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Top Stories: Grand Jury Indicts Former Balch Springs Officer; Gearing Up For The Special Sesssion

The mugshot of former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver after being booked on a murder charge in May for fatally shooting 15-year-old Jordan Edwards on April 29.

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A Dallas County grand jury has indicted former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver in the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. Oliver was also indicted on four charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public official related to the four other teens who were in the car.

Other stories this evening:

  • State lawmakers head back to Austin tomorrow for a special session. All this week, we're teaming up with public radio stations across the state and we're answering your questions about how state government works. Several listeners have asked how a special session works, and who pays for it? For that, we turn to KERA's Krystina Martinez.

  • Across Texas, city officials are critical of the special session agenda set by Governor Greg Abbott. They say many of the items are basically an attempt by state lawmakers to influence what city leaders do at the local level. It's a battle of state versus local control. Brandon Formby is a reporter with the Texas Tribune and he talked with KERA’s Eric Aasen.  

 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.