Need to catch up on local news? Here's what happened in Dallas-Fort Worth July 16-22.

1. Meow Wolf opens doors to 'The Real Unreal' world in Grapevine Mills

Meow Wolf, an interactive and immersive art company, opened its doors to its fourth permanent exhibition after about four years in the making. “The Real Unreal” is a storied, tactile art exhibit at Grapevine Mills Mall and the company's first in Texas.

The art experience brings guests into a world created by 40 local artists, 38 of which are Texas based, and over 150 Meow Wolf artists.

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2. See when the 2023-24 school year starts for 14 DFW metroplex districts

School will be back in session soon for area districts. See starting and ending dates for the local students in your community.

The list includes dates for Argyle, Carroll, Celina, Coppell, Dallas, Frisco, Grapevine-Colleyville, Keller, Lewisville, McKinney, Northwest, Plano, Prosper and Richardson ISDs.

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3. 5 things to know ahead of this year’s Drum Corps International McKinney events

Drum Corps International will host its last stop on its annual Texas Tour in McKinney on July 25. Over 1,000 musicians will take the field at McKinney ISD Stadium, and the event is led by Marching Music Made in McKinney, a local organizing committee and nonprofit organization.

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4. Student ID initiative could increase safety, efficiency across Frisco ISD

Students at eight Frisco ISD schools will be starting the 2023-24 school year with ID cards for bus rides, cafeteria purchases and more as officials work to extend the new program districtwide. Through the new student ID program, buses servicing the eight campuses will have a tablet and scanner for students to tap their ID onto that will instantly pull up their information for the driver. Those without IDs will only be let on the bus after verifying their name so the driver can look it up manually.

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5. Regional Transportation Council to pilot automated vehicle project in DFW

The infrastructure for Las Colinas’ vacant Area Personal Transit System may serve as a testing ground for a next-generation people mover system after the Regional Transportation Council approved $500,000 for the design of a modernization pilot to be retrofitted to a segment of the system's existing guideway.

Transportation Director Michael Morris said the project is a great way to test Automated Transportation System technologies on the vehicle side as infrastructure research continues. Council also approved funding of up to $500,000 for staff to support other ongoing ATS pilot projects throughout the DFW region.

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