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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 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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The Texas Water Development Board is working on the state's first-ever flood plan. 

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is thinking about running for president. The Dallas billionaire spoke about the possibility in a podcast with former South Carolina state legislator Bakari Sellers. Cuban said the key issues he sees facing the country include income inequality, health care and technological competitiveness. 

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The Austin City Limits music festival is offering refunds to anyone uncomfortable with attending this weekend's event. That follows the mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas.

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Federal lawmakers say they're working on a plan to continue the Children's Health Insurance Program. It provides coverage for nearly 400,000 children and pregnant women in Texas. The Texas Tribune reports they could vote on the issue by Wednesday. 

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The man who police say killed nearly 60 people at a Las Vegas concert last night once lived in North Texas. Mesquite police say 64-year-old Stephen Paddock lived in the Dallas suburb from 2004 to 2012.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: More than a month after Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast, the final shelter in Dallas for evacuees closed Sunday.

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The Richardson school district has suspended two high school students after they posted racially charged messages on social media. As KERA’s Stella Chavez reports, parents brought the issue to the district’s attention.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Today's the deadline for North Texas cities to submit individual bids for Amazon's second headquarters to the Fort Worth and Dallas chambers of commerce. Chamber officials will bundle the bids into a combined, regional pitch to the online retail giant.

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Two Texans are among President Trump's nominees for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Don Willett is a Texas Supreme Court Justice and James Ho is a Dallas attorney, and both their nominations require U.S. Senate confirmation. The New Orleans appeals court has been an influential stop in recent years for high-profile Texas laws over abortion access, voting rights and immigration crackdowns.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath visited Dallas Wednesday to give a progress report on the state's public schools. 

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Hurricane Harvey hit Texas just as schools were starting a new year and all but three school districts have reopened, according to Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath.

Dozens of school districts had to delay the start of school for days, even weeks, after Harvey made landfall. At a luncheon in Dallas, Morath spoke about the difficulties. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Although recreational marijuana is still illegal in the state of Texas, the number of Texans testing positive for cannabis after a traffic accident has increased.

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Dallas is working to reduce child poverty, but it still has one of the biggest populations of poor kids among major U.S. cities. The child poverty rate in Dallas has dropped from about 38 percent a few years ago to 31 percent last year. The Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty today released updated numbers based Census Bureau estimates. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Denton County commissioners today will vote on whether to establish a committee to discuss and consider action on a Confederate soldier memorial.

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A federal appeals court is giving Texas more latitude to enforce a ban on so-called sanctuary cities, according to a ruling Monday. The decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes nearly a month after a judge blocked most of the law.

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Texas Senator John Cornyn said he's supporting fellow Senator Ted Cruz for re-election next year. The Senate Majority Whip also said he's running for re-election in 2020.

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The recent removal of the Robert E. Lee statue at a park in Dallas has intensified a debate over whether Confederate statues and memorials should be taken down, moved to a museum or left alone. Protesters recently gathered at Oak Lawn Park, formerly known as Lee Park, in Oak Lawn to express their dissatisfaction over the statue's removal.

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San Antonio Republican Joe Straus is seeking another term as Texas House Speaker in the 2019 session. But at their retreat this weekend, Texas Republican caucus chairs will discuss ways to oust him.

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The Dallas Zoo is working to make their gorillas more heart healthy. To do that, they’re trying to get an accurate blood pressure reading for the animals. But that’s been quite a challenge. KERA's Stephanie Kuo visited the zoo and found out it takes months of training and trust.

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