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A memorial service for Ruth Altshuler will be held Thursday at Highland Park United Methodist Church. Altshuler died last week after complications from breaking her hip. She was 93. 

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A memorial service for Ruth Altshuler will be held Thursday at Highland Park United Methodist Church. The prominent Dallas philanthropist died last week, after complications from a broken hip. She was 93. She was known for the millions of dollars she raised for charities, including the Salvation Army and United Way. KERA’s Stella Chavez takes a look back at Altshuler’s impact on North Texas.

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Gov. Greg Abbott has asked the Texas Rangers to open an investigation into reports of sexual misconduct at the state's juvenile lockups.

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Fort Worth is one of the last major cities in Texas that still allows smoking in bars, but that's soon about to change. The City Council voted 8-1 on Tuesday to ban smoking and electronic cigarettes in bars and bingo centers in 90 days, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas officials respond to homelessness audit; more Texans could be uninsured; meet the Harvey evacuees making a new life in Dallas-Fort Worth; and more.

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Hurricane Harvey, and the devastating rainfall that came with it, changed hundreds of thousands of people's lives. Some lost loved ones, while others watched the floodwaters invade their homes. Thousands of families were displaced, and some landed in North Texas. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Now that the filing deadline has passed, the March primary elections are taking shape.

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A new study commissioned by Dallas officials shows the city has a ways to go in providing more frequent and more equitable public transportation to people across the city, and especially low-income people. 

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A six-year-old class action lawsuit over the system of foster care in Texas may be reaching a climax. It’s the case in which a federal judge found Texas’ foster care system to be so dangerous to foster kids as to be unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack has called the system that cares for some 10,700 kids “broken.” Now, court special masters are making recommendations that are sure to attract pushback from the state of Texas, which has been aggressively privatizing the foster care system.

Robert Garrett of the Dallas Morning News reports Texas could be forced by the court to recruit thousands of foster parents, as the crisis in child protective services continues.

Trey Murphy is a grad student in North Carolina, but he has dreams of owning land in West Texas. A few months ago, he was looking at real estate online and came across something strange.

“I saw that there was this particular listing that was selling the surface estate, but not willing to sell the wind estate,” he says.

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Dallas has a ways to go in providing more accessible public transportation to people across the city who need it most.

A new report commissioned by the city explores the state of mass transit in Dallas, specifically its affordability, coverage area, frequency and accessibility.

More Texans May Be Left Without Health Insurance After End Of Open Enrollment

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Open enrollment for health care under former President Barack Obama's health care law ends Dec. 15, and while current Texas enrollment numbers are up from this time last year, new restrictions under the Trump administration may mean more uninsured Texans.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Tonight's the filing deadline for candidates seeking to run in the 2018 elections. An unusual number of retirements by seven members of Congress and some prominent state legislators has triggered a slew of filings for next year's primaries.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The winners of the Dallas marathon; who’s filed for 2018; how net neutrality reversal could hurt small Texas businesses; and more.

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It’s been over three months since Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast. For people from areas hit the hardest, a return to normal life seems far away. That’s especially true for those still staying in hotels, often miles and miles from the community they left behind, and with no home to go back to.

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The downtown Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center was evacuated just after 4 p.m. Friday after Dallas police received a call about a bomb threat, according to a statement from the city

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush could get a Democratic challenger today.

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Sen. Al Franken's decision to resign and the Dallas Theater Center's firing of Lee Trull are the latest moves in a seemingly nonstop stream of public figures embroiled in sexual harassment controversies. 

"The only thing that's new happening here is that people are getting fired for being harassers," SMU law professor Joanna Grossman says. "The harassment's not new."

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The most popular dog names in D-FW are Max and Bella; the son of a former Texas governor is running for Abbott’s seat; origins of “tumping”; and more.

On a single night in January, 23,548 people were experiencing homelessness in Texas, a 1.8 percent increase over last year, according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


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The son of a former Texas governor has launched his bid to unseat the current governor. Andrew White held a rally Thursday in Houston, where the investor promised to campaign as a conservative Democrat. The party hasn't captured the Texas governorship since Ann Richards won in 1990.

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KERA's Lauren Silverman has won the inaugural Hugh Aynesworth Award for radio investigative reporting from the Press Club of Dallas. That brings the station's 2017 award total to 41 -- including its first-ever national Edward R. Murrow Award.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The son of the late Texas Governor Mark White is joining the race for governor.

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The long-time Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, the daughter of South Texas migrant workers, said Wednesday she will resign to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott. Observers say Valdez is the strongest Democratic challenger in the race, but winning office will be an uphill battle.

Mike Sutter, food critic for the San Antonio Express-News, always did have good taco game, but would he actually prevail in his mission to eat at a different taco joint every day for a year?

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The Dallas Morning News conducted an investigation this summer about what happens to kids after a mother’s arrest. In the process, they stumbled on an interesting fact – more women are being jailed in Texas, even though arrests of women have dropped.

Investigative reporter Cary Aspinwall found that the number of women in county jails across Texas awaiting trial has increased about 50 percent since 2011.

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In a statement this morning, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez says she will resign and file for governor at the Texas Democratic Party headquarters in Austin later this morning.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: More people are pouring into D-FW; border crossings are at a 46-year low; meet Harvey evacuees making a new life in new cities; and more.

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Just over three months ago, Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Gulf Coast and settled over southeast Texas for three days dumping feet, not inches, of rain. Thousands evacuated before the storm made landfall, others had to be rescued when floods raged through their homes.

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The Dallas Theater Center's director of new play development has been fired for what it calls "inappropriate behavior." The center has not disclosed details of the allegations against Lee Trull.

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