Top Stories: Dallas Police Honor Fallen Officer; Trump Meets With Southwest Airlines Crew | KERA News

Top Stories: Dallas Police Honor Fallen Officer; Trump Meets With Southwest Airlines Crew

May 1, 2018

The top local stories this evening from KERA News: 

Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Santander is being remembered as a man of character and discipline who put his family first. Hundreds attended his funeral Tuesday morning at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall.

The 27 year-old was killed last week by a suspected shoplifter at a Home Depot.

Other stories this evening:

  • President Donald Trump is hailing the actions of the crew and passengers on a damaged Southwest Airlines flight. The Dallas-bound flight made an emergency landing in Philadelphia last month after an engine exploded at 30-thousand feet. Today at the White House, Trump commended Captain Tammie Jo Shults for landing the plane safely.
  • Americans have plenty of ways to identify themselves: race, religion and age. And now more than ever before, even political party. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with political scientist LilLianna Mason about why party affiliation has become such a divisive issue.
  • On Tuesdays, KERA's One Crisis Away project examines life on the financial edge. Since the great recession of 2008, and the housing market crash, fewer Americans have been able to realize the dream of home ownership. A new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts finds that more and more, renters are having trouble just paying their bills. Erin Currier is the director of Pew’s financial security and mobility project. She talked with KERA's Justin Martin about the challenges facing these "rent-burdened" families, and we started our conversation by defining "rent burden."

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