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Top Stories: Governor Abbott Talks Up NAFTA; Deciding The Fate Of Dallas County Schools

Nov 1, 2017

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been touting many the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement, as President Trump pursues his campaign promise to dismantle the deal. The governor met this week with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to emphasize how Texas benefits more from NAFTA than any other state. 

Abbott also says NAFTA helps promote the economies of Mexico and Central America, which in turn serves Trump’s goal to reduce illegal immigration. The U.S., Mexico and Canada are planning another round NAFTA negotiations in mid-November. 

Other stories this evening

  • Early voting is underway and ends Friday. Dallas voters will decide on a $1-billion bond package, while voters in the Fort Worth school district will vote on a $750-million bond proposal. KUT's Ben Philpott breaks down Propositions 3, 4, and 5. 
  • Voters next week will decide whether Dallas County Schools should continue. The agency operates buses for several North Texas school districts. DCS has come under fire for financial mismanagement and buses not getting kids to school on time. As KERA’s Stella Chavez reports, some parents are fed up, but the agency says it has changed its ways

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