Park today, demanding the city proceed with its original recommendation to remove the public monument.

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Road closures begin tonight for the Southern Gateway Project in southern Dallas County. The nearly $700 million project will rebuild and widen Interstate 35E and U.S. Highway 67. 

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The U.S. Census Bureau has released the questions for the upcoming 2020 count, and the list includes a question about citizenship requested by the Justice Department. Some say immigrants in Texas and elsewhere will dodge the Census because of the question.

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Crews from Atmos evacuated homes and apartment units in a northwest Dallas neighborhood Wednesday night after responding to a natural gas smell.

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The Texas Rangers start the year on Opening Day against their main rival and World Series champs the Houston Astros. After a rough season last year, the Rangers are looking to bounce back. As KERA’s Gus Contreras reports, the expectations aren’t too high.

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First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs will build a new sanctuary and community center. The announcement by church officials Tuesday night comes nearly five months after a gunman killed more than two dozen people during a Sunday church service last November.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: The Ennis school district says starting in the fall, all of its students must bring clear, PVC backpacks to school.

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