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Top Stories: Anti-White Supremacy Rally Planned In Dallas; A Second Special Session Is On The Table

Downtown Residents Against Confederate Glorification

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Amid news about the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, came word of an anti-white supremacy rally planned for Dallas.

On theevent's Facebook page, a community organization called In Solidarity said Saturday's rally, called "Dallas Against White Supremacy," will begin at the Confederate war memorial in Pioneer Park Cemetery.

Protesters plan to denounce white supremacy and demand removal of the 60-foot-high monument, surrounded by statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. Organizers say they're working closely with the Dallas Police Department.

In Solidarity protested at the memorialfor the same reason Thursday. It ended with a heated confrontation with a few men carrying Confederate flags.

Other stories this morning

  • There are just two days left in the special legislative session – and Gov. Greg Abbott told WFAA he's not ruling out calling for another one this summer. The state House has refused to vote on many of the 20 items Abbott wanted lawmakers to consider. The special session, which ends Wednesday, was essentially called to renew several state agencies, but Abbott added agenda items, including the so-called bathroom bill and property tax reform. The Senate sped through the agenda, passing almost everything the governor requested. The House has not – and lawmakers have shown little interest in passing the governor’s wish list.

  • Paramedics can respond to emergencies in five to eight minutes, but an injured person could possibly bleed to death in less time. A government program called "Stop the Bleed" aims to train bystanders to help in the interim. Parkland Hospital’s trauma center is teaching local “Stop the Bleed” classes. In this edition of “Vital Signs,” the center’s medical director, Dr. Alexander Eastman, talked more with KERA’s Sam Baker about the need for the classes.

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 Stephanie Kuo is an award-winning radio journalist who worked as a reporter and administrative producer at KERA, overseeing and coordinating editorial content reports and logistics for the Texas Station Collaborative – a statewide news consortium including KERA, KUT in Austin, Houston Public Media and Texas Public Radio in San Antonio.