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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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Actor Bill Paxton, a Fort Worth native, died over the weekend at age 61.  A family representative says the actor/director died of complications from surgery. Paxton had roles in Hollywood hits over four decades, and as KERA’s Lauren Silverman reports, he never lost touch with his Texas roots.

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New federal memos this week on immigration enforcement have stoked fears that millions of people could be deported. A UT-Dallas student who’s part of the DACA program spent the night in a Richardson jail. He’d been pulled over on a traffic warrant, but was detained when his immigration status was discovered.

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A 26-year-old Salvadoran woman who has a brain tumor is being held in an immigration detention center in North Texas. KERA’s Stella Chavez reports her attorneys are trying to gain her release and proper medical care.

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Opening statements are expected this morning in the federal corruption trial of John Wiley Price. Prosecutors say the Dallas County Commissioner accepted nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and for voting in favor of certain contracts.

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Thirty to 80 percent of patients in intensive care units go through a period of profound confusion known as ICU delirium. 

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Two years ago, Ana Zamora was on top of the world. She’d written a letter to then-President Barack Obama, and he invited her to his State of the Union address.

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Public schools across North Texas have endured a demographic earthquake over the past half-century. First came integration, then busing and white flight, followed by waves of immigration, economic troubles and competition from charter and private schools. Again and again, the educational landscape has been reshaped – and so has the way kids are taught.

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Protesters sounded off against President Donald Trump’s policies and put pressure on Republican officials in Fort Worth. KERA's Christopher Connelly reports that Republican lawmakers gathered at the Omni Hotel for a GOP fundraiser event.

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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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