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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: $25 million dollars is now “immediately available” to help Texas repair flood-damaged roads and bridges in the aftermath of Harvey.

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Corpus Christi, just inland from where Hurricane Harvey landed last week, got another visit today from the President and the First Lady.

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North Texas is preparing to take in more Harvey evacuees Tuesday morning. Dallas, Fort Worth and Irving are all opening up shelter space. The city of Dallas will open the convention center as a mega-shelter that can handle as many as 5,000 evacuees.

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Harvey evacuees have been making their way to North Texas. More than 500 spent last night at three Dallas city shelters.

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The city of Dallas is expected to take in about 5,000 evacuees from Harvey. Mayor Mike Rawlings today will announce the city's plans to turn the convention center into a rescue shelter for coastline evacuees starting Tuesday. 

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Hurricane Harvey has grown into a Category 3 storm and is expected to slam into the Texas Gulf Coast late Friday or early Saturday, dumping torrential rains and unleashing triple-digit winds. Governor Greg Abbott warns Harvey will be a major disaster, and he's asked President Donald Trump for a federal disaster declaration. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: As Hurricane Harvey hurtles towards the Texas coast, communities are bracing for impact. North Texas is preparing to receive evacuees - and sending help to the coast.

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Hurricane Harvey is intensifying over the Gulf of Mexico before it hits the Texas coast late Friday. It could become a Category 3 hurricane by the time it makes landfall between Port O'Connor and Matagorda Bay.

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The Texas Association of School Boards say personal information of thousands of teachers across the state may have been exposed online.

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A federal judge has once again thrown out Texas' voter ID law. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos today rejected a weakened version of the law signed by Governor Greg Abbott earlier this year. Texas had made the changes after the same judge compared the original version to a "poll tax" on minorities.

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Ed Jamison will be the new director for Dallas Animal Services. The former chief animal control officer in Cleveland will begin his new gig in October.

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Thousands of people have signed an online petition asking the city of Fort Worth to rename Jefferson Davis Park.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The first day of school is always a big deal. It was even bigger for North Texas science teachers with yesterday's historic solar eclipse.

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North Texans had a severe case of eclipse fever today. The eclipse fell on the first day of school for many North Texas students. The National Weather Service reports temperatures across Dallas-Fort Worth dropped a few degrees as the eclipse was peaking locally. 

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Thousands protested against white supremacy over the weekend at Dallas City Hall plaza. Similar rallies took place across the state. 

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As you might've heard by now there's a total solar eclipse next Monday. It's the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross coast-to-coast, and it's the first in 38 years to pass through any part of the lower 48 states.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: At a special meeting tonight, the Dallas school board will consider asking voters for more money through a tax ratification election this fall.  

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The University of North Texas has picked NASA’s number two to lead the growing public university system. This morning, the board of regents named Lesa Roe as the sole finalist to be chancellor of the system. She’s expected to be confirmed next month. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A state lawmaker from Dallas wants a Confederate plaque near his capitol office removed immediately.

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Disgruntled by the results from the special legislative session, which wrapped up Wednesday, the Governor and Lt. Governor blame House Speaker Joe Straus for the failure of certain bills. House Republicans held a special behind-closed-doors caucus meeting this morning to discuss how they, as a party, could change how the Speaker is nominated. 

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The special legislative session was scheduled to end today. Instead, state lawmakers went home early.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings wants to form a task force to discuss whether the city should remove its confederate monuments. Rawlings told reporters today he has asked the Dallas Holocaust Museum and other groups about what to do with statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and other confederate leaders located in various parts of Dallas.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will hold a press conference at noon Tuesday to address the white nationalist rally over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left three dead and several injured.

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This past weekend’s white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va. has generated strong reactions here in Texas. There have been rallies across the state in support of the victims injured and killed amid the violence.

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Amid news about the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, came word of an anti-white supremacy rally planned for Dallas.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The board of Dallas County Schools today will meet to formally call an election on whether to abolish the agency.

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After a quick start by the Senate, the special legislative session in Austin has been relatively slow-going, but there are signs of progress.

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There's about a week left in the special legislative session, and it's unlikely bills on all 20 agenda items will become law.

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The Trinity Parkway is dead. The Dallas City Council this morning pulled its support for the controversial toll road along the Trinity River. KERA's Krystina Martinez looks back at the long road to today's vote. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Dallas City Council today is expected to vote on whether to pull support for building a controversial toll road along the Trinity River.

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