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Top Stories: Work Perks In North Texas, So-Called Bathroom Bill Introduced In Austin

Crystal Calderon
A nap pod is a work perk enjoyed by Google employees

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

People who work expect a paycheck—and a lot of employees have gotten used to direct deposit, sick time, maybe health insurance. As more and more corporations set up shop in North Texas, however, companies have gotten much more creative with “perks.” Think ping-pong tables and casual Friday.

Other stories this evening:

·         A bill was introduced Thursday in Austin that would limit access to restrooms and locker rooms for transgender people statewide. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick spent the last several months promising a so-called bathroom bill similar to one passed in North Carolina last year. The bill would ban local non-discrimination laws giving people the right to use bathrooms that match their gender identity, rather than the sex on their birth certificate.

·         Dallas producer Sikwitit has had an enviable start to his career. He’s performed with rap superstar Lil Wayne. He’s produced viral beats for hip-hop magazine double X-L. And his music was featured on the Showtime series “Power.” Learn more about this local success story in Art&Seek’s Artist Spotlight.

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

Courtney Collins has been working as a broadcast journalist since graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2004. Before coming to KERA in 2011, Courtney worked as a reporter for NPR member station WAMU in Washington D.C. While there she covered daily news and reported for the station’s weekly news magazine, Metro Connection.