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Top Stories: Ted Cruz Town Hall In McKinney; What Birds And Babies Have In Common

Mengwen Cao
KUT News
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will be in McKinney tonight for a town hall hosted by the Concerned Veterans of America as part of a statewide tour.

The contentious town hall he hosted yesterday in McAllen in Democratic-leaning Hidalgo County drew supporters - and protesters who oppose U.S. Senate attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Cruz opposes Obamacare, but he's not on board with the Senate's repeal-and-replace bill as it stands. He's advocated for an amendment allowing insurers that sell an Obamacare-compliant plan to also offer narrower and cheaper coverage.

The Senator may have a friendlier audience tonight in McKinney. Cruz swept Collin County in the 2012 election with 63 percent of the vote.

Other stories this morning:

  • School vouchers for special needs kids will be revived in the upcoming special legislative session.
  • Birds and babies have more in common than you might think. New research suggests they master language in a similar manner.
  • And speaking of birds, Arlington residents are dealing with egrets – a protected, but smelly and loud species of birds.

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.