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Texas Leading Suit To Stop Obama Transgender School Policy

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Texas, joined by 10 other states, filed a lawsuit Wednesday to stop a federal directive instructing school districts to let transgender students use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Wednesday.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: ExxonMobil will hold its annual shareholders meeting this morning. They’re expected to vote on a resolution to push the oil company to disclose the risks of climate change to its business.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A 3-foot, 175-pound male calf was born May 14 at the Dallas Zoo; AT&T is expanding internet access in South Dallas; a 12-year-old Austinite is competing in a barbecue championship on Food Network; and more.

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In a stunning comeback, State Board of Education hopeful Keven Ellis won Tuesday's District 9 Republican primary runoff over Mary Lou Bruner, who drew national attention for social media posts touting far-right conspiracy theories and other fringe views.

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The State Board of Education candidate who gained national headlines for her controversial Facebook comments lost her Republican runoff Tuesday.

Amid Reports Of Starr's Firing, Baylor Says Expect Announcement Soon

May 24, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Amid reports that Kenneth Starr, Baylor University's high-profile president, was fired this morning over a scandal related to the university's response to multiple sexual assault allegations against football players, university officials say they expect to announce the results an internal inquiry into the case by June 3, while declining to directly address Starr's future.

Five Years Later, Texas Voter ID Suit Still Moving Forward

May 24, 2016
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Texas’ five-year-old voter identification law — among the nation's strictest — will face a fresh round of probing Tuesday in a long-winding lawsuit that may ultimately end up at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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It’s Election Day for the state primary runoffs. This will settle races in May in which Republicans or Democrats failed to get at least 50 percent of the vote.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: There are tons of fireflies in Texas thanks to last year’s rain; Mark Cuban could play for either team when it comes to the vice presidency; watch two journalists rappel down the Reunion Tower; and more.

Parents Sue Texas Education Agency Over STAAR Exams

May 23, 2016
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A backlash against this year’s STAAR exams escalated Monday when a group of parents sued the state in an attempt to keep schools from using 2016 test scores to rate students — including deciding whether students should advance to the next grade or attend summer school.