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Students at Bowie High School in Arlington are learning how to fix band instruments. It might be the first high school program of its kind in the country. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Charlie Brown is up for auction; a Dallas Plan Commissioner is kicked off a plane; today is World AIDS Day; and more.

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When homeless high school kids get to college, what happens to them during the holidays? Texas Woman’s University in Denton is a leader in helping those with no home for the holidays.

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It can be tricky to pin down a patent troll.

 

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“I have come to the realization that I will almost certainly die of AIDS," New York Times reporter Jeff Schmalz wrote more than two decades ago. He died in 1993. 

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Dr. Donna Persaud, ​chief of Pediatric Community Medicine at Parkland Hospital System, talks about potential problems from the types of soap we use – especially anti-bacterial soap.

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So far this year, 14 high school football players have died across the country -- seven after an injury on the field, another seven from indirect causes such as heat stroke and heart problems. 

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Friday marks the 10th anniversary of Glenn Mitchell's death. Even with him gone for a decade, it's hard to imagine public radio in North Texas (and beyond) without Glenn's influence.

Transforming Dallas Into Something Called A 'Smart City'

Nov 18, 2015
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Efforts are underway to transform Dallas into a Smart City. That designation involves building an advanced network that can monitor everything from a city's energy consumption to when a garbage can needs to be changed. 

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It’s easy to fall over the financial edge if you don’t have job security. That’s why a Dallas nonprofit is helping women create their own path to employment.

The YWCA’s Women’s Enterprise Center launched earlier this year, and the new entrepreneurs who define it are learning a lot about the business world.

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Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that Texas would refuse Syrian refugees after a terrorist attack in Paris killed more than 120 people.

President Obama is in Turkey for a meeting of the G20 and and held a news conference. François Hollande spoke to a joint session of his parliament at the Palace of Versailles.

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Two elementary schools in Richardson ISD have debuted new lessons this fall that spotlight everything from landing a good job to planning for college. And a free savings account is part of the deal.

Texas Gets D- In 2015 State Integrity Investigation

Nov 9, 2015
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In his first State of the State address to the Texas Legislature in early 2015, newly elected Gov. Greg Abbott challenged lawmakers to dedicate their unfolding 140-day session to ethics reform, asserting that “the most important commodity that we have as elected officials is the bond that we share with our constituents.”

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It seems like there’s always a new high-rise, apartment complex or upscale grocery store popping up in Dallas. But there are several historic buildings and structures that have outlived the shiny and new -- they've become landmarks.

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A panel of top House Republicans has endorsed Texas GOP Rep. Kevin Brady to chair the influential Ways and Means committee.

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Treating complex hand wounds often involves wrapping gauze and bandages around the injury to the point of making any movement impossible. The “boxing glove” look is problematic because the joints in the fingers can easily become stiff — making it harder to recover mobility later on. Researchers at UT Arlington are developing a specialized glove that can deliver medicine to an injured hand to help speed up healing time and make the process less painful.

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KERA's series, One Crisis Away, looks at life for people on the financial edge. In this edition, why some people feel they can’t get away from the edge even as the economy is recovering.

Sam Baker talked with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about the survey the show did to find out.

North Texas Has Its Own WNBA Team: Dallas Wings

Nov 2, 2015
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Arlington’s latest pro sports team will be called the Dallas Wings. Team President David Swatzell made the announcement Monday at UT-Arlington.

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In 2004, the CBS News program 60 Minutes aired a documentary accusing then-President George W. Bush of receiving preferential treatment in the Texas Air National Guard. After the story aired, allegations flew about the authenticity of documents used in the reporting of the story.

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Plano High School math whiz David Yue recently won a national science fair honor for his project that could reduce dangerous radiation from medical CT scans. The high school freshman was in junior high when he dreamed up the project. .

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Dallas County is facing scrutiny because of how immigrants are detained in jail. More than a dozen people have sued Sheriff Lupe Valdez and the county for how their cases were handled.

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s collaboration with online car services – Lyft is the latest – is a national first.  Dallas transit users can now complete their door to door trips with help from these ride-share service applications that show up within DART’s own app.

Texas Has Beef With WHO Over Report That Links Meat To Cancer Risk

Oct 27, 2015
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Processed meats such as bacon and hot dogs cause cancer in humans, according to the World Health Organization — but consumers shouldn't worry about it, according to Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

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If you're naming off great sports films, "Rudy" and "Hoosiers" are probably high on that list.

A new film called "My All American" is coming out this fall. Written by the same screenwriter of those films, Angelo Pizzo, this time his focus is Texas football – more specifically Freddie Steinmark.


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Fans of red and green chili peppers rejoice. The taste and heat you savor also comes with some health benefits.  Sharon Cox, a dietitian with Parkland Hospital System, has some details.

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Arlington has JerryWorld. Dallas gets – well, let’s call it DebatePlex. It’s called The American Experiment, and it's a brand new complex dedicated to debate -- the high school and college competition for brainiacs.   

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As a teenager, a 20-something, and even into his 40s, Brian Cuban looked in the mirror and saw something that wasn’t really there. The younger brother of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has something called Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

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This week, the University Interscholastic League, which oversees athletic competitions throughout the state, asked school superintendents to approve a policy that would use a student's birth certificate or other government-issued documents to determine gender.

The UIL has a nondiscrimination policy that includes gender – but this new rule would put Texas junior and high school sports on a gender binary system.

 


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