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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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In this primary election, voters will decide who appears on November's general election ballot. From now until March 2, you can cast your ballot at any polling place in the county where you’re registered. But on Election Day, most Texas voters have to go to their assigned polling place. (That's unless you’re in one of the counties participating in a special program.)

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Early voting starts tomorrow in the Texas primaries, and Election Day is March 6. The winners advance to the November election.

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Authorities say three North Texas high school students face charges after bringing guns to campus a day after a deadly mass shooting at a school in Florida. Thursday's arrests happened at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, West Plano High and South Garland High.

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Early voting in primary elections begins Tuesday, and Democratic candidates for Texas governor are making their rounds across the state. On Tuesday night, many of the Democratic candidates debated in San Antonio about school finance, healthcare and economic development.

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A Richardson police officer was remembered today by friends, family, and law enforcement from across Texas, and beyond. David Sherrard was fatally shot last week while answering a disturbance call at an apartment.

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President Donald Trump has picked Gov. Greg Abbott's general counsel for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price has been invited to attend a White House meeting next week led by President Donald Trump and his administration regarding infrastructure.

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Authorities in Richardson have identified 37-year-old David Sherrard as the police officer killed during an hours-long standoff Wednesday night. Sherrard was shot in the neck while responding to a disturbance call at an apartment complex. 

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants the state's top criminal investigators to begin handling sexual misconduct complaints against lawmakers, judges and other elected officials.

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A controversial Confederate statue is staying put in downtown Denton, but with added historical context. Denton County Commissioners approved a recommendation Tuesday morning that recommends the 100-year-old statue of a Confederate soldier be accompanied by a plaque denouncing slavery, as well as video kiosks to add context. 

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The proposed Dallas-to-Houston bullet train built up a little more momentum on Monday. Last week brought the first peek at the proposed Dallas station in the Cedars neighborhood just south of downtown.

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Fifteen years ago this week, on a clear blue Texas morning the Space Shuttle Columbia re-entered Earth's atmosphere after a successful, 16-day science mission in space. The shuttle disintegrated over East Texas skies, killing all seven astronauts on board.

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A new report out by the Southern Poverty Law Center finds American students don’t fully understand many facts about slavery and the role it played in U.S. history. As KERA’s Stella Chavez reports, the study also says educators aren't adequately teaching students about slavery.

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A Dallas County grand jury is not bringing charges against Dallas police officers who were responsible for the death of a gunman who killed five officers in downtown in July 2016. KERA’s Stephanie Kuo reports.

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Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered a Texas Rangers criminal investigation into claims that former doctor Larry Nassar abused some of his victims at the Karolyi Ranch. The U.S. women's gymnastics team used the facility near Huntsville for training.

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Developers behind the Texas bullet train, promised to shuttle travelers between Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes, have released unofficial designs of a station just outside of downtown Dallas. KERA’s Stephanie Kuo reports.

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A former Richardson ISD school board member has sued the district. David Tyson Jr. alleges the district's at-large system violates the Voting Rights Act by denying “fair representation of African Americans and other non-white voters.”

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Denton County reported a third flu related death on Friday. That takes the total in North Texas to at least 52 this flu season, and 40 of those have been in Dallas County. Collin County has six and three in Tarrant. 

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Two Texas cities have made Amazon's list of 20 finalists for its second headquarters in North America. The company says the $5 billion project would include more than 50,000 jobs and be comparable to Amazon’s Seattle campus.

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School kids in Bonham, an hour northeast of Plano, are getting a week off school starting Wednesday. The reason? The flu.

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Coming soon, Dallas Maverick fans will have a high-tech option to pay for tickets.

Owner Mark Cuban says the team will become the first pro sports franchise outside of California to accept bitcoin.

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Students in the Bonham school district won’t be able to go to school for a week. The district Tuesday afternoon said it decided to cancel school beginning Wednesday through next Tuesday because of the number of students and employees who are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

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Another round of cold weather has made its way back to North Texas. The region could see temperatures dip below freezing, a wintery mix and a chance at some light snow, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Dallas County is suing drug companies and doctors over their alleged roles in the deadly opioid epidemic.

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Six Dallas-area locations were among nearly 100 7-Eleven convenience stores targeted by federal immigration agents on Wednesday. They served the stores with audit notifications and conducted employee interviews to verify employees as eligible to work legally in the United States.

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Texans are reacting to a federal judge's decision to temporarily block President Donald Trump from ending protections for nearly 800,000 young immigrants. The judge granted a request to prevent the president from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, while various lawsuits play out in court.

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A jury sentenced a former Farmers Branch police officer to 10 years in prison for the shooting death of a 16-year-old who had burglarized his SUV. Former officer Ken Johnson received the sentence Tuesday from the same Dallas County jury that found him guilty of murder and aggravated assault last month.

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What was billed as a region-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has drawn fire from civil rights groups and community activists. As KERA’s Christopher Connelly reports, they’re angry over the inclusion of Gov. Greg Abbott as an honorary grand marshal of the North Texas MLK Parade in Arlington.

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North Texas health departments are tracking a steep uptick in the number of positive flu tests. This year's vaccine is thought to be about 32 percent effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The director of Dallas County Health and Human Services has been fired. Zachary Thompson was terminated Wednesday, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. The judge gave no explanation in a statement issued on Thursday afternoon. Thompson had been set to retire at the end of the month. 

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