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Top Stories: Waco Biker Shootout Trial Starts; Changing Dallas Confederate School Names

Nine people were killed in the May 17 shootout at a Waco Twin Peaks restaurant.

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

The first trial of a biker involved in the deadly Waco Twin Peaks shootout is underway; opening statements started this afternoon in Waco. Jacob Carrizal is president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos motorcycle group. The Bandidos and their rivals — the Cossacks — fought in the restaurant's parking lot in May 2015. The deadliest biker shootout in U.S. history left nine bikers dead and 20 wounded. 

  Other stories this evening:

  • Almost 7,000 Texas inmates have donated over $53,000 to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Inmates can choose to donate money from their personal commissary funds, which are normally used to buy items like pens, paper and food. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says this is not the first time prisoners in the state have contributed to disaster relief efforts. 

  • American students have racked up more than a trillion dollars in loan debt. And the majority of these loans are managed by a handful of loan servicing companies who make more money when loans last longer. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with Fusion reporter Danny Rivero about  risky student lending practices.

  • There’s an ongoing debate in Dallas over what to do with Confederate monuments and symbols across the city. A similar debate is happening in the Dallas school district. A unanimous school board says four Dallas schools named for Confederate leaders must change their names. The board is expected to consider new names in February. One of those schools is Stonewall Jackson Elementary, and as KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports, a new name brings mixed emotions for parents and educators. 

 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.