Top Stories: Texans React To Mexico's New President; Where To Find July 4 Fireworks | KERA News

Top Stories: Texans React To Mexico's New President; Where To Find July 4 Fireworks

Jul 2, 2018

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

On Sunday, a populist leftist was elected president of Mexico. Andrés Manuel López Obrador won by a landslide – promising voters something along the lines of “Mexico First." He’s vowed to generate more jobs inside Mexico, which he hopes will cut back on migration and improve national security.

During his election speech, López Obrador said he wanted to build a Mexico, where the Mexican people could work and live and not feel the need to leave.

Today on public radio's Texas Standard, host David Brown talked about the election with Richard Pineda, an associate professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, and Alfredo Corchado, who is the Mexico border correspondent for the Dallas Morning News.

Corchado said López Obrador’s decisive victory reflects how fed up Mexican voters are with corruption and violence throughout the country.

Other stories this evening:

  • Here in North Texas, there's mixed reactions about López Obrador's victory. KERA’s Stella Chavez checked in with people who have ties to Mexico.
  • The novel "An American Marriage" follows the love story of Celestial and Roy – a recently married couple living in Atlanta. They seem to have their whole lives ahead of them until Roy is wrongfully convicted of a crime. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with author Tayari Jones about what sparked her idea for the book.
  • Independence Day is Wednesday, but fireworks are already lighting up the night sky across parts of North Texas. Tomorrow night, there's Kaboom Town in Addison, Granbury's Old-Fashioned 4th of July and Southlake's Stars and Stripes Celebration – just to name a few. Check out Art&Seek's annual fireworks super list.

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