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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: Parents and teachers this morning will get their first chance to testify before the new Texas Commission on Public School Finance.

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The search resumes today for a worker missing since yesterday's chemical plant explosion in Cresson in Hood County, but it's now a recovery effort.

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March Madness has a lot of Lone Star flavor this year. A record seven Texas schools made the NCAA men’s basketball tournament this year, and the Final Four is in San Antonio. One of the best story lines is TCU, which plays its first tournament game in 20 years tonight in Detroit. 

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System over the Deferred Retirement Option Plan.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The dockless bike-sharing company LimeBike plans to roll out electric scooters and bikes in Dallas.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Emails suggest Atmos Energy knew about gas leaks in a neighborhood of northwest Dallas before a house explosion there last month killed a 12-year-old girl.

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Police departments across the country are urging residents to be cautious of unexpected deliveries after three explosions in the last 10 days killed two people and hurt two others in Austin.

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Dallas County prosecutors are investigating possible fraud regarding more than 1,200 mail-in ballot applications for the 2018 elections. 

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Tuesday's primary election sparked a surge of voters, which is unusual in a non-presidential election year.

Three lawmakers from North Texas lost their primary and about 30 races statewide are now heading to a runoff May 22. (Here are more results from the night.)

Ross Ramsey, executive editor of the Texas Tribune, joined the Friday Conversation to make sense of this wild week in Texas politics.

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Today's the last day of the public input period on a proposed $15 billion dollar high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston.

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A new report has found that it could take until 2049 for women in Texas to reach pay equity with men.

The report, released Thursday by the Dallas Women's Foundation and the Institute for Women's Policy Research, also found salary differences and wider gender pay gaps within some North Texas counties.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Investigators Thursday morning have returned to the Collin County town of Anna to look for more evidence after partial skeletal remains were discovered Wednesday in a field.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: There were a few primary victories and upsets in North Texas last night.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Today's the day to vote in the state primary elections. Voters will determine party nominees for the midterm contests in November.

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It's Election Day in Texas! The primary will determine the party nominees for the November midterm elections. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Find information on sample ballots, voter ID and more in this guide.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: There’s been strong early voting turnout in the 10 Texas counties with the highest number of registered voters, including Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties. This time, Democrats outvoted Republicans.

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Polls close tonight at 7 p.m. for early voting in the Texas primary elections.

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It's been six months since Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas Gulf Coast. The Dallas-based nonprofit Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) was among the organizations helping residents in the aftermath, rebuilding internet and phone connections.

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About 2,800 Northwest Dallas residents could be without gas service for up to three weeks while Atmos Energy works to replace gas lines and meters.

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About 2,800 Northwest Dallas residents could be without gas service for up to three weeks while Atmos Energy replaces gas lines and meters.

This comes after a number of gas leaks forced 300 people to evacuate. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A new report from the group New American Economy looked at the economic contributions of immigrants in the city of Dallas.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: After a few months observing the market, the Plano City Council Monday passed an ordinance regulating bike-share companies.

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Federal investigators are in town to look into a suspected natural gas leak that caused an explosion last week at a newly renovated house in Northwest Dallas.

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Sports Illustrated published an investigative report this week alleging former Dallas Mavericks president Terdema Ussery engaged in inappropriate conduct and created a workplace that was hostile for women.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The National Weather Service is forecasting freezing rain, sleet, and isolated thunderstorms for parts of North Texas.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The National Weather Service says there's a threat of freezing rain for areas north and west of the Metroplex today.

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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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