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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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Tomorrow's the runoff election for several municipal races across North Texas.

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The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans today will take up a legal challenge on an obscure provision in the Texas Election Code.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Gov. Greg Abbott has called Texas lawmakers back to Austin for a special session to address legislation keeping major state agencies open.

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Gov. Greg Abbott will be holding a news conference this afternoon in Austin. Though the topic is not known, there’s speculation he could announce whether he’ll call a special legislative session.

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Governor Greg Abbott has yet to announce if he’ll call a special legislative session – or what the agenda would include if he does calls one.

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Racial tensions had been simmering in Fort Worth well before the controversial arrest of Jacqueline Craig by a police officer in December, according to a report from the National League of Cities.

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A group of architecture buffs got a sneak peek at the Statler Hilton in downtown Dallas. The 1950s icon was the place where Tina Turner famously dumped her abusive husband Ike. Abandoned since 2001, it’s now being transformed into a hotel and apartment building.

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The legislative session just ended. After 140 days of proposals, politicking and press conferences, we’re catching up on what actually passed and how it will change Texas.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment of Texas’s 85th Legislature was the demise of a bill that would have added more than half a billion dollars in funding for the state’s public schools.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi came to Dallas yesterday to raise money for Democratic congressional candidates – and addressed supporters at a rally.

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The Texas Legislature made a lot of headlines for what it did not agree on, but there was surprising bipartisan support about healthcare.

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Early voting has begun for runoff elections across North Texas.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas Legislature is scheduled to adjourn today, but it remains to be seen whether lawmakers will be called back for a special session.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Just days before the legislative session is set to end Monday, House and Senate budget leaders say negotiators have finalized a $217 billion state budget deal.

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The Texas Legislature is keeping the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) busy this session.

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The Texas Senate early this morning passed its version of a bill to tweak the state’s A-F school accountability grading system.

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Families renting aging rental homes in West Dallas from HMK Ltd. will share their concerns about this week’s developments before the City Council this morning.

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With summer just around the corner, the nonprofit Trust for Public Land has released its annual ParkScore Index, which rates the park systems in the 100 largest cities in the U.S. Plano improved its score from last year. Unfortunately, competition from other cities caused some North Texas cities to slip.

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Renters slated to leave their West Dallas homes learned yesterday they have more time—and a chance to buy their houses.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: This will be a busy week for state lawmakers. The legislative session concludes next Monday, and both chambers need to pass as many high-priority bills as possible.

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At 95, journalism pioneer Vivian Castleberry has seen it all. She was born in the roaring '20s, came of age during the Great Depression and interviewed seven First Ladies.

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Dallas has one of the country’s highest rates of youth unemployment. Nearly 13 percent of residents 16-to-24 years old aren’t in school or don’t have a job. A massive job fair today hopes to lower those numbers.

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A bill to fix the Dallas Police and Fire Pension fund goes before a state Senate committee this morning

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The number of teen pregnancies in the U.S. has hit a record low. But that doesn’t include certain parts of Texas. The Dallas and San Antonio areas have rates 50 and 40 percent above the national average.

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House lawmakers have until the end of the week to tentatively pass Senate bills for them to have any chance of surviving the current legislative session.

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For a generation of radio listeners, Robert Siegel has been one of the few constants. He’s hosted NPR's All Things Considered since 1987 - through inaugurations and impeachment to natural disasters and wardrobe malfunctions. 

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One deadline has passed in the Texas House, and another’s just around the corner.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Today’s the last day for legislation in the Texas House to get tentative approval.

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Last month, Uber announced its plans to have flying cars ready for demonstration in North Texas by 2020. Dallas and Fort Worth were selected as the company's first U.S. partner cities in the endeavor.

Mark Moore, who directs aviation engineering for Uber, explains just how the company plans to turn the flying cars of science fiction into a reality.

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This month, the company behind 'baby boxes' launched in Texas, based on a program in Finland. It may sound strange to have babies sleeping in cardboard boxes, but its part of a larger initiative to lower the infant mortality rate.

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The Texas House today is expected to vote on a bill that would bind electors to support the winner of the statewide popular vote.

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