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Top Stories: Abbott Taps Texas Supreme Court Replacement; Fort Worth's Pension Trouble

Nov 27, 2017

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Gov. Greg Abbott is not wasting any time nominating a replacement to fill Justice Don Willett’s position on the Texas Supreme Court. Abbott announced Monday afternoon that he will appoint Jimmy Blacklock, who works as the governor's general counsel. 

The vacancy comes after President Trump nominated Don Willett for the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

Other top stories this evening:

  • At the moment, there are several holes on the Democratic side of the Texas ballot. Ross Ramsey is executive editor of the Texas Tribune and talked about it with David Brown, host of  the Texas Standard. 
  • Each year, thousands of refugee children are resettled in the United States. Journalist Helen Thorpe followed 22 such students from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere during their first year in a Denver high school. Today on Think, she talked with Krys Boyd about one of their biggest challenges: learning to speak English.
  • While Dallas and Houston have been wrestling with very public battles over their pensions for city employees, Fort Worth has been nursing a pension crisis of its own. KERA’s Christopher Connelly reports on the billion-dollar challenge.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.