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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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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez owes $12,000-plus in overdue property taxes on seven properties, a previously unreported shortfall that could prove embarrassing as she tries to unseat Republican Greg Abbott in November.

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The Tuesday runoff elections came just four days after the shootings that killed 10 at Santa Fe High School, near Houston. Gov. Greg Abbott held the second of three days of roundtables on the topic in Austin.

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Polls opened across most of Texas for voters to decide on primary runoff races, including for party nominees for governor and Congress where no candidate won at least 50 percent of the votes cast during the March primary.

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It's been six months since a gunman shot and killed 26 people in a small-town Texas church. It's been three months since 17 people died in a mass shooting at a Florida high school. And today, it was another school, a half-hour southeast of Houston.

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When longtime Congressman Jeb Hensarling announced he wouldn't seek re-election, eight Republicans scrambled to replace him in the Fifth District. It’s a conservative district that includes eastern Dallas County.

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Going to the AT&T Byron Nelson this year will be a different experience for spectators and golf fans.

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The 32nd Congressional District in Texas is on the radar for national Democrats. They think a Democrat can beat longtime incumbent Republican Pete Sessions. But they still don’t have a candidate for the district, which includes a large chunk of North Dallas and suburbs like Garland and Richardson.

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Dallas’ first comprehensive housing policy is designed to encourage development of affordable housing, and disrupt patterns of segregation and gentrification. As part of KERA’s One Crisis Away project, Eric Aasen talks to Stephanie Kuo and Courtney Collins about what this plan hopes to accomplish, and why critics say it’s not enough.

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Early voting has begun for the 30-plus races across Texas where no candidate captured 50 percent of the votes cast in crowded fields during the March 6 primary – forcing runoff races. Democratic gubernatorial candidates Lupe Valdez, a former Dallas County sheriff, and Andrew White, a Houston businessman, are competing for the right to face Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in November.

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U.S. Senator John Cornyn was in North Texas this afternoon, and toured a federal prison outside of Dallas. It’s part of his efforts to promote a prison reform bill he introduced earlier this week. As Miguel Perez reports, Cornyn says the legislation’s goal is to reduce recidivism.

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White House adviser Jared Kushner will visit North Texas on Friday to promote prison reform. The president's son-in-law will tour the Seagoville Federal Correctional Institution, along with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. The Houston Chronicle reports the pair will also be briefed on the prison's community re-entry and drug treatment program.

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The Dallas City Council has approved its first comprehensive housing policy designed to address the shortage of affordable housing in the city and break up concentrations of poverty. The plan identifies neighborhoods that need the city's attention, and provides incentives for developers to build more affordable housing in those areas.

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A Home Depot worker who was shot while confronting a shoplifting suspect is out of the hospital nearly two weeks after gunfire that left one Dallas police officer dead and another critically hurt. Scott Painter, an employee at a store in North Dallas, was discharged Monday.

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The National Rifle Association has announced that retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North is poised to become the gun lobbying group's next president. North will be replacing Pete Brownell, who decided not to seek a second term.

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The National Rifle Association took center stage in downtown Dallas on Friday. Fans at the NRA's annual meeting and opponents outside had something in common: sharp memories of mass shootings in a small-town Texas church and a suburban Florida school.

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The National Rifle Association's annual meeting starts Thursday night in downtown Dallas. Thousands of members will be at the convention center for the four-day event. On Friday, they'll hear from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

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Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Santander is being remembered as a man of character and discipline who put his family first. Hundreds attended his funeral Tuesday morning at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall.

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Federal authorities say dozens of people associated with white supremacist gangs in Texas have been arrested on charges of drug trafficking and also a kidnapping that included using a hatchet to chop off the victim's finger.

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A federal appeals court has upheld Texas’ voter ID law that a judge had twice blocked after calling the requirements discriminatory. The 2-1 decision Friday by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is a victory for Republican lawmakers who’ve spent years defending what critics say is one of the toughest voter ID measures in the nation.

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Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten plans to retire after 15 seasons and join ESPN as its lead analyst for the "Monday Night Football" broadcast, the network reported Friday.

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Over the next several days, officials expect well over 250,000 football fans to flock to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the NFL Draft. It’s the first time the draft will be held at a football venue.  

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Over the next several days, officials expect over a 250,000 football fans to flock to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the NFL Draft. Tonight’s the first round, and it’s also the first time the draft will be at a football venue. 

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The Dallas Police Department says two police officers were shot late this afternoon in North Dallas, and are critically wounded. A civilian was also shot, but that person's condition is unknown. The incident happened along Forest Central Drive, near the intersection of Forest Lane and U.S. Highway 75.

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Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized Sunday morning, according to spokesman Jim McGrath. Bush was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital hours after a funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush.

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Students across North Texas walked out of school today in a nationwide effort to remember victims of gun violence and advocate for stricter gun laws. At Flower Mound High School, students actually had the day off, so instead of doing a walkout, they showed up on a lawn in front of the school.

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The deadline to register to vote in the May 22 primary runoffs is Monday. North Texans will have their say in 12 races – including the Democratic nomination for governor – between former Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez and businessman Andrew White of Houston.

A Dallas woman, wishing to remain anonymous, claims she was emotionally manipulated and knowingly given a sexually transmitted disease by singer R. Kelly during an 11-month relationship she had with the singer.

Lee Merritt, the attorney for the 20-year-old woman, has turned over evidence to Dallas police hoping that the department will bring criminal charges against Kelly, who Merritt claims "intentionally and knowingly" transmitted herpes to his client, served her alcohol while underage and provided her with illegal substances.

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Police gave the Fort Worth City Council some startling numbers about opioid use in the city and Tarrant County, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Among the statistics reported Tuesday, the city's ambulance service last year responded to more than 1,000 opioid and illegal drug overdose calls. 

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A trial continues in a lawsuit to determine whether Dallas County discriminates against white voters on Tuesday.

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Teenagers in foster care in Texas are five times more likely to become pregnant than other teens in the state, according to a new study out Monday. Research from the group Texans Care for Children showed state lawmakers have a lot of work to do to prevent pregnancy among teens in foster care.

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