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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: Polls are open for early voting in the state's March 6th primaries. Here’s what you need to vote, learn more about the early voting process, and check out the candidates on North Texas ballots.

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Early voting starts tomorrow in the Texas primaries, and Election Day is March 6. The winners advance to the November election.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was in Texas over the weekend.

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The Plano City Council will meet Sunday to discuss the future of member Tom Harrison.

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A new branch of Texas Capital Bank in the Trinity Groves area hopes to build a relationship with low- and moderate-income West Dallas families who may not currently use a bank at all.

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Authorities say three North Texas high school students face charges after bringing guns to campus a day after a deadly mass shooting at a school in Florida. Thursday's arrests happened at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, West Plano High and South Garland High.

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Dallas County Health and Human Services says five more people have died from the flu. That brings the county's total of flu-related deaths to 67 this season.

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Early voting in primary elections begins Tuesday, and Democratic candidates for Texas governor are making their rounds across the state. On Tuesday night, many of the Democratic candidates debated in San Antonio about school finance, healthcare and economic development.

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Friends, family members and officers yesterday remembered 37 year-old Richardson Police Officer David Sherrard, who was fatally shot while responding to an apartment call.

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A Richardson police officer was remembered today by friends, family, and law enforcement from across Texas, and beyond. David Sherrard was fatally shot last week while answering a disturbance call at an apartment.

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Funeral services for a Richardson Police officer killed in the line of duty are set for this afternoon. David Sherrard will be honored at 2 p.m. at Watermark Community Church in Dallas.

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President Donald Trump has picked Gov. Greg Abbott's general counsel for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will join President Donald Trump today at the White House when he releases details of his long-awaited $1.5 trillion plan to improve the nation's infrastructure.

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price has been invited to attend a White House meeting next week led by President Donald Trump and his administration regarding infrastructure.

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Dallas ISD is coming up with contingency plans for students with DACA protections — and their parents.

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Authorities in Richardson have identified 37-year-old David Sherrard as the police officer killed during an hours-long standoff Wednesday night. Sherrard was shot in the neck while responding to a disturbance call at an apartment complex. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: 106 people have died so far this flu season in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton and Parker counties.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants the state's top criminal investigators to begin handling sexual misconduct complaints against lawmakers, judges and other elected officials.

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The Denton City Council last night voted 6-1 to update the city’s energy plan to become 100 percent renewable by 2020 - the second Texas city to do so.

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A controversial Confederate statue is staying put in downtown Denton, but with added historical context. Denton County Commissioners approved a recommendation Tuesday morning that recommends the 100-year-old statue of a Confederate soldier be accompanied by a plaque denouncing slavery, as well as video kiosks to add context. 

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The flu epidemic has closed down yet another North Texas school.

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The proposed Dallas-to-Houston bullet train built up a little more momentum on Monday. Last week brought the first peek at the proposed Dallas station in the Cedars neighborhood just south of downtown.

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Today’s the last day to register to vote for the March 6 primaries.

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Fifteen years ago this week, on a clear blue Texas morning the Space Shuttle Columbia re-entered Earth's atmosphere after a successful, 16-day science mission in space. The shuttle disintegrated over East Texas skies, killing all seven astronauts on board.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Authorities have arrested four current or former state juvenile justice employees and the search continues for a fifth worker. Three of those arrested yesterday worked at the juvenile lockup in Gainesville, north of Dallas.

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A new report out by the Southern Poverty Law Center finds American students don’t fully understand many facts about slavery and the role it played in U.S. history. As KERA’s Stella Chavez reports, the study also says educators aren't adequately teaching students about slavery.

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A former accountant from Dallas is scheduled for lethal injection tonight if a federal court doesn't intervene.

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A Dallas County grand jury is not bringing charges against Dallas police officers who were responsible for the death of a gunman who killed five officers in downtown in July 2016. KERA’s Stephanie Kuo reports.

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The Margaret McDermott Bridge in Dallas was supposed to be open to pedestrians and bicyclists by now, but the Dallas Observer reports the arches over the Trinity River have been closed because of concerns that the bridge's suspension cables, which connect the arches to the base of the bridge, vibrate under heavy winds and cause anchor rods to break.

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Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered a Texas Rangers criminal investigation into claims that former doctor Larry Nassar abused some of his victims at the Karolyi Ranch. The U.S. women's gymnastics team used the facility near Huntsville for training.

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