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Top Stories: Fort Worth Closes Harvey Shelter; New Law Targets Lying Jailhouse Informants

Sep 18, 2017

The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: 

At one point, about 250 people were staying at Fort Worth's shelter for Hurricane Harvey evacuees. On Sunday, the count was down to about 50. Now, it's closed.

City officials plan to bus dozens of evacuees from Port Arthur back to their homes. In Dallas, about 500 people are staying at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown. 

Other stories: 

  • Danielle Allen and her cousin Michael Allen shared a lot as kids - a sprawling extended family who spent holidays together and a gift for writing that seemed to promise a successful future. But while Danielle became a professor at Harvard, Michael spent years in prison and was eventually killed at 29. On Think, Danielle talked with Krys Boyd about trying to understand why Michael's path diverged from her own.
  • Texas enacted a new law this month that regulates the use of jailhouse informants. These are the inmates prosecutors call to help make their case, usually in exchange for a deal, such as a lighter sentence. But experts say testimony from informants has helped send innocent people to prison.

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