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From The Newsroom: Elevated Fire Conditions Continue In North Texas

National Weather Service

The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Though a cold front has already come through early this morning, the North Texas will be under elevated fire conditions today.  

National Weather Service Meteorologist Jennifer Dunn says that’s not unusual in the winter seasons because of dry conditions.

“October is normally one of our wetter months throughout the year,” she says. “The fact that it has been so dry has resulted in these elevated fire conditions.”

Between 8 and 10 grass fires were reported in Navarro, Denton, Ellis, and Parker Counties yesterday.

Other stories this morning:

  • Mental health advocates have asked a former employee of the Dallas County District Attorney’s office to withdraw a petition to oust Susan Hawk. They say the suit is stigmatizing and sets a dangerous precedent for other elected officials who may deal with mental illness. [Dallas Morning News]
  • Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced his resignation yesterday, effective January 1st.  He’s lived in Austin 16 years and been Commissioner for the last three.
  • The city of Dallas held a day-long brainstorming session yesterday about how to make the city more “resilient.” Dallas chief resilience officer Theresa O’Donnell explains what that means in the Friday Conversation.
  • And finally, the Aurora Festival takes over the Dallas Arts District tonight. Iconic buildings there will be turned into sky-high canvases for light and sound installations, which were created by more than 100 artists. Here are the installations to watch.

You can listen to North Texas stories 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.