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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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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: There's still some impact in Dallas from Sunday's electrical outage at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport.

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No part of society is immune to sexual misconduct cases, including religion.

Alia Salem has spent years speaking for the Muslim community in North Texas when she worked with the Center for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

She's now formed Face Abuse In Community Environments (FACE) to spotlight stories of misconduct involving Muslim clergy.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas Transportation Commission has dropped a near $2 billion plan to rebuild, expand and add toll lanes to I-635E in Dallas, Garland and Mesquite.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas Rangers will investigate alleged sexual misconduct within the state juvenile detention system.

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A memorial service for Ruth Altshuler will be held Thursday at Highland Park United Methodist Church. Altshuler died last week after complications from breaking her hip. She was 93. 

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One thing is clear: The 2018 midterm elections in Texas will be lively. Democrats have pledged a full-frontal assault on statewide offices, which Republicans have controlled since 1994.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Now that the filing deadline has passed, the March primary elections are taking shape.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Tonight's the filing deadline for candidates seeking to run in the 2018 elections. An unusual number of retirements by seven members of Congress and some prominent state legislators has triggered a slew of filings for next year's primaries.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush could get a Democratic challenger today.

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Sen. Al Franken's decision to resign and the Dallas Theater Center's firing of Lee Trull are the latest moves in a seemingly nonstop stream of public figures embroiled in sexual harassment controversies. 

"The only thing that's new happening here is that people are getting fired for being harassers," SMU law professor Joanna Grossman says. "The harassment's not new."

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The son of the late Texas Governor Mark White is joining the race for governor.

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In a statement this morning, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez says she will resign and file for governor at the Texas Democratic Party headquarters in Austin later this morning.

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The Dallas Theater Center's director of new play development has been fired for what it calls "inappropriate behavior." The center has not disclosed details of the allegations against Lee Trull.

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Joe Barton’s former chief of staff has filed paperwork to run for his congressional seat.

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The new CEO of Dallas County Schools is used to cleaning up financial messes. Six years ago, Alan King calmed things down at Dallas ISD as the interim superintendent. When questionable business deals and mounting debt came to light last year at DCS he stepped in briefly as chief financial officer. Now, he’s been brought on to close the bus agency.

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Dallas launches a new policy on marijuana possession today.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Several media outlets, including KERA, reported last night that Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is resigning to run for governor.

A spokeswoman later said that while Valdez is considering a statewide run, she has not submitted her resignation and will make an announcement when she decides. The deadline for filing for next year's primary is Dec. 11.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Plano ISD officials remain tight-lipped about the departure of Superintendent Brian Binggeli. After just two years, Plano ISD officials cited “differing leadership philosophies” as the reason for his resignation.

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Viral nude photos of Congressman Joe Barton may have caused trouble for the Ennis Republican. But a Democrat vying for his 6th Congressional District seat says they've benefited her campaign.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: In Dallas County, being accused of marijuana possession could land you a night in jail. That'll change Friday when the county begins its new cite-and-release program.

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Most Texans don’t save enough money for retirement, according to a new study from the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: After pushback, the Texas Department of Transportation will no longer consider using an accounting maneuver to get around a constitutional ban on using tax dollars for toll projects.

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Mary Horn is a ground breaker. She was Denton County's first female tax assessor and the first woman to serve as county judge. And she's lasted longer in the county's top job than anyone else.

This week, the Republican said she's retiring. And whether it's refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, fighting to keep a Confederate memorial or opposing the so-called "bathroom bill," she makes no apologies.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The U.S. House is scheduled to vote Thursday on tax reform, but some worry the plan could pose a threat to wind energy projects in Texas.

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A dissolution committee that will oversee the closing of Dallas County Schools will appoint a CEO Wednesday to wind down operations through the end of the school year.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Though there's bipartisan support, Congress still hasn’t reauthorized funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which could affect roughly 400,000 children in Texas.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Parts of the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas is rapidly gentrifying, but some of its residents and community leaders are trying to preserve its cultural identity.

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Law officers from across the country came to the Hill Country this week to learn how to respond to active shooters like the one that killed 26 people at a Texas church last weekend.

The leader of the Texas State University program, Pete Blair, says each active shooter situation is different. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A federal agency is opening an investigation into Plano-based Rent-A-Center and the $8 billion rent-to-own industry.

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With nearly a month left to file for next year's primaries, a Democrat's finally stepped up to try and take on Texas Attorney General and Republican Ken Paxton.

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