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Top Stories: Governor Abbott Agrees To Debate Valdez; Immigrant Family Waits To Reunite

Jul 11, 2018

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has agreed to a televised debate this fall with Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez. This would be the first debate in the run-up to the November election.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the Republican incumbent accepted the invitation from Nexstar Media Group, which will broadcast the debate on television stations across Texas. Valdez has not said whether she'll take part. If it comes off, the debate would happen in Austin on Sept. 28, the first day of the State Fair of Texas.

Other stories this evening:

  • Some of the families separated along the U.S.-Mexico border are starting to be reunited. Still, a couple thousand children are waiting for their own reunions. Among them are Amalia, a nine-year-old Guatemalan girl, who is separated from her father. She’s in New York, while he’s being detained thousands of miles away, in the West Texas town of Sierra Blanca. Marfa Public Radio’s Diana Nguyen tells their story.
  • After serving a combined 60 years for crimes they didn’t commit, a trio of former inmates opened a detective agency in Dallas to investigate other wrongful convictions. Christopher Scott is one of the three. They're the subjects of the Independent Lens documentary “True Conviction." He spoke with KERA's Krys Boyd about how he rebuilt his life and how he’s helping others do the same.

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