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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 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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The Dallas-based real estate group Ebby Halliday, which has sold homes across North Texas for decades, has a new owner. HomeServices of America announced the agreement on Monday. 

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday explained his role in asking President Trump to pardon conservative writer and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza. The Texas Tribune reports that Cruz says he raised the issue with Trump while they traveled together last month in Texas.

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President Donald Trump was in downtown Dallas on Thursday for a political fundraiser. Trump headlined a dinner at the Adolphus hotel to benefit the National Republican Party and his 2020 re-election effort.

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Gov. Greg Abbott came to Dallas Wednesday to release a 43-page School and Firearm Safety Action Plan. It came nearly two weeks after the deadly shootings at Santa Fe High School. 

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is ready to announce a school safety plan aimed at preventing more mass shootings like the one that killed eight students and two substitute teachers at a high school near Houston.

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Family and friends say Christian Riley Garcia, one of the students slain by a gunman last week at his Texas high school, displayed bravery "far beyond his years" and often put the needs of others before himself.

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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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