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Gus Contreras

Digital Producer, Reporter

Gus Contreras is a digital producer and reporter at KERA News. Gus produces the local All Things Considered segment and reports on a variety of topics from, sports to immigration. He was an intern and production assistant for All Things Considered in Washington D.C.

He is a first-generation American from El Paso, and attended UT-Arlington. He was the sports and managing editor of The Shorthorn, UTA’s student newspaper.

A sports nut, he enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family. When he’s not trying to cook Mexican food at home, Gus enjoys finding new taco places in North Texas.

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Residents in the Dallas school district will vote on a 13-cent tax increase this November.

The school board Thursday night approved a recommendation for an election on a proposal to raise the district’s maintenance and operating tax rate from $1.04 to $1.17 — the maximum state law allows. It's called a tax ratification election.

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The annual Texas sales tax holiday starts on Friday as children prepare to return to school. The Texas comptroller's office says the tax-free weekend, for a number of school-related items, will run until Sunday.

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One of the iconic figures in North Texas news made some news himself this week.

WFAA-TV anchor John McCaa announced he'll retire next spring after 34 years at Channel 8. McCaa shares his experience and what he’s looking forward to in retirement in this week's Friday Conversation.

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Texas school districts will soon receive letter grades for the first time as the state prepares to roll out its new accountability system. School district scores on an A-F grading system will be released August 15.

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The city of Fort Worth is staring down the barrel of a $1.6 billion pension problem. The retirement fund for city workers, police officers and firefighters is likely to run out of money in two to three decades if nothing is done.

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Almost half of all renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent, and with the lack of affordable housing, it’s no wonder more than 500,000 Americans spend the night on the streets.

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The Trump Justice Department says it proved that Dallas-based AT&T's mega-merger with Time Warner will hurt competition, and the judge who allowed the takeover was clearly wrong to conclude consumers wouldn't be harmed.

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Firefighters to the west of North Texas are battling two wildfires. The Texas A&M Forest Service reports fire crews have a 140-acre wildfire 75 percent contained in Jack County, about 60 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

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Health officials are urging people to take precautions in the extreme heat after Dallas County recorded its first two heat-related deaths of the year.

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The future of transportation seems jam-packed with high-tech gizmos, like bullet trains, self-driving cars, flying taxis and Hyperloop.

And yet, the future in North Texas still belongs to cars, at least if you dig into "Mobility 2045," the long-term transportation roadmap for the area.

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Guitar players the world over idolize Stevie Ray Vaughan, but the guitar player he idolized was his big brother, Jimmie. 

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A court hearing begins in Austin on Wednesday stemming from comments radio show host Alex Jones made about the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school six years ago.

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Attorneys for a former police officer in Balch Springs accused of killing an unarmed 15 year-old have requested a change of venue for the upcoming trial.

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Monday morning storms are bringing North Texans relief from recent high temperatures. National Weather Service meteorologist Juan Hernandez says the cold front is bringing in gusty winds and rain.

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A large portion of North Texas, including most of Tarrant and portions of Dallas, Denton and Wise counties, have entered extreme drought conditions, according to the United States Drought Monitor.

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Hundreds of kids are still separated from their migrant parents, despite Thursday's deadline for the Trump administration to reunite families.

Investigative reporter Neena Satija has been following one of those families — Marcos, Sandy and their four children — for the Texas Tribune and Reveal. Satija talked with KERA about what she learned while reporting the story. 

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A funeral service will be held Thursday morning for Dallas Police officer Earl "Jamie" Givens. 

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National Guard troops sent to the U.S-Mexico border nearly four months ago have made a dent in illegal border crossings and drug smuggling.

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Ongoing debate about growth and development in Plano continued at Monday night's City Council meeting. 

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One of the biggest surprises from the "Still On The Edge" series showed up early in Courtney Collins' reporting process. When she sat down to review data, she saw a 16 percent drop in median income in Dallas County over a six year period. In Texas, the drop was around 2 percent.

She wasn't the only one surprised by those numbers.

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Some transportation relief is coming for parts of Fort Worth. The last segment of the $1.6 billion North Tarrant Express project opens on Thursday, two months ahead of schedule.

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There's been a sharp increase this year in Texas students arrested for threatening violence, according to a new report. Data from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department showed more than 1, 200 arrests from January through May for terroristic threats.

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Some Texas Democrats running for office are managing to out-fundraise their Republican opponents. Recent Texas Tribune figures show four Democrats running for Congress have all reached the $1 million mark in campaign contributions.

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An effort in Arlington aims to establish term limits for public officials, but Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams says he doesn't think it would be good for business.

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A challenge of an abortion-related restriction in Texas returns to court on Monday in Austin. The law requires burial or cremation of fetal remains instead of incinerating and depositing in a landfill.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has again been outpaced by his Democratic challenger when it comes to fundraising.

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For someone seeing downtown Dallas for the first time, it's hard to believe: a half-mile-wide swath of open land, almost in the shadows of the skyscrapers. And yet, Dallas has never figured out what to do with this massive green space.

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American Airlines shares closed at an almost two-year low on Wednesday. The drop comes after the Fort Worth-based carrier trimmed its second-quarter revenue outlook.

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Three University of Texas professors will ask a federal appeals court in New Orleans to revive their lawsuit challenging the campus carry law on Wednesday. That law requires public universities in Texas to allow people with concealed-handgun licenses to carry weapons on campus.

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The Texas Education Agency has launched a search for organizations to help school districts overhaul special education.

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