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9:26 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Abbott Opinion Murky on Plastic Bag Bans

A plastic shopping bag hangs in a tree.
Hillarie Flickr

Do plastic bag bans and restrictions in cities like Austin, Laredo, and Brownsville violate Texas law?

According to an opinion issued by Attorney General Greg Abbott's office handed down on Friday afternoon, that depends on how you define two phrases: "container or package" and "solid waste management."

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KERA Newsroom
8:44 am
Mon September 1, 2014

From The Newsroom: Fried Food Glory; Food And Drug Interactions

One of the finalists for this year's Big Tex Choice Award: "Twisted Texas Tacos" by Christi Erpillo.
State Fair of Texas

The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: The State Fair of Texas will host its annual food competition today. Which fried confection will take the coveted Big Tex Choice Award? Also, food and drug interactions to watch out for in this week's Vital Signs.  

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Texas News
8:44 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Abortion Regulation

An abortion procedure room at the Whole Woman's Health ambulatory surgical center in San Antonio.
Ben Philpott KUT/Texas Tribune

A federal judge on Friday struck down new requirements for Texas abortion facilities — a decision that could have shuttered all but a few abortion clinics in the state.

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Transportation
1:19 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Dallas County Claims 20 Spots On Texas' List Of Most Congested Roadways

According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the most congested road segment in Dallas County is along I-75 from LBJ Freeway to Woodall Rodgers and Highway 366.
Kichigin Shutterstock

Harris and Dallas counties have the dubious honor of claiming the most spots in the state's latest list of the 100 most congested roadways in Texas.

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The High Five
7:37 am
Fri August 29, 2014

In Dallas, A Bigger Chunk Of Income Is Going Towards Monthly Rent

Andrey Popov Shutterstock

Five stories that have North Texas talking: rent eats up more income in Dallas, President Obama taps Sarah Saldaña to head U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, more Texans are choosing urgent care centers over hospitals, and more.

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Texas News
7:46 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

The Shed Opens Friday In Downtown Dallas With More Produce, Vendors And Kid Zones

It's moving day for farmers and vendors at the Farmers Market in downtown Dallas.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Just in time for peak squash and okra season, the Dallas Farmers Market is debuting a major renovation this Labor Day weekend. What’s now called “The Shed” will house long-time sellers and new vendors, all part of on-going 65 million dollar transformation on the East Side of downtown.

Stephenia Ottinger drives more than an hour down from Gainesville to this market to buy fruit and vegetables for a lot of people.  

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Texas News
5:51 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

UT-Dallas Professor Dives Deep Into The Mysterious Mariana Trench

The three-person submersible 'Shinkai 6500' can dive up to 6,500 meters (about 4 miles). UT Dallas researcher Ignacio Pujana served as a scientific observer on board the vessel.
UTD

To boldly go where no man has gone before – is a phrase that usually leads to thoughts of exploring the stars, but in this case we’re referring to the deepest parts of the ocean.

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The High Five
7:23 am
Thu August 28, 2014

High-Speed Rail Could Expand To Other Parts Of Texas

A Shinkansen bullet train in Japan, which can hit speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.
Gerald O'Sullivan Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Bullet trains may connect other parts of Texas besides that Dallas-to-Houston line, another confirmed case of human Chikungunya in North Texas, confessions from Texas Monthly’s BBQ editor, and more.

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KERA Newsroom
6:42 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

From The Newsroom: First Week Attendance, Potentially Haunted Workspace

Matt McGee Flickr

The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom:

In many school districts, students keep trickling in days and even weeks after the first bell. And two local art curators had a vision: they wanted to create a place where artists could both live and work in Dallas. They found a house and possibly some unexpected house guests.

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Texas News
12:01 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Despite The 'Texas Miracle,' These Families Are Struggling

The unfinished home of the Ayala family. The Ayalas can't make ends meet in Texas so they travel to Indiana to pick corn.
Gabe Hernandez The Texas Tribune

If there’s a “Texas miracle,” it’s hard to see it from where María Ayala is sitting.

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