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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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It didn't take Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki long to join an exclusive club of NBA players who have scored at least 30,000 points. 

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A state senate committee on Tuesday takes up Senate Bill 6, the so-called bathroom bill.

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Around 200 Dallasites from across the city will share the stage with professional actors in Dallas Theater Center’s production of “The Tempest” at the Wyly Theatre. As Art&Seek’s Hady Mawajdeh reports, the show is part of a project called Public Works Dallas.  

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A 26-year-old Salvadoran woman with a brain tumor is free on bond from a North Texas immigration detention center. Sara Beltran Hernandez was released from the Prairieland Detention Center in Alvarado – and will now be able to seek medical care.

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Barbara Pierce Bush, the daughter of former president George W. Bush, spoke at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Fort Worth on Wednesday. As KERA’s Stephanie Kuo reports, that raised some eyebrows from protesters who gathered outside.

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State Senator Don Huffines filed legislation to gut a group called Dallas County Schools. KERA’s Krystina Martinez reports, that the agency provides transportation services to several North Texas school districts. 

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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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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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UNT broke ground on a $70 million art school last week. Today in State of the Arts, Greg Watts, dean of the school of visual art and design, tells Art&Seek's Anne Bothwell what he hopes to accomplish with the new space.

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President Donald Trump’s travel ban has affected many groups of people, including college students. Raha Pouladi is a PhD student in North Texas; she and her family were looking forward to a visit from her parents this spring. The problem? They live in Iran – one of the seven Muslim-majority countries included in the temporary ban. 

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Fort Worth has gotten some good news recently – in the form of federal commitments to help fund a couple of big infrastructure projects.

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The Dallas Cowboys are back in the national spotlight. They finished the season with a 13-3 record, and are the top seed in the NFC playoffs - and have home-field advantage. The Cowboys are taking on the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and it'll be the eighth time the franchises face off in the postseason.

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The term “sanctuary city” has become a political lightning rod. Two years ago, Texas lawmakers tried and failed to pass a bill to restrict cities and institutions from being “sanctuaries” for undocumented immigrants.

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Every football fan knows about crime and punishment on the field. You break the rules? You get a penalty. A team of researchers including professors from the University of Texas at Dallas has tried to gauge the link between penalties on the field — and crime off it. 

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