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Top Stories: North Texas Mayors Meet With Greg Abbott; Campus Carry Begins At Community Colleges

Aug 1, 2017

The top local stories this evening from KERA News: 

The mayors of Dallas and Fort Worth took a trip down to Austin today to meet with the governor. Greg Abbott has been sitting down with mayors from across Texas as the Legislature works through his special session agenda.

A point of contention: Bills that the mayors say limit local control. Those range from smaller issues like tree rules and texting bans, to big things like making it harder to raise the property taxes that fund local governments and schools.

KERA's Christopher Connelly caught up with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price during her drive back to Fort Worth

Other stories this evening: 

  • Today is the first day of campus carry at Texas community colleges. The law allows licensed gun owners to carry a concealed handgun. This happened at four-year universities last August. KERA’s Stella Chavez caught up with several students. 
  • During the current special session, the Texas Legislature is considering a bill that would limit the public restroom options for transgender people. On Think, Krys Boyd talked with Heath Fogg Davis a transgender man about another possibility -- removing gender classifications from restrooms. Davis is the author of "Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter" and says making all restrooms would benefit the trans community -- and everyone else.
  • A new study shows the harsh impact that growing up in a poor neighborhood has on a kid’s development. Researchers in Texas, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin found the number of children living in high-poverty neighborhoods surged during the Great Recession.

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