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Top Stories: Federal Judges Uphold Majority Of SB4 Law; Creating A Community Bail Fund

Mar 13, 2018

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A federal appeals court has upheld the bulk of a law targeting so-called "sanctuary cities" that is backed by the Trump administration as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration.

The ruling Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans allows Texas to enforce what critics call the toughest state-level immigration measure in the country.

The law allows police officers to ask people during routine stops whether they're in the U.S. legally and threatens sheriffs with jail time for not cooperating with federal immigration authorities. 

Other stories this evening:  

  • Over the weekend, Austin was the center of the cinema universe. KERA’s Stephen Becker is just back from South by Southwest, and he sits down with Anne Bothwell to talk about the highlights.
  • On Tuesdays, KERA's One Crisis Away project looks at life on the financial edge. When people are arrested and can't afford to bail themselves out, they can sit in jail for days or even weeks awaiting trial, and that may cost them their house, job or kids. As KERA's Courtney Collins reports, a 21-year-old SMU student is trying to level the playing field by starting a bail fund of his own.

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