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Hundreds of military veterans have taken over the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas for the National Wheelchair Games this week. Some are novices just out of rehab; others are Paralympians.

And at this competition, it’s all about the wheels.

Vinli

Can any car be turned into a smart car? A Dallas-based startup called Vinli has captured the attention of drivers across the country with a device promising to do just that. We tested it out.

Texas Politicians Return Money From White Supremacist

Jun 23, 2015
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A number of elected officials from Texas are parting ways with campaign donations from the white supremacist leader of a group tied to the recent massacre at a church in South Carolina. 

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The Dallas Arboretum is full of life right now; bright blossoms, busy honeybees and one plant that stands out above the rest.

It’s a crazy cycle of life, and death, for the Queen Victoria Agave.

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The Van Cliburn Foundation is aiming for a new generation of pianists – kids. This weekend brings the Cliburn’s first international competition for 13 to 17 year olds. The main Cliburn, held every 4 years, has helped launch careers, and an amateur contest has enlivened off-years. Some wonder whether the newest effort is putting too much pressure on musicians too soon.

U.S. Justice Department

Police departments in Texas are outfitting officers with body cameras. Would a body camera have changed what happened with the officer in McKinney?

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In the world of international chess, there are about 1,400 Grandmasters across some 75 countries. One of the newest, and youngest, lives in Coppell. We caught up with the teenager.

Texas Democrats Help Defeat Obama's Legacy Bill

Jun 12, 2015
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday shot down President Obama's bid to negotiate the largest trade deal in American history. But unlike recent chapters in divided government, the people taking the knives to his agenda were members of his own party, including most of Texas' Democratic delegation.  

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Between now and the end of July, a North Texas college student will have traveled to four different continents to compete at the highest level of taekwondo. She’ll fight the Paraguay Open this weekend. Jackie Galloway hopes all her travels lead to one place: the Olympics.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas honors John Wayne; updates on the flooding in Houston and Austin; White House contenders are coming to Texas; and more.

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New research out of the North Texas Food Bank's Hunger Center explores the link between food security and other financial habits. According to Research Director Richard Amory, data shows bad financial practices may actually cause food insecurity. 

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In the middle of this dreary May, there’s a ray of sunshine. The thing is, it comes from a giant tent in an Arlington parking lot.

Once you walk inside, the collection of 20-foot tall sand sculptures will make you forget you’re in land-locked North Texas.

Long hospital stays and frequent checkups are a drag. And they’re especially hard on kids who often fall behind in school and miss spending time with friends. To help these patients stay home, Children’s Medical Center in Dallas is trying to connect with kids using video and Bluetooth after organ transplants.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: cowboys rescue horses from flooding; exploring Blue Bell’s woes; is Texas bike-friendly?; and more.

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The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports a 49 percent increase between 2013 and last year in what’s known as vaginal rejuvenation surgery. It’s the subject of growing controversy.

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Dallas school board elections Saturday should strengthen the position of Superintendent Mike Miles, just days after he survived another vote to oust him.

UT-Southwestern Medical Center

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. – it kills almost 130,000 Americans each year. Getting the right treatment as quickly as possible is key. 

Pot Legalization Bill Clears Texas House Panel

May 7, 2015
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A proposal to legalize marijuana in Texas will head to the calendars committee, and possibly the House floor, after it was approved by a House committee Wednesday evening.

Figure 1

While you’re on Instagram looking at lolcats, artisan desserts and celebrity selfies, some doctors are on a different photo sharing app, called Figure 1, looking at gangrene, gallstones and rashes.

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There’s a new after-school club in the Denton school district where kids can play computer games. But they’re not just staring like zombies into screens. This is also an introduction to computer coding. The goal is for kids to learn while having fun.

Texas Gay Rodeo Association.

North Texas is the heart of rodeo country -- but this weekend brings a three-day event that's like no other Lone Star rodeo. It's called the Texas Tradition -- it's the annual competition sponsored by the Texas Gay Rodeo Association.

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On Friday at 4 p.m., Dallas school board members will meet to decide the future of superintendent Mike Miles.

Dianna Douglas

An elementary school in Dallas is tearing up their grass courtyard, and turning it into a garden of native plant that don’t need a sprinkler system. Cochran Elementary is the first of many schools that will see new landscaping as part of a citywide effort to curb water use.

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Never tell a despairing person your philosophy of happiness.  Action items - ways to max out everyday life with gratitude and compassion - are worth more, when it counts the most. We heard a shortlist from Dr. Amit Sood, author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living in January, and he was back on Think earlier this week. 

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Miranda Lambert won four awards, including album and song of the year, but the singer lost the night's top prize to Luke Bryan at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards.

Pint-Sized Triathletes Learn Big Lessons In Training

Apr 17, 2015
Dianna Douglas

In Dallas, the Tom Landry Triathlon will be held this weekend--it’s 400 meters of swimming, 15 miles of biking, and then 3 miles of running. Among the athletes at the starting line on Saturday will be a group of middle schoolers from South Dallas.

Trinity Parkway Design Charette Report

A re-design of the proposed Trinity Toll Road got official support of the Dallas City Council Thursday. The final vote in support of a four-lane, meandering parkway came only after a cloud of confusion cleared.

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Tonight at 7, KERA 90.1 FM will air a special program about the 20th  anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Dallas Zoo

If you’re ever bitten by a venomous snake, your local hospital can probably take care of you. But if an exotic snake bites you, chances are a hurried phone call will be made to the Dallas Zoo. It has one of the country’s largest supplies of anti-venom.

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On your way into work this morning, there’s a good chance you were still sleepy. The good news is, you can fix that if you can find as little as 15 minutes. Tuesday on Think, sleep expert Dr. James Maas talked to Krys Boyd about the benefits of the power nap.

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