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Top Stories: New Police Memorial, Massacre In Mexico And Staging A Fight On Stage

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Tomorrow marks a year since the deadly police shooting in downtown Dallas. Today brought the unveiling of a memorial dedicated to the officers who died. Christopher Connelly reports from the Trinity Strand Trail in the Design District.

Other stories this evening:

  • In March 2011, gunmen from the Zetas cartel swept through the Mexican town of Allende, kidnapping and killing scores of men, women and children. The massacre was sparked when the Zetas discovered one of their members was working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and wanted revenge. Ginger Thompson wrote about the leak that led to the killings for ProPublica. Today on Think, she told Lauren Silverman there has yet to be an investigation into what happened in Allende and the DEA's involvement. 

  • When Jeff Colangelo slashes someone with a sword, it looks shockingly real --- yet no one gets hurt. Colangelo is a fight director, and he's very much in-demand among North Texas theaters. In tonight's Artist Spotlight, Art&Seek's Jerome Weeks finds Colangelo in rehearsals for the Dallas Theater Center's new musical about Robin Hood. 

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.