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Top Stories: Taking A Look At The Texas Budget; Latest On Fort Worth Police Incident


The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has always felt comfortable in the political spotlight. At a press conference today, Patrick announced he will not be challenging Governor Greg Abbott for his seat, and instead will seek re-election. 

Other stories this afternoon:

  • The Texas Legislative Session starts Tuesday – and a prolonged oil slump will leave state lawmakers with less money to spend. State Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced the spending forecast. 

  • Nearly 100 inmates in Texas prisons are behind bars for crimes they committed when they were between 11 and 13 years old. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with Skip Hollandsworth, Executive Editor for "Texas Monthly," about if we should rethink how we punish juveniles for serious crimes. 

  • A white Fort Worth police officer who forced a black mother and her daughter to the ground has been suspended for 10 days without pay. KERA’s Christopher Connelly has been following Monday’s developments and joined managing editor Eric Aasen for an update.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.