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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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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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It wasn’t a championship year for sports in North Texas, but there were still reasons to celebrate. The Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars and FC Dallas each had their league’s best record, and each bowed out early in the playoffs.

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Whether you buy them at a store or make them in the kitchen with family, tamales are popular during the holiday season. Recipes are passed down from generation to generation. Lots of people skip the cooking and just flock to La Popular Tamale House in East Dallas to buy the corn-husked goodies.

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More than 10 million Hispanics live in Texas – but in many parts of the state, elected officials don’t reflect that diversity.

 

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Latino millennials could play a bigger role than ever before in this fall’s presidential election.

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As you enter The Star, you know right away that you're walking into Dallas Cowboys' territory.

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While high school football teams across North Texas get set to kick off a new season Friday night, one district is waiting to play until Saturday morning.

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Bon Appétit announced its list of 50 nominees for America’s Best New Restaurants -- and one of them is a family-owned taqueria in West Dallas.

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The Dallas Cowboys closed a major chapter in their history this week. They’re leaving Valley Ranch after three decades, and heading to a sparkling new home in Frisco.  

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Nothing signals baseball’s Opening Day quite like hot dogs, a bag of peanuts, and playing hooky from school or work. That’s the case Monday afternoon at Globe Life Park in Arlington, where the Texas Rangers are playing the Seattle Mariners to start the new season.

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Usually students get to class early to pick a good seat. Get to Kenton Rambsy’s class early and you’ll hear Jay Z’s music playing in the room.

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