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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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West Dallas residents worried about the future of their small, weathered rent homes took their concerns to the Dallas City Council Wednesday. Everything changed Monday, when landlord HMK Limited offered to sell some of the homes to tenants. A judge also pushed the move-out deadline to October.

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Families renting aging rental homes in West Dallas from HMK Ltd. will share their concerns about this week’s developments before the City Council this morning.

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To help address the youth unemployment rate in North Texas, Starbucks and several other companies recently gathered at the first-ever Dallas Opportunity Fair. As KERA’s Stephanie Kuo reports, it’s part of a national effort to help younger people, 16-to-24-year-olds, find jobs.

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Renters slated to leave their West Dallas homes learned yesterday they have more time—and a chance to buy their houses.

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The landlord who owns hundreds of aging rental houses in West Dallas said Monday morning that the company will sell upwards of 75 of those homes — to the tenants themselves, and a judge gave the residents four more months to figure out their futures.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: This will be a busy week for state lawmakers. The legislative session concludes next Monday, and both chambers need to pass as many high-priority bills as possible.

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Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price will not be retried on any charges related to his case, federal prosecutors announced Friday.  The jury in the federal corruption trial of John Wiley Price has found the longtime Dallas County Commissioner not guilty on seven of 11 counts, including bribery and mail fraud. 

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Dallas has one of the country’s highest rates of youth unemployment. Nearly 13 percent of residents 16-to-24 years old aren’t in school or don’t have a job. A massive job fair today hopes to lower those numbers.

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A bill that aims to fix the troubled Dallas Police and Fire Pension fund took a big step forward today at the Texas Capitol. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted to advance the bill to the Senate floor. First, the State House also will have to vote to approve the Senate version of the bill. 

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A bill to fix the Dallas Police and Fire Pension fund goes before a state Senate committee this morning

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The number of teen pregnancies in the U.S. has hit a record low. But that doesn’t include certain parts of Texas. The Dallas and San Antonio areas have rates 50 and 40 percent above the national average.

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After days of negotiations with state senators, officials reached a deal last week to fix the troubled Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings had called an earlier state House version a taxpayer bailout. 

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House lawmakers have until the end of the week to tentatively pass Senate bills for them to have any chance of surviving the current legislative session.

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Civil Asset Forfeiture lets law enforcement agents seize property and cash they suspect is related to criminal activity – without proving the crime itself. Law enforcement calls it a vital tool in the war on drugs. Critics on the left and the right say it’s a practice prone to abuse.

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Senator John Cornyn is on the Trump administration’s short list of possible replacements for FBI director James Comey. The Republican has previously served as Texas attorney general, a Texas Supreme Court justice and a local judge.

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One deadline has passed in the Texas House, and another’s just around the corner.

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This week, we’ve been remembering Robert Wilson, who led KERA during its early years. He died at age 75 May 5 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Wilson introduced American TV audiences to Jim Lehrer and Monty Python. Lee Cullum worked with him during that period and remained friends afterward. She shares her memories.  

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The family of Jordan Edwards joined community advocates Thursday to demand accountability from the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office as it investigates Jordan’s death. This followed a private meeting the family had with District Attorney Faith Johnson.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Today’s the last day for legislation in the Texas House to get tentative approval.

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Work continues on a plan to improve the troubled Dallas Police and Fire Pension fund. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings released a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying he’s optimistic that a resolution is near.

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This month, the company behind 'baby boxes' launched in Texas, based on a program in Finland. It may sound strange to have babies sleeping in cardboard boxes, but its part of a larger initiative to lower the infant mortality rate.

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Jordan Edwards, the black 15-year-old, who was fatally shot late last month by a white Balch Springs police officer. The Next Generation Action Network is organizing Tuesday’s rally on the steps of the Frank Crowley Courthouse in Dallas.

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The Texas House today is expected to vote on a bill that would bind electors to support the winner of the statewide popular vote.

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The Dallas County District Attorney's office has launched a criminal investigation into voter fraud allegations from Saturday’s local elections. Officials say at least two Dallas City Council races may have been affected. 

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The top local stories from KERA News: A press conference scheduled later this morning will announce a rally for Jordan Edwards, the teenager shot and killed by a police officer in Balch Springs last weekend.

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A former Balch Springs police officer has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a black 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. A judge issued an arrest warrant Friday afternoon for Roy Oliver the day before Edwards' funeral. As KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports, there are lots of questions – and sorrow – over what happened.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Tomorrow is Election Day for municipal races across North Texas. There’s mayoral races in cities like Fort Worth, Irving and Plano.

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Saturday is Election Day for cities and school districts across North Texas. One of the hottest races is in West Dallas – the focus of our current One Crisis Away series on affordable housing, called “No Place To Go.” 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA Newsroom: A state House bill to fix the troubled Dallas Police & Fire Pension system will get a final vote today.

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Two people died today in an apparent murder-suicide at North Lake College in Irving. Around 11:45 Wednesday morning, the college issued an active-shooter alert. It instructed students and employees to barricade themselves into rooms. 

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