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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. 

Krystina first joined the station as a freelancer in 2013. She filled in as a KERA Newsroom producer, 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. She's quick to explain that she's a Buff, not an Aggie. Say hello @ThisIsKrystina.

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Issues with the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System came to a head this week. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings sued the pension board – as a private citizen – to try to stop pension members from withdrawing money from the fund early.  

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The Dallas City Council today was briefed on a potential fix for the city’s ailing Police and Fire Pension Fund, which could go broke in as soon as a decade without any changes.

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The Dallas City Council this morning will discuss a plan to save its troubled Police and Fire Pension Fund from going broke, which could happen in 12 years if no changes are made.

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State health officials have identified 28 cases of mumps in Johnson County. Texas hasn’t had more than 20 cases of the virus since 2011.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A recent report spelled more bad news for the troubled Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund. Credit rating and financial analysis firm Moody’s found Dallas has one of the highest pension shortfalls among U.S. cities.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A decision’s expected today in a lawsuit concerning the troubled Dallas Police and Fire Pension fund. Plaintiffs in the suit claim the 12-member pension board operates in violation of State law. The State created the board with seven trustees.

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A U.S. Justice Department investigation resulted in Texas throwing out its old truancy laws. Now, Dallas school and county leaders have unveiled truancy reforms aimed at keeping more kids in class.

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The U.S. Supreme Court today will hear arguments in a Texas death row case. The high court in 2002 ruled that people who are mentally disabled may not be executed. But at issue in this case is how Texas determines the condition.

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A recount for a North Texas legislative race begins today. Democratic challenger Terry Meza requested the recount in her race against Republican incumbent Rodney Anderson for the House District 105 seat. She trailed Anderson by just 64 votes.

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Just over a week before going into effect, a federal court in Texas has blocked implementation of a rule that would make an estimated 4 million workers nationwide eligible for overtime pay.

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