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From The Newsroom: Dallas Zoo Approved To Take In African Elephants, ‘Martyr’ Takes The Stage

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Elephants greeting each other on the Savanna Exhibit at the Dallas Zoo in December 2014.

The top local news stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: The Dallas Zoo has announced it's received permission from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take in elephants from Swaziland, Africa. The Dallas Zoo says the elephants in question are in danger of being killed.

Some conservationists are against the move saying elephants should never be in captivity.

With suicide bombers in the Middle East and self-professed terrorists attacking in France and the US, Second Thought Theaters' staging of the play ‘Martyr’ couldn’t be more timely. But the religious militancy preached here actually comes from a young Christian. KERA’s Jerome Weeks sits down with Justin Martin to talk about this Texas premiere of a German play.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:20 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.

Justin Martin is KERA’s local host of All Things Considered, anchoring afternoon newscasts for KERA 90.1. Justin grew up in Mannheim, Germany, and avidly listened to the Voice of America and National Public Radio whenever stateside. He graduated from the American Broadcasting School, and further polished his skills with radio veteran Kris Anderson of the Mighty 690 fame, a 50,000 watt border-blaster operating out of Tijuana, Mexico. Justin has worked as holiday anchor for the USA Radio Network, serving the U.S. Armed Forces Network. He’s also hosted, produced, and engineered several shows, including the Southern Gospel Jubilee on 660 KSKY.