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Top Stories: A Look At Where 'Bump Stocks' Are Made; Inside The Mind Of Author Dan Brown


The top local stories this evening from KERA News: 

The tiny town of Moran, Texas, is in the national spotlight. Moran, a couple of hours west of Fort Worth, is where the "bump stock" device is made. Bump stocks allow semi-automatic rifles to perform more like fully automatic weapons.

During the Las Vegas mass shooting, the gunman apparently used a bump stock, but it's not known whether he used one made in Moran. KERA's Christopher Connelly traveled to Moran to see if he could talk with Jeremiah Cottle, who runs Slide Fire Solutions, the company behind the bump stocks. 

Other stories this evening: 

  • Dan Brown is the creative mind behind "The Da Vinci Code," "Angels and Demons" and "Inferno." And now the fictional Harvard professor Robert Langdon is back in Brown's new thriller, "Origin." It's set in Spain where the action and mystery unfold around some of the world's strangest works of architecture. On Think, Brown talked with Krys Boyd about the ways his work explores the relationship between religion and science.

  • In Samantha Mabry's new novel, a young couple struggles to survive as itinerant farm workers in a post-apocalyptic world. In our State of the Arts conversation, the El Centro College English instructor sat down with Anne Bothwell, KERA's Vice President of Arts, to talk about writing fiction for young adults.   

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.