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Top Stories: Judges Find Texas House Map Dilutes Minority Voters; Mexican Art Making Waves In Dallas

Apr 20, 2017

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Judges have again found that Texas racially gerrymandered voting maps to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities. The 2-1 ruling by a federal panel in San Antonio says that the state tried to intentionally weaken the influence of minorities around Dallas, Houston and other areas across the state.

Other stories this evening:

  • The Dallas Museum of Art is currently displaying an exhibit that explores 50 years of Mexican art. The exhibit features works from iconic artists like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. KERA’s Jessica Diaz-Hurtado reports that this exhibit is welcoming first generation Latino families in Dallas to their rich cultural history. 

  • Anna Laurenzo is an apprentice artist with the Fort Worth Opera, and she’s singing in her first world-premiere in ‘Voir Dire.’ It’s an unusual opera; it’s based on real-life legal cases. And for a mezzo-soprano just starting out, the chance to create dark, dramatic characters is rare. Art & Seek’s Jerome Weeks visited with Laurenzo during rehearsal for the latest Artist Spotlight, our weekly series profiling North Texas creatives.

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