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News for North Texas, reports and opinion from KERA staff and freelance commentators.






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Need A COVID-19 Relationship Rescue? Tips For Couples Trying To Survive A Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has presented some unique challenges for couples. Whether they are struggling with being apart or spending too much time together, Dr. Lyndsey Harper has tips to help strengthen intimate relationships during this unique time.


Frisco Is A Boomtown: It's The Fastest-Growing Big City In The Country

In the booming suburbs north of Dallas, the city of Frisco grew faster than any other large city in the country over the last decade. That’s according to a new analysis from the Census Bureau.


A Trunk's Length Away: DFW Zoos Reopen Friday, But Call For Social Distancing

The Dallas Zoo and Fort Worth Zoo will both re-open Friday — and visitors can expect some new additions and new protocols. Both zoos are experiencing something they've never really encountered before: No visitors.


Dallas Photographer Donates Time To Capture Special Moments For High School Seniors

Mackenzie Clark's distressed bell-bottoms splay out on the sidewalk as she crouches low to the ground, her camera lens pointed up at a group of recently graduated high school seniors.


How Coronavirus Added To Major Health Disparities Found In Southeast Dallas

A Parkland Health & Hospital System report last year found high rates of health disparities in certain ZIP codes in southeast Dallas. The report's co-author says those health disparities alone — along with bigger social distancing and job challenges — put those areas at high risk for coronavirus.


Texas Motor Speedway Makes In-Person Graduation Possible For The Class of 2020

More than 30 North Texas high schools are holding graduations this month. Not in an auditorium, but at a racetrack.


'We Won't Quit': Cheers To The High School Class of 2020

Your senior year is one for the ages. Class trips, prom and graduation all help mark the end of one chapter and the start of another. The pandemic has stolen some of these moments from the Class of 2020, but that hasn’t kept seniors from celebrating a milestone year.


Charting The Mental Health Effects Of The Coronavirus Pandemic

From lockdowns to unemployment to reopening, the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is taking a deep dive into how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect mental health.


Funeral Workers Adapt So Mourners Can Grieve

COVID-19 has killed nearly 100,000 Americans — and each one of them had people who loved them. They had family and friends who’ll mourn their passing. But, unfortunately, safety measures like social distancing and stay-at-home orders have complicated an already difficult situation.


Big District Superintendents Worry Students Are Falling Behind In Texas

Leaders of the state’s two largest school districts worry their students are falling behind during the COVID-19 shutdown. Dallas and Houston superintendents shared their efforts Thursday to ensure their kids keep learning.


Black And Latino Communities Hardest Hit By COVID-19

The toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is staggering: More than 90,000 Americans have died of the disease and more than 38 million people have filed for unemployment since March . While the pain is widespread, it hasn’t been equal.


Plano Tops Area ParkScore Rankings, While Future Of Parks During COVID-19 Remains Uncertain

Maintaining its years-long streak, Plano again topped Dallas-Fort Worth area parks in the Trust For Public Land’s 2020 ParkScore index. Arlington reported the most progress this year among area cities, climbing to 59th from last year’s ranking of 68th.


Dallas School Pulls Off One Of The Nation's First In-Person Graduations, Despite COVID-19

A small group of Conrad High School seniors in Dallas recently celebrated one of the first in-person graduations in the country. It almost didn’t happen because of COVID-19.


COVID-Related Inflammatory Syndrome Shows Up In 4 Kids, Fort Worth Hospital Says

Doctors at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth are treating what’s considered a COVID-19-related inflammatory disease in children and adolescents.


Doctors, Patients Increasingly Turning To Telehealth

As COVID-19 spreads across Texas, many physicians are turning to telehealth whenever possible. Instead of seeing patients in-person, doctors are holding appointments virtually, hoping to slow the virus' spread by keeping people out of waiting rooms and ERs.


COVID Toe, Blood Clots And More Possible Symptoms Of COVID-19

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expands its list of possible symptoms for COVID-19, health providers have been reporting other problems in patients with the virus. A pulmonologist explores possible causes.


Gyms In Texas Reopened Monday, But With New Rules

A new wave of businesses could reopen Monday, as outlined in Gov. Greg Abbott's May 6 executive order. Offices, manufacturing facilities, and gyms can now operate at 25% capacity. Gym-goers eager to break a sweat after a months-long hiatus will have new rules to follow, though.


Report: Tarrant County Social Distancing Measures Have Slowed COVID-19 Spread

New research shows social distancing measures taken in Tarrant County appear to be working, but it will be a few weeks before researchers know whether the curve is going to stay flat as the state reopens.


During An Epidemic's Dark Days, Spring's Sights And Sounds Promise Better Days To Come

When Katherine Leal Unmuth walks her dog along the Santa Fe Trail in Dallas, she pauses to admire the birds and wildflowers in bloom. Seeing spring in action has helped her keep things in perspective during the coronavirus epidemic.


Reporter's Notebook: Dallas Journalists Talk Covering COVID-19 While Looking Out For Loved Ones

Most nights, after dinner, I make a quick WhatsApp call to my parents in Karachi, Pakistan. We have a 10-hour time difference between us, so we usually catch up while I'm avoiding my post-dinner dishes and my parents are sipping their morning cups of chai.