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From The Newsroom: Dallas Trustee Named Education Chief; Energy Questions In Denton


The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Dallas school board trustee Mike Morath was named Education Commissioner of Texas. Governor Greg Abbott made the announcement Monday afternoon. 

Morath replaces Michael Williams, the Arlington resident who’s stepping down at the end of the year. 

Two days after a landmark international deal on climate change, the city of Denton debated its own push toward renewable energy.  KERA’s Christopher Connelly stopped by the first official public hearing on the Renewable Denton plan.

The Arlington City Council will vote Tuesday on a $200 million deal to build a hotel and retail development at the city’s convention center.

That just happens to be next-door to Globe Life Park, where the Rangers have played for the last two decades. The team’s lease is up in eight years, and some proponents of a downtown Dallas ballpark have been making noises about luring the Rangers away.

The deal to be voted on tomorrow would be a public-private partnership between Arlington and the Rangers. The city would cover $50 million of the development cost, plus 30 years of tax rebates.

You can listen to the top local news stories weekdays at 6:20 p.m. and 8:20 a.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.