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Top Stories: Denton County To Consider Confederate Memorial Discussion

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A Confederate soldier statue on the courthouse square in Denton.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Denton County commissioners today will vote on whether to establish a committee to discuss and consider action on a Confederate soldier memorial.

Dedicated in 1918, the memorial sits outside the Denton County Courthouse. It's both a federal and state landmark, so the Texas Historical Commission would have to approve any changes.

Other stories this morning:

  • Violent crime rose nationwide between 2015 and last year. The FBI's latest report says during that time, violent crime increased in Fort Worth about three percent and nearly ten percent in Dallas.
  • The City of Dallas is seeking input from residents on a new cultural plan. It will function as a sort of policy guide for the Office of Cultural Affairs. The plan will dictate how the city moves forward with endeavors such as funding for arts organizations or adding public art to neighborhoods. Here’s how you can help.
  • A few years ago, a handful of dads in Cedar Hill wanted to help some schools and their students. Now, about 1,300 fathers in All Pro Dads serve every school in the district.
  • The Dallas Cowboys took a knee before the national anthem at last night's game against Arizona. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has repeatedly said the American flag should be respected, but he and Coach Jason Garrett took a knee with the rest of the team.

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 Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.