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President-elect Donald Trump issued a Thanksgiving address on Wednesday evening, calling for the nation to come together after a bruising, bitter campaign.

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Most kids in Dallas schools get free breakfast and lunch on campus every school day. So what happens when Dallas schools are closed all week for the Thanksgiving break?  

4 Tips For A Successful Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2016
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Food tends to define Thanksgiving Day - and the particular dishes that define it seem to vary by region, neighborhood and family. 

How To Talk To Kids About Thanksgiving

Nov 25, 2015

You know the drill: Trace your hand, then add the details. Two feet, a beak, a single eyeball. Color it in, and voila! Hand becomes turkey.

You know the rest too: The Pilgrims fled England and landed on Plymouth Rock. The native people there, the Wampanoag, taught them to farm the land. In 1621, they sat down together for a thanksgiving feast, and we've been celebrating it ever since.

It's a lesson many remember from childhood, but the story has some problems.

A number of retail stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day again this year, to squeeze one more shopping day into their biggest season. Many of the low-wage workers folding shirts, running cash registers, and stocking Frozen sparkle princess dolls will be teenagers. How do teenagers in Texas try cram their family holiday around their shifts?

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While we all look forward to the holiday feast, people living with diabetes have to exercise caution. In this week’s Vital Signs, Sharon Cox, a dietitian with Parkland Hospital System, talks about ways to keep blood sugar levels stable.

If there's one Thanksgiving mistake Jack Bishop sees more than any other, it's people rushing to carve their birds. Bishop is editorial director of the public TV series America's Test Kitchen. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "Turkey needs to rest before you carve it ... and a lot fewer juices will end up on the carving board."

Bishop and Bridget Lancaster, also of America's Test Kitchen, share their tips for buying, seasoning and cooking a turkey, and describe some of their favorite side dishes.

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The North Texas weekend rain never turned to ice and sleet as predicted. Still, 480 flights were canceled out of D/FW International Airport Sunday and Monday in anticipation of the winter storm. Now, it’s mostly back to normal. As the remaining stranded passengers get on their way, the airport’s also gearing up for the year’s busiest travel season.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the Pilgrims weren’t so awesome, about 30 percent of Dallas County children live at or below the poverty line, thousands of pages of JFK investigation documents are now online, and more:

State Fair of Texas

We’re just three weeks away from opening day of the 2013 State Fair of Texas.

And what’s the No. 1 reason we all go to the fair? To pig out. (Corny dogs, fried butter, funnel cakes, oh my!)

You’ve already heard about the top new foods – Fried Thanksgiving Dinner and Deep Fried Cuban Roll recently won the Big Tex Choice Awards. NPR’s John Burnett recently profiled some of the creative chefs.

Check out the slideshow of the eight dishes that competed in the Big Tex Choice contest. Just looking at those pictures raises your cholesterol levels.

But what else have these fried foodies whipped up this year?

Thanksgiving never tasted like this. A newly concocted delicacy called Fried Thanksgiving Dinner won "most creative" honors today at the State Fair of Texas' annual fried food-off. And in a shocking upset, Fried Nutella was shut out of the winners' circle.

3 Ways To Get Your Family Out Of The House

Nov 23, 2012
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You can make it through the weekend without touching off controversy. All you need is a little rare vinyl, a couple of movie tickets and a long walk.

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Thanksgiving usually conjures up the aroma of turkey-in-the-oven; giblet gravy on the stove; and pumpkin pie cooling on the counter. But for some Texans, it’s the savory scent of mole.

Reasons To Give Thanks

Nov 21, 2012

The Thanksgiving holiday for many means time off from work spent at home with loved ones and a large meal to mark the occasion. But commentator William Holston notes some aren’t as thankful for that and more as they could be.

Thankful And Thoughtful

Nov 20, 2012

As Thanksgiving approaches, commentator Rawlins Gilliland is thankful for thoughtful inspirations.

Larry Rolf and Denny Daniels know their relationship is an unlikely one. They're best friends, and they were both married to the same woman — her name was Sharon — though not at the same time.

They met on Thanksgiving, in 1990, just outside of Minneapolis. Denny and Sharon were dating. Larry and Sharon had broken up, and Larry had re-married 13 years prior.

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We all gripe about pricey airfare over the holidays. But if you use a few simple tips, it’s not too late to book less expensive travel.

Dallas, TX – Three million Texans will be traveling for Thanksgiving this week. KERA's BJ Austin says North Texans with plane tickets will have to navigate construction inside and outside of the two major airports.