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Gus Contreras

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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State lawmakers face a tightening budget this Legislative Session – they have about $105 billion in state funds to spend. That’s almost three percent less than what they had two years ago. Ben Philpott follows the State Legislature for KUT, the public radio station in Austin.

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Immigrants in North Texas, and across the country, stayed home from work and school today. Several North Texas businesses closed in solidarity. The Day Without Immigrants protest was designed to highlight their role in America’s economy and way of life.

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Abortion legislation took center stage at the State Capitol today. As KERA's Eric Aasen reports, the State Senate committee began hearing three anti-abortion measures. 

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A new study finds that more than four-fifths of Texas school districts teach no sex education or offer curricula focusing solely on abstinence, despite Texas being among the nation's teen pregnancy leaders. 

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Transgender bathroom access is getting a lot of attention during the Texas Legislative Session, although it may not be an issue that affects most Texans. KERA’s Eric Aasen sat down with reporter Christopher Connelly to get a preview.

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A woman from Grand Prairie has been sentenced to eight years in prison and dealt a $10,000 fine for illegal voting. Rosa Maria Ortega knowingly voted in the 2012 presidential election and 2014 GOP primary, even though she wasn't a citizen, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  

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Jess Herbst drew an international spotlight to the tiny Collin County town of New Hope when she came out as the first openly transgender mayor in Texas. She describes the reaction as overwhelmingly positive. Of the few hateful reactions, she says, "That's what the delete button is for."

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Governor Greg Abbott threatened to come down on Dallas County if it makes itself a "Sanctuary City." Abbott's statement came in reaction to a resolution passed by Dallas County commissioners this week that aims at welcoming immigrants, including those undocumented.

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A bond election won’t be on the ballot in Dallas until at least November. The Dallas City Council decided Wednesday to officially delay an election. A proposed $800 million package would pay for infrastructure, including flood control, bridges and streets. 

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Dallas County Commissioners today approved a resolution that welcomes immigrants to the county, including those who are undocumented. The resolution is not legally binding, and calls for law enforcement to stop what are considered nonessential collaborations with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

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