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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: The corny dogs are sizzling and Big Tex is saying 'howdy' once again, which means the State Fair of Texas is back. A crew of KERA reporters and producers spent the day at the fair, capturing the sounds and scenes.

Texas Officially Withdraws From Refugee Resettlement Program

13 hours ago
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Texas has officially withdrawn from the nation’s refugee resettlement program, Gov. Greg Abbott's office said Friday. But that won't stop the federal government from continuing to help refugees relocate here.

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The State Fair of Texas opens Friday at Fair Park. For nearly 65 years, Big Tex, the giant cowboy, has stood over the fair, greeting visitors.  Here’s a history lesson.

Ignoring Anti-Refugee Rhetoric, Texans Rush To Help In Resettlement

17 hours ago
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Texas' top elected officials have not exactly welcomed refugees over the past year.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Today is the last day on the job for Bishop Kevin Farrell. He’s helped lead and unify the Catholic Diocese of Dallas since 2007. Farrell was promoted to a new position at the Vatican.

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Merritt Tierce’s debut novel Love Me Back is the story of a single mother working as a waitress in Dallas. The book earned rave reviews when it was released two years ago, but that didn’t translate into sales.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Eleven people have applied to replace Susan Hawk as Dallas County District Attorney; the “Cycling Dutchman” is passing through Texas on his journey to bike around the world; a member of The Monkees returns home to Dallas this weekend; and more.

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: For nearly 65 years, Big Tex has stood over the State Fair. The greeting giant has been through a lot in his time, and KERA's Eric Aasen details the how the cowboy entered the hearts of Texans.

With Lawsuit, Paxton Joins Cruz Fight Over Internet "Giveaway"

Sep 29, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is jumping into Ted Cruz's fight to stop what the U.S. senator calls President Barack Obama's illegal internet "giveaway." 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Testimony on education funding continues today in Austin. Superintendents across Texas are asking state lawmakers to do more to tackle public school funding.

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