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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 city of Dallas is expected to take in about 5,000 evacuees from Harvey. Mayor Mike Rawlings today will announce the city's plans to turn the convention center into a rescue shelter for coastline evacuees starting Tuesday. 

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Hurricane Harvey has grown into a Category 3 storm and is expected to slam into the Texas Gulf Coast late Friday or early Saturday, dumping torrential rains and unleashing triple-digit winds. Governor Greg Abbott warns Harvey will be a major disaster, and he's asked President Donald Trump for a federal disaster declaration. 

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When folks talk about tech accelerators and entrepreneurship, the images that usually spring to mind are of sparkling Silicon Valley campuses or hip downtown live/work lofts.

Michelle Williams is dedicated to bringing that spirit to southern Dallas. She's leading a branch of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center opening soon as part of the re-imagined Red Bird Mall.

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Hurricane Harvey is intensifying over the Gulf of Mexico before it hits the Texas coast late Friday. It could become a Category 3 hurricane by the time it makes landfall between Port O'Connor and Matagorda Bay.

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A federal judge has once again thrown out Texas' voter ID law. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos today rejected a weakened version of the law signed by Governor Greg Abbott earlier this year. Texas had made the changes after the same judge compared the original version to a "poll tax" on minorities.

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Thousands of people have signed an online petition asking the city of Fort Worth to rename Jefferson Davis Park.

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North Texans had a severe case of eclipse fever today. The eclipse fell on the first day of school for many North Texas students. The National Weather Service reports temperatures across Dallas-Fort Worth dropped a few degrees as the eclipse was peaking locally. 

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As you might've heard by now there's a total solar eclipse next Monday. It's the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross coast-to-coast, and it's the first in 38 years to pass through any part of the lower 48 states.

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The University of North Texas has picked NASA’s number two to lead the growing public university system. This morning, the board of regents named Lesa Roe as the sole finalist to be chancellor of the system. She’s expected to be confirmed next month. 

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Disgruntled by the results from the special legislative session, which wrapped up Wednesday, the Governor and Lt. Governor blame House Speaker Joe Straus for the failure of certain bills. House Republicans held a special behind-closed-doors caucus meeting this morning to discuss how they, as a party, could change how the Speaker is nominated. 

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When the Dallas Cowboys take the field next month, they'll be without one their best players. The NFL suspended 22-year-old running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games after a yearlong domestic violence investigation.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings wants to form a task force to discuss whether the city should remove its confederate monuments. Rawlings told reporters today he has asked the Dallas Holocaust Museum and other groups about what to do with statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and other confederate leaders located in various parts of Dallas.

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This past weekend’s white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va. has generated strong reactions here in Texas. There have been rallies across the state in support of the victims injured and killed amid the violence.

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The fate of Dallas County Schools will soon be in voters' hands. Friday afternoon, the DCS board voted to call a November election. Voters will decide whether to get rid of the agency that provides bus service to area schools. 

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The Texas Rangers are honoring one of the best players ever to play for the team. Former catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame last month.

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After a quick start by the Senate, the special legislative session in Austin has been relatively slow-going, but there are signs of progress.

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The Trinity Parkway is dead. The Dallas City Council this morning pulled its support for the controversial toll road along the Trinity River. KERA's Krystina Martinez looks back at the long road to today's vote. 

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The clock is ticking on the state's special legislative session, only nine days remain. House Speaker Joe Straus and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who leads the State Senate, had a meeting Monday. It's the first time they met in person in six months. 

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A third Boy Scout from East Texas has died from injuries he suffered when a sailboat struck an overhanging power line. The 11-year-old was sailing in a catamaran Saturday with two older Boy Scouts.

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Texas is ground zero in the immigration debate as the Legislature proved when it passed the controversial Senate Bill 4. The so-called “Sanctuary Cities” law penalizes government agencies that don’t cooperate fully with federal immigration officials. 

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the country’s growing stockpile of nuclear waste is a pressing problem. At an event near Houston on Friday, Perry said it’s a tragedy there’s no set plan for dealing with the buildup of waste at nuclear power plants. 

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It's a big weekend for the Texas Rangers. One of its former players is being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez will be only the second Ranger to achieve that honor, joining Nolan Ryan.

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The chief executive of the Irving-based Boy Scouts has apologized to members of the scouting community who were offended by the political rhetoric in President Trump's speech to the group's national jamboree.

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More than 1,000 American Airlines employees picketed the world’s largest carrier today at DFW International Airport. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports transport and ground workers are worried about job security.  

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The city of Dallas is shutting down another homeless camp. City officials started closing the Third Avenue encampment near Fair Park this morning. Up to 80 people were living there at one point, the city says several residents have already moved to area homeless shelters. The city says all residents at the Third Avenue camp should be moved out by tomorrow.

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Hundreds of people lined up today in Austin to oppose a so-called "bathroom bill."

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When Senate Republicans abandoned plans to overhaul the Affordable Care Act this week, President Donald Trump blamed Democrats and some Republican senators for the bill’s failure. 

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Dallas has a new top cop, and for the first time in the history of the city, a woman will lead the Police Department. Renee Hall will assume chief duties in Dallas in September after finishing up as deputy chief in Detroit. 

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State lawmakers are back in Austin today for the start of the special legislative session. Gov. Greg Abbott has listed 20 priorities he wants lawmakers to tackle. Lawmakers have to first approve sunset legislation that would keep certain state agencies open – once they do that, they can move on to other items.

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A Dallas County grand jury has indicted former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver in the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. Oliver was also indicted on four charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public official related to the four other teens who were in the car.

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