The top local stories this evening from KERA News: Tom Perez is optimistic that Democrats can mount a comeback in Texas -- and across the country.
That's despite the fact Democrats lost the White House and they’re the minority in Congress, as well as in most statehouses. Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was in Texas last week. He talked with KERA about efforts to reach out to voters -- not just in urban areas, but in suburban and rural parts of the state.
Other stories this evening:
- The driver of a broiling tractor-trailer found packed with immigrants in San Antonio was charged today in the deaths of 10 of his passengers. He could face the death penalty. The driver, James Matthew Bradley Jr. appeared in a San Antonio courtroom Monday. He said nothing in court about what happened.
- Week two of the Texas Legislature's special session is underway in Austin. The State Senate has been working at a frenzied pace over the past few days. Meanwhile, the State House is moving much slower. Ross Ramsey is executive editor of the Texas Tribune. He says there’s a reason for the tale of two chambers -- House Speaker Joe Straus
- The Dallas Museum of Art has had a blockbuster year. It just released attendance figures for its fiscal year, and the museum attracted more than 800,000 visitors, the highest number over the past decade.
You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:22 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.