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From The Newsroom: Helping Offenders With Mental Illnesses; Lewy Body Dementia

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk today will introduce a new unit designed to help offenders suffering from mental illness.

Eligibility and entry requirements for the Reformative Justice Unit will be detailed in a press conference this afternoon.

Hawk faces a lawsuit by a former employee, who alleges the DA should be removed from office in part because of her mental health issues. Hawk returned to work last month after receiving treatment for major depressive disorder and anxiety.

Other stories this morning:

  • LGBT activists gathered outside Dallas Police headquarters to protest what they call slow police response to attacks in the Oak Lawn neighborhood.
  • The North Texas chapter of the Anti-Defamation League has expressed concern over what it calls ‘a rising anti-Muslim sentiment’ in the United States. An anti-Muslim protest in Irving over the weekend prompted the statement.
  • In this edition of Vital Signs, we explore why Lewy Body Dementia often gets misdiagnosed and mistreated.

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 KERANews.org. 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.