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Krystina Martinez

Assistant Producer

Krystina Martinez is an assistant producer at KERA. She produces local content for Morning Edition and KERANews.org. She also produces The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina is also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.

The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) named Krystina a New Voices scholar in 2016, which is awarded to early career talent shaping the future of public media. Krystina first joined KERA as a freelancer in 2013. She produced for Morning EditionAll Things Considered and Think, contributed stories, produced Ebola coverage and served as the local producer for StoryCorps’ North Texas visit in 2014. Prior to KERA, she interned at NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, D.C.

A North Texas native, Krystina is a graduate of West Texas A&M University. Say hello @ThisIsKrystina.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Polls are open for early voting in the state's March 6th primaries. Here’s what you need to vote, learn more about the early voting process, and check out the candidates on North Texas ballots.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was in Texas over the weekend.

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Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley is angry.

The county's top elected official ignited a political firestorm a week ago when he said the state is refusing to pay what it should for public education, and he accused legislators of blaming local officials for raising property taxes.

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A new branch of Texas Capital Bank in the Trinity Groves area hopes to build a relationship with low- and moderate-income West Dallas families who may not currently use a bank at all.

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Dallas County Health and Human Services says five more people have died from the flu. That brings the county's total of flu-related deaths to 67 this season.

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Friends, family members and officers yesterday remembered 37 year-old Richardson Police Officer David Sherrard, who was fatally shot while responding to an apartment call.

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Dallas ISD is coming up with contingency plans for students with DACA protections — and their parents.

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Friday’s the deadline the city of Dallas gave bike-share companies to clean up their acts. The Denton City Council is also considering putting some regulations in place. Six months ago, tens of thousands of rental-share bikes began filling North Texas streets and sidewalks. One of the first companies was Garland-based VBikes.  

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: 106 people have died so far this flu season in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton and Parker counties.

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The Denton City Council last night voted 6-1 to update the city’s energy plan to become 100 percent renewable by 2020 - the second Texas city to do so.

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The flu epidemic has closed down yet another North Texas school.

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Today’s the last day to register to vote for the March 6 primaries.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Authorities have arrested four current or former state juvenile justice employees and the search continues for a fifth worker. Three of those arrested yesterday worked at the juvenile lockup in Gainesville, north of Dallas.

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In this week's State of the Union speech, President Trump delivered a glowing report about the tax bill he just signed, saying roughly three million people received "thousands and thousands of dollars in tax bonuses." However, that's only partially true in North Texas.  

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A former accountant from Dallas is scheduled for lethal injection tonight if a federal court doesn't intervene.

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The Margaret McDermott Bridge in Dallas was supposed to be open to pedestrians and bicyclists by now, but the Dallas Observer reports the arches over the Trinity River have been closed because of concerns that the bridge's suspension cables, which connect the arches to the base of the bridge, vibrate under heavy winds and cause anchor rods to break.

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A man from Dallas facing a lethal injection Tuesday night is waiting to hear if the U.S. Supreme Court will block his execution.

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Texas will hold the nation’s first primary election on March 6.

The primary will determine the party nominees for the November midterm elections. Midterms are typically lower turnout elections, but they can have an outsized impact because they can change electoral maps, depending on the outcome of state and congressional races.

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There's no movement yet on a lawsuit by the Dallas County Republican Party to remove 128 Democrats from the primary ballot.

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In just three and a half weeks, Texans will begin voting in the nation's first political primary of the year.

And the stakes will depend on what happens next. Just this week, we came out of a federal government shutdown. Now, there's a lawsuit in Dallas County to remove more than 120 Democratic candidates from the state's primary ballot.

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The Dallas school board last night voted to potentially close five schools.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas Transportation Commission this morning will consider the proposed expansion of 635-LBJ at a hearing in Austin.

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Health officials have confirmed six cases of measles in Ellis County.

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Classes resume this morning at Italy High School following a shooting on campus early yesterday.  

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Thousands took to the streets across Texas and the country to demonstrate solidarity in the second Women’s March.

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In 2017, the original Women's March drew millions of women who opposed the inauguration of President Donald Trump. And this year's event has a renewed sense of urgency, thanks to the #MeToo movement. 

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If the U.S. Senate misses its deadline to pass a spending bill, the federal government will shut down. That would also mean furloughs for 200,000 Texans.

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Seven additional people in Dallas County have died from the flu - bringing the total for the season to 38.

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The flu outbreak has forced the Bonham school district to cancel classes for the week because too many teachers and students are sick.

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One of the most influential education nonprofits in North Texas has a new leader. Byron Sanders, who's 34 and grew up in southern Dallas, got the CEO job this week at Big Thought, a nonprofit focused on merging education and the arts to create a creative path for kids.

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