The top local stories this morning from KERA News:
House lawmakers have until the end of the week to tentatively pass Senate bills for them to have any chance of surviving the current legislative session.
Today, they’ll give a second reading on a bill that would create a grant program to pay for bulletproof vests for police. Senate Bill 12 would direct $25 million to support 50,000 officers. Dallas Senator Royce West wrote the bill after last summer’s ambush of five police officers in Dallas.
Other stories this morning:
A bill cracking down on inappropriate student-teacher relationships has been sent to the governor’s desk for his signature. Senate Bill 7 closes loopholes that have allowed educators to relocate and teach in different districts. The Texas Education Agency last year opened more than 220 investigations that involved inappropriate teacher-student relationships.
KERA’s been following seven North Texas teens for the last five years as part of our American Graduate series, “Class of ’17.” We catch up with them in the weeks leading up to graduating high school. First up: Chance Hawkins, who was born with a rare genetic ailment that’s left him in a wheelchair.
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