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Top Stories: Getting More Women To Run For Office; Six Months After Hurricane Harvey


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

The Sixth Congressional District in North Texas is an open seat, for the first time in three decades. 

GOP Congressman Joe Barton of Ennis has been in office since 1985, but after a scandal involving a nude photo of himself and sexually suggestive messages, he decided not to run again. Eleven Republicans are now fighting for his seat.

Other stories this evening:

  • It's been six months since Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast, costing the region more than 100 billion dollars in damages. Today on Think, from the studios of Houston Public Media, Krys Boyd talked with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner about the city's efforts to rebuild.

  • While there's been a recent surge in women entering state and national political races, women are still underrepresented in politics. Women leaders gathered in Dallas Monday for a discussion, focused on women.

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.