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Top Stories: Austin City Limits Offers Refunds; Dallas One Of Worst Big Cities For Child Poverty

Scott Newton
KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits

The top local stories from KERA News: 

The Austin City Limits music festival is offering refunds to anyone uncomfortable with attending this weekend's event. That follows the mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas.

The festival packs Austin's downtown with about 75,000 people each day. Austin police say there will be a high presence of law enforcement at the festival.

Other stories this evening: 

  • The National Book Awards announces its next round of finalists Wednesday and Dallas author Samantha Mabry will find out if her novel "All the Wind In The World" makes the cut. Mabry's novel is one of 10 in the category for young adult literature.
  • New numbers from the Mayor's Task Force on Poverty shows a wide gulf in Dallas between the general poverty rate and the child poverty rate. Tim Bray runs the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas. He talked with KERA's Courtney Collins, as a part of our One Crisis Away project, about why so many North Texas families are struggling.

  • October has arrived -- it's getting just a little bit cooler -- and pumpkin patches are open for business across North Texas. Miguel Perez with Art&Seek visited a few of the patches to find out how they're fueling pumpkin fever

You can listen to North Texas Stories weekdays at 8:20 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM. 

Samantha Guzman is the coordinating editor of Arts Access, a partnership between The Dallas Morning News and KERA expanding arts coverage in the Dallas-Fort Worth area through the lens of equity and access.