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Krystina Martinez

Assistant Producer

Krystina Martinez is an assistant producer at KERA. She wakes up bright and early to produce local content for Morning Edition and KERANews.org. She also produces The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. 

Krystina first joined the station as a freelancer in 2013. She filled in as a KERA Newsroom producer, 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. She's quick to explain that she's a Buff, not an Aggie. Say hello @ThisIsKrystina.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: 980 workers with Child Protective Services who recently earned promotions will have to wait as long as six months to get a recently-approved $12,000 raise. Meanwhile, their colleagues — and recent hires — will receive the extra money next month.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Few Texans in Congress support building a wall across the U.S./Mexico border. According to a survey by the Texas Tribune, none of the 38 members of the Texas delegation offered full support of a complete border wall.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Electoral College meets today at their respective state capitols to cast ballots for President. Donald Trump is expected to win the electoral vote, though some electors say they won’t vote for him.

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Editor's noteThis web story has been edited to reflect the latest reports about Christopher Suprun's background. 

The Electoral College will vote Dec. 19 for the next president. At least two of this state’s electors announced they won’t cast votes for Donald Trump. One resigned as an elector. The other, Christopher Suprun from Dallas, vows that he will vote for someone else.

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Officials from the U.S. Department of Education officials are wrapping up a week in Texas. They’ve been talking to parents and educators after an investigation by The Houston Chronicle found the state capped special education enrollment at 8.5 percent. The national average is 13 percent.

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Texas is on track to execute the smallest number of people in 20 years. The state has given lethal injections to seven people this year. According to the Texas Tribune, that’s the lowest execution rate since 1996.

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The Dallas City Council today will vote whether to appoint T.C. Broadnax as the next city manager. Broadnax has been the city manager for Tacoma, Washington since 2012. Prior to that, he was San Antonio’s Assistant City Manager for five years.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his Secretary of State.

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Officials with the U.S. Department of Education will hold listening sessions in Richardson and Houston on special education in public schools as part of a week-long tour of Texas.

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The expected debate over school choice in next month’s state legislative session will include special needs children. Republican State Sen. Donna Campbell of New Braunfels plans to file legislation that would allow public school dollars to be used to educate special needs children in private schools.

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