The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Dallas police say the number of officer applications has increased 344 percent since the deadly July 7 shootings.
467 applications – or about 39 per day – have come in, so far. The department received only 136 applications from June 8 - 20.
DPD’s been struggling to retain and recruit police officers. Police Chief David Brown last week told CNN officers have been leaving because of low pay.
Officer pay in Dallas starts at just under $45,000 a year. In Fort Worth, it’s about $52,000 a year.
Other stories this morning:
- Democrats will face their own questions about unity at their National Convention this week. KERA will air live NPR coverage on 90.1 FM, beginning at 7 p.m.
- Weight loss drugs alone won’t take off the weight, but a recently-published study shows some prescription medicines help. This edition of Vital Signs explores the weight loss conundrum.
You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.