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Top Stories: Texas Bullet Train Faces Another Round Of Hurdles; Diversity In Texas Schools

One of Japan's high speed trains, the same kind that a private firm wants to bring to Texas.

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A bullet train could some day take passengers from Dallas to Houston in just 90 minutes, but the plan faces opposition – including legal battles and legislation aimed at the project. 

Brandon Formby is a reporter with the Texas Tribune who’s been following the bullet train developments, and he talked with KERA’s Eric Aasen. 

Other stories this evening:

  • KERA recently launched a new American Graduate series. It’s called “Race, Poverty and the Changing Face of Schools.” Today, as part of the series, Think partnered with “Houston Matters” from Houston Public Media for a discussion on race in schools. Krys Boyd talked with H. Richard Milner, director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh, about how racial backgrounds can affect the quality of education students receive. 

  • As part of our American Graduate series, Stella Chavez has been reporting on life at Liberty High School in Frisco. She talked with several students about their experiences with race in and out of school. We start with Rida Iqbal, who wears a hijab and is president of the Muslim Student Association.

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

Gus Contreras is a digital producer and reporter at KERA News. Gus produces the local All Things Considered segment and reports on a variety of topics from, sports to immigration. He was an intern and production assistant for All Things Considered in Washington D.C.