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Top Stories: Huge Shakespeare Collaboration Announced; Death Penalty And Families

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Dallas Theater Center’s Kevin Moriarty will direct "The Tempest" production in March. ";

The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:

Nearly 200 Dallas performers will join five professional actors to put on a free Shakespeare production at Wyly Theatre in March.

The Dallas Theater Center, Ignite Arts Dallas at Southern Methodist University Meadows School and New York City-based Public Works announced today that it will put on a musical version of “The Tempest.”

Other stories this afternoon:

  • President Donald Trump signed an executive order today that jumpstarts construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall – one of his signature campaign promises. Texas Governor Greg Abbott says he’s pleased with Trump’s action. Meanwhile, immigration advocates in Texas and across the country assailed the new president's actions.

  • When you hear about the death penalty in Texas, the discussion often focuses on the crime, courtroom dramas or even policy. Often overlooked is how the death penalty affects the victims’ families, and the people left struggling to find healing. Ryan Poppe with Texas Public Radio introduces two families with different reactions to the death penalty, and explains why their wishes and the state's decisions are sometimes at odds.

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