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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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Testimony continues today in the appeal hearing of Fort Worth police officer William Martin. He's the police officer seen in the videotaped arrest of Jacqueline Craig that went viral in December. 

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Joe Barton, the Ennis Republican who represents parts of North Texas in Congress, was with his two sons on a baseball diamond Wednesday when a shooter began firing. Barton, who manages the Republican baseball team, recounted the scene for reporters a few hours later. 

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price are in Canada on a trade mission this week.

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The Fort Worth Police Chief defended his decision to suspend a white police officer who was seen in a viral video wrestling a black mother and her teenage daughter to the ground. Chief Joel Fitzgerald says the officer was disrespectful and used excessive force during the December incident.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Texas came in low among states in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's latest Kids Count rankings, which measures the well-being of children across the country. Texas ranked number 41 overall.

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Gov. Greg Abbott signed the $217 billion state budget this afternoon. It includes funding increases for the state's beleaguered child welfare system and $800 million for border security.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: It’s official. In Dallas, big changes are coming to the City Council after Saturday’s runoff elections. Three incumbents appear to have lost their seats, which represents a big shift on the 15-member body.

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The runoff election for several municipal races across North Texas is Saturday. There are three city council seats to decide in Dallas: in District 6 in West Dallas, Omar Narvaez faces incumbent Monica Alonzo.

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Tomorrow's the runoff election for several municipal races across North Texas.

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Dallas city officials say they've identified $1 million in federal funds from a program called Home Investment Partnerships. The Dallas Morning News reports the Dallas City Council will discuss a proposal next week to use the funds. 

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The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans today will take up a legal challenge on an obscure provision in the Texas Election Code.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced this afternoon that the city will join the legal fight to stop the state's so-called sanctuary cities bill. San Antonio and Austin announced last week they are also suing the state. Senate Bill 4 allows officers to question the immigration status of people. It also punishes officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Gov. Greg Abbott has called Texas lawmakers back to Austin for a special session to address legislation keeping major state agencies open.

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Governor Greg Abbott is calling state lawmakers back to the capitol for a special session. First, lawmakers must resolve so-called sunset legislation that’s required to keep open certain state agencies, like the Texas Medical Board. 

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Gov. Greg Abbott will be holding a news conference this afternoon in Austin. Though the topic is not known, there’s speculation he could announce whether he’ll call a special legislative session.

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The 85th Texas Legislature is over, and while the threat of a special session looms, most of us are still trying to figure out what actually made it across the finish line. There were tons of law enforcement and criminal justice reform bills proposed in the legislature this year and many did not pass. 

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Governor Greg Abbott has yet to announce if he’ll call a special legislative session – or what the agenda would include if he does calls one.

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Racial tensions had been simmering in Fort Worth well before the controversial arrest of Jacqueline Craig by a police officer in December, according to a report from the National League of Cities.

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The mayors of Dallas and Fort Worth are heading to Canada. Mike Rawlings and Betsy Price announced today they’re leading a trade mission June 11 in Toronto and Montreal. The goal is to promote economic development, business opportunities and tourism between Canada and North Texas.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi came to Dallas yesterday to raise money for Democratic congressional candidates – and addressed supporters at a rally.

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The House Minority Leader was in Dallas on Wednesday. At a rally with Texas Democrats, Nancy Pelosi weighed in on the state’s new ban on so-called sanctuary cities. Under the law local officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities could be charged with a crime or removed from office. 

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The Texas Legislature made a lot of headlines for what it did not agree on, but there was surprising bipartisan support about healthcare.

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The 85th Texas Legislature was supposed to wrap up yesterday. While the House and Senate were able to come up with a two-year budget plan, two obstacles remain. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick urged Governor Greg Abbott to call the Legislature back if lawmakers didn't pass measures regarding property taxes and a so-called "bathroom bill."

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Early voting has begun for runoff elections across North Texas.

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In Austin, both the Senate and the House have adjourned, bringing the 85th legislative session to a close. That was expected – the state constitution gives the Legislature exactly 140 days to run a regular session. What wasn’t totally expected was the drama that ramped up as the session was winding down.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas Legislature is scheduled to adjourn today, but it remains to be seen whether lawmakers will be called back for a special session.

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With only a few days left of the Texas legislative session there are still a couple big issues that lawmakers are trying to resolve.The House and Senate are working toward a compromise on property taxes and a so-called bathroom bill that would regulate which restrooms transgender people can use.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Just days before the legislative session is set to end Monday, House and Senate budget leaders say negotiators have finalized a $217 billion state budget deal.

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North Texas suburbs keep on growing, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data. Frisco and McKinney were two of the country’s fastest-growing cities with a population larger than 50,000.

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The Texas Senate early this morning passed its version of a bill to tweak the state’s A-F school accountability grading system.

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