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  1. Denton ISD opens eighth middle school as new year begins

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    Bulldozers still rumbled in the background as parents dropped their kids off for the first day of school at Rodriguez Middle School on Wednesday. Administrators welcomed 611 newly minted Vipers to Denton ISD's eighth middle school located in Oak Point. Rodriguez was approved as part of the 2013 bond package to alleviate overcrowding at Navo Middle School, which housed 1,381 students last year. Its capacity was 1,000 students.

    Denton ISD opens eighth middle school as new year begins
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    Attacker drives van into Barcelona crowd; 1 dead, 32 hurt

    Attacker drives van into Barcelona crowd; 1 dead, 32 hurt

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district Thursday, swerving from side to side as it plowed into tourists and residents. Calling it a terror attack, police said at least one person was killed and 32 were wounded, many seriously.

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Denton County Jail inmate found dead in her cell

Denton County Jail inmate found dead in her cell

A 30-year-old woman was found dead Tuesday morning inside her cell at the Denton County Jail, according to Sheriff Tracy Murphree. Denton resident Stormye Murphey was booked into the jail on Sunday on a Denton police charge of assault causing bodily injury. Murphree said she was found unresponsive during a routine cell check Tuesday and was pronounced dead at 11:46 a.m.

Governor suggests ‘bathroom bill’ likely dead — for now

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AUSTIN -- Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday he revived a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people even though he was told it would never get a vote in the GOP-controlled state House, while signaling that the twice-failed effort is dead for the foreseeable future.

U.S., Japan discuss North Korean threat

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. and Japanese defense chiefs and top diplomats are meeting in Washington to discuss North Korea amid mixed messages from the Trump administration on how to deal with the nuclear and missile threat.

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Monuments’ fate up to communities

Monuments’ fate up to communities

The public debate about Confederate statues and symbols is heated but healthy. Do we leave them alone? Do we adorn them with explanatory plaques to bring more historical context to the viewer? Do we move them to private museums or put them in storage like a family might put an old heirloom in the attic?