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From The Newsroom: Abbott Blasts Dallas County Sheriff For Immigration Policy

Shelby Knowles
The Texas Tribune

The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Governor Greg Abbott has urged Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez to back down from a policy change on federal immigration detainers. Earlier this month, Valdez changed policies on holding immigrants in the Dallas County Jail. Now, people who commit minor offenses won’t be held for 48 hours for agents of U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE).

In a letter sent Monday, Abbott called this change a “sanctuary city” policy, under which police are barred from asking those they stop about their immigration status. He also said the policy change “posed a serious danger to Texans.”

Other stories this morning:

  • Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and the Texas Farm Bureau aren’t happy with a new study listing red and processed meats as potential carcinogens. The Texas Tribune reports Miller called the study from the World Health Organization “another example of politicized science that is not grounded in reality.”
  • Several North Texas school districts have bond issues on the Nov. 3 ballot. Stella Chavez has a round-up of the proposals.
  • An opera about an opera debuts this Friday in Dallas. Great Scott is about big opera premiere on the same night as the Super Bowl, in the same city hosting it.

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.