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Top Stories: Dallas Shuts Down Another Homeless Camp; Smuggling Along The Border


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

The city of Dallas is shutting down another homeless camp. City officials started closing the Third Avenue encampment near Fair Park this morning. Up to 80 people were living there at one point, the city says several residents have already moved to area homeless shelters. The city says all residents at the Third Avenue camp should be moved out by tomorrow.

Other stories this evening:

  • Trucks emerged as a popular smuggling method in the early 1990s. The North American Free Trade Agreement -- or NAFTA -- helped increase trade with Mexico. And that allowed smugglers to more easily blend in with cargo, particularly on Interstate 35 from Laredo to San Antonio. Elissa Steglich is with the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. She talked about truck drivers and smuggling with David Brown, host of public radio’s Texas Standard. 

  • It's been more than 20 years since a Democrat has won statewide election in Texas. While demographics within the state are changing, Republicans continues to win elections. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with journalist Lawrence Wright about one of the ways Republicans have managed to maintain power redistricting. 

  • KERA's series One Crisis Away: No Place To Go, focused on the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of West Dallas. Many of the rental properties there are no longer up to city code, including several hundred houses owned by HMK Limited. Just last week, HMK sold 46 of its now-vacant lots to Habitat for Humanity, ensuring that 46 affordable homes will be built in West Dallas. As Courtney Collins reports, while current HMK tenants can apply, getting approved for a Habitat home isn't guaranteed.

 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.