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Top Stories: Dallas Selects Its New Police Chief; Texting While Driving Ban In The Special Session

Jul 19, 2017

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Dallas has a new top cop, and for the first time in the history of the city, a woman will lead the Police Department. Renee Hall will assume chief duties in Dallas in September after finishing up as deputy chief in Detroit. 

As KERA's Courtney Collins reports, Hall brings a passion for community policing and personal connection to justice.

Other stories this evening:

  • Much of the conversation about income ineqaulity in America focuses on the division between the 1 percent and everyone else. A more significant divide, though, is between the upper middle class and those who fall below it. Richard R. Reeves of the Brookings Institution talked today on Think with Krys Boyd about who falls into this class, which just might include you. 

  • The Texas Legislature's special session is underway. While lawmakers first need to take care of legislation to keep some state agencies open, Gov. Greg Abbott has 19 other items he’d like lawmakers to take on. Today, TPR's Ryan Poppe explores one item the governor wants addressed. Whether a statewide ban on texting while driving replaces rules cities already have on the books?

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