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Top Stories: New Year, New Laws In Texas; Escaping Hurricane Harvey With A Disability

Jan 2, 2018

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

The new year brings new laws to Texas. More than a couple dozen new laws are now in effect, and they include revisions to the state's controversial voter ID law.

Mike Ward is the Austin bureau chief for the Houston Chronicle and he talked about the changes with Texas Standard guest host Laura Rice.

Other stories this evening:  

  • Imagine for a second you are inside a store and someone suddenly falls. What do you do? That's what happened to Walter Vance, a 61-year-old man who collapsed in a Target in West Virginia in 2012. And no one came to his aid. Today on Think, guest host Lauren Silverman talked with philosophy professor Christian B. Miller, who says many of us would have also failed to help. 
  • Leaving home to outrun a hurricane is nerve-wracking. Being rescued after the storm is traumatic. Some folks who came to North Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey have mental or physical challenges, which can make evacuation even more complicated. Courtney Collins tells the story of one evacuee trying to hold on to her independence and start over.

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