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Top Stories: Judges Rule On 'Sanctuary Cities' Law; Solving Cold Cases At UNT Using DNA

Sep 25, 2017

The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:

A federal appeals court is giving Texas more latitude to enforce a ban on so-called sanctuary cities, according to a ruling Monday. The decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes nearly a month after a judge blocked most of the law.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the decision allows the state to "enforce the core" of the law, but opponents suing over the immigration crackdown say the decision won't drastically change the status quo.

Senate Bill 4 requires Texas cities and counties to comply with requests from federal immigration officials to detain people suspected of being in the country illegally and jailed on non-immigration offenses. The state had asked the 5th Circuit to let the law take effect while the case is being appealed.

Oral arguments are set for November.

Other stories:

  • The city of Dallas is revamping its cultural plan, and it wants to hear from residents about their interest in the arts. That effort starts Monday night with a series of community meetings at the Dallas Museum of Art. 

  • Teenagers in Shanghai outscore students from around the world in math, science and reading. Journalist Lenora Chu set out to understand the secret behind Shanghai's super-achievers when she sent her 3-year-old son to one of city's most coveted schools. Today on Think, Chu talked with Krys Boyd about the cultural differences that shape China's education system. 

  • A North Texas lab is considered a leader in DNA testing to identify human remains and missing people. Over the summer, the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification was once again in the national spotlight when it identified another victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Dixie Peters leads the missing person's unit at the center, and she talked with KERA's Justin Martin.

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