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Top Stories: Special Legislative Session Slogging Away; Local Art Gallery Celebrates One Year


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

After a quick start by the Senate, the special legislative session in Austin has been relatively slow-going, but there are signs of progress.

The Texas House today tentatively approved two bills that would allow the Texas Medical Board and a few other state agencies to remain open. If lawmakers give final approval tomorrow, those so-called sunset bills could be the first ones of the special session to head to Governor Greg Abbott for approval. 

Other stories this evening:

  • For many artists, securing gallery representation can seem like an unobtainable goal. Fort Worth arts collective Art Tooth set out on a mission to help. The group celebrates its first anniversary this weekend. Art&Seek’s Hady Mawajdeh spoke with one of the founders about the group's efforts, and its future.
  • In his new novel, Tom Perrotta tells the story of Eve Fletcher, a single mother, and her only son, Brendan, who has just left for college. The transition leaves both of the characters struggling to define themselves, especially when faced with unexpected dilemmas in their sexual lives. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with the author about his new novel, "Mrs. Fletcher." 

  • Justin Terveen's photos of Dallas regularly go viral - they've been viewed millions of times. Terveen captures the city's skyscrapers barely peeking out of the fog, and multiple lightning bolts crashing across the downtown skyline. Each week in the Art&Seek Artist Spotlight, we check in with a North Texas creative. Today, KERA's Vice President of Arts Anne Bothwell learns what it takes to get Terveen's picture-perfect shots.

 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.