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Top Stories: Dallas Approves $8 Million To Fund Harvey Relief Effort; Newborn Evacuees


The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:

Dallas has welcomed hundreds of Harvey evacuees so far, and the city is preparing for many more. The City Council today approved using $8 million in emergency funds to cover Harvey relief efforts, and Texas will reimburse the city. 

The money will mostly be used toward operating the city's four shelters, including the one at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center downtown. More than 850 evacuees were staying in the shelters as of earlier today. 

Other stories this evening:

  • Some of the very first evacuees from Harvey were newborns in intensive care. They were flown out of a Corpus Christi hospital last weekend before the storm hit. The newborns are now in Fort Worth at Cook Children’s Medical Center. KERA’s Stella Chavez reports on the journey of one baby and her mother.
  • In less than a decade, the youth sports industry has grown by more than 50 percent. And what was once the domain of the YMCA and little league has now been professionalized with children as young as four participating in a national ranking system. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with sportswriter Sean Gregory about how kids' sports turned into a $15 billion industry. 
  • Buying paletas is a sweet summertime Mexican tradition. These fresh fruit, frozen treats can be found underneath the dry ice inside a classic street cart or in a colorful, modern popscicle shop. KERA intern Dani Matias visits both. 

 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.