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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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Dallas County Sheriff

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Authorities say two Dallas police officers are in critical condition after they were shot while trying to remove a man from a Home Depot in Northeast Dallas Tuesday.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Plano City Council member Tom Harrison faced a public hearing Monday over controversial social media posts.

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Early voting begins today for the May 5 local elections. Check out our voter’s guide here.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Thousands of students across North Texas are expected to walk out of school Friday as part of the National School Walkout.

The George W. Bush Presidential Center

The George W. Bush Presidential Center is celebrating its fifth birthday with a star-studded leadership forum that ends Friday night with a keynote speech from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Bush Center president and CEO Ken Hersh says bringing Bezos to Dallas at a time when President Trump's been criticizing him on Twitter — and Dallas is on the shortlist for Amazon's second headquarters — was a coincidence.

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The four-year-old UNT Dallas College of Law is about to get a new dean. Felecia Epps comes from Florida A&M University, which faced similar challenges with getting its would-be lawyers to pass the bar exam.

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As students across the state continue STAAR exams Thursday, the head of the Texas Education Agency has announced he may not count the test scores against annual ratings for schools affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: As standardized testing continues Wednesday across the state, officials say technical issues experienced Tuesday should be resolved.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Plano City Councilman Tom Harrison will face a special recall election in November. He drew criticism from residents and his council colleagues for sharing a Facebook post that promoted a ban on Islam in schools. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas National Guard deployed hundreds of troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the weekend. Gov. Greg Abbott praised President Trump's order in an appearance this morning on Fox & Friends.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Eastbound I-30 is closed right now while hazmat crews clean up a fuel spill. An 18-wheeler exploded after crashing into another vehicle around 5:45 a.m. this morning. The truck driver was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital. He later died.

Lopez Obrador Campaign

The midterm elections have been a priority this year in the U.S., but the country also has a stake in the presidential election in Mexico. North Texas has more Mexican citizens eligible to vote there than anywhere else in the U.S. except Los Angeles.

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Officials say HIV and AIDS patients in Dallas County may have suffered delays in treatment and other vital services because of mismanagement and incompetence within the Health & Human Services department. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has several stops in the Dallas area Thursday.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Events across the country will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The civil rights activist was assassinated 50 years ago, Wednesday.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is in North Texas for a fundraising trip.

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A 20-year-old Texas man who used a so-called “affluenza” defense to fight a drunken driving conviction in 2013 was released from jail Monday.

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Atmos Energy is investigating an explosion at a duplex in South Dallas near Fair Park.

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Cuban-born entrepreneur and philanthropist Jorge Baldor is behind some well-known cultural and political efforts in the Dallas Latino community.

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Road closures begin tonight for the Southern Gateway Project in southern Dallas County. The nearly $700 million project will rebuild and widen Interstate 35E and U.S. Highway 67. 

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Crews from Atmos evacuated homes and apartment units in a northwest Dallas neighborhood Wednesday night after responding to a natural gas smell.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Elizabeth Frizell, who lost in last month's Democratic primary for Dallas County district attorney, has filed a lawsuit alleging voter fraud.

Capital Factory

Starting a successful business requires a great idea, paying customers and access to capital if you want it to grow. The business world is tough, but even tougher for people of color and women. Historically, they have a harder time securing business loans and investor funding needed to take their startup to the next level.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Thousands of students across the country marched for gun control in demonstrations inspired by student survivors of last month's shootings at a high school in Parkland, Florida. 

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A $1.3 trillion government spending bill awaits a signature from President Trump. Though in a tweet, he said he’s considering a veto over Dreamers and border wall funding.

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Students across the country will be protesting gun violence as part of "March For Our Lives" Saturday. Sophie Conde, a junior at Centennial High in Frisco, is helping lead the march in downtown Dallas. 

In our Friday Conversation, she told KERA's Rick Holter that student organizers plan to keep the momentum going after the march ends.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Opening arguments begin today in the government's antitrust lawsuit against Dallas-based AT&T.

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The Dallas City Council Wednesday continued its debate over what to do with the city's Confederate monuments.

No vote was taken in the briefing, but City Council will eventually have to sign off on some kind of plan to address them. Still, council members agreed the city needs to acknowledge its racial past and give a full picture of the city's history.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Though the 24-year-old white man suspected in the Austin bombings is dead this morning, law enforcement in North Texas are still on alert.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officials are investigating a fifth package explosion in Texas — this one earlier this morning at a FedEx facility in Schertz, outside of San Antonio.

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