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The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

The Texas Education Agency today released report cards for school districts and campuses across the state. It’s a new system based on A-through-F letter grades. Under the new system, every campus and district gets rated in several different areas, including student test scores, how much progress students are making on tests, closing achievement gaps as well as college and career readiness.

KERA’s Stella Chavez reports, many districts aren’t happy about the new system.

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Snow flurries blowing across North Texas will taper off this afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

An arctic blast is sending a chill and some snow throughout North Texas. Temperatures are expected to stay below freezing for much of the day hovering around the mid-to-high 20s. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Someone stole Lockhart’s water meter but burnt ends were still had; Dallas is one of the worst places for active lifestyles; Cowboys ticket prices are through the roof; and more.

Following North Carolina's Lead, Texas GOP Unveils So-Called “Bathroom Bill"

Jan 5, 2017
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

After months of sparring over whether transgender Texans should be allowed to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday officially set the legislative stage for the debate.


The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Public schools in Texas earned a below average grade in a new report card for education quality.

Poor Texans Left In Dark As State Electricity Aid Programs Ends

Jan 5, 2017
Cooper Neill for The Texas Tribune

North Texas was freezing during a three-day stretch last month, but Mary Garcia refused to turn on the heat in her cramped apartment. She feared that doing so would too quickly drain her pay-as-you-go account with Penstar Power, a Dallas-based electricity provider.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Cold weather may bring mountain cedar relief; the Texas State Strutters were chosen to dance at Trump’s inauguration; a young Dallasite claims she didn’t order four pounds of cookies from Alexa; and more.


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

The Dallas City Council wants to delay a bond election until November. A proposed $800 million package would pay for infrastructure improvements, including flood control, bridges and streets. Mayor Mike Rawlings says the council needs more time hammering out a package.

Is Celebratory Gunfire Legal In Texas? No — Except When It Is.

Jan 4, 2017

Hey Texplainer: A state lawmaker who was hit in the head by a stray bullet during a New Year’s celebration says he plans to file a bill to stop "celebratory gunfire." Isn't shooting your gun into the air already illegal in Texas?