The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:
The recent removal of the Robert E. Lee statue at a park in Dallas has intensified a debate over whether Confederate statues and memorials should be taken down, moved to a museum or left alone. Protesters recently gathered at Oak Lawn Park, formerly known as Lee Park, in Oak Lawn to express their dissatisfaction over the statue's removal.
Democratic Senate Candidate Beto O’Rourke is challenging incumbent Republican Ted Cruz next year. They're among several politicians appearing at this weekend’s Texas Tribune Festival in Austin. A recent Texas Tribune poll shows O'Rourke lacks name recognition: More than half of respondents did not have an opinion of the El Paso Congressman. During a recent North Texas campaign stop, O'Rourke told KERA how he plans on changing that.
The city of Dallas is revamping its cultural plan. The first step: asking thousands of residents about their interest in the arts. This undertaking starts Monday, with a series of kick-off events. For our State of the Arts conversation, KERA's Vice President of Arts Anne Bothwell sat down with two project leaders to learn what the city wants to learn, and why you might want to help out.
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