The top local stories this evening from KERA News:
U.S. Senator John Cornyn was in North Texas this afternoon, and toured a federal prison outside of Dallas. It’s part of his efforts to promote a prison reform bill he introduced earlier this week. As Miguel Perez reports, Cornyn says the legislation’s goal is to reduce recidivism.
Other stories this evening:
- The two remaining candidates to be the Democrats’ nominee for Governor have their only debate Friday night. Former Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez came under fire this week from Governor Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign. And as we hear from KUT’s Ben Philpott, that may be an effort to raise her profile because Abbott would rather run against her than Andrew White.
- For more than 50 years, Paul Simon has dazzled fans with songs like "The Sound of Silence," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and "Graceland." Veteran music critic Robert Hilburn's new biography of the Rock and Rock Hall of Famer documents Simon's evolution as a songwriter and performer since the "Simon and Garfunkel" years. And today on Think, Hilburn talked with Krys Boyd about Simon's decade’s long career.
- Scientists can now prove that practicing an instrument really is good for you. Dr. Mark Goldberg is the chair of neurology and neurotherapeutics at UT-Southwestern’s Peter O’Donnell Brain Institute. In our weekly State of the Arts conversation, he talks with Art&Seek’s Anne Bothwell about curating an afternoon of cutting edge science on Saturday called Music and the Brain.
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