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Top Stories: Houston Immigrants After Harvey; Starting FEMA Insurance Process

Stella Chavez

The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:

Reports that President Trump will wind down the program that protects so-called "DREAMers" rocketed through Houston's immigrant community Monday. Houston bills itself the most diverse big city in America. A quarter of its residents were born outside the U.S. and a third of those residents are undocumented.

And as KERA's Stella Chavez discovered in a shelter there, federal rules make that a huge challenge after a disaster like Hurricane Harvey.

Other stories this evening:

  • Homeowners who’ve been navigating the floods in Houston and the Gulf coast now face another daunting task: Navigating FEMA and insurance. KERA’s Christopher Connelly checks in with one family just starting the process.
  • Here in North Texas, more than 3,000 evacuees are in shelters across the area. Sleeping on cots and rotating the same clothes every few days can be a grind. KERA’s Courtney Collins stopped by one of the smaller Dallas shelters a few days before it closed to get an up close look at the volunteers trying to bring fun to life in a shelter.

 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.