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Top Stories: Patrick Brings In Backup For 'Bathroom Bill;' Criminal Justice Reform Plans

Mar 6, 2017

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A state senate committee on Tuesday takes up Senate Bill 6, the so-called bathroom bill.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has long favored legislation that would require people in public schools and government buildings to use the restroom according to the sex on their birth certificate. As KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports, Patrick today launched a new campaign to shore up support. 

Other stories this evening:

  • George Saunders’ new novel “Lincoln in the Bardo” takes us into the mind of Abraham Lincoln just days after the death of his beloved son Willie, who died of typhoid fever in 1862. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with Saunders about using the No. 16 president as inspiration for the book. 
  • There’s not much Republicans and Democrats seem to agree on in Austin these days, but criminal justice reform is one area that has found bipartisan support over the past decade. This year, lawmakers are looking to make more changes. There are scores of proposals intended to improve the way police, courts, jails and prisons do business – to make the system fairer and reduce the cost to taxpayers. KERA’s Christopher Connelly takes a look at some proposals getting lots of attention.

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