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Miguel Perez

Assistant Producer

Miguel Perez is an assistant producer at KERA. He produces local content for Morning Edition and KERA News. He also writes and produces occasional music reviews for national All Things Considered, and he fills in as a KERA newscaster.

Miguel first joined KERA as an intern with Art&Seek and Think in 2017. He’s also interned at NPR’s All Things Considered in Washington, D.C. and The Dallas Morning News. 

Before coming to KERA, he was a communications specialist at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Miguel is a graduate of UT Dallas, where he received his bachelor of science in economics.

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Public health policies are a big part of running big cities, and Dallas and San Antonio are being recognized for doing just that.

CityHealth, a nonprofit that evaluates local health priorities of the country’s largest cities, recently awarded the cities with gold stars for enacting public health policies that improve overall wellbeing for residents.

Atatiana Jefferson
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The funeral service has been rescheduled for Atatiana Jefferson, the 28-year-old Fort Worth woman who was shot and killed in her home by a police officer. The service is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday at Concord Church in Dallas. 

It's a bright, cool morning at Fair Park.

Inside the Creative Arts Building, home cooks arrive to a test kitchen for one of the State Fair of Texas' many cooking competitions. Hundreds of amateur chefs take part in these highly competitive contests, and judges sample thousands of homemade recipes for everything from bread and cakes to pickled vegetables.

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The Environmental Protection Agency took public testimony in Dallas on Thursday on plans to weaken federal methane emission standards.

Those Obama-era rules require oil and gas companies to monitor and fix methane leaks from their pipelines and storage facilities.

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The yearly Red River Showdown kicks off tomorrow at Fair Park, and that usually means larger-than-average crowds at the State Fair and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Using public transit is a good idea for those looking to avoid traffic and high parking fees, but DART spokesman Mark Ball says trains will also be busier than usual.

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Overdue book fees are history at the Fort Worth Public Library. A new policy follows similar measures by public library systems across the country.

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The Kinsey Collection spans centuries — covering everything from the Civil Rights movement to the Harlem Renaissance and the legacy of slavery.

It's one of the largest surveys of African American art and history, and it opens Saturday in Dallas at the African American Museum in Fair Park.

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Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are throwing their weight behind Fort Worth's bid for federal funding to help extend the TexRail commuter line.

Cornyn and Cruz sent a letter to the Federal Transit Authority asking for $40 million to help expand the TexRail service. The proposal would extend the rail line by 2 miles into Fort Worth's Medical District.

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Time's running short for Carter BloodCare. The Texas-based blood bank says blood collections are not keeping pace with transfusion needs of hospital patients.

The rare bones of two ancient human relatives are leaving their home in South Africa for the first time for public display, and they're headed to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. 

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City officials in Fort Worth have received a wave of complaints over a set of banners hanging in downtown.

The signs read "In NO God We Trust," and the group Metroplex Atheists are using the bright yellow banners to advertise their educational seminar later this month. 

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Football fans can witness a different kind of title game this weekend: The undefeated Texas Elite Spartans take on the one-loss Utah Falconz on Saturday in the first-ever Women's National Football Conference championship.

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Nestled on the shores of Lewisville Lake in Denton County is a town that's fully embraced lake life.

So much so that Little Elm's official motto is "The Town With a Lake Attitude."

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In Texas, there's a group of trained volunteers so committed to caring for the state's natural areas, they're known as Master Naturalists.

The program is sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and students have to go through an in-depth course to earn the title. 

Armando Farias, 56, tends to his small shop filled with Mexican goods at Plaza Garland.
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Plaza Garland is an indoor marketplace where mariachi bands play regularly and merchants sell everything from Mexican ice cream and custom-made piñatas to gold jewelry and handmade toys.

It's nothing like the old Kmart that used to stand in its place.

Food distributor Marty Renaud (right) hands a fruit popsicle to eighth grader Mia Martinez at Dallas ISD's Fresh Food Fest on March 28, 2019.
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The Dallas school district hosted a taste test of potential menu items Thursday, and the food went before about 150 of the toughest critics: children.

School districts ranking high in feeding low-income students supplement the traditional cafeteria line with breakfast in the classroom using a grab-and-go model.
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Irving, Dallas, Garland, Crowley and Arlington all rank highly among Texas school districts when it comes to feeding students in need.

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Starting March 30, Dallas Area Rapid Transit will be closing several light rail stations in the heart of downtown Dallas every weekend through September. 

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The last thing Triston Bailey remembers about that cold November night is the Dallas Stars game he saw with his friends.

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The Dallas City Council was briefed Wednesday on the city's options for one of its most prominent Confederate monuments. 

There are three paths for the Confederate War Memorial that stands in Pioneer Park Cemetery near the Dallas Convention Center: keep it, remove it or do nothing.

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The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is a major stop on the professional rodeo circuit, and nationally-ranked bareback rider Winn First Ratliff, 29, is hoping to win big. 

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When the Texas Legislature gavels into session next week, Julie Johnson will make history. She'll be one of Dallas County's first two openly gay legislators — and the first state House member with a same-sex spouse.

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The holiday season tends to be less safe for drivers, and the early hours on New Year's Day are no exception.

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The recognition of a wrongful conviction is meant to fix an injustice, but it also creates upheaval in the lives of the accused and the victims.

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Dallas drivers may contend with extra traffic this weekend for the BMW Dallas Marathon. 

In this Dec. 20, 1989, file photo, President George H.W. Bush addresses the nation on television from the Oval Office in Washington as he explains his decision to deploy American troops to Panama.
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President George H.W. Bush's term in office was replete with watershed moments in international affairs that would shape American foreign policy for decades to come. 

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When then-President George W. Bush asked his father and President Clinton to team up on relief work, the friendship between the elder Bush and Clinton really took off, biographer Jon Meacham said.

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Updated, 9:20 a.m. Tuesday

Dallas is among a handful of metro areas Amazon is still considering for a second headquarters.

The Wall Street Journal reports Dallas joins New York City and Northern Virginia as finalists that have progressed to late-stage talks with the Seattle-based e-commerce giant.

North Texas officials aren't commenting on the report.

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Terry Turner lives at the intersection of religion, history and politics. The pastor of Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church comes out of the deep traditions of the African-American church, and he's past president of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.

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The Daily, the hit podcast from The New York Times, makes its debut on the radio in North Texas on MondayHost Michael Barbaro sat down with KERA to talk about what he's learned since the podcast launched in January 2017.  

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