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From The Newsroom: The Legal Battle Over Syrian Refugees In Texas Escalates


The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: The federal government and the nonprofit International Rescue Committee (IRC) fired back against Texas this morning. They filed separate briefs to prevent the state’s attempts to block six Syrian refugees from arriving in Dallas Monday.

The Houston Chronicle reports 15 more refugees from Syria are expected by the end of next week. Many are children.

Shortly after last month’s terror attacks in Paris, the Governor announced Texas would not accept Syrian refugees for safety reasons.

The White House says states don't have legal authority to block refugee placement.

Other stories this morning:

  • The latest employment report out this morning said the economy added 211,000 jobs last month. The new chief of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas says that report will factor into the Fed’s decision whether to raise interest rates in our Friday Conversation.
  • Bill Zeeble previews a kid-friendly holiday opera premiering tonight at the Winspear Opera House.

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.