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Seven people were shot and killed at a home in a Dallas suburb where they had reportedly gathered to watch a football game, authorities and neighbors say. A police officer who arrived on the scene exchanged gunfire with the suspected shooter, who was killed.

Two other people were wounded in the incident, police said. There was no immediate word on their conditions.

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It's official: State Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano, is running for Congress.

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In North Texas, no place is booming like Plano. As sparkling new residential and retail hubs continue to sprout, companies like Toyota plan to bring in 15,000 new employees over the next year.

That’s a big business opportunity – and a big headache when it comes to moving all of those people around town.

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Among nearly 2,700 athletes competing in the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world this year is a figure skater from Plano.

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Plano residents can return to separating their plastic, glass and other recyclable materials from their trash after a fire suspended recycling services for nearly two weeks. Richardson residents will be able to do the same Thursday.

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Recycling services have been suspended indefinitely in Richardson and Plano after a fire destroyed an area recycling center Wednesday night.

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Does geography actually matter when it comes to getting that first job?

A new Wallethub study ranks the best and worst cities for starting a career, and Texas is all over the top 25. Analyst Jill Gonzalez breaks down the rankings with KERA's Courtney Collins.

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The non-profit Trust for Public Land has released its annual ParkScore Index, which rates the park systems in the 100 largest cities in the U.S. Six North Texas cities made the list. Here’s how they stacked up:

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For several years, the city of Plano has been trying to figure out what to do with the 155-year-old Collinwood House. The City Council could decide the future of the West Plano house as early as April. Preservationists are hoping that a look into its past could save it. 

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Plans for Plano’s future has managed to garner significant controversy over the past year. The tension reached a tipping point earlier this month, when the Plano City Council recently passed its comprehensive plan, which addresses growth and development over the next three decades.

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When Toyota announced in early 2014 that it was moving its North American headquarters from Torrance, Calif., to Plano, the business story was quickly overtaken by a political one: Did Texas get ripped off?

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: downtown Plano gets a national honor; the first woman and African-American to lead Tarrant County College has died; Interstate 35 is important for monarch butterflies; and more.

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Toyota’s new U.S. headquarters in Plano won’t be ready until 2017, but its North American CEO has already set up shop in North Texas. Jim Lentz is a 33-year veteran of the company, and he’s putting down roots in Westlake.

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A 30-year-old water tower no longer serves as a Plano landmark after a demolition crew "tipped" the structure Monday morning. 

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The non-profit Trust for Public Land has released its annual ParkScore ratings, which ranks public park systems in the 75 largest U.S. cities. Plano scored the highest out of Texas cities, coming in at No. 17.

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An Equal Rights petition circulating in Plano has been ruled invalid by the City and will not move forward, according to a press release

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At a fiery meeting last month, the Plano City Council enacted an ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Opponents have launched a petition drive to overturn the measure. 

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Toyota gave Plano schools $1  million Monday and threw a block party for the public as it officially said "hello" to the city where it’s moving its North American headquarters. So, why Plano?

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a popular vet in Fort Worth is under investigation; the Dallas mayor says Toyota chose Plano over Dallas because of DISD; why did Erykah Badu sing “Happy Birthday” to the Swaziland king?; and more:

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Toyota chose to move its national headquarters to Plano over Dallas in part because of the state of the Dallas ISD, Mayor Mike Rawlings said Tuesday on KERA.

“The big elephant in the room is we don’t get Toyota in Dallas because of the school system,” Rawlings said. “We’ve talked to them and they want to be in Plano. And 7-Eleven left."

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA newsroom: Toyota will move its headquarters to Plano, so what does that mean for North Texas? Also, KERA’s Bill Zeeble begins the first of a two-part series on Dallas’s controversial “home rule” proposal to remake the school system.

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Toyota is moving its U.S. headquarters from California to Plano.

The Japanese automaker announced the move Monday.

Toyota says the new headquarters will bring together employees who are now scattered around the country. It will break ground on a new headquarters in North Texas this year.

"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them" -- Mark Twain.

Dr. John Miller, the author of the America's Most Literate Cities study, which ranked 77 of the nation's largest cities by six groupings of criteria, said that Twain quote perfectly encapsulates his attitude toward literacy.

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A vote of the Plano City Council Tuesday night could open restaurant patios to diners and their dogs.

The issue was raised by the Katy Trail Ice House Outpost that opened last summer in Plano. The original Ice House in Dallas is a popular spot for Fido and friends, and operators wanted to do the same in Plano.

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When kids with autism, Asperger’s and Down syndrome get too old for high school, the next big challenge is how to build an independent life. That’s what the Plano non-profit My Possibilities specializes in. The center is taking an artful approach.

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In Plano ISD, 63 percent of voters agreed Tuesday to a 13-cent increase in their school property tax rate, the maximum allowed by law.

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The Common Application program is supposed to help high schoolers apply to multiple colleges via the web. But owing to software snafus, some students haven’t been able to apply to schools or correctly send text or process credit card charges, among other problems. That’s according to The New York Times.

Plano ISD's new fleet of vehicles are patrolling school campuses. Their presence is part of the district's new security plan.

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A Canadian clothing brand called Joe Fresh travels south tomorrow, to about 700 J.C. Penney stores. It’s the first of several Penney ‘store in a store’ lines aimed at younger buyer. Can Joe Fresh can help revive a struggling, stale Plano-based JC Penney?

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Services for internationally-known motivational speaker Zig Ziglar will be Saturday at 11am at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. The 86 year old Ziglar died of pneumonia Wednesday.

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