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Top Stories: Students And Religion In Schools; Spotlight On North Texas Comedic Mainstay

Amna Salman (foreground) and other Muslim students gather to pray inside a classroom at Liberty High in Frisco.

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A classroom that’s used as a prayer room at Liberty High School in Frisco got the attention of the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office last week. The office sent a letter raising constitutional concerns, while the Frisco superintendent calls the letter a publicity stunt.

As KERA’s Stella Chavez reports, prayer rooms are just one way public schools in Frisco and across Texas accommodate students and religion.

Other stories this evening:

  • Comic Aaron Aryanpur  has toured, been on TV and become a mainstay in the Texas comedy scene. He’s headlining the Dallas Comedy Festival this weekend. Aryanpur says he started in comedy because he wanted to stand on a stage like George Carlin or Garry Shandling. Jerome Weeks caught up with him for this week’s Artist Spotlight, Art & Seek’s weekly series of profiles of North Texas creatives.

 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.