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Top Stories: Austin Police Still Asking For Bombing Clues; Richardson's Plan For Fixing Schools

Mar 19, 2018

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Austin police have reopened some streets after putting a neighborhood where the latest explosion occurred on total lockdown overnight. Still, much of the area known as Travis Country remains closed to all but some residents, and the vicinity around the blast remained cordoned off.

Four blasts have hit Austin in less than three weeks, killing two people and wounding four others. Governor Greg Abbott has announced he's releasing $265,000 in state funds to Austin police and state authorities investigating all four bombings.

Other stories this evening:

  • The Richardson school district announced today it’s launching a plan aimed at improving four of its struggling elementary schools. It joins other districts, including Dallas and Fort Worth that are pouring more resources into campuses where students are underperforming. As KERA’s Stella Chavez reports, the district has high hopes that its investment will pay off.
  • We've all made mistakes, it's a part of being human. It's also usually a good idea to apologize for those mistakes. We've seen an avalanche of apologies and pseudo-apologies in the last few months, think Harvey Weinstein or Al Franken or, closer to home, Congressman Joe Barton. SMU Professor John Potter is an expert in dispute resolution and he joins KERA’s Justin Martin to talk about how, and how not, to apologize.

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