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Top Stories: American Airlines Employees Protest Outsourcing; Human Smuggling Trends


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

More than 1,000 American Airlines employees picketed the world’s largest carrier today at DFW International Airport. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports transport and ground workers are worried about job security.  

Other stories this evening:

  • The driver accused in the deaths of 10 people found inside a packed tractor-trailer in San Antonio was scheduled to be back in court tomorrow, but a hearing has been rescheduled for late next month. Federal immigration officials say the tractor-trailer is part of a larger organization involved in human smuggling that authorities are trying to identify and dismantle.

  • Less than one percent of employees who believe they've been subjected to workplace discrimination file charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Only a few of those charges lead to lawsuits, and even fewer make it to trial. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with Laura Beth Nielsen of the American Bar Foundation about why so many people are reluctant to pursue discrimination lawsuits. 

  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a genetic disorder that affects about one-in-every-5,000 boys; girls are rarely affected. Many patients die before age 30. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center are using a gene-editing technique that shows promise in stopping progression of the disorder -- first in mice -- and now in human cells. Eric Olson is the director of the Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center at UT Southwestern and sits down with KERA's Justin Martin. 

 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.