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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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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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The top local stories from KERA News: A press conference scheduled later this morning will announce a rally for Jordan Edwards, the teenager shot and killed by a police officer in Balch Springs last weekend.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Tomorrow is Election Day for municipal races across North Texas. There’s mayoral races in cities like Fort Worth, Irving and Plano.

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A lot has changed since State Rep. Eric Johnson grew up in West Dallas. His old neighborhood is in the midst of a transformation. 

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Tomorrow is Election Day for municipal elections across North Texas. It’s a crowded field of council and school board candidates this year -- hundreds of candidates in scores of races across the region. Yet, local elections are often low-turnout affairs in North Texas.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA Newsroom: A state House bill to fix the troubled Dallas Police & Fire Pension system will get a final vote today.

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Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday at North Lake College in Irving, police say. 

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A cyberbullying bill known as David’s Law could be up for a vote in the Texas Senate as early as today.

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Medical marijuana is in the spotlight at a State House health committee underway this morning.

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Residents continue to comb through the wreckage left behind by tornadoes that tore through East Texas Saturday night.

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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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