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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 U.S. Census Bureau has released the questions for the upcoming 2020 count, and the list includes a question about citizenship requested by the Justice Department. Some say immigrants in Texas and elsewhere will dodge the Census because of the question.

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There are a lot of questions surrounding the Texas Rangers this season. Las Vegas betting experts think the team’s a long shot – only giving the Rangers 200-1 odds to win the World Series this year.

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The Texas Rangers start the year on Opening Day against their main rival and World Series champs the Houston Astros. After a rough season last year, the Rangers are looking to bounce back. As KERA’s Gus Contreras reports, the expectations aren’t too high.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: The Ennis school district says starting in the fall, all of its students must bring clear, PVC backpacks to school.

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A report Monday today finds that despite a new Texas law, young children are still at risk of being suspended in school districts across the state. That law prohibits out-of-school suspensions for students in pre-k through second grade, except under certain circumstances, such as bringing a gun to school.

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Two people were killed and four others were injured during this month's series of Austin bombings

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Dallas-Fort Worth has had the largest population growth of any metro area in the country from 2016 to 2017, according to new population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Investigators have identified the suspected Austin bomber as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt. They believe he made the bombs used in the four Austin attacks this month, which killed two people and injured four others.

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Austin is a city on edge following a string of bombings. Two people have been killed and four others hurt. Local, state, and federal agencies are chasing leads, trying to figure out who’s behind the bombings.

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Austin police have reopened some streets after putting a neighborhood where the latest explosion occurred on total lockdown overnight. Still, much of the area known as Travis Country remains closed to all but some residents, and the vicinity around the blast remained cordoned off.

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A third worker is still missing and presumed dead after Thursday's explosion at Tri-Chem Industries in Cresson. Two workers were taken to the hospital, one was released on Friday, while the other is in serious condition at Parkland in Dallas. 

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March Madness has a lot of Lone Star flavor this year. A record seven Texas schools made the NCAA men’s basketball tournament this year, and the Final Four is in San Antonio. One of the best story lines is TCU, which plays its first tournament game in 20 years tonight in Detroit. 

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As Austin Police and federal investigators piece together the personal connections between victims of the three package bombs this month, the NAACP’s regional president says the third attack was meant for someone else.

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All across the country Wednesday, thousands of students walked out of class protest gun laws in the wake of the Parkland high school shootings in Florida. In North Texas and most parts statewide, kids are on Spring Break, so there's no class to walk out of. 

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A federal appeals court has upheld the bulk of a law targeting so-called "sanctuary cities" that is backed by the Trump administration as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration.

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A distant helicopter crash in New York last night hit close to home. Two young men from Dallas were among the five people who died when the chopper sank into New York’s East River. KERA’s Bill Zeeble looks back at the lives of Trevor Cadigan and Brian McDaniel.

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The last time TCU’s basketball team made it to the NCAA men's tournament was when “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” was the country's No. 1 song and “Titanic” was breaking box office records.

Heck, most of its current players were barely born in 1998.

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The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly in January to start the year at 4 percent. The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday reported that compares to the December statewide jobless rate of 3.9 percent. Nationwide unemployment held steady in February at 4.1 percent. Texas jobless figures for February will be released on March 23.

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Last year, Tarrant County signed an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to help the federal agency detain undocumented immigrants.  On Thursday, that partnership was at the center of a forum hosted by the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and as KERA’s Christopher Connelly reports, it was also a cause for protest.

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Democrats in Texas turned out Tuesday in the largest numbers in more than two decades for a midterm primary. More than one million voters cast ballots in Democratic primaries across the state.

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Voters are determining party nominees for November's midterm contests, but in some races, there are so many candidates that May runoffs are likely. There are scores of races from a U.S. Senate seat to governor to several statewide offices.

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Gov. Greg Abbott has two people challenging him in the Republican primary; political observers say he’s easily expected to win. On the Democratic side, there are nine candidates.

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A Plano City Council member recently generated controversy when he posted a video on Facebook calling for a ban on Islam in schools. Tom Harrison apologized but will not resign, despite calls from the mayor to step down.

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Friday is the last day of early voting for the Texas primaries — and already attention is focusing on the 2020 election.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told KERA Thursday that he hasn't ruled out a run for president.

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Nearly 3,000 homes in Northwest Dallas began losing natural gas service Thursday after Atmos Energy decided to shut it down to fix failing lines.  The move follows last week's house explosion that killed a 12-year-old girl and forced hundreds of evacuations. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports that residents are on edge.  

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North Texas continues to see more deaths related to the flu. Dallas County on Wednesday announced three more fatal cases, bringing the county's total to 72 this season. More than 120 flu deaths have been recorded across North Texas.

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Early voting for the Texas primaries kicked off a week ago, and voter turnout is up across the board. Sam Taylor with the Texas Secretary of State’s Office says typically 15 percent of the state’s registered voters cast ballots in midterm primaries.

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If you plan on voting on Election Day, it's possible you might run into someone at your polling location with the title of "Election Judge." Someone asked about these election judges for our weeklong Texas Decides series.

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For 13 years, Lupe Valdez was the Dallas County Sheriff. Today, of the nine Texas Democrats running for governor, she’s the only woman in the race. After a career in law enforcement, she jokes that being a candidate has been something of an adjustment.

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Early voting is underway in Texas for the March 6th primary. In this primary election, voters will decide who appears on November's general election ballot.

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