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Top Stories: Breaking Down The State's Rainy Day Fund; NBA Speaks Up About 'Bathroom Bill'

Feb 17, 2017

The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:

State lawmakers face a tightening budget this Legislative Session – they have about $105 billion in state funds to spend. That’s almost three percent less than what they had two years ago. Ben Philpott follows the State Legislature for KUT, the public radio station in Austin.

Other stories this afternoon:

  • The NBA is now joining the NFL with a warning to Texas about a proposed bill that critics say targets transgender people. KERA’s Eric Aasen reports.
  • Diseases brought by explores to the New World are thought to have killed millions of American Indians. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with historian Andres Resendez about how enslavement also lead to the deaths of the people indigenous to North America.
  • Recently, the Dallas Symphony announced its next season, starting this fall. There’s no way it wasn’t going to be special. It’s music director Jaap van Zweden’s farewell before he takes over the New York Philharmonic. But KERA’s Justin Martin sat down with Art & Seek’s Jerome Weeks to find out why this particular concert line-up was getting so much attention in classical music circles.

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