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Top Stories: Training Female Firefighters; Tony Romo Says Goodbye To Football


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Certain high-paying jobs don’t attract many women. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 2.5 percent of firefighters were female in 1998. Fast forward to 2016, and it’s just 3.5 percent. Courtney Collins talks to one future firefighter planning to buck that trend, who hopes more women decide to join her.

  Other stories this evening:

  • Speculation has swirled for weeks about the future of Tony Romo. The longtime Dallas Cowboys quarterback announced Tuesday he is retiring from the NFL and pursuing a career in broadcasting. KERA’s Gus Contreras has more.

  • As the Texas Legislative Session continues, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus are generating most of the headlines, meanwhile Governor Greg Abbott has been relatively quiet. Johnathan Tielove is the chief political writer for the "Austin American-Statesman." He says the governor is a behind-the-scenes player – and he’s fine with that role.

  • Anne Lamott has written about navigating her faith in her previous books “Small Victories,” “Grace, Eventually” and “Help, Thanks, Wow.” Her newest book, “Hallellujah Anyway” explores the power of mercy. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with Lamott about the freedom that comes from living a merciful life. 

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