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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 state Senate voted to formally send Senate Bill 6, so-called “bathroom bill” to the House. The final Senate vote was once again 21-to-10. The bill would bar transgender people from using the restroom of their choice at publicly-owned facilities.

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After a long debate this afternoon the Texas Senate voted 21-to-10 in favor the so-called "bathroom bill." Senate Bill 6 would bar transgender people from using the restroom of their choice at publicly-owned facilities. The bill has been a top priority for Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Senate Republicans.

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The state Senate will vote this week on what's been dubbed the "bathroom bill." That debate is also at the heart of a battle brewing between the Legislature and the state's biggest cities. Brandon Formby writes about that in the Texas Tribune and sat down with KERA's Rick Holter.

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The Dallas Theater Center recently presented Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest" – but a Tempest like no other North Texas has seen. Professional actors were joined onstage by one hundred regular citizens, plus local marching bands and choirs.

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After 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys  quarterback Tony Romo’s time with the club appears to be coming to an end. Reports indicate the 36-year-old will either be released or traded by the only NFL team he’s played for.

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After 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys — quarterback Tony Romo’s time with the club is coming to an end. The 36-year-old looks to be either released or traded by the only team he’s ever played for.

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A bullet train could some day take passengers from Dallas to Houston in just 90 minutes, but the plan faces opposition – including legal battles and legislation aimed at the project. 

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Hundreds of people signed up to testify at the state Capitol today about the so-called “bathroom bill.” Senate Bill 6 would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public spaces that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate.

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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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