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Top Stories: Bernie Sanders, Democratic Leaders To Rally In Grand Prairie Today

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), addresses an audience during a rally March 31, 2017 in Boston.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and other national Democratic Party leaders hold a public rally in Grand Prairie today.

The visit’s part of a tour of Republican states to try to unite Democrats and others in opposition to President Trump. Among the issues Democratic leaders are expected to address include raising the minimum wage, immigration and tax reform and equal pay for women.

Other stories this morning:

  • A jury continues deliberations in the federal corruption trial of John Wiley Price. The Dallas County Commissioner faces 11 counts of bribery, mail fraud, and tax evasion. He’s pleaded not guilty.
  • The Dallas City Council yesterday had its first full briefing on the city’s struggling 911 operations. Interim Dallas Police Chief David Pughes told the council the 911 call center was understaffed – and the blame lies with his department. 
  • The Texas House yesterday gave preliminarily approval to a bill that would overhaul how the state finances public schools. The bill still needs approval on a third and final reading in the House.
  • A new festival dedicated to environmental films debuts this weekend in Dallas. Earth x Film runs today through Sunday at Fair Park.

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.