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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 new year brings new laws to Texas. More than a couple dozen new laws are now in effect, and they include revisions to the state's controversial voter ID law.

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Sports news coming out of North Texas made a lot of national headlines in 2017. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made a lot of people mad, the nation’s longest winning streak came to an end and a local legend was enshrined by his sport.

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A big chill is expected to pass through North Texas this holiday weekend. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth is predicting freezing temperatures for the area.

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Federal charges have been filed in an investigation into the financial losses at Dallas County Schools.

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says coach Jason Garrett will return for an eighth full season. This comes after Dallas were eliminated from playoff contention in a year marred by the six-game suspension of star running back Ezekiel Elliott.

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A new report out today says the state of Texas is at the lowest monthly unemployment rate in four decades. Texas Workforce Commission data shows the unemployment rate has improved for the seventh month in a row with November unemployment slipping to a record 3.8 percent.

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Last week, a Dallas auditor released a scathing report about the city’s response to its growing homeless problem. As KERA’s Stephanie Kuo reports, the findings have shaken up the city’s largest homeless service providers. 

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SMU's football team plays its first bowl game in five years on Wednesday night. The Mustangs take on Louisiana Tech in the re-booted DXL Frisco Bowl at Toyota Stadium. The bowl game's a newcomer to North Texas. It was formerly called the Miami Beach Bowl before the local pro soccer team and ESPN partnered up to move the game to Frisco.

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Marian Brown was named Dallas County's acting sheriff on Tuesday. The department's chief deputy, a Dallas native, takes over for Sheriff Lupe Valdez at the end of the month. Valdez is stepping down to run for Texas governor. As KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports, Brown’s also running for Valdez’s old job.

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Federal officials have identified the proposed route of a high-speed train between Dallas and Houston. In Dallas, a future train station could be located downtown near the Trinity River floodplain. 

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A new survey shows black adults in Texas and around the country have a lot of concerns about health care, including reproductive health. As KERA’s Stella Chavez reports, experts came together Thursday in Dallas to talk about the findings and their implications. 

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Fort Worth is one of the last major cities in Texas that still allows smoking in bars, but that's soon about to change. The City Council voted 8-1 on Tuesday to ban smoking and electronic cigarettes in bars and bingo centers in 90 days, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Hurricane Harvey, and the devastating rainfall that came with it, changed hundreds of thousands of people's lives. Some lost loved ones, while others watched the floodwaters invade their homes. Thousands of families were displaced, and some landed in North Texas. 

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A new study commissioned by Dallas officials shows the city has a ways to go in providing more frequent and more equitable public transportation to people across the city, and especially low-income people. 

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It’s been over three months since Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast. For people from areas hit the hardest, a return to normal life seems far away. That’s especially true for those still staying in hotels, often miles and miles from the community they left behind, and with no home to go back to.

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The son of a former Texas governor has launched his bid to unseat the current governor. Andrew White held a rally Thursday in Houston, where the investor promised to campaign as a conservative Democrat. The party hasn't captured the Texas governorship since Ann Richards won in 1990.

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The long-time Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, the daughter of South Texas migrant workers, said Wednesday she will resign to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott. Observers say Valdez is the strongest Democratic challenger in the race, but winning office will be an uphill battle.

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Just over three months ago, Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Gulf Coast and settled over southeast Texas for three days dumping feet, not inches, of rain. Thousands evacuated before the storm made landfall, others had to be rescued when floods raged through their homes.

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Baylor University Medical Center officials in Dallas say the birth of a baby from a uterus transplant could open doors for women struggling with uterine infertility. It's the first birth as a result of a womb transplant in the United States. Baylor officials say that eight transplants have been performed and that one of those women currently is pregnant.

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A woman who had been born without a uterus gave birth to a baby at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Hospital spokesman Craig Civale confirmed Friday that the birth had taken place. The hospital has had a study underway for several years to enroll up to 10 women for uterus transplants.

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North Texas Congressman Joe Barton announced Thursday he won’t seek another term next year. It marks an end to the Ennis Republican’s three-decade career in Washington. He faced a growing chorus of calls for his resignation after a nude picture and a sexually charged exchange were made public.

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Update, 8:30 p.m. Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez says that she's still considering a run for governor, but reports that she has resigned from her current post are false, according to The Texas Tribune.

If she does run, Valdez would be the first high-profile Democrat to challenge Republican incumbent Greg Abbott.

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The Plano school district superintendent and a school board member have resigned. Brian Binggeli has been superintendent since 2015, and the school board says he’s leaving because of a difference over leadership philosophies. Meanwhile, school board member Greg Myer has submitted his resignation, citing personal reasons. 

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Gov. Greg Abbott is not wasting any time nominating a replacement to fill Justice Don Willett’s position on the Texas Supreme Court. Abbott announced Monday afternoon that he will appoint Jimmy Blacklock, who works as the governor's general counsel. 

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President Trump took another predawn Twitter swipe at a protesting NFL player this morning.  That came after a UT-Dallas researcher released a new study showing a deep racial divide among college students about "taking a knee" protests.

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North Texans plan to spend more on gifts and entertainment than the average American — way more, according to the consulting company Deloitte. Plus, for the first time ever, North Texans plan to do shopping online than in brick-and-mortar stores.

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Travel experts are expecting a lot more people trying to get around this Thanksgiving.

A U.S. airlines trade group predicts that around 28.5 million Americans will fly over the holiday, an increase of 3 percent over last year. Officials at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport say they are expecting to serve more than 7.5 million customers throughout their peak winter travel season.

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The Dallas County Republican Party has a new leader: the first woman to head the local party. Missy Shorey was elected unanimously Monday night.

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Hundreds of protesters gathered outside AT&T Stadium Sunday night to "show solidarity with NFL players who are taking a knee for justice."

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The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced its new president and CEO Friday morning. Kim Noltemy is the first woman to hold the position and joins a small but growing group of female symphony leaders around the country. Noltemy has been the Boston Symphony's chief operating officer, and will start in Dallas in January.

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