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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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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Dallas-based chapter of the American Federation of Teachers this morning will join other educators in Austin to lobby lawmakers against school vouchers.  

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The number of homeless people in Dallas and Collin Counties haven’t changed much, according to a new homeless count.  

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Congressional Republicans this week rolled out their alternative to the Affordable Care Act. Though some on the right have criticized it as “Obamacare 2.0,” U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling says he’s on board with the proposed legislation – with a few tweaks.  

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After 40 years of public service, University of North Texas chancellor Lee Jackson will announce his retirement today. In his 15 years as chancellor, Jackson oversaw some major expansions in the UNT system.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The full Texas Senate will take up the so-called “bathroom bill” next week, after a committee advanced Senate Bill 6 early this morning.

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A senate committee hearing is underway over the so-called “bathroom bill,” which would require transgender Texans to use public restrooms that match the sex on their birth certificate.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: U.S. House Representative Michael Burgess of Lewisville held a rare congressional town hall in North Texas Saturday. Many of his Republican colleagues have avoided such events during the congressional recess because of constituents angry with the Trump administration’s recent policies.

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Former governor Rick Perry today puts in his first full day as energy secretary.

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Death is inevitable, but few are willing to confront it publicly. Jeffrey Weiss has been a reporter for 35 years, and he’s in the middle of writing the story of his life – a series about his own brain tumor.

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The Texas Rangers have opened a preliminary inquiry into the sexual assault scandal at Baylor University. The investigative unit is working with a local prosecutor’s office to determine if further action’s needed.

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Though same-sex marriage has been legal in the U-S for the last two years, it’s raised other legal questions. The Texas Supreme Court this morning will hear oral arguments in a case out of Houston.

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State Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas) filed legislation today to gut Dallas County Schools. The agency provides transportation services to 12 North Texas school districts.

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Although the U.S. Justice Department says it’s no longer contesting the Texas voter ID law, a hearing on the rules will move forward today as scheduled.

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Opening statements are expected to begin this morning in the federal corruption trial against Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.

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New federal memos this week on immigration enforcement have stoked fears that millions of people could be deported. A UT-Dallas student who’s part of the DACA program spent the night in a Richardson jail. He’d been pulled over on a traffic warrant, but was detained when his immigration status was discovered.

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Two major bills will soon head to the full state Senate.

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In the wake of President Trump's executive orders on travel and refugees, a wave of immigration roundups occurred last weekend. The attention’s now on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency in charge of allowing people into this country and deporting others.

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The criminal case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton heads back to the Collin County Courthouse this morning for a pre-trial hearing.

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The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will take up three abortion-related bills this morning in Austin.

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Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement say agents detained more than 50 people over the weekend in the Austin and San Antonio areas.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A vigil was held over the weekend for a homeless refugee in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood of Dallas.

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An anti-sanctuary cities bill faces a final vote this morning in the Texas Senate.

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The state Senate today will take up two of the Governor's emergency items: reforming ethics laws and banning so-called "sanctuary cities."

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: As the debate over punishing so-called sanctuary cities moves to the full State Senate this week, the Tarrant County sheriff wants his deputies trained to identify undocumented immigrants.

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When a superstar athlete has a catastrophic injury, the first call often goes out to Dr. James Andrews. The surgeon worked on the shoulder of former Cowboy Troy Aikman, the knee of Tiger Woods and the elbow Yu Darvish, among many others. 

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After 16 hours of testimony, a controversial bill aimed at so-called “sanctuary cities” has made it out of committee and will go to the full State Senate next week.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A hearing’s underway in Austin for a bill that would ban so-called “sanctuary cities.”

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: T.C. Broadnax takes over today as Dallas City Manager. He’ll oversee an annual budget of $3 billion and run a city with 1.3 million residents.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Hundreds of North Texans are heading to Austin for Texas Muslim Capitol Day. The lobbying effort gives Muslims an opportunity to meet with elected officials and learn about the political process and civic advocacy. 

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President Trump’s executive order banning refugees and visitors from seven primarily Muslim countries caused chaos at airports across the country. Many of those detained by U.S. Customs had legal visas or green cards.

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