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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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Last year, Tarrant County signed an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to help the federal agency detain undocumented immigrants.  On Thursday, that partnership was at the center of a forum hosted by the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and as KERA’s Christopher Connelly reports, it was also a cause for protest.

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Democrats in Texas turned out Tuesday in the largest numbers in more than two decades for a midterm primary. More than one million voters cast ballots in Democratic primaries across the state.

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Voters are determining party nominees for November's midterm contests, but in some races, there are so many candidates that May runoffs are likely. There are scores of races from a U.S. Senate seat to governor to several statewide offices.

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Gov. Greg Abbott has two people challenging him in the Republican primary; political observers say he’s easily expected to win. On the Democratic side, there are nine candidates.

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A Plano City Council member recently generated controversy when he posted a video on Facebook calling for a ban on Islam in schools. Tom Harrison apologized but will not resign, despite calls from the mayor to step down.

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Friday is the last day of early voting for the Texas primaries — and already attention is focusing on the 2020 election.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told KERA Thursday that he hasn't ruled out a run for president.

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Nearly 3,000 homes in Northwest Dallas began losing natural gas service Thursday after Atmos Energy decided to shut it down to fix failing lines.  The move follows last week's house explosion that killed a 12-year-old girl and forced hundreds of evacuations. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports that residents are on edge.  

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North Texas continues to see more deaths related to the flu. Dallas County on Wednesday announced three more fatal cases, bringing the county's total to 72 this season. More than 120 flu deaths have been recorded across North Texas.

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Early voting for the Texas primaries kicked off a week ago, and voter turnout is up across the board. Sam Taylor with the Texas Secretary of State’s Office says typically 15 percent of the state’s registered voters cast ballots in midterm primaries.

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If you plan on voting on Election Day, it's possible you might run into someone at your polling location with the title of "Election Judge." Someone asked about these election judges for our weeklong Texas Decides series.

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For 13 years, Lupe Valdez was the Dallas County Sheriff. Today, of the nine Texas Democrats running for governor, she’s the only woman in the race. After a career in law enforcement, she jokes that being a candidate has been something of an adjustment.

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Early voting is underway in Texas for the March 6th primary. In this primary election, voters will decide who appears on November's general election ballot.

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In this primary election, voters will decide who appears on November's general election ballot. From now until March 2, you can cast your ballot at any polling place in the county where you’re registered. But on Election Day, most Texas voters have to go to their assigned polling place. (That's unless you’re in one of the counties participating in a special program.)

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Early voting starts tomorrow in the Texas primaries, and Election Day is March 6. The winners advance to the November election.

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Authorities say three North Texas high school students face charges after bringing guns to campus a day after a deadly mass shooting at a school in Florida. Thursday's arrests happened at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, West Plano High and South Garland High.

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Early voting in primary elections begins Tuesday, and Democratic candidates for Texas governor are making their rounds across the state. On Tuesday night, many of the Democratic candidates debated in San Antonio about school finance, healthcare and economic development.

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A Richardson police officer was remembered today by friends, family, and law enforcement from across Texas, and beyond. David Sherrard was fatally shot last week while answering a disturbance call at an apartment.

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President Donald Trump has picked Gov. Greg Abbott's general counsel for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price has been invited to attend a White House meeting next week led by President Donald Trump and his administration regarding infrastructure.

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Authorities in Richardson have identified 37-year-old David Sherrard as the police officer killed during an hours-long standoff Wednesday night. Sherrard was shot in the neck while responding to a disturbance call at an apartment complex. 

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants the state's top criminal investigators to begin handling sexual misconduct complaints against lawmakers, judges and other elected officials.

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A controversial Confederate statue is staying put in downtown Denton, but with added historical context. Denton County Commissioners approved a recommendation Tuesday morning that recommends the 100-year-old statue of a Confederate soldier be accompanied by a plaque denouncing slavery, as well as video kiosks to add context. 

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The proposed Dallas-to-Houston bullet train built up a little more momentum on Monday. Last week brought the first peek at the proposed Dallas station in the Cedars neighborhood just south of downtown.

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Fifteen years ago this week, on a clear blue Texas morning the Space Shuttle Columbia re-entered Earth's atmosphere after a successful, 16-day science mission in space. The shuttle disintegrated over East Texas skies, killing all seven astronauts on board.

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A new report out by the Southern Poverty Law Center finds American students don’t fully understand many facts about slavery and the role it played in U.S. history. As KERA’s Stella Chavez reports, the study also says educators aren't adequately teaching students about slavery.

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A Dallas County grand jury is not bringing charges against Dallas police officers who were responsible for the death of a gunman who killed five officers in downtown in July 2016. KERA’s Stephanie Kuo reports.

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Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered a Texas Rangers criminal investigation into claims that former doctor Larry Nassar abused some of his victims at the Karolyi Ranch. The U.S. women's gymnastics team used the facility near Huntsville for training.

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Developers behind the Texas bullet train, promised to shuttle travelers between Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes, have released unofficial designs of a station just outside of downtown Dallas. KERA’s Stephanie Kuo reports.

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A former Richardson ISD school board member has sued the district. David Tyson Jr. alleges the district's at-large system violates the Voting Rights Act by denying “fair representation of African Americans and other non-white voters.”

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Denton County reported a third flu related death on Friday. That takes the total in North Texas to at least 52 this flu season, and 40 of those have been in Dallas County. Collin County has six and three in Tarrant. 

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