Top Stories: Conflicting Maternal Mortality Rate Data; Texas Economic Opportunity Report | KERA News

Top Stories: Conflicting Maternal Mortality Rate Data; Texas Economic Opportunity Report

Apr 10, 2018

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

When a study found the maternal mortality rate in Texas had apparently doubled in a two-year period, it generated national headlines. But the Texas Department of State Health Services now says the number of maternal deaths is drastically lower than previously reported.

Why the difference? The state points to how the deaths were counted. Officials had been selecting the wrong option in an electronic system, and that classified the deaths incorrectly. Texas Tribune reporter Marissa Evans talked with David Brown, host of Texas Standard, about what the correction means.

Other stories this evening:

  • From healthcare to immigration to feuding with his own attorney general, President Trump hasn't shied away from being at odds with members of his own party. Frontline has a new documentary that looks into the GOP under Trump's leadership. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with producer Michael Kirk about why the Republican Party was unprepared for the upheaval Donald Trump would bring.
  • Every week, KERA's One Crisis Away project examines life on the financial edge. Today, a look at economic opportunity in Dallas County. A new study by the Communities Foundation of Texas and the left-leaning Center For Public Policy Priorities evaluated education, employment, debt, housing and healthcare across the county. As Courtney Collins reports, the data shows experiences vary greatly depending on zipcode.

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