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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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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will be in McKinney tonight for a town hall hosted by the Concerned Veterans of America as part of a statewide tour.

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Congress is on recess this week - without a vote on the Senate's bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Republican Senate leaders wanted to pass the bill before the break, but they couldn't get enough votes to support it.

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A year ago, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarippa were still riding the rails and patrolling the streets of Dallas. Then came July 7. Mayor Mike Rawlings recalls how the city came through that night and the days that followed.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is urging the Justice Department to stop accepting new applications and renewals for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today will go before a new judge assigned to his criminal securities fraud case.

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The Dallas City Council today will vote to fill seats on the board of Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

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No timetable has been set so far for a federal judge in San Antonio to rule on when Texas can implement a new anti-sanctuary cities law.

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A federal judge in San Antonio this morning will hear arguments for putting the state’s new sanctuary cities ban on hold while the court considers whether the law violates the U.S. Constitution.

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Texas’ two U.S. senators are split over their chamber's version of a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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The Fort Worth Star-Telegram got its first new editor in nearly two decades this week. Lauren Gustus comes from Fort Collins, Colorado, where she also fought to pass legislation improving that state's open records laws. 

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U.S. Senators today expect to receive their copies of the healthcare bill today. Senators have complained about the secrecy of the bill, which has been drafted behind closed doors. However, Texas Sen. John Cornyn said the secrecy's necessary because healthcare has become such a partisan issue.

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A new Dallas City Council convenes for its first meeting today. One of the pressing issues facing the council this morning involves who'll represent the city on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board.

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A Dallas County grand jury today is expected to hear an aggravated assault case against Roy Oliver, the former Balch Springs police officer who was fired after he shot and killed a teenager in April.

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The new Dallas City Council will be sworn in later this morning. The group of 15 includes new faces and the return of some familiar names.

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Gov. Greg Abbott signed a number of high-profile bills yesterday - and broke out his veto pen as well.

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Opal Lee has lived 90 pretty remarkable years -- from the night, when she was a kid, that a mob of white protesters drove her family from their Fort Worth home, to her symbolic walk to Washington, D.C., last fall to make Juneteenth a national holiday.

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Testimony continues today in the appeal hearing of Fort Worth police officer William Martin. He's the police officer seen in the videotaped arrest of Jacqueline Craig that went viral in December. 

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price are in Canada on a trade mission this week.

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The 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature ended dramatically last week, and the drama's not over: Lawmakers will return to Austin next month for a special session. Two members of the state House, Democrat Rafael Anchia and Republican Jason Villalba, stopped by KERA to talk about a session they say was unlike any other.

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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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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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