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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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As early voting continues across North Texas, a candidate in the Irving mayoral race will be allowed to remain on the ballot. Elvia Espino sued to remove Kristi Pena from the ballot, but a Dallas County judge denied her request yesterday.

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As President Trump nears his 100th day in office, we take a step back to look at how presidential power evolved in the modern era with Rita Kirk, who directs the Maguire Center of Ethics & Public Responsibility at SMU. She says historians estimate it takes about 20 years before one can get a sense of what happened in the past.

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The Texas House today will take another vote on a controversial bill to ban so-called “sanctuary policies.” Senate Bill 4 would establish penalties for local entities that do not honor federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants booked in a local jail.

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The Texas House today will discuss Senate Bill 4, which would punish so-called “sanctuary cities.”

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Kids are dropping out of school as early as middle school. A new report found 8 percent of Texas dropouts in the 2014-15 school year were in the seventh or eighth grades.

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Early voting begins today for local elections across North Texas and runs through May 2.

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Residents sounded off last night at a public forum over a proposed saltwater injection well near Lake Arlington.

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Edward Burns led his first Easter mass as the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas last weekend. He moved from Juneau, Alaska, a few months back, and he’s already making a mark. He started a task force on immigration and is leading a national effort to prevent  sexual abuse in the church.

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Emergency preparedness supplies are tax-free this weekend. The sales tax holiday runs April 22 - 24. It’s a good time to stock up on emergency supplies since Texas is in the midst of ‘tornado season,’ which runs from March to August. Be aware though: tornadoes can occur anytime, anywhere.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and other national Democratic Party leaders hold a public rally in Grand Prairie today.

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The jury in the federal corruption trial of John Wiley Price begins deliberating his fate this morning. The Dallas County Commissioner faces charges of bribery, mail fraud, and tax evasion.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Closing arguments are expected today in the federal corruption trial of John Wiley Price.

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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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