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Top Stories: Changing Marijuana Rules, Bolstering Siren Security In Dallas


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

The Dallas City Council voted this afternoon to participate in a marijuana cite and release program. City officials say marijuana arrests disproportionately affect minorities. Council member Philip Kingston says the cite and release effort will save police officers time by keeping more of them on the streets.

Other stories this evening:

  • Dallas City Council approved up to $100, 000 to bulk up security for the city’s emergency siren system. As KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports, that system was hacked last weekend.
  • Last week, President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on a Syrian air base. The U.S. military operation was conducted in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces. Today on Think, journalist and civil rights lawyer Alia Malek talked about the impact of the air strikes.
  • Peter Walker is considered one of the world’s leading landscape architects. He’s in town this week to receive the first Richard Brettell Award in the Arts at UT-Dallas. Walker redesigned the campus, and also designed the landscape at the Nasher Sculpture Center, which has been affected by glare cast by the nearby Museum Tower. Walker sat down with KERA’s Krys Boyd to talk about his North Texas projects – and his approach to his work.

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.