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Top Stories: What's At Stake For John Wiley Price; Demographic Changes In Schools

Courtesy John Wiley Price campaign/YouTube
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price in a 2016 campaign video.

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Jury selection starts Tuesday in the trial of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, who faces charges of accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of certain projects. 

Price is charged with 11 counts, including conspiracy to commit bribery and depravation of honest services by mail fraud. He is accused of leaking confidential information on contract bids to help businesses land contracts.

Despite the looming federal corruption trial, Price was re-elected last year. As he campaigned, he maintained he was innocent and said he wasn’t concerned about the charges. If Price is found guilty on all counts against him, he could face decades in prison.

KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports on what’s at stake for one of the most visible African-American political voices in North Texas.

Other stories this evening:

  • For decades, public schools across North Texas have undergone demographic changes – like integration, immigration and competition from charter schools. Starting this week, KERA explores these changes in a new American Graduate series, called “Race, Poverty and the Changing Face of Schools.” KERA has spent months reporting on life at four high schools, and education reporters Bill Zeeble and Stella Chavez give a preview of the what's to come.

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 Stephanie Kuo is an award-winning radio journalist who worked as a reporter and administrative producer at KERA, overseeing and coordinating editorial content reports and logistics for the Texas Station Collaborative – a statewide news consortium including KERA, KUT in Austin, Houston Public Media and Texas Public Radio in San Antonio.