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‘Something’ Special: Denton-Born Snarky Puppy Wins A Grammy

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Denton-born Snarky Puppy won a Grammy Sunday.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A big night for a band with North Texas roots; Marlise Muñoz, the brain-dead pregnant woman, has been removed from life support; the Republican lieutenant governor candidates face off tonight in a debate on KERA; and more.

The Denton-born music collective Snarky Puppy earned a Grammy Sunday for the single “Something,” its jazz-funk-soul cocktail spiced with Lalah Hathaway’s vocals. It earned Best R&B Performance during the pre-telecast. A couple members of Snarky Puppy worked with Hathaway before. But when it was time to gather onstage and record “Something” last March, they weren’t ready for what was about to happen – Hathaway sang multiple notes at a time, which earned her attention throughout the year. KERA’s Lyndsay Knecht profiled the group before the weekend awards ceremony. People want to see musicians “going bananas on their instruments,” one of the band members said.  Listen to Lyndsay's story:

  • The family of Marlise Muñoz, the North Texas woman who was brain dead and pregnant, said Sunday that she has been removed from life support.A statement sent by lawyers for Muñoz's husband says she was disconnected from life support about 11:30 a.m. Sunday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Her body was released to her husband, Erick Muñoz. The family "will now proceed with the somber task of laying Marlise Muñoz's body to rest, and grieving over the great loss that has been suffered" and can complete "an unbearably long and arduous journey," the statement says. A judge ruled Friday that the hospital was to remove her from life support by 5 p.m. Monday.

  • Adelfa Callejo, a longtime civil rights leader and attorney in Dallas, died early Saturday from a brain tumor. She was 90. Callejo endured three bouts with cancer, including colon and breast cancer. In an email to friends, her nephew John David Gonzales described her as a “giant among giants who became a Texas legal legend and philanthropist who dedicated her life to the promotion of education.” Callejo was the first Latina to graduate with a law degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. There will be a viewing Wednesday at Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. A mass will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Guadalupe in downtown Dallas. Read more from KERA’s Stella M. Chavez.

  • The four candidates in the Republican primary for Texas lieutenant governor will square off in The Texas Debates: Race for Lieutenant Governor at 8 p.m. Monday live on KERA-13, KERA 90.1 FM and The one-hour debate features Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, State Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. Voters have a voice in the debate: Submit questions for the candidates via Twitter: @keranews using the hashtag #texasdebates. Submissions will be reviewed by the editorial staff before the debate. Learn more here. Here’s a report from a recent debate. And KERA’s Shelley Kofler recently reported on how the four candidates are vying for “defender of the border.”  

  • Ronald C. White, who’s written three bestsellers on President Abraham Lincoln, brings his expertise to the Texas Christian University campus at 7 p.m. Monday. The free lecture will explore Lincoln’s second inaugural address, which White characterizes as his “Sermon on the Mount.” It’s at TCU’s Brown-Lupton University Union Auditorium, 2901 Stadium Drive. Tickets are free, but seat reservations are required. Call 817-257-5031 for more information.
Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. He also oversees, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.