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Top Stories: Closing Arguments Begin Today In John Wiley Price Corruption Trial

BJ Austin
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Closing arguments are expected today in the federal corruption trial of John Wiley Price.

The Dallas Morning News reports U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn yesterday expressed skepticism about the government’s case against the Dallas County commissioner.

Lynn allowing the jury to consider all 11 counts against Price, but added she’s “99 percent sure” she’ll toss out six mail fraud counts even if the jury finds Price guilty. Prosecutors say Price accepted nearly a million dollars in bribes in exchange for insider information and his vote on certain contracts. He’s pleaded not guilty.

Other stories this morning:

  • A Texas House committee this week is expected to debate its own version of the bathroom bill. However, a new study by an economic analysis firm forecasts a negative financial impact if Senate Bill 6 becomes state law.
  • State lawmakers filed a host of bills this legislative session aimed at fixing the state foster care system. One proposal would privatize case management by transferring responsibility from the state to non-profits.
  • Several efforts are underway in Tarrant County to improve the literacy skills of the county’s youngest children.

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 Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.