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Gus Contreras

Digital Producer, Reporter

Gus Contreras is a digital producer and reporter at KERA News. Gus produces the local All Things Considered segment and reports on a variety of topics from, sports to immigration. He was an intern and production assistant for All Things Considered in Washington D.C.

He is a first-generation American from El Paso, and attended UT-Arlington. He was the sports and managing editor of The Shorthorn, UTA’s student newspaper.

A sports nut, he enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family. When he’s not trying to cook Mexican food at home, Gus enjoys finding new taco places in North Texas.

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The jury in the federal corruption trial of John Wiley Price stopped deliberating for the day without reaching a verdict. It marked the third day of deliberations, and the jury is back in session Monday morning. 

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Judges have again found that Texas racially gerrymandered voting maps to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities. The 2-1 ruling by a federal panel in San Antonio says that the state tried to intentionally weaken the influence of minorities around Dallas, Houston and other areas across the state.

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It’s now up to a bankruptcy court in Delaware to decide what becomes of Oncor. The judge in the case wants to sell the Dallas-based electric delivery company to pay off creditors of its parent company Energy Future Holdings.

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Prosecutors say longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price accepted nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for insider information and his vote on certain contracts. Price has pleaded not guilty.

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Cities, school districts and other local governments across North Texas are gearing up for municipal elections on May 6, and early voting starts April 24. KERA’s Christopher Connelly sat down with Eric Aasen to talk about some of the races in Tarrant County. 

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The Dallas Stars named its new coach, and he happens to be one of the team’s former coaches. As KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports, Ken Hitchcock's announcement comes after the hockey team just finished one of its worst seasons since moving to Dallas 24 years ago.

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The Dallas City Council voted this afternoon to participate in a marijuana cite and release program. City officials say marijuana arrests disproportionately affect minorities. Council member Philip Kingston says the cite and release effort will save police officers time by keeping more of them on the streets.

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State Senator Don Huffines wants to shut down an agency called Dallas County Schools. It provides bus service to several North Texas school districts, including Dallas Independent School District. 

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In the 24 hours since the U.S. launched missiles at a Syrian air base, the move has gotten mixed reviews from Texas lawmakers. Senator John Cornyn – who, like President Trump, is a Republican – told Fox News that he fully supports this as a show of strength against the Assad regime. 

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Families and students of Focus Charter School in southern Dallas held a rally this afternoon. They’re making a last-ditch bid to keep the school open. As KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports, the state says the school has agreed to close after three bad academic years.

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