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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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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says coach Jason Garrett will return for an eighth full season. This comes after Dallas were eliminated from playoff contention in a year marred by the six-game suspension of star running back Ezekiel Elliott.

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The owner of the Balcony Club in Lakewood has died. Ted Davey had been battling cancer. In 2013, Davey bought the venerable but failing Dallas club and turned it into a favorite hangout for musicians.

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Several businesses have sustained damage in a four-alarm fire that struck Denton's historic downtown square. The fire in downtown Denton appears to have started early this morning in a building that houses a market selling vintage items and other collectibles.

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A new report out today says the state of Texas is at the lowest monthly unemployment rate in four decades. Texas Workforce Commission data shows the unemployment rate has improved for the seventh month in a row with November unemployment slipping to a record 3.8 percent.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Operations at Dallas Love Field are back to normal at this hour after holiday travelers had to evacuate the airport earlier this morning.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Dallas County teen inmates went months, sometimes more than a year, with very little time outdoors.

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SMU's football team plays its first bowl game in five years on Wednesday night. The Mustangs take on Louisiana Tech in the re-booted DXL Frisco Bowl at Toyota Stadium. The bowl game's a newcomer to North Texas. It was formerly called the Miami Beach Bowl before the local pro soccer team and ESPN partnered up to move the game to Frisco.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald yesterday said the sergeant he fired this week had no basis for arresting a woman back in August. That's according to the findings from an internal affairs investigation.

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Marian Brown was named Dallas County's acting sheriff on Tuesday. The department's chief deputy, a Dallas native, takes over for Sheriff Lupe Valdez at the end of the month. Valdez is stepping down to run for Texas governor. As KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports, Brown’s also running for Valdez’s old job.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Dallas County Commissioner's court this morning is scheduled to appoint an interim sheriff.

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Federal officials have identified the proposed route of a high-speed train between Dallas and Houston. In Dallas, a future train station could be located downtown near the Trinity River floodplain. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: There's still some impact in Dallas from Sunday's electrical outage at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas Transportation Commission has dropped a near $2 billion plan to rebuild, expand and add toll lanes to I-635E in Dallas, Garland and Mesquite.

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A new survey shows black adults in Texas and around the country have a lot of concerns about health care, including reproductive health. As KERA’s Stella Chavez reports, experts came together Thursday in Dallas to talk about the findings and their implications. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas Rangers will investigate alleged sexual misconduct within the state juvenile detention system.

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A memorial service for Ruth Altshuler will be held Thursday at Highland Park United Methodist Church. The prominent Dallas philanthropist died last week, after complications from a broken hip. She was 93.

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Fort Worth is one of the last major cities in Texas that still allows smoking in bars, but that's soon about to change. The City Council voted 8-1 on Tuesday to ban smoking and electronic cigarettes in bars and bingo centers in 90 days, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Hurricane Harvey, and the devastating rainfall that came with it, changed hundreds of thousands of people's lives. Some lost loved ones, while others watched the floodwaters invade their homes. Thousands of families were displaced, and some landed in North Texas. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Now that the filing deadline has passed, the March primary elections are taking shape.

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A new study commissioned by Dallas officials shows the city has a ways to go in providing more frequent and more equitable public transportation to people across the city, and especially low-income people. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Tonight's the filing deadline for candidates seeking to run in the 2018 elections. An unusual number of retirements by seven members of Congress and some prominent state legislators has triggered a slew of filings for next year's primaries.

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It’s been over three months since Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast. For people from areas hit the hardest, a return to normal life seems far away. That’s especially true for those still staying in hotels, often miles and miles from the community they left behind, and with no home to go back to.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush could get a Democratic challenger today.

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The son of a former Texas governor has launched his bid to unseat the current governor. Andrew White held a rally Thursday in Houston, where the investor promised to campaign as a conservative Democrat. The party hasn't captured the Texas governorship since Ann Richards won in 1990.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The son of the late Texas Governor Mark White is joining the race for governor.

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The long-time Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, the daughter of South Texas migrant workers, said Wednesday she will resign to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott. Observers say Valdez is the strongest Democratic challenger in the race, but winning office will be an uphill battle.

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In a statement this morning, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez says she will resign and file for governor at the Texas Democratic Party headquarters in Austin later this morning.

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Just over three months ago, Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Gulf Coast and settled over southeast Texas for three days dumping feet, not inches, of rain. Thousands evacuated before the storm made landfall, others had to be rescued when floods raged through their homes.

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The Dallas Theater Center's director of new play development has been fired for what it calls "inappropriate behavior." The center has not disclosed details of the allegations against Lee Trull.

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Baylor University Medical Center officials in Dallas say the birth of a baby from a uterus transplant could open doors for women struggling with uterine infertility. It's the first birth as a result of a womb transplant in the United States. Baylor officials say that eight transplants have been performed and that one of those women currently is pregnant.

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