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Top Stories: Controversial Execution Drug Expires; Joe Straus Hits Back At So-Called Bathroom Bill


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Vials of a banned execution drug Texas has been fighting to use have expired. Texas – along with two other states – tried to buy sodium thiopental from a drug supplier in India, named Chris Harris, back in 2015. Though, the Food and Drug Administration seized the shipments because this powerful anesthetic is outlawed in the United States. 

Other stories this evening:

  • Republican Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus says he didn't want a suicide on his hands over the so-called "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people that Governor Greg Abbott has told lawmakers to revive. An article published in Monday's New Yorker magazine quotes Straus as saying he told a senator in May that he "didn't want the suicide of a single Texan on my hands." Straus' comments in the magazine go further than his usual criticism that the bill is bad for Texas business. Abbott wants lawmakers to revive the bill in a special legislative session starting July 18.

  • The stages of grief are generally known as anger, denial, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance. Real grief, though, doesn't always follow a predictable pattern. Today on Think, psychotherapist Patrick O'Malley talked with Lauren Silverman about where this model falls short. 

  • It's July, summer school's gliding along. Only this summer school - SMU's STEM Academy - is for teachers. For this lesson, they leave land behind to kayak the Trinity River that wanders through the Great Trinity Forest.  KERA's Bill Zeeble dipped his oar in the water, too.

  • Ahead of the July 4th holiday, police and fire officials across North Texas are issuing yearly reminders about the dangers of celebrating with fireworks show at home, which is illegal in most cities. The message: Leave the fireworks to professionals. In Fort Worth, the police department enlisted a puppet police officer and fire department spokesman Kyle Clay to drive the point home.

 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.