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Top Stories: Dallas Fair Housing Lawsuit Dismissed; Patients With Unstable Vital Signs


The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Civil rights group cheered last year when the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a housing discrimination case in Texas to move forward. But a federal district judge late Friday threw the suit out.

The nation’s high court last year agreed with the Dallas-based Inclusive Communities Project (ICP) that Texas doled out tax credits in Dallas in a way that packed minorities into poor neighborhoods and spared white neighborhoods from development of low-income housing.

But the U.S. Supreme Court left to up to a lower district court to decide if Texas could be held liable for reinforcing segregated housing.

U-S District Judge Sidney Fitzwater said no. Among other factors, the state had to use a specific policy to discriminate, and ICP couldn’t prove the state had such a policy.

Other stories this morning:

  • The streetcar extension from downtown Dallas into the Bishop Arts District officially opens today. The free streetcars will run every 20 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week between Bishop Arts and downtown's Union Station.
  • In this edition of Vital Signs, we dig into unstable vital signs like low blood pressure or elevated heart rate. A new study found 20 percent of hospital patients had one or more unstable vital signs when they’re released within 24 hours of discharge.

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.