Top Stories: Legislative Special Session Is Under Way; Helping Domestic Violence Pets | KERA News

Top Stories: Legislative Special Session Is Under Way; Helping Domestic Violence Pets

Jul 18, 2017

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

State lawmakers are back in Austin today for the start of the special legislative session. Gov. Greg Abbott has listed 20 priorities he wants lawmakers to tackle. Lawmakers have to first approve sunset legislation that would keep certain state agencies open – once they do that, they can move on to other items.

We're teaming up with public radio stations across the state to answer your questions about how the Texas Legislature works. Today, Ben Philpott with KUT in Austin reports on why lawmakers need the extra work days in the first place. 

Other stories this evening:

  • On Tuesdays, KERA's One Crisis Away project examines life on the financial edge. People fleeing violent relationships often leave without financial support, which means a shelter may be the only place they can turn for help, and those are usually designed for women and children. One Dallas shelter is about to open up to pets, too. As Courtney Collins reports, knowing there's a safe haven for the family dog might give someone the courage to leave an abusive home.

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