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Top Stories: Rick Perry On Nuclear Waste; Texas Ranger Enters Baseball Hall Of Fame

Jul 28, 2017

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the country’s growing stockpile of nuclear waste is a pressing problem. At an event near Houston on Friday, Perry said it’s a tragedy there’s no set plan for dealing with the buildup of waste at nuclear power plants. 

Plans to bring high-level waste to West Texas are on hold, after the company behind the idea said the regulatory process was too expensive. Perry, the former Texas governor, said the kind of site proposed for Texas is possible in multiple parts of the country. 

Other stories this evening:

  • It's a big weekend for the Texas Rangers. One of their former players is being inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez will be only the second Ranger to achieve that honor, Nolan Ryan being the other. KERA's Gus Contreras looks back at back at Pudge's playing days.

  • Last March, dozens of fires broke out across the southern Great Plains. The fires burned more than 1.2 million acres, including thousands in the Texas Panhandle. Skip Hollandsworth wrote in Texas Monthly about what the National Weather Service called the largest plains fire outbreak in modern history. Today on Think, he talked with Krys Boyd about the conditions that made the fires possible. 

  • In Dallas’ refugee-rich Vickery Meadow neighborhood, there’s a collective of artists, determined to change the conversation about women and race.  In this week's State of the Arts, KERA’s Stephanie Kuo reports these artists are as young as 12 years old. 


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