Top Stories: The Bills Gov. Abbott Signed; Why Juneteenth Matters | KERA News

Top Stories: The Bills Gov. Abbott Signed; Why Juneteenth Matters

Jun 16, 2017

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a number of high-profile bills yesterday - and broke out his veto pen as well.

Among the bills he signed include a measure that would let voters decide whether to dismantle Dallas County Schools, the regional bus operator for 12 North Texas school districts. Abbott also signed a bill overhauling how schools and districts are graded.

He also vetoed 50 bills, the most for a Texas governor in a decade.

Other stories this morning:

  • Texas businesses form a group to throw their support behind NAFTA, a trade agreement they say has been a boost to the state's economy.
  • Monday marks Juneteenth, and 90-year-old Opal Lee has been on a mission to make it a federal holiday. Last year, she did symbolic walks to the nation's capital to make her case. And tonight, she'll begin another symbolic walk.  
  • There will be a number of closures on the Dallas North Tollway in Plano this weekend. Here's what you need to know.

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