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The driver of a semi-trailer packed with at least 39 immigrants, 10 of whom died, pleaded guilty Monday to making the deadly smuggling run.

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A federal judge ruled against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's decision two years ago to remove a mock Nativity display from the Texas Capitol that advocated the separation and church state. 

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is on a trade mission to China and South Korea this week.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: South Texas man stole fajitas for almost a decade; environmental policy changes affect Texas; a former Dallasite gets personal in new album; and more.

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Fort Worth Superintendent Kent Scribner spent Friday promoting two bond packages that voters will consider next month.

State Says Harvey's Death Toll Has Reached 88

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Hurricane Harvey has directly or indirectly taken the lives of as least 88 Texans, according to preliminary numbers released Friday by the Department of State Health Services.

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The U.S. House Thursday approved more than $36 billion for disaster recovery efforts. Gov. Greg Abbott urged the 36 House members from Texas to vote against the bill. Six Republicans ultimately voted no - including Joe Barton of Ennis, Louie Gohmert of Tyler, Jeb Hensarling of Dallas and Kenny Marchant of Coppell.

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It’s up to the Dallas City Council to decide the fate of the city’s Confederate symbols.

The council is expected to vote next month; the city's Cultural Affairs Commission endorsed a series of recommendations this week made by a task force appointed by Mayor Mike Rawlings. Here's what those actions would do.

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The Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission unanimously adopted recommendations from a task force appointed by the mayor on what to do with the city's Confederate monuments and symbols. 

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The U.S. House today is expected to vote on an additional $36.5 billion for disaster recovery efforts across the country. Gov. Greg Abbott has criticized the proposal because it doesn't include nearly $19 billion in aid he and most of the state's congressional delegation wanted for Texas.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Prisoners in Texas pitch in to help Harvey victims; Boy Scouts will start accepting girls; Dallas Holocaust Museum to expand; and more.

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The first trial of a biker involved in the deadly Waco Twin Peaks shootout is underway; opening statements started this afternoon in Waco. Jacob Carrizal is president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos motorcycle group. The Bandidos and their rivals — the Cossacks — fought in the restaurant's parking lot in May 2015. The deadliest biker shootout in U.S. history left nine bikers dead and 20 wounded. 

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The Dallas Public Art Committee has unanimously adopted all recommendations from the Mayor’s Task Force on Confederate Monuments. It now goes before the Cultural Affairs Commission tomorrow.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas Parks and Wildlife gets stolen rock back in the mail; how much Harvey will cost the state; some Texans try Chipotle queso so you don’t have to; and more.

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Dallas' Public Art Committee met to hear recommendations Tuesday afternoon on what to do with the city's Confederate monuments from a task force appointed by Mayor Mike Rawlings. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Today's the last day to register to vote in next month's elections. Voters will weigh in on seven proposed state constitutional amendments and local bond issues.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: An update on the Waco Twin Peaks trials; Greg Abbott wants to win more Latino votes in 2018; ketchup plus corny dog equals heresy; and more.

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The Trump administration sent an immigration policy wishlist to Congress Sunday that could derail efforts to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

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North Texas congressman and Republican Joe Barton told KXAS-TV's Lone Star Politics he believes both border wall funding and legislation for people who benefit from the Deferred Action For Child Arrivals program can pass.

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History has molded Texas — literally — to form today's unmistakable shape with its sharp angles of the Panhandle, sweeping curves along Mexico and jagged edges near the Red River and the Gulf.

Now, nearly 170 years since the state's borders were defined, we eat Texas-shaped waffles, swim in Texas-shaped pools and sleep on Texas-shaped pillows.

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KERA received its first-ever national Edward R. Murrow Award, for excellence in video among large radio stations, at a gala in New York on Monday night. The video by Thorne Anderson and Courtney Collins was part of the series, "One Crisis Away: Rebuilding A Life."

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The tiny town of Moran, Texas, is in the national spotlight. Moran, a couple of hours west of Fort Worth, is where the "bump stock" device is made. Bump stocks allow semi-automatic rifles to perform more like fully automatic weapons.

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Texas isn’t the most unfairly redistricted state — if you use the measure cited by lawyers arguing this week before the U.S. Supreme Court — but the maps we use to elect people to Congress and the Texas Legislature are rigged in favor of the Republican majority.

The worst shooting massacre in U.S. history sparks an intense new debate over gun control, including a ban on "bump stocks" that can make rifles function like an automatic weapon.

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About 100 protesters demonstrated outside the office of Texas Senator John Cornyn in Houston on Thursday. Organizers from United We Dream Houston want an extension to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Trump administration's deadline for DACA renewal applications was yesterday.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: The One America Appeal concert proves mighty popular; Dallas made the latest cut to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup; L.D. Bell High now has a Nobel connection; and more.

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Kevin Simmons is an economist with an unusual specialty: disasters.

The professor at Austin College in Sherman says cities, states and nations can prepare for disasters like hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey.

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A district attorney has been probing whether Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton broke any laws by accepting a $100,000 gift from a CEO whose company was being investigated for alleged fraud, according to news reports.

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