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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: The Fort Worth City Council Tuesday will get a briefing on the city's current smoking ordinance and whether changes should be made.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is on a trade mission to China and South Korea this week.

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The U.S. House Thursday approved more than $36 billion for disaster recovery efforts. Gov. Greg Abbott urged the 36 House members from Texas to vote against the bill. Six Republicans ultimately voted no - including Joe Barton of Ennis, Louie Gohmert of Tyler, Jeb Hensarling of Dallas and Kenny Marchant of Coppell.

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It’s up to the Dallas City Council to decide the fate of the city’s Confederate symbols.

The council is expected to vote next month; the city's Cultural Affairs Commission endorsed a series of recommendations this week made by a task force appointed by Mayor Mike Rawlings. Here's what those actions would do.

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The U.S. House today is expected to vote on an additional $36.5 billion for disaster recovery efforts across the country. Gov. Greg Abbott has criticized the proposal because it doesn't include nearly $19 billion in aid he and most of the state's congressional delegation wanted for Texas.

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The Dallas Public Art Committee has unanimously adopted all recommendations from the Mayor’s Task Force on Confederate Monuments. It now goes before the Cultural Affairs Commission tomorrow.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Today's the last day to register to vote in next month's elections. Voters will weigh in on seven proposed state constitutional amendments and local bond issues.

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North Texas congressman and Republican Joe Barton told KXAS-TV's Lone Star Politics he believes both border wall funding and legislation for people who benefit from the Deferred Action For Child Arrivals program can pass.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: More than a month after Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast, the final shelter in Dallas for evacuees closed Sunday.

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Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea watched in horror as Hurricane Maria tore through his home island of Puerto Rico. He had to do something.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Today's the deadline for North Texas cities to submit individual bids for Amazon's second headquarters to the Fort Worth and Dallas chambers of commerce. Chamber officials will bundle the bids into a combined, regional pitch to the online retail giant.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath visited Dallas Wednesday to give a progress report on the state's public schools. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Although recreational marijuana is still illegal in the state of Texas, the number of Texans testing positive for cannabis after a traffic accident has increased.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Denton County commissioners today will vote on whether to establish a committee to discuss and consider action on a Confederate soldier memorial.

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Texas Senator John Cornyn said he's supporting fellow Senator Ted Cruz for re-election next year. The Senate Majority Whip also said he's running for re-election in 2020.

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The nation came to know Dr. Brian Williams in the days after July 7, 2016. He was working at Parkland Hospital that night when wounded police officers were brought into his operating room.

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San Antonio Republican Joe Straus is seeking another term as Texas House Speaker in the 2019 session. But at their retreat this weekend, Texas Republican caucus chairs will discuss ways to oust him.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: High school students from Richardson ISD got to rub shoulders with Grammy award winners for a career day event organized by the Grammy Museum.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: City officials are closing the downtown Dallas shelter hosting Hurricane Harvey evacuees today.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Traffic’s been tied up for hours along northbound I-35E thanks to a truck that lost its load of chicken parts.

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About 115 people showed up at Lee Park in Dallas Saturday to protest the city's recent decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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Flood experts, state officials and meteorologists are starting to get the full scope of Hurricane Harvey's behavior and the cost of damage it inflicted on the Texas Coast.

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After President Trump's decision to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program this week, we've heard voices from big cities like Dallas and Houston.

Former NPR journalist Tasneem Raja has been collecting stories of people in Tyler who were brought into the country illegally as children for her news startup, The Tyler Loop

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A restraining order against the state's ban on second-trimester abortions has been extended until Nov. 2, when a court will hear a lawsuit brought by Whole Women’s Health and other reproductive rights advocacy groups.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Gov. Greg Abbott this morning is expected to announce a new commission to help the Texas Gulf Coast rebuild after Hurricane Harvey.

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President Trump’s decision to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program affects about 120,000 Texans who have legal protections from DACA.

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Hurricane Harvey has been tough for most in Houston, but even tougher for immigrants without papers. Stella Chavez caught up with an undocumented couple whose rental house in South Houston was trashed by flooding.

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The Houston Astros played a double-header against the New York Mets over the weekend. Fans say the games were a welcome distraction from the Harvey cleanup. KERA's Stella Chavez was there for the first home games.

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About 700 people spent the night Thursday at the shelter at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

Caring for evacuees after a natural disaster presents a huge medical challenge, which Dr. Ray Fowler of UT Southwestern Medical Center knows well.   

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A slew of laws take effect today in Texas, including a ban on texting while driving. However, some high-profile laws were temporarily blocked earlier this week by federal judges. 

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