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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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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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The clock is ticking on the state's special legislative session, only nine days remain. House Speaker Joe Straus and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who leads the State Senate, had a meeting Monday. It's the first time they met in person in six months. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A new study from Stanford University has found states with right-to-carry gun laws have higher crime rates. The report covers data from 1979 to 2014 in 30 states, including Texas, that adopted such laws. 

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A third Boy Scout from East Texas has died from injuries he suffered when a sailboat struck an overhanging power line. The 11-year-old was sailing in a catamaran Saturday with two older Boy Scouts.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Though a vote hasn’t been scheduled for the Fort Worth City Council to decide whether to join a lawsuit against SB 4, the city has its concerns about the anti-sanctuary cities law.

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The Texas House overwhelmingly approved a plan to inject $1.8 billion dollars into Texas schools on Friday, in part by using a deferred payment. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas House today will debate several bills aimed at reforming the state’s school finance system.

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On the heels of the Dallas Museum of Art’s blockbuster Mexico show, the Fort Worth Opera is going international for its next world premiere.  

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Dallas city leaders Thursday will interview finalists to head the Animal Services department.

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Dallas hosted the first Texas Latino Comic Con this past weekend, drawing comic book fans to the Latino Cultural Center in Deep Ellum. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Fort Worth police officials warned the city council yesterday Senate Bill 4 would damage trust with immigrant communities. The council was discussing whether to join other Texas cities in a lawsuit against the sanctuary cities bill, which will go into effect next month. 

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The mayors of Dallas and Fort Worth took a trip down to Austin today to meet with the governor. Greg Abbott has been sitting down with mayors from across Texas as the Legislature works through his special session agenda.

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The Fort Worth City Council today will hear presentations at a work session about whether to join a lawsuit against the state's new sanctuary cities law.

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Texas is ground zero in the immigration debate as the Legislature proved when it passed the controversial Senate Bill 4. The so-called “Sanctuary Cities” law penalizes government agencies that don’t cooperate fully with federal immigration officials. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The special legislative session resumes in Austin this afternoon.

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the country’s growing stockpile of nuclear waste is a pressing problem. At an event near Houston on Friday, Perry said it’s a tragedy there’s no set plan for dealing with the buildup of waste at nuclear power plants. 

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The Dallas school district and the education nonprofit Big Thought will receive a four-year grant as part of a program to teach kids social and emotional learning skills.

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The chief executive of the Irving-based Boy Scouts has apologized to members of the scouting community who were offended by the political rhetoric in President Trump's speech to the group's national jamboree.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas House are expected to vote this morning on its second sunset bill - which would keep some state agencies operating. They're also expected to vote on one of the anti-abortion measures and a bill on local tree ordinances.

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More than 1,000 American Airlines employees picketed the world’s largest carrier today at DFW International Airport. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports transport and ground workers are worried about job security.  

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: After some changes, Texas Senators passed a version of the so-called bathroom bill just after midnight.

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The city of Dallas is shutting down another homeless camp. City officials started closing the Third Avenue encampment near Fair Park this morning. Up to 80 people were living there at one point, the city says several residents have already moved to area homeless shelters. The city says all residents at the Third Avenue camp should be moved out by tomorrow.

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Business and tourism groups are continuing to speak out against the state’s so-called “bathroom bill,” being deliberated during the special legislative session that's underway.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: Tom Perez is optimistic that Democrats can mount a comeback in Texas -- and across the country.

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Homeland security has taken over the investigation into what police in San Antonio believe was a case of human smuggling. Nine people are now dead after they were found in a sweltering semi-trailer outside a Walmart Sunday.

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