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Top Stories: Texas Redistricting Maps Court Arguments Heard; Earning A Degree In Community College

Jul 11, 2017

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

A panel of federal judges in Texas began hearing arguments this week in a case that could affect some major changes during the 2018 election. Judges heard from plaintiffs about how the maps were designed to intentionally discriminate against minority voters. 

The State is accused of breaking up concentrations of Black and Latino voters and immersing them into predominately White voting districts.

Other stories this morning:

  • Southern Methodist University and UNT-Dallas are each getting $5 million in scholarship money to help attract students committed to careers in teaching. The funding from the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation will help provide training and development opportunities. At SMU, the scholarships will target the 2-year master's program, according to education professor Amy Ferrell. 

  • Texas is facing shortages in the workforce in fields like nursing and education. One solution: lawmakers passed a bill this session allowing community colleges to hand out some bachelor's degrees. Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill into law last month. As part of our American Graduate initiative, KERA’s Stella Chavez reports on how this could help train more people for hard to fill jobs.

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