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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 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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