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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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Certain high-paying jobs don’t attract many women. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 2.5 percent of firefighters were female in 1998. Fast forward to 2016, and it’s just 3.5 percent. Courtney Collins talks to one future firefighter planning to buck that trend, who hopes more women decide to join her.

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Longtime Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is replacing analyst Phil Simms on the top NFL broadcasting team for CBS after choosing retirement over playing for a team other than the Dallas Cowboys.

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The Dallas mayor is voicing his opposition to proposed pension reform legislation in Texas.

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The NCAA Women’s Final Four is set to tips off Friday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Tonight’s doubleheader starts off with Stanford and South Carolina. Later, Connecticut squares off against Mississippi State.

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Three philanthropic groups are teaming up to help reduce the number of stray dogs in southern Dallas. Communities Foundation of Texas, The Rees-Jones Foundation and the Dallas Foundation are contributing more than $13 million to fund a large spay and neuter initiative.

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The National Weather Service confirms at least two tornadoes struck North Texas overnight. One tornado hit North Fort Worth – it moved into Keller and Southlake in Tarrant County. It was an EF-0, the lowest level on the tornado damage scale. 

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Fort Worth City Council members and top city staffers climbed onto a bus Tuesday and took a tour of the Stop Six neighborhood in East Fort Worth. The historic African-American neighborhood has long struggled with high crime, high unemployment and low incomes.

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The Texas Senate has approved a bill that sharply reduces gun license fees. State Senator Robert Nichols originally sought to scrap the full $140 fee for first-time licenses and the $70 charge for 5-year license renewals, but doing so would have cost Texas more than $55 million.

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The Dallas Museum of Art’s new exhibition “Mexico: 1900 to 1950” is turning into a major attraction. It features works from masters like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and contains nearly 200 works showcasing the widespread creative explosion Mexico experienced in that period. 

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A classroom that’s used as a prayer room at Liberty High School in Frisco got the attention of the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office last week. The office sent a letter raising constitutional concerns, while the Frisco superintendent calls the letter a publicity stunt.

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‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit' is a play with a crazy premise: the actor starts it without ever having read it. He or she is just handed the script – and begins. ‘White Rabbit’ has been staged in nearly 50 countries. Fort Worth’s Amphibian Productions is giving the play its North Texas premiere.

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Governor Greg Abbott has been pushing for a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution. The goal? To limit the federal government’s power. Andrew Schneider with Houston Public Media reports on the possibility of a constitutional convention – and what it could mean for Texans.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office is raising questions about a prayer room used by Muslim students at Liberty High School in Frisco. The room and the school’s growing diversity were featured in a KERA story last week that’s part of our American Graduate series, “Race, Poverty and the Changing Face of Schools.” 

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The NCAA basketball tournament tipped off this afternoon, and hopefully your bracket isn’t totally destroyed yet. There are only three teams representing the state of Texas this year:  SMU, Baylor and Texas Southern. KERA’s Gus Contreras reports, all three play Friday afternoon.

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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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