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From The Newsroom: North Texan Joins Texas Railroad Commission Race

Justin Dehn for The Texas Tribune
Former state Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth.

The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Several lawmakers have thrown their hat into the Texas Railroad Commissioner race. 

The latest is former state House member Lon Burnam. He joins three Republicans and another Democrat in a race to replace current commissioner David Porter, who announced he wasn’t seeking re-election.

Other stories this morning:

  • A campus police officer’s on administrative duty today after shooting and killing a student at the University of North Texas yesterday. A university spokesperson said the officer was responding to reports of a person breaking car windows, when a man allegedly approached him with an ax in his hand. The officer shot him.
  • In this edition of Vital Signs, we explore why we can’t seem to put down the sweets during the holidays.
  • This month, KERA has been focusing on North Texans trying to make ends meet, while making the holidays happen in One Crisis Away at the Holidays. Some North Texans sound off on their wants and needs this season, and they’re not all material.

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.