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From The Newsroom: 'Sanctuary Cities'; Triumph For SMU Basketball

Bob Daemmrich
The Texas Tribune
Border Patrol officers outside a bus in Presidio.

The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: There will be a hearing today on the so-called 'sanctuary cities' bill. Senate Bill 185 would allow local law enforcement to question a person's immigration status.

Also, there's new data out from the U.S. Department of Education on how schools use suspensions as a tool for discipline. 

For this week's edition of our consumer health series, Vital Signs, we look at whether coconut oil is really a 'cure-all,' and SMU basketball fans are cheering over the team's first NCAA tournament berth since 1993. 

Listen to the top local stories in North Texas weekdays at 8:20 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM. 

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.