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Top Stories: The Texas Legislative Special Session Kicks Off Today

Jul 18, 2017

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

The Texas Legislature begins a 30-day special session today. Lawmakers will work on an extensive agenda with 20 items up for consideration, including teacher pay, property taxes, and a bill to block transgender access to restrooms.

But first, lawmakers have to tackle sunset legislation. The governor called lawmakers back to Austin after they failed to pass a bill that would have kept a handful of state agencies open and operating.

Other stories this morning:

  • Our education reporters are profiling people making a difference in North Texas schools. Husband-and-wife team Laura and Alex Laywell spend most of their days working with refugee kids in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood of Dallas. At night, they open their home to them.
  • There's a plan to build a series of cricket stadiums across the country, including one in Dallas. It's part of an effort to bring a professional cricket league to the U.S. by 2020.

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