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Top Stories: Texas Senate Committee Hears Controversial Bathroom Bill


The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

A Texas Senate committee this morning will hear testimony on the controversial bathroom bill.

During the regular legislative session, the House and the Senate couldn't come to a compromise over the bill, which would regulate transgender public restroom use. The bathroom bill's a priority for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, but House Speaker Joe Straus opposes it.

Just yesterday, the National Episcopal Church urged Straus to continue opposing the bill. A slew of tech companies, business and tourism groups have also voiced opposition.

Other stories this morning:

  • Incoming Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall says to look past her gender when evaluating her worth as the city’s next top cop.
  • After nearly 25 years with the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum, senior curator Michael Auping is retiring. He's curated some of the Modern's biggest shows, including the recent retrospective on Frank Stella.

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.