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Top Stories: Will Abbott Announce A Special Session Today?; ‘Adopting’ Cliburn Competitors

Christopher Connelly

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Gov. Greg Abbott will be holding a news conference this afternoon in Austin. Though the topic is not known, there’s speculation he could announce whether he’ll call a special legislative session.

Lawmakers went home last week without resolving a bill that would keep the Texas Medical Board and other agencies open.

According to the Texas Tribune, Abbott also told members of the Bell County Republican Party last night lawmakers didn’t adequately address property tax reform.

Other stories this morning:

  • Before Tom Mechler stepped down as chairman of the Texas Republican Party, he warned the GOP needed to work harder to represent more of the state’s diversity if it wants to remain in power. His newly-elected successor agrees.
  • Six finalists have been named in the 15th Cliburn competition. For the first time since 1981, two pianists are from the United States.
  • While the competitors are in town, the Cliburn also organizes something called the Adopt-A-Competitor Program, which connects the performers to schools.

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.