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Top Stories: DACA Renewal Deadline Hits; Dallas' DocuFest Opens This Weekend


The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Today marks the deadline for beneficiaries of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, to submit renewal applications. Around 124,000 people in Texas now benefit from the deportation relief program. The deadline applies only to DACA recipients whose benefits expire before March 5, the date President Trump announced the program will end if Congress fails to work out a solution. 

Other stories this morning:

  • Governor Greg Abbott and Dallas Representative Eric Johnson will meet to discuss altering or removing Confederate statues and monuments on Capitol grounds. Johnson sent a letter to the State Preservation Board in August asking for the removal of Confederate icons from the State Capitol. In particular, Johnson wants the removal of a plaque outside his office he says is historically inaccurate. Erected in 1959, the plaque asserts the Civil War was "not a rebellion, nor was its underlying cause to sustain slavery." 
  • North Texas journalism pioneer Vivian Castleberry died Wednesday after battling breast cancer at the age of 95. Castleberry broke barriers during her decades-long career. She spent nearly three decades editing what were, at first, called the women's pages at the Dallas Times Herald

  • A film festival dedicated to documentaries opens tonight in Dallas. Our Big Screen team previews a pair of films playing at DocuFest that focus on the arts.

 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.