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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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A cyberbullying bill known as David’s Law could be up for a vote in the Texas Senate as early as today.

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The days are numbered for 305 weathered rental homes – most of them in West Dallas. The city says they aren’t up to code—so the landlord had to choose: fix them, or close up shop. He picked the latter.

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Medical marijuana is in the spotlight at a State House health committee underway this morning.

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Early voting wraps up Monday for municipal elections across North Texas, with Election Day coming this Saturday. There are several heated races for seats on the Dallas City Council. Tristan Hallman is a reporter with The Dallas Morning News, and he talked with KERA’s Eric Aasen about some of the races.

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Residents continue to comb through the wreckage left behind by tornadoes that tore through East Texas Saturday night.

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After an eight-week trial and eight days of deliberations a jury Friday found longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price not guilty of bribery and mail fraud charges. KERA’s Bill Zeeble was at the downtown courthouse when the verdict came down.

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As early voting continues across North Texas, a candidate in the Irving mayoral race will be allowed to remain on the ballot. Elvia Espino sued to remove Kristi Pena from the ballot, but a Dallas County judge denied her request yesterday.

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Minority rights groups today told federal judges that Texas needs new election maps for 2018. A three-judge federal panel met in San Antonio. The judges didn’t decide next steps, but it appears a trial is likely this summer over the state’s voting maps for Congressional and state House districts.

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The Texas House today will take another vote on a controversial bill to ban so-called “sanctuary policies.” Senate Bill 4 would establish penalties for local entities that do not honor federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants booked in a local jail.

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Across North Texas, early voting is underway for the May 6 municipal elections. Members of city councils and school boards will be elected. But as KERA’s Christopher Connelly reports, if the past is any indication, most people who can vote... won't.

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The Texas House today will discuss Senate Bill 4, which would punish so-called “sanctuary cities.”

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The jury in John Wiley Price’s federal corruption trial is deadlocked on at least one of the counts against him. The jury has spent five days deliberating the guilt or innocence of the longtime Dallas County Commissioner, and the judge told the jury to come back and try again Wednesday morning.

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Kids are dropping out of school as early as middle school. A new report found 8 percent of Texas dropouts in the 2014-15 school year were in the seventh or eighth grades.

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Dallas Animal Services says it’s making progress toward improving animal care. The agency has hired more employees, added overnight shifts, added pet care education programs and increased citations and enforcement.

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Early voting begins today for local elections across North Texas and runs through May 2.

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The jury in the federal corruption trial of John Wiley Price stopped deliberating for the day without reaching a verdict. It marked the third day of deliberations, and the jury is back in session Monday morning. 

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Residents sounded off last night at a public forum over a proposed saltwater injection well near Lake Arlington.

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Judges have again found that Texas racially gerrymandered voting maps to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities. The 2-1 ruling by a federal panel in San Antonio says that the state tried to intentionally weaken the influence of minorities around Dallas, Houston and other areas across the state.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and other national Democratic Party leaders hold a public rally in Grand Prairie today.

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It’s now up to a bankruptcy court in Delaware to decide what becomes of Oncor. The judge in the case wants to sell the Dallas-based electric delivery company to pay off creditors of its parent company Energy Future Holdings.

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The jury in the federal corruption trial of John Wiley Price begins deliberating his fate this morning. The Dallas County Commissioner faces charges of bribery, mail fraud, and tax evasion.

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Prosecutors say longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price accepted nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for insider information and his vote on certain contracts. Price has pleaded not guilty.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Closing arguments are expected today in the federal corruption trial of John Wiley Price.

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Cities, school districts and other local governments across North Texas are gearing up for municipal elections on May 6, and early voting starts April 24. KERA’s Christopher Connelly sat down with Eric Aasen to talk about some of the races in Tarrant County. 

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With six weeks left in this legislative session, the Texas House today begins a longer schedule – working at least five days a week. There are still more than 6,000 bills up for consideration at the Capitol.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: Central Market is starting to grow its own veggies – in shipping containers on store property. They’re known as “Growtainers,” and have customizable options for controlling light, moisture, temperature, and CO2 levels.

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Literacy experts came together in Fort Worth Thursday to talk about getting younger kids to read and getting their parents involved in the process.

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The Dallas Stars named its new coach, and he happens to be one of the team’s former coaches. As KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports, Ken Hitchcock's announcement comes after the hockey team just finished one of its worst seasons since moving to Dallas 24 years ago.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Mumps cases in Texas have hit a 20-year high. There have been 221 cases so far this year, according to the Department of State Health Services.

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The Dallas City Council voted this afternoon to participate in a marijuana cite and release program. City officials say marijuana arrests disproportionately affect minorities. Council member Philip Kingston says the cite and release effort will save police officers time by keeping more of them on the streets.

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