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Top Stories: The State’s Abortion Restrictions At Stake In The High Court

Allison Shelley/The Texas Tribune
Protesters hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is argued inside.";

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The U.S. Supreme Court’s expected to issue a ruling this month on the controversial abortion bill in Texas known as HB 2.

Justices are considering two provisions:  One requires clinics to meet the standards of an ambulatory surgical center. The other mandates abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Those provisions have caused more than half of the state’s abortion clinics to shut down since the bill was signed into law in 2013.

With only eight judges on the Supreme Court right now, a tie vote would mean the lower court ruling remains in place. If that occurs and HB 2 stands, only nine clinics will remain open in the state.

Other stories this morning:

  • “Raiders of the Lost Ark” hit movie theaters 35 years ago this week. A group of ambitious kids decided to remake the movie using a home video camera. Our Big Screen team talks about the documentary about that process, which screens Tuesday at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson.  
  • A four-day celebration is underway at Fair Park to mark the 80th anniversary of the Texas Centennial Exposition. There will be a wine stroll tonight at Fair Park, and a jazz and blues concert tomorrow. Parts of the State Fair Midway, including the Ferris Wheel and Tower Ride, will be open Friday and Saturday. The anniversary celebration wraps up June 11.

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.