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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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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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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today will go before a new judge assigned to his criminal securities fraud case.

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The Dallas City Council today will vote to fill seats on the board of Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

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No timetable has been set so far for a federal judge in San Antonio to rule on when Texas can implement a new anti-sanctuary cities law.

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A federal judge in San Antonio this morning will hear arguments for putting the state’s new sanctuary cities ban on hold while the court considers whether the law violates the U.S. Constitution.

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Texas’ two U.S. senators are split over their chamber's version of a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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The Fort Worth Star-Telegram got its first new editor in nearly two decades this week. Lauren Gustus comes from Fort Collins, Colorado, where she also fought to pass legislation improving that state's open records laws. 

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U.S. Senators today expect to receive their copies of the healthcare bill today. Senators have complained about the secrecy of the bill, which has been drafted behind closed doors. However, Texas Sen. John Cornyn said the secrecy's necessary because healthcare has become such a partisan issue.

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A new Dallas City Council convenes for its first meeting today. One of the pressing issues facing the council this morning involves who'll represent the city on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board.

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A Dallas County grand jury today is expected to hear an aggravated assault case against Roy Oliver, the former Balch Springs police officer who was fired after he shot and killed a teenager in April.

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The new Dallas City Council will be sworn in later this morning. The group of 15 includes new faces and the return of some familiar names.

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Gov. Greg Abbott signed a number of high-profile bills yesterday - and broke out his veto pen as well.

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Opal Lee has lived 90 pretty remarkable years -- from the night, when she was a kid, that a mob of white protesters drove her family from their Fort Worth home, to her symbolic walk to Washington, D.C., last fall to make Juneteenth a national holiday.

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Testimony continues today in the appeal hearing of Fort Worth police officer William Martin. He's the police officer seen in the videotaped arrest of Jacqueline Craig that went viral in December. 

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price are in Canada on a trade mission this week.

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The 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature ended dramatically last week, and the drama's not over: Lawmakers will return to Austin next month for a special session. Two members of the state House, Democrat Rafael Anchia and Republican Jason Villalba, stopped by KERA to talk about a session they say was unlike any other.

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