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A controversial Confederate statue is staying put in downtown Denton, but with added historical context. Denton County Commissioners approved a recommendation Tuesday morning that recommends the 100-year-old statue of a Confederate soldier be accompanied by a plaque denouncing slavery, as well as video kiosks to add context. 

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The left-leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities, based in Austin, works on everything from health care to hunger.

Executive Director Ann Beeson lays out the most pressing issues she thinks Texans, especially low-moderate income Texans, are up against in 2018.

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Denton County commissioners have unanimously approved a plan to keep the Confederate statue located on the south side of the historic Courthouse on the Square lawn — with added historical context. 

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The flu epidemic has closed down yet another North Texas school.

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The proposed Dallas-to-Houston bullet train built up a little more momentum on Monday. Last week brought the first peek at the proposed Dallas station in the Cedars neighborhood just south of downtown.

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Last month, Dallas officials gave the five bike-share companies currently operating in the city a deadline of this Friday to get their two-wheeled troops in order.  

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The developers of a high-speed train connecting the state’s two largest urban areas announced Monday morning they want to build the Houston station at the site of Northwest Mall, about eight miles from the city’s downtown.

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Today’s the last day to register to vote for the March 6 primaries.

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A 1,329-pound steer named Mufasa was sold for $200,000 at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, which ended its 23-day run Sunday.

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Texas Transportation Commission member Victor Vandergriff plans to step down from the board that oversees the state’s transportation agency, according to a report from D Magazine. That would make the North Texas man the second transportation commissioner to decide to step down in recent days.

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Fifteen years ago this week, on a clear blue Texas morning the Space Shuttle Columbia re-entered Earth's atmosphere after a successful, 16-day science mission in space. The shuttle disintegrated over East Texas skies, killing all seven astronauts on board.

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In 1941, Texas folklorist J. Frank Dobie published The Longhorns, the definitive book on the quintessential Lone Star State livestock. Dobie was unsparing in his description of the breed, calling them bony, thin-flanked, some even grotesquely narrow-hipped, but also uniquely suited for the Texas terrain. They were built for survival, not show, which makes them quite different from their modern relatives.

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There’s a shakeup going on at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department after a Dallas Morning News investigation revealed widespread allegations of different types of abuse. Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced this week he's replacing the chief of the independent office that investigates safety complaints by youth in the department's custody. The new person in the office, JD Robertson, is a retired Texas Ranger.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Authorities have arrested four current or former state juvenile justice employees and the search continues for a fifth worker. Three of those arrested yesterday worked at the juvenile lockup in Gainesville, north of Dallas.

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Despite a last-ditch effort to stop his execution, John Battaglia was put to death Thursday night after hours of delay.

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A new report out by the Southern Poverty Law Center finds American students don’t fully understand many facts about slavery and the role it played in U.S. history. As KERA’s Stella Chavez reports, the study also says educators aren't adequately teaching students about slavery.

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A six-year-old Texan on Thursday became the first person in the state to receive a legal delivery of medical cannabis — more than two years after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law legalizing the sale of a specific kind of cannabis oil to Texans with intractable epilepsy.

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A former accountant from Dallas is scheduled for lethal injection tonight if a federal court doesn't intervene.

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A Dallas County grand jury is not bringing charges against Dallas police officers who were responsible for the death of a gunman who killed five officers in downtown in July 2016. KERA’s Stephanie Kuo reports.

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Elected officials from Texas were among those on a chartered train that crashed in Virginia this morning. The train was carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia when it hit a garbage truck.

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A grand jury has declined to bring charges against Dallas police officers responsible for the death of a sniper who had killed five officers during a downtown rally.

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The Margaret McDermott Bridge in Dallas was supposed to be open to pedestrians and bicyclists by now, but the Dallas Observer reports the arches over the Trinity River have been closed because of concerns that the bridge's suspension cables, which connect the arches to the base of the bridge, vibrate under heavy winds and cause anchor rods to break.

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Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered a Texas Rangers criminal investigation into claims that former doctor Larry Nassar abused some of his victims at the Karolyi Ranch. The U.S. women's gymnastics team used the facility near Huntsville for training.

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A man from Dallas facing a lethal injection Tuesday night is waiting to hear if the U.S. Supreme Court will block his execution.

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Developers behind the Texas bullet train, promised to shuttle travelers between Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes, have released unofficial designs of a station just outside of downtown Dallas. KERA’s Stephanie Kuo reports.

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Texas’ second attempt to require health providers to bury or cremate fetal remains has been temporarily thwarted by a federal judge and another court battle is imminent.

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The folks behind the proposed Texas bullet train, which aims to shuttle travelers 200 miles per hour between Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes, have released unofficial designs of the North Texas station.

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There's no movement yet on a lawsuit by the Dallas County Republican Party to remove 128 Democrats from the primary ballot.

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The U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agency arrested 86 unauthorized immigrants, including dozens in North Texas, in its most recent round of immigration enforcement.

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A former Richardson ISD school board member has sued the district. David Tyson Jr. alleges the district's at-large system violates the Voting Rights Act by denying “fair representation of African Americans and other non-white voters.”

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