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Top Stories: Former Dallas County Schools Official Pleads Guilty; Ethan Couch Released From Jail

Apr 2, 2018

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

The former head of the Dallas County Schools bus system, Rick Sorrells, will plead guilty to a wire fraud charge for his role in taking more than $3 million in bribes and kickbacks. As KERA's Bill Zeeble reports, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the agreement on Monday afternoon.

Other stories this evening:  

  • The North Texan who used a so-called “affluenza” defense to fight a drunken driving conviction in 2013 was released today from Tarrant County jail. KERA's Krystina Martinez reports.
  • A North Texas woman is appealing her voter fraud conviction that was handed down last week in Fort Worth. Crystal Mason – who voted in the November 2016 elections while on probation – was sentenced to five years in prison. Mason is a former tax preparer who was on probation after pleading guilty to defrauding the federal government in 2011.
  • If you've ever lived in a big city, you know how much of a hassle parking can be. This idea serves as inspiration for Anna Quindlen's new novel, which tells the story of Nora Nolan who lives on a New York City street that is upended by neighbors squabbling over a coveted parking lot. Today on Think, Quindlen talked with Krys Boyd about coming up with the title of the book.
  • A longtime downtown Dallas gym shut down over the weekend. Doug's Gym was stocked with original decades-old equipment that whipped loyal customers into shape. One man owned and operated the gym for more than a half-century, Doug Eidd, who's 87 years old.

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