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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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There's about a week left in the special legislative session, and it's unlikely bills on all 20 agenda items will become law.

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The Dallas City Council on Wednesday morning voted 13-2 to pull support for a controversial toll road along the Trinity River.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Dallas City Council today is expected to vote on whether to pull support for building a controversial toll road along the Trinity River.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A new study from Stanford University has found states with right-to-carry gun laws have higher crime rates. The report covers data from 1979 to 2014 in 30 states, including Texas, that adopted such laws. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Though a vote hasn’t been scheduled for the Fort Worth City Council to decide whether to join a lawsuit against SB 4, the city has its concerns about the anti-sanctuary cities law.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas House today will debate several bills aimed at reforming the state’s school finance system.

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Paul Chabot has a sales pitch for conservatives across the country: Move to Texas. After losing his second bid for Congress in California, he uprooted his family and settled in McKinney. He started a company called Conservative Move to get like-minded folks to do the same.

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Dallas city leaders Thursday will interview finalists to head the Animal Services department.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Fort Worth police officials warned the city council yesterday Senate Bill 4 would damage trust with immigrant communities. The council was discussing whether to join other Texas cities in a lawsuit against the sanctuary cities bill, which will go into effect next month. 

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The Fort Worth City Council today will hear presentations at a work session about whether to join a lawsuit against the state's new sanctuary cities law.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The special legislative session resumes in Austin this afternoon.

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The Dallas school district and the education nonprofit Big Thought will receive a four-year grant as part of a program to teach kids social and emotional learning skills.

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It's been a tough week for the transgender community. The Texas Senate passed a so-called bathroom bill regulating public restroom use for transgender Texans. The next day, President Trump tweeted that he'd like to ban transgender people from serving in the military.  

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas House are expected to vote this morning on its second sunset bill - which would keep some state agencies operating. They're also expected to vote on one of the anti-abortion measures and a bill on local tree ordinances.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: After some changes, Texas Senators passed a version of the so-called bathroom bill just after midnight.

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A Texas Senate committee this morning will hear testimony on the controversial bathroom bill.

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The Texas Legislature begins a 30-day special session today. Lawmakers will work on an extensive agenda with 20 items up for consideration, including teacher pay, property taxes, and a bill to block transgender access to restrooms.

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During the regular legislative session, Texas lawmakers meet every two years for 140 days. The special session is best described in two words: legislative overtime.

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Groups like the Texas Association of Business and Visit Dallas will speak out against the so-called bathroom bill this morning at the state capitol. 

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According to the latest numbers, North Texas housing prices are up 8 percent over last year. That sounds like great news for home builders. Yet, Phil Crone of the Dallas Builders Association went to the nation’s capital last month to make a desperate plea for immigration reform.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Despite their political differences, former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush say they've managed to get along and work together.

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will hold a press conference this morning on the upcoming special legislative session.

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The seven candidates hoping to become the next Dallas Police Chief wrap up interviews today.

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Police officers across Texas will flash their red and blue patrol lights this morning in memory of the Dallas officers who died in an ambush last year.

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St. Paul United Methodist Church is just a few blocks from where a gunman disrupted a peaceful rally in downtown Dallas last year. Richie Butler, pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church, said some church members were part of that once-peaceful rally.

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More lawsuits have been filed against the former McKinney police officer accused of using excessive force while breaking up a chaotic pool party in 2015.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will be in McKinney tonight for a town hall hosted by the Concerned Veterans of America as part of a statewide tour.

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Congress is on recess this week - without a vote on the Senate's bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Republican Senate leaders wanted to pass the bill before the break, but they couldn't get enough votes to support it.

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A year ago, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarippa were still riding the rails and patrolling the streets of Dallas. Then came July 7. Mayor Mike Rawlings recalls how the city came through that night and the days that followed.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is urging the Justice Department to stop accepting new applications and renewals for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.

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