Top Stories: Voter Registration Deadline; Drop-In Centers For Homeless Students | KERA News

Top Stories: Voter Registration Deadline; Drop-In Centers For Homeless Students

Oct 10, 2017

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Today's the last day to register to vote in next month's elections. Voters will weigh in on seven proposed state constitutional amendments and local bond issues.

The seven proposed state constitutional amendments range from creating tax exemptions for disabled veterans and first responders to allowing banks and financial institutions to hold raffles.

The Fort Worth school district will hold a tax ratification election. Voters will decide on a $750-million bond proposal and a school funding formula known as a "penny swap,” which would allow the district to get an additional $23 million a year.

Voters in Dallas will also weigh in on a proposed billion-dollar bond package. Election Day is Nov. 7.

Other stories this morning:

  • Dallas, Fort Worth and other North Texas cities are joining a nationwide initiative with the Trust For Public Land to expand park access to residents. The "10-Minute Walk To A Park Campaign" is pushing for all residents to have access to a park or green space within a 10 minute walk. The campaign will provide resources to help cities reach that goal. How far along is North Texas? Find out here.
  • The Dallas school district opened its first drop-in center for homeless students a few years ago, which provides breakfast, snacks, toiletries, and even clothes. DISD is now expanding that effort to nearly every high school in the district.

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