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Morning brief: Denton eyes $343 million in improvements

Happy Friday, Denton! Grab your something warm to drink and let's get this chilly morning started with the latest headlines.

The news we're thinking about today ...

>> Denton City Council is considering a $343 million bond package that would be on residents' ballots in November. Get a rundown on what improvements and updates are proposed so far.

>> Yesterday in court, Meagan Darling's eldest son gave his account of what happened the night Xavier Patterson allegedly fatally shot his mother. The trial continues this morning with closing arguments from the state and defense.

What we're excited about ...

>> The Denton Black Film Festival's Technology, Education and Culture Expo — this free event opens today at the Denton Civic Center and is all about showcasing (and experiencing) tech in culture, film and beyond

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