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Top Stories: Candidates Interview for Dallas Police Chief; Abbott Formally Calls Special Session

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Seven candidates — three internal and four from outside Texas — interview this week with the hopes of becoming the next chief of the Dallas Police Department.

Candidates begin a three-day interview process today with a tour of police facilities and parts of Dallas as well as a reception with community stakeholders.

Other stories this evening:

  • A new study takes a closer look at use-of-force incidents within the Police Department. Researchers found that white police officers in Dallas do not use force disproportionately against minorities.
  • Governor Greg Abbott today formally called a special legislative session, which begins next week. But how much is the special session going to cost?
  • Lizzie Velasquez was born with a rare genetic condition that affects her heart, eyes and bones -- and it prevents her from gaining weight. At 17, she found herself the subject of a YouTube video called "World's Ugliest Woman." Now 28, Velasquez uses that experience to fuel her work as an anti-bullying activist and motivational speaker. Today on Think, she told Krys Boyd why she has compassion for the people who made that video.

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

Samantha Guzman is the coordinating editor of Arts Access, a partnership between The Dallas Morning News and KERA expanding arts coverage in the Dallas-Fort Worth area through the lens of equity and access.