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Top Stories: Wife Of Classical Pianist To Be Formally Charged With Capital Murder

Joyce Marshall
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Vadym Kholodenko, the winner of the gold medal at the Cliburn in 2013, moved his family from the Ukraine to Fort Worth in 2014. He poses with his wife Sofya Tsygankova and daughters Nika, 4, and Michaela, 2 months old in 2014.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The estranged wife of classical pianist VadymKholodenko today will be formally charged with capital murder in the deaths of their two daughters.

Kholodenko discovered Sofia Tsygankova with knife wounds last week at the home in Benbrook she shared with her daughters.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Tsygankova’s arrest warrant indicates the children may have been smothered with pillows and that she also tried several methods to kill herself.

Her lawyer said Tsygankova says she plans to plead "not guilty."

(Photo credit: Joyce Marshall/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Other stories this morning:

  • Lawsuits from Texas are involved in a case on women’s reproductive care going before the U.S. Supreme Court today. At issue is whether nonprofits with religious objections to birth control are exempt from providing women access to contraception through their insurance plans. 

  • Last week, the NFL admitted something researchers have documented for years: Football is linked to brain damage. A new study out of Fort Worth indicates a possible way to reduce the brain-damaging effects of head trauma.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 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.