Top Stories: Irving-Based Boy Scouts Executive Apologizes; Transgender Military Reaction | KERA News

Top Stories: Irving-Based Boy Scouts Executive Apologizes; Transgender Military Reaction

Jul 27, 2017

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

The chief executive of the Irving-based Boy Scouts has apologized to members of the scouting community who were offended by the political rhetoric in President Trump's speech to the group's national jamboree.

Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh issued a statement today -- three days after Trump addressed nearly 40,000 scouts and adults in West Virginia. Other presidents have delivered nonpolitical speeches at past jamborees. During his speech, Trump promoted his political agenda and derided his rivals. Many parents and former Scouts have criticized the speech.  

Other stories this evening:

  • President Trump's ban on transgender troops has rocked transgender military members and veterans here in Texas. A transgender staff sergeant with a Texas-based Air Force unit talked with public radio's Texas Standard on condition her name not be used. She said she's been out to her unit since last summer and has received a lot of support throughout her transition. 

  • The City of Dallas is drafting a new cultural plan. But what should it focus on? Art&Seek's Hady Mawajdeh was at the first organizing meetings and reports on what lies ahead.

  • Edyka Chilomé is a 26-year-old spoken word artist trying to make her art a full-time gig. She travels between Dallas and Washington D.C., where her family lives. Each week, in the Art&Seek Artist Spotlight, we trace the personal journey of a North Texas creative. Today, Chilomé tells KERA's Jessica Diaz-Hurtado that  when she's challenged, poetry is how she fights back. 

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