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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. 

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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With six weeks left in this legislative session, the Texas House today begins a longer schedule – working at least five days a week. There are still more than 6,000 bills up for consideration at the Capitol.

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A Texas House pensions committee advanced a bill to the full House this week aimed at fixing the Dallas Police and Fire Pension fund. The key figure in Austin for the troubled pension funds in Dallas and Houston is a small town-Republican.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Mumps cases in Texas have hit a 20-year high. There have been 221 cases so far this year, according to the Department of State Health Services.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Dallas City Council is expected to get its first update on the hacked emergency sirens that kept thousands of people awake last weekend.

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A voter education campaign failed to prevent confusion about the state’s voter ID rules ahead of the 2016 general election.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Police estimate 3,200 people marched through downtown Dallas yesterday demanding an end to immigrant bashing and growing racial violence.

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The two chambers of the State Legislature have until the end of May to work out a compromise budget. The Texas House passed its version of the two-year state budget last night after 15 hours of debate.

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For the last three-plus years, Alia Salem has been the public point person for just about every controversy involving Muslims in North Texas. Salem stepped down as executive director of the local Council on American-Islamic Relations this week, and she's determined to stay optimistic.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas House today begins a marathon debate over its version of the state budget. More than 400 amendments have been filed. Some of them touch on controversial topics such as school vouchers, abortion regulations, and transgender rights.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee today will hold a hearing on a bill that would redefine the “practice of psychology.” It’s a response to last year’s court ruling that found parts of the state's current definition overly broad and unconstitutional.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: ESPN and several local media outlets are reporting Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is retiring from the game and going into broadcasting.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings today is scheduled to testify in front of the State House Pensions Committee. He told the Dallas Morning News he won’t support legislation meant to save the failing Police and Fire Pension Fund because it binds the city to minimum payments into the system, calling the move a “taxpayer bailout.”

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The NCAA women’s Final Four basketball tournament begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center. If you couldn’t score tickets to the games, The Final Four fan zone known as “Tourney Town” opens at 10 a.m. outside the arena.

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The NCAA Women’s Final Four tips off tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center. Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman played a role in bringing the tournament to Dallas. In our Friday Conversation, she said Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle tapped her at the last minute to pitch the city as a tournament site to the NCAA.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary is in North Texas.Ben Carson is on a multi-city listening tour to hear from people who rely on public housing.

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Early morning storms triggered tornado warnings in parts of Tarrant and Denton Counties. Winds of up to 83 miles per hour caused damage from Rockwall to Keller.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Only a handful of people in Texas can legally use medical marijuana, but one Richardson family hopes to change the law so they’ll no longer have to break it.

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Most of North Texas was under a tornado or severe thunderstorm watch last night. Collin and Denton counties faced the brunt of severe weather.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: An annual homeless count released yesterday found little change in the number of people on the streets in Tarrant and Parker Counties.

Women make up half of the U.S. population, but hold less than 20 percent of the seats in Congress. Cindy Simon Rosenthal spent much of her career studying this issue, and then got involved herself. She was the first female elected mayor of Norman, Oklahoma - and now runs the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at The University of Oklahoma. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The U.S. House is expected to vote today on a bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. It’s unclear whether there are enough votes to pass it, but there’s a lot of support from Texas Republicans.

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The cost of a college education in Texas has grown more expensive over the last 15 years. Average tuition and fees over the time have gone up 148 percent.

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Dallas civil rights activist Roy Williams died Saturday at the Dallas VA Medical Center. He was 74.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Dallas civil rights activist Roy Williams has died.

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Pete Sessions became the latest Republican U.S. House member to face a rowdy crowd at a town hall meeting when he held his at Richardson high school Saturday.

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Engineers from T-Mobile and officials in Dallas say they’ve made significant progress on the ongoing problem of so-called ghost calls that have jammed the city’s 911 call center. However, it’s still unclear who’s at fault and whether the problem is fixed.

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Texas was a very different place two centuries ago. It was home to roaming tribes and just a few permanent settlements. Researcher Sam Haynes of UT Arlington says it was the most diverse place in North America.

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The Texas Senate has given early approval to a bill that would ban the donation of aborted fetal tissue for medical research. The bill also would prohibit abortions in late pregnancy.

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A Texas House committee today is expected to take up a bill targeting so-called “sanctuary cities.” Senate Bill 4, which was approved in the Senate last month, would punish local and state governments that don't cooperate with federal officials to enforce immigration laws.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Debate on the so-called "bathroom bill" could begin as early as today in the full Texas Senate.  A Senate committee last week voted to advance the bill after more than 13 hours of public testimony.

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