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Top Stories: Protestors Want DACA Renewal Extension; Preparing For Natural Disasters

Ed Mayberry
Houston Public Media
Protesters outside the Houston office of Senator John Cornyn of Texas, on this last day for thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA recipients to renew their status.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

About 100 protesters demonstrated outside the office of Texas Senator John Cornyn in Houston on Thursday. Organizers from United We Dream Houston want an extension to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Trump administration's deadline for DACA renewal applications was yesterday.

Other stories this morning:

  • The Texas Attorney General is already awaiting trial on securities fraud charges. Now comes word the Kaufman County District Attorney is investigating Ken Paxton for bribery. At issue is a $100,000 donation to Paxton's legal defense fund from an executive who recently settled a Medicare fraud suit with the state.

  • Kevin Simmons is a professor at Austin College in Sherman, and after the wave of recent hurricanes, he sat down for a Friday Conversation with KERA's Rick Holter. They talked about what cities, states and nations can do to prepare for a disaster like Harvey.

 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.