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Just about anyone who’s into sports are familiar with crazy contests, like a fan taking a half-court shot to win a car or file a March Madness bracket for a shot at a million dollars. The odds of winning those contests are pretty small, but when someone does win, another person has to pay. 


The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: More patent infringement cases are brought to courts in East Texas than anywhere else in the country. In Texas alone, more than 600 companies have been hit with a patent infringement lawsuit since 2005. The rise of “patent trolls” is partially to blame.       

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Plano’s growth and development plan, known as Plano Tomorrow, survived a petition by opponents to bring the plan to a referendum vote.


Dozens of LGBT activists gathered outside Dallas Police headquarters last night to protest what they see as slow police response to the wave of crime in the Oak Lawn neighborhood, which has a prominent gay entertainment district. The protest follows another violent attack last week; the 12th in less than three months.


The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk today will introduce a new unit designed to help offenders suffering from mental illness.

From Texas Standard:

A funny thing happened on the way to the U.S. House passing a bill called the “Safe Act” yesterday. Inspired by concerns after the Paris Attacks, this bill would extend background checks on refugees from Syria and put up major obstacles to the President’s plan to admit 10,000 refugees before he leaves office.

Congressman Henry Cuellar was one of 47 Democrats to OK the legislation, five of those Democrats from Texas. That helped lead the House to a majority to override President Obama’s promised veto.


On 37-Mile March Over Three Days, Immigrants Slam Abbott

Nov 20, 2015
Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

TAYLOR — Carrying placards, chanting in Spanish and calling for a halt to deportations of people without work papers, a few dozen immigrants and activists kicked off a 37-mile “pilgrimage” Thursday from a federal detention facility to the Texas Governor’s Mansion. 

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Texas has instructed volunteer organizations that settle international refugees statewide to immediately stop helping Syrians - even though it may not have the authority to do so.


The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Like many other teams across the state, the Alto High School football team is preparing for its second playoff game tonight. However, this team is doing so without one of its players.


In the first six months of this year, more than 1,600 people died on roads in Texas – more than in any other state. In fact, TxDOT says at least one person has died every day from a car accident since November of 2000.