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Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

A much-watched annual report shows Texas slipping two spots to 43rd in a national ranking of the top states to be a kid.

Abby Livingston/The Texas Tribune

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Four gun measures up for a vote in the U.S. Senate failed last night, including one by Sen. Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas. He proposed a measure preventing gun sales to people on the FBI’s terrorist watch list. 

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: The president of the Texas Nationalist Movement sees Britain’s possible move from the EU as a model; Arlington police might be over-reporting traffic stops to meet quotas; two goats were shot and killed on the Waco property featured on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” ; and more.

At A&M, Diversity Increases Without Affirmative Action

22 hours ago
Shelby Knowles / The Texas Tribune

COLLEGE STATION — In the minds of many Texans, the Lone Star State’s two flagship universities are polar opposites: The University of Texas at Austin is perceived as diverse, urban and liberal. Texas A&M University is viewed as white, rural and conservative.

Susan Hawk / Facebook

Just over a week since she returned, Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk is leaving for Arizona to continue treatment for depression.

Federal Rules Could Tame 'Wild West' Of Texas Payday Lending

23 hours ago
Tamir Kalifa / The Texas Tribune

Leonard Abbott of San Marcos had heard of the dangers of payday loans — the small-dollar, high-interest credit that can quickly trap borrowers in a morass of debt. But when unexpected medical bills blew a hole in his monthly budget last year, he felt he had nowhere else to turn. He took out a $500 loan, expecting to pay it back in full in two weeks. When he couldn’t, he sought more loans, until about a third of his $1,700 monthly take-home pay was going toward paying interest and fees alone.



The top local stories this morning from KERA News: In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando, the U.S. Senate today will vote on four measures seeking to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: An alligator causing unease among Fort Worth lake-goers has yet to be captured by authorities; a healthy baby girl was born in the backseat on the side of I-35; suspicious packages were found on the grounds of an LGBT church in Dallas; and more.

Mike Wilson / Twitter

Travelers and employees of Dallas Love Field are getting back to the routine after a temporary evacuation. The airport's fire alarms were repeatedly sounding due to a system malfunction, and no fire was detected, authorities confirmed.

Lawmaker Revives Eminent Domain Question For Bullet Train

Jun 17, 2016
Norihiro Kataoka / Texas Tribune

State Rep. Byron Cook asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday to rule on whether a private company developing a high-speed train project in the state has the power of eminent domain.