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Top Stories: Dallas Voter Fraud Allegations Arise; Explaining The Texas Rainy Day Fund

May 8, 2017

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

The Dallas County District Attorney's office has launched a criminal investigation into voter fraud allegations from Saturday’s local elections. Officials say at least two Dallas City Council races may have been affected. 

Other stories this evening:

  • The Texas House version of the budget pulls $2.5 billion from the state's savings account, known as the Rainy Day Fund. How did all of that money get in the Rainy Day Fund in the first place? As part of our Texas Decides series, where we've been answering your questions about the legislature, we asked KUT's Matt Largey to explain.

  • Bob Wilson brought Jim Lehrer and Monty Python to North Texas television audiences while leading KERA during its early years. Wilson was just 26 years old when his mentor and boss, Ralph Rogers, gave him the reins at KERA in the late ‘60s. Wilson, 75, died last Friday. 

  • Each day seems to bring news of America’s continued racial division. Just last week, the officers who killed Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge were not charged, though the officer who killed Jordan Edwards in Balch Springs was. Today on Think, which airs this week from NPR headquarters in Washington, Krys Boyd talked with Georgetown sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson about the role white people play in conversations about race. 

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