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Top Stories: Fort Worth Needs $1 Million For Harvey Aid; School Segregation Still A Reality

Sep 12, 2017

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Fort Worth estimates its cost to help with Hurricane Harvey will come to around $1 million.

The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that total covers sending firefighters and police to Houston, as well as providing emergency shelter locally to about 180 evacuees.

The Fort Worth Fire Department reports it still has seven employees and two trucks working in Houston. The Police Department says it still has 53 officers there.

The money the city spends should be reimbursed by the state, which asked Fort Worth and Dallas to step in and provide shelter services and mutual aid.

Meanwhile, the City Council is expected to adopt an appropriation ordinance today, allowing several city departments to spend the money needed for Harvey aid.

Other stories this morning:

  • KERA’s American Graduate Champions project profiles people making a difference in the lives of North Texas children. Jerry Hawkins heads the Bachman Lake Together Family Center in Dallas, which provides child development services and parent engagement programming for low-income families.
  • School segregation has been illegal since the Supreme Court handed down the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, but that doesn’t mean integration has been fully realized. There was “white flight” – and across the country, some neighborhoods are trying to secede from larger school districts. Alvin Chang wrote an essay about the issue for the website Vox, called “School Segregation Didn’t Go Away. It Just Evolved." Chang talked with KERA's Krys Boyd about the more subtle ways schools manage to remain divided.

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