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While candidates talking to church congregations may sound like small beans local politics, this is 40,000-member Prestonwood Baptist Church. Its Plano campus can seat 7,000, and pretty much all of the seats were full.  Six candidates vying to be the Republican presidential nominee showed up, even though all of the major candidates from both sides of the aisle were invited.

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Dallas’ new chief resilience officer, Theresa O'Donnell, met with community members this week for a brainstorming session. The task: figure out how to make the city more resilient. 

From Texas Standard.

Texas has a state bird, a state flower — even a state insect. What most Texans don’t know, however, is that the state also has an official play, and this year marks its 50th anniversary. And, though millions around the world have seen the musical, many Texans have yet to experience it.

It happens six nights a week for three months every summer. Crowds gather at an outdoor amphitheater at Palo Duro Canyon State Park outside of Amarillo, as they have for the past 50 years. They come to see a musical they won’t see anywhere else.

It’s called ‘Texas.’ It’s kind of like the more-famous ‘Oklahoma,’ except it’s about, well, Texas.

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Texas Health Resources, which attracted worldwide headlines last fall for the way one of its hospitals misdiagnosed a patient who had Ebola, has been named one of the country’s best companies for workers.

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Wichita Falls native Austin Howard recently became the University of Texas at Dallas’ youngest doctoral graduate ever. All of 22 years old, he earned his Ph.D. in physics last Saturday. 

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Have you heard the online craze about Alex from Target? He’s real -- and he's from North Texas. He’s had a wild November.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the fiancée of Thomas Eric Duncan has a book deal, #AlexFromTarget talks about the dark side of Internet fame, get ready for 24/7 Christmas music, and more.

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Nearly a quarter of Texas business owners are foreign born. These entrepreneurs brought in a total income of $10 billion dollars in 2010. Still, immigration is a sticking point, and some Texas entrepreneurs are pushing for more high-skilled visas.

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It’s back-to-school time for twelve innovative startups in Dallas. Today, Health Wildcatters, the Southwest’s first healthcare seed-accelerator, announced which companies were chosen for the second class of the Dallas-based accelerator. Five have Dallas ties.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: guns are playing a bigger role in political campaigns; Dallas police investigate graffiti as hate crimes; the hunt is on for some mystery Texas twirlers; and more.

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World War II veterans from around the country gathered in Gainesville for a Memorial Day ceremony. Some of the aging soldiers trained at Camp Howze there seven decades ago. The men from the 103rd Infantry Division helped to liberate the Dachau Concentration Camp. 

Startup accelerators Tech Wildcatters and Health Wildcatters are moving downtown, into a building that’s been vacant for decades.

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Here’s a reminder that will make it easier and faster to vote Tuesday: Take one of the seven approved forms of a photo ID with you.

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After what are shaping up to be easy primary wins in March for the leading gubernatorial candidates, Republican Greg Abbott starts the general election race for governor with an 11-point lead over Democrat Wendy Davis, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Meanwhile, several statewide races on the Republican primary ballot — for lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller — appear headed for May runoffs. None of the leaders in those races looks close to the 50 percent support they would need to win next month's primary outright.

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Sen. John Cornyn on Wednesday expressed confidence he’ll be the Republican Party’s nominee despite a last-minute challenge by Congressman Steve Stockman. 

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz took a post-shutdown lap through his home state of Texas this week, appearing before crowds that overlooked the fact that the Republican who led the charge to kill money for President Barack Obama's health care law had failed.

Today, he'll be in Iowa, where Republicans have the first say in the presidential race -- and will view him much more skeptically.