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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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Dallas launches a new policy on marijuana possession today.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Several media outlets, including KERA, reported last night that Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is resigning to run for governor.

A spokeswoman later said that while Valdez is considering a statewide run, she has not submitted her resignation and will make an announcement when she decides. The deadline for filing for next year's primary is Dec. 11.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Plano ISD officials remain tight-lipped about the departure of Superintendent Brian Binggeli. After just two years, Plano ISD officials cited “differing leadership philosophies” as the reason for his resignation.

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Viral nude photos of Congressman Joe Barton may have caused trouble for the Ennis Republican. But a Democrat vying for his 6th Congressional District seat says they've benefited her campaign.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: In Dallas County, being accused of marijuana possession could land you a night in jail. That'll change Friday when the county begins its new cite-and-release program.

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Most Texans don’t save enough money for retirement, according to a new study from the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: After pushback, the Texas Department of Transportation will no longer consider using an accounting maneuver to get around a constitutional ban on using tax dollars for toll projects.

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Mary Horn is a ground breaker. She was Denton County's first female tax assessor and the first woman to serve as county judge. And she's lasted longer in the county's top job than anyone else.

This week, the Republican said she's retiring. And whether it's refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, fighting to keep a Confederate memorial or opposing the so-called "bathroom bill," she makes no apologies.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The U.S. House is scheduled to vote Thursday on tax reform, but some worry the plan could pose a threat to wind energy projects in Texas.

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A dissolution committee that will oversee the closing of Dallas County Schools will appoint a CEO Wednesday to wind down operations through the end of the school year.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Though there's bipartisan support, Congress still hasn’t reauthorized funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which could affect roughly 400,000 children in Texas.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Parts of the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas is rapidly gentrifying, but some of its residents and community leaders are trying to preserve its cultural identity.

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Law officers from across the country came to the Hill Country this week to learn how to respond to active shooters like the one that killed 26 people at a Texas church last weekend.

The leader of the Texas State University program, Pete Blair, says each active shooter situation is different. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A federal agency is opening an investigation into Plano-based Rent-A-Center and the $8 billion rent-to-own industry.

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With nearly a month left to file for next year's primaries, a Democrat's finally stepped up to try and take on Texas Attorney General and Republican Ken Paxton.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Voters last night decided to abolish Dallas County Schools, a regional bus agency that serves a number of North Texas school districts.

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In this off-election year, voters across Texas will get to weigh in on seven proposed amendments to the state constitution.

There’s also a number of local initiatives in North Texas on the ballot, including a billion-dollar bond proposal in Dallas, school finance in Fort Worth and government changes in Denton.

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Polls are now open across North Texas for a variety of state and local issues. There are seven state constitutional amendments to consider, along with local bond issues and a vote on Dallas County Schools’ fate. Visit our voter’s guide for more details.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Texas officials have offered condolences to the residents of Sutherland Springs after Sunday's deadly church shooting. Twenty-six people were killed, and 20 others were hurt.

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U.S. House Republicans yesterday released their long-promised tax reform proposal.

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The Dallas City Council will push back a vote on recommendations for Confederate monuments and symbols.

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As Dallas voters decide whether to approve a billion-dollar bond package, the city's debt outlook has been upgraded from negative to stable.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Unless Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott files an appeal, the NFL's six-game suspension will be reinstated tonight.

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott faces another hearing today on whether he’ll serve a six-game suspension.

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Hyperloop technology promises to shuttle people in capsules from Dallas to Austin in 19 minutes. How? Through passenger pods traveling at up to 700 miles per hour through a low-pressure tube.

Texas emerged as one of 10 winners in the recent Hyperloop One Global Challenge. Steven Duong, a Dallas-based urban designer who helped write that plan, says the Hyperloop is not as far-fetched as it sounds.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Governor Greg Abbott and Texas House Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) will meet this afternoon in Dallas to discuss Confederate monuments on Capitol grounds.

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus' decision to not seek re-election prompted another retirement announcement - and several bids to run for House speaker.

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The City Council will take public comments tonight at 6 regarding recommendations on what to do with the city's Confederate memorials and symbols.

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Black and Hispanic children face tougher barriers to success in Texas than other racial and ethnic groups, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Early voting begins today for a number of state and local elections. There are seven state constitutional amendments to consider, as well as several bond and city charter issues. Check out this voter guide.

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