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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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Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has again been outpaced by his Democratic challenger when it comes to fundraising.

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For someone seeing downtown Dallas for the first time, it's hard to believe: a half-mile-wide swath of open land, almost in the shadows of the skyscrapers. And yet, Dallas has never figured out what to do with this massive green space.

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American Airlines shares closed at an almost two-year low on Wednesday. The drop comes after the Fort Worth-based carrier trimmed its second-quarter revenue outlook.

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Three University of Texas professors will ask a federal appeals court in New Orleans to revive their lawsuit challenging the campus carry law on Wednesday. That law requires public universities in Texas to allow people with concealed-handgun licenses to carry weapons on campus.

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The Texas Education Agency has launched a search for organizations to help school districts overhaul special education.

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Sunday was a good day for Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Chin — one of the best ever, actually.

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It's been about a year since the first dockless bike-share companies entered Dallas, and now you may have noticed new electric scooters around.

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Some of the $5 billion in federal funding announced for disaster recovery projects in the state will come to North Texas. The governor's office said on Thursday that about $275 million will go to the Dallas Floodway and Floodway Extension.

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There's a big, chunky building with tiny, obscured windows along Bryan Street in Old East Dallas that is a bit of a mystery. A pair of reporters think they've unraveled some of that mystery.

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Fire crews in Palo Pinto County are still working on putting out a wildfire thought to have been started by lightning. So far, the blaze is about 40 percent contained and has burned more than 3,200 acres of land in rural parts of the county.

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At least five counties in North Texas have banned the use of fireworks on this Independence Day as the threat of wildfire spreads. Disaster declarations for Palo Pinto, Parker, Erath, Johnson and Hood counties prohibit the use – but not the sale – of fireworks within their borders for 60 hours.

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White Rock Lake has resumed normal operations again after last week's threat of a major raw sewage leak. Damage to a wastewater pipe in Plano sent more than one million gallons of raw sewage into White Rock Creek about 12 miles upstream of the lake. 

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Fort Worth Superintendent Kent Scribner says school district officials will meet Monday to talk about a request from the state attorney general. Ken Paxton demanded late last week that the district turn over a copy of its sixth-grade human sexuality curriculum.

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Officials in North Richland Hills are asking residents to shut off their sprinklers and limit unnecessary water usage while repairs are made to a broken water supply line. A 33-inch pipe burst in the northern part of the city Thursday, which forced hundreds of residents to conserve water.

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The World Cup starts its Round of 16 this weekend, and one North Texan spent the last three weeks following soccer teams and fans across Russia.

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Another group of North Texans is headed for Brownsville to protest the separation of migrant children from their parents on Thursday. One hundred members of the immigrant rights group United Fort Worth left by bus from St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Richardson. 

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Teachers and employees in the Fort Worth school district will get a 2 percent raise this fall. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the school board approved the pay increase Tuesday night as part of a $790 million general budget.

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The drama on the U.S.-Mexico border the last few weeks has eerie echoes from a half-century ago, when then-U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy went to Mississippi.

What he saw — brutal poverty, especially among children — sparked what historian and author Ellen Meacham calls a "Delta Epiphany." 

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Catholic Charities of Fort Worth says it's sheltering and assisting migrant children separated from their parents at the Texas-Mexico border.

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New figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas show the Dallas-Fort Worth economy expanding. There was a net growth of nearly 55,000 jobs during the first five months of 2018, according to figures.

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings are in Europe this week to boost business opportunities and promote tourism throughout North Texas.

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Nearly 100 migrant children have arrived at the Department of Health and Human Services temporary shelter in West Texas. Officials estimate there will be almost 300 kids at the shelter by the end of the day at the Tornillo port of entry, about 20 miles southeast of El Paso.

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Federal authorities say they will open a temporary shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children in far west Texas as existing facilities reach capacity.

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Vice President Mike Pence gave a campaign-style speech to the closing session of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting on Wednesday in Dallas, winning several standing ovations even as his appearance drew criticism from some evangelicals.

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A federal judge issued a ruling Tuesday afternoon that could fundamentally reshape one of the most influential companies in Texas. Judge Richard Leon said AT&T will be able to merge with Time Warner after all.

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As President Trump focuses on Tuesday's summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, efforts continue in Congress to fulfill his campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. 

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The Trump administration says in a new court filing that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the requirement that people have health insurance and provisions that guarantee access to health insurance regardless of any medical conditions.

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Apprehensions of families along the Texas-Mexico border spiked last month, according to The Texas Tribune. The number of families caught entering the country illegally in May increased sixfold compared with the same month last year.

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The first state-backed gold depository in the country just opened up in Austin. The private storage company Lone Star Tangible Assets will be in charge of the Texas precious metals depository until 2019, according to The Texas Tribune

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About 4.3 million Texans, or 40 percent of the statewide workforce, do not have paid sick days, according to a new paper from the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Mia Ibarra is with the Austin-based group, and points out there are some workers even likely to get paid sick days.

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