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Top Stories: Dallas Incumbents Unseated In Runoffs; The Benefits Of Family Inside The ER

Jun 12, 2017

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: It’s official. In Dallas, big changes are coming to the City Council after Saturday’s runoff elections. Three incumbents appear to have lost their seats, which represents a big shift on the 15-member body.

Mayor Pro Tem Monica Alonzo lost her West Dallas seat to Omar Narvaez, who overcame the lead held by Alonzo in the May 6 election.

In southern Dallas, voters returned Tennell Atkins to the District 8 seat that he stepped down from because of term limits in 2015. He displaced Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Erik Wilson.

In District 7, Councilwoman Tiffinni Young is out of the seat representing parts of South Dallas, Fair Park and Buckner Terrace. She will be replaced by Kevin Felder.

Narvaez, Atkins and Felder will join former acting Mayor Dwaine Caraway as the newest members of the council, when they're sworn in June 19.

The winners of the three Dallas City Council runoff races were confirmed last night after Dallas County officials counted hundreds of sequestered mail-in ballots. The precautions that delayed the results from Saturday's contests were taken as part of an ongoing voter fraud investigation.

Other stories this morning:

  • The winner of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition's gold medal this weekend said the victory in Fort Worth took physical and emotional endurance. Yekwon Sunwoo, 28, of South Korea had to give new performances nearly every other day over the past two and a half weeks. He said he wanted to make each one count. Sunwoo takes home $50,000 and three years of international bookings. Americans Kenneth Broberg and Daniel Hsu won the silver and bronze medals respectively.
  • Family members usually have to wait outside when doctors treat a patient for a serious injury – but that’s changing with trauma care for children. A new study finds it can be beneficial for the family to be inside the emergency room. In this edition of “Vital Signs,” KERA’s Sam Baker talked to Lori Vinson, senior director of trauma services at Children’s Health.

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