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Top Stories: Third Boy Scout Dies In Boating Accident; Musician Steve Earle On New Album

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A third Boy Scout from East Texas has died from injuries he suffered when a sailboat struck an overhanging power line. The 11-year-old was sailing in a catamaran Saturday with two older Boy Scouts.

The boat hit a power line at Lake O' the Pines – about 150 miles east of Dallas. A Scout leader reached the boat within minutes but the two older boys were already dead. 

Other stories this evening:

  • A funeral will be held Wednesday in Houston for former Texas Governor Mark White. He will then lie in state Thursday afternoon at the Texas Capitol in Austin. White, a Democrat, served as governor from 1983 until 1987. His education reforms included pay raises and competency tests for teachers, bilingual education, and class size limits for elementary schools. In 1984, he signed the "no-pass no-play" law, which barred students from participating in school sports or other extracurriculars if they were failing a class. 

  • A sure sign that it’s summer in Texas is the sounds of cicadas. Wizzie Brown is an insect specialist with the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office. She talked with public radio's Texas Standard about basically anything you ever wanted to know about the cicada – and the noisy summertime tradition. 

  • In his first six months in office, President Trump has fired multiple staffers. He's fought with congress over the repeal of Obamacare. And he's the target of a special investigation into ties with Russia. While it may seem like the president isn't making much legislative progress, David Graham argues that behind all the chaos is a "shadow government" that's achieving his priorities. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with The Atlantic staff writer about how the Trump administration is getting a lot more done than people may think. 

  • Country music is all about heartbreak and loss. And no one country musician might know both of those topics better than 62-year-old singer-songwriter Steve Earle. He's battled drug addiction, lost several close friends, and he's been divorced six times. Art&Seek’s Hady Mawajdeh talked with Earle about his newest album, which was inspired by his outlaw country roots.

 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.