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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 Dallas school district and the education nonprofit Big Thought will receive a four-year grant as part of a program to teach kids social and emotional learning skills.

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The chief executive of the Irving-based Boy Scouts has apologized to members of the scouting community who were offended by the political rhetoric in President Trump's speech to the group's national jamboree.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas House are expected to vote this morning on its second sunset bill - which would keep some state agencies operating. They're also expected to vote on one of the anti-abortion measures and a bill on local tree ordinances.

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More than 1,000 American Airlines employees picketed the world’s largest carrier today at DFW International Airport. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports transport and ground workers are worried about job security.  

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: After some changes, Texas Senators passed a version of the so-called bathroom bill just after midnight.

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The city of Dallas is shutting down another homeless camp. City officials started closing the Third Avenue encampment near Fair Park this morning. Up to 80 people were living there at one point, the city says several residents have already moved to area homeless shelters. The city says all residents at the Third Avenue camp should be moved out by tomorrow.

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Business and tourism groups are continuing to speak out against the state’s so-called “bathroom bill,” being deliberated during the special legislative session that's underway.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: Tom Perez is optimistic that Democrats can mount a comeback in Texas -- and across the country.

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Homeland security has taken over the investigation into what police in San Antonio believe was a case of human smuggling. Nine people are now dead after they were found in a sweltering semi-trailer outside a Walmart Sunday.

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Hundreds of people lined up today in Austin to oppose a so-called "bathroom bill."

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A Texas Senate committee this morning will hear testimony on the controversial bathroom bill.

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This summer, high school and junior high students are gathering at Southern Methodist University for week-long engineering camps.

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When Senate Republicans abandoned plans to overhaul the Affordable Care Act this week, President Donald Trump blamed Democrats and some Republican senators for the bill’s failure. 

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Dallas has a new top cop, and for the first time in the history of the city, a woman will lead the Police Department. Renee Hall will assume chief duties in Dallas in September after finishing up as deputy chief in Detroit. 

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It’s Day 2 of the Texas Legislature’s 30-day special session.

Republicans are vowing to pass conservative priorities in record time as they consider a laundry list of topics, including abortion restrictions and a bill blocking transgender bathroom access.

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State lawmakers are back in Austin today for the start of the special legislative session. Gov. Greg Abbott has listed 20 priorities he wants lawmakers to tackle. Lawmakers have to first approve sunset legislation that would keep certain state agencies open – once they do that, they can move on to other items.

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The Texas Legislature begins a 30-day special session today. Lawmakers will work on an extensive agenda with 20 items up for consideration, including teacher pay, property taxes, and a bill to block transgender access to restrooms.

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A Dallas County grand jury has indicted former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver in the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. Oliver was also indicted on four charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public official related to the four other teens who were in the car.

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Groups like the Texas Association of Business and Visit Dallas will speak out against the so-called bathroom bill this morning at the state capitol. 

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Governor Greg Abbott has formally launched his bid for reelection. He made the announcement in San Antonio, not far from where he launched his first bid for the state’s highest office four years ago. Abbott said he's running to "keep Texas the very best state in the United States."

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Despite their political differences, former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush say they've managed to get along and work together.

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Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick wants to give many teachers a bonus, and he'd use state lottery revenue to pay for it. That would require amending the state Constitution, and Patrick said today he's going to push for that during the Texas Legislature's special session that starts Tuesday.

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will hold a press conference this morning on the upcoming special legislative session.

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Governor Greg Abbott is expected to announce he's running for re-election after promising a major campaign announcement Friday in San Antonio. All signs have pointed to Abbott seeking re-election next year, especially considering the size of his campaign war chest: more than $34 million.

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The seven candidates hoping to become the next Dallas Police Chief wrap up interviews today.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in North Texas Tuesday.  He called for a return to more aggressive enforcement of drug laws. Sessions spoke at the annual DARE drug abuse prevention conference in Grapevine.

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A panel of federal judges in Texas began hearing arguments this week in a case that could affect some major changes during the 2018 election. Judges heard from plaintiffs about how the maps were designed to intentionally discriminate against minority voters. 

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Seven candidates — three internal and four from outside Texas — interview this week with the hopes of becoming the next chief of the Dallas Police Department.

Candidates begin a three-day interview process today with a tour of police facilities and parts of Dallas as well as a reception with community stakeholders.

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Commemorations were held throughout the weekend to honor the five officers killed last July in a deadly police shooting in downtown Dallas.

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Today, North Texans honored and remembered the five officers who were killed last July 7 when a gunman opened fire on a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas. Late this afternoon, Dallas police updated reporters on the investigation into what happened a year ago. 

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