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Top Stories: Covering The Costs Of Police Overtime; Dwindling Law School Enrollment


The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

The Dallas police department says it plans on spending $32 million dollars in overtime this fiscal year, more than the $17 million budgeted.

City officials are working to find leftover money in the budget to cover the costs.

Other stories this morning:

  • The Arlington City Council is scheduled for a final vote tonight for an election to decide whether to redirect some taxes to pay for a new Texas Rangers ballpark. The proposed billion-dollar project would have a retractable roof and air conditioning.
  • Two North Texas universities recently decided to shut down their evening law school programs. SMU and Texas A&M in Fort Worth cite dwindling enrollment.
  • The UNT Dallas law school program is in danger of not getting accreditation from the American Bar Association. The association is concerned in part by the school enrolling students with low LSAT scores – and placing those students at risk of not passing the state bar exam.

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.