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Top Stories: Day Two Of Texas Gun Roundtables; Mixed Runoff Results For Republicans

May 23, 2018

The top local stories this evening from KERA News: 

The Tuesday runoff elections came just four days after the shootings that killed 10 at Santa Fe High School, near Houston. Gov. Greg Abbott held the second of three days of roundtables on the topic in Austin.

Wednesday's focus was on gun regulations and gun rights. Abbott said, "One I think everybody agrees upon is the necessity of safe storage of guns, and strategies to promote the safe storage of guns." 

The Democrat who earned the right to face Abbot this fall is former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez.

She talked recently about her approach with Dallas TV station KXAS, “We have to look at the types of people that are being able to buy the weapons. We should be able to say to some folks, "no, you cannot get that.””

Other stories this evening:

  • The headliners in Tuesday's runoffs were generally Democrats. There was former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, and in a high-profile Congressional race, former NFL player Colin Allred easily won his bid to challenge Republican Pete Sessions. But there was another Congressional runoff in North Texas that turned Republican heads across the country -- the race to replace Jeb Hensarling. Politico reporter Daniel Strauss talked about why that contest was significant today with Tanzina Vega, host of the public radio program The Takeaway.
  • Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked to an author who plans parties with a purpose. Her name's Priya Parker, and she worries something's gone wrong with the way we get together.
  • Yesterday on Morning Edition, NPR’s Tom Goldman profiled the new Dallas Mavericks CEO, Cynthia Marshall. Tonight, we revisit a conversation that team owner Mark Cuban had with host Lee Cullum on the KERA-TV program, "CEO." Early this year, damaging off-court stories broke. Cuban was fined by the NBA for saying that losing games could improve the Mavericks’ draft position. Then an expose was published detailing a front-office culture hostile to women. Cuban talked with Cullum about hiring a new chief executive, as well as his role with the Shark Tank reality show, and his own political future.

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