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From The Newsroom: Open Carry In Texas; Other Activities That Cause Concussions

Arina P. Habich

The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom:

More than 826,000 handgun license holders in Texas can carry their guns in visible holsters on their hip or shoulder, thanks to the state’s new open carry law. Previously, gun owners had to obtain a concealed handgun license and keep it concealed.

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick was on NBC’s “Meet The Press” yesterday to talk to host Chuck Todd about the law.

Public grade schools, hospitals, sporting events, courthouses and nursing homes are still gun-free zones. 

The law does allow private businesses to ban guns if they choose. So far, businesses such as HEB, Torchy’s Tacos, Whataburger, Whole Foods, and IKEA have opted out. Businesses who choose to ban guns must display signs for customers.

911 call takers have also been trained to handle any additional calls as a result of the law change.

Other stories this morning:

After a long holiday weekend, it’s back to work…and back to traffic. KERA’s Eric Aasen talks about some of the worst traffic traps in North Texas.

Concussions are usually associated with sports like football. In this edition of Vital Signs, Dr. Benjamin Newman with Methodist Health System talks about other concussion causes.  

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.