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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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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings today is scheduled to testify in front of the State House Pensions Committee. He told the Dallas Morning News he won’t support legislation meant to save the failing Police and Fire Pension Fund because it binds the city to minimum payments into the system, calling the move a “taxpayer bailout.”

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The NCAA women’s Final Four basketball tournament begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center. If you couldn’t score tickets to the games, The Final Four fan zone known as “Tourney Town” opens at 10 a.m. outside the arena.

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The NCAA Women’s Final Four tips off tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center. Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman played a role in bringing the tournament to Dallas. In our Friday Conversation, she said Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle tapped her at the last minute to pitch the city as a tournament site to the NCAA.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary is in North Texas.Ben Carson is on a multi-city listening tour to hear from people who rely on public housing.

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Early morning storms triggered tornado warnings in parts of Tarrant and Denton Counties. Winds of up to 83 miles per hour caused damage from Rockwall to Keller.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Only a handful of people in Texas can legally use medical marijuana, but one Richardson family hopes to change the law so they’ll no longer have to break it.

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Most of North Texas was under a tornado or severe thunderstorm watch last night. Collin and Denton counties faced the brunt of severe weather.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: An annual homeless count released yesterday found little change in the number of people on the streets in Tarrant and Parker Counties.

Women make up half of the U.S. population, but hold less than 20 percent of the seats in Congress. Cindy Simon Rosenthal spent much of her career studying this issue, and then got involved herself. She was the first female elected mayor of Norman, Oklahoma - and now runs the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at The University of Oklahoma. 

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The U.S. House is expected to vote today on a bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. It’s unclear whether there are enough votes to pass it, but there’s a lot of support from Texas Republicans.

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The cost of a college education in Texas has grown more expensive over the last 15 years. Average tuition and fees over the time have gone up 148 percent.

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Dallas civil rights activist Roy Williams died Saturday at the Dallas VA Medical Center. He was 74.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Dallas civil rights activist Roy Williams has died.

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Pete Sessions became the latest Republican U.S. House member to face a rowdy crowd at a town hall meeting when he held his at Richardson high school Saturday.

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Engineers from T-Mobile and officials in Dallas say they’ve made significant progress on the ongoing problem of so-called ghost calls that have jammed the city’s 911 call center. However, it’s still unclear who’s at fault and whether the problem is fixed.

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Texas was a very different place two centuries ago. It was home to roaming tribes and just a few permanent settlements. Researcher Sam Haynes of UT Arlington says it was the most diverse place in North America.

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The Texas Senate has given early approval to a bill that would ban the donation of aborted fetal tissue for medical research. The bill also would prohibit abortions in late pregnancy.

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A Texas House committee today is expected to take up a bill targeting so-called “sanctuary cities.” Senate Bill 4, which was approved in the Senate last month, would punish local and state governments that don't cooperate with federal officials to enforce immigration laws.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Debate on the so-called "bathroom bill" could begin as early as today in the full Texas Senate.  A Senate committee last week voted to advance the bill after more than 13 hours of public testimony.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Dallas-based chapter of the American Federation of Teachers this morning will join other educators in Austin to lobby lawmakers against school vouchers.  

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The number of homeless people in Dallas and Collin Counties haven’t changed much, according to a new homeless count.  

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Congressional Republicans this week rolled out their alternative to the Affordable Care Act. Though some on the right have criticized it as “Obamacare 2.0,” U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling says he’s on board with the proposed legislation – with a few tweaks.  

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After 40 years of public service, University of North Texas chancellor Lee Jackson will announce his retirement today. In his 15 years as chancellor, Jackson oversaw some major expansions in the UNT system.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The full Texas Senate will take up the so-called “bathroom bill” next week, after a committee advanced Senate Bill 6 early this morning.

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A senate committee hearing is underway over the so-called “bathroom bill,” which would require transgender Texans to use public restrooms that match the sex on their birth certificate.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: U.S. House Representative Michael Burgess of Lewisville held a rare congressional town hall in North Texas Saturday. Many of his Republican colleagues have avoided such events during the congressional recess because of constituents angry with the Trump administration’s recent policies.

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Former governor Rick Perry today puts in his first full day as energy secretary.

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Death is inevitable, but few are willing to confront it publicly. Jeffrey Weiss has been a reporter for 35 years, and he’s in the middle of writing the story of his life – a series about his own brain tumor.

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The Texas Rangers have opened a preliminary inquiry into the sexual assault scandal at Baylor University. The investigative unit is working with a local prosecutor’s office to determine if further action’s needed.

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Though same-sex marriage has been legal in the U-S for the last two years, it’s raised other legal questions. The Texas Supreme Court this morning will hear oral arguments in a case out of Houston.

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