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Top Stories: Former Dallas Police Chief Hints At Future Plans Post-Retirement


The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Former Dallas Police Chief David Brown was honored at a retirement celebration last night.

Brown didn’t say much about his post-retirement plans, but the according to the Dallas Morning News, the former chief says he’ll probably remain in the public eye.

He’s represented by a talent agency in New York City.

Brown stepped down earlier this month after six years as chief of police and 33 years with the department. He earned national praise for his handling of police ambush in downtown Dallas, which killed five officers July 7.

Other stories this morning:

  • Community colleges are trying to make their programs more accessible and affordable by implementing what’s known as “promise programs,” which makes college tuition free for students if they meet certain criteria.
  • In our Friday Conversation, we talk to the Texas Tribune’s Brandon Formby, who’s working out of our newsroom, about Dallas County’s legislative races and a major decision DART made this week.
  • Early voting numbers this week have been up from previous presidential elections. But the state’s voter turnout has been below the national average for decades. We explore why that’s been the case in the last story of our Texas Decides series.
  • A correction to our report yesterday on the latest Texas Tribune/University of Texas poll: We said Donald Trump’s polling numbers in Texas are shrinking – his numbers are actually up slightly since the last Tribune poll in June. It’s the gap between him and Hillary Clinton that’s shrinking. Trump now leads by just 3 percentage points.

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.