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Top Stories: Jury Finds John Wiley Price Not Guilty; Dallas Ballet Dancers Come Together

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Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price is surrounded by media as he leaves the federal courthouse in Dallas on Friday, July 25, 2014.

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

After an eight-week trial and eight days of deliberations a jury Friday found longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price not guilty of bribery and mail fraud charges. KERA’s Bill Zeeble was at the downtown courthouse when the verdict came down.

Other stories this evening:

  • For decades, John Wiley Price has been one of the most visible African-American political voices in North Texas.  And the black community in Dallas has long been by his side – many of his supporters say he was unfairly targeted. KERA’s Gus Contreras went to the Martin Luther King Junior Community Center to get reaction from South Dallas residents.

  • In 1978, in what became known as the Jonestown Massacre, Reverend Jim Jones led more than 900 people to their deaths by ordering them to drink a cyanide-laced punch. The massacre is the largest murder-suicide in U.S. history. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with author Jeff Guinn [gwen] about how Jones attracted his followers.

  • Avant garde ballet shocked the world in the early 20th century with crazy costumes, music and movement. This weekend, Dallas Neo Classical Ballet and musicians from SMU come together to restage these works. Emilie Skinner, co-founder of the ballet, tells Art&Seek’s Anne Bothwell, to expect air raid sirens – and airplane propellers.  

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

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