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Top Stories: Congressman Jeb Hensarling Is Retiring; A Ghost Town Named Shafter

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Dallas Congressman Jeb Hensarling speaking at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md.

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Dallas Congressman Jeb Hensarling has become the latest Republican House member to announce his retirement. Hensarling, who chairs the powerful Financial Services Committee, tells fellow Republicans in an email Tuesday that as his term as chairman comes to an end, it's the right time to leave Congress and spend more time with his teenage kids.

Other stories this evening

  • On Tuesdays, KERA's One Crisis Away project looks at life on the financial edge. Low income schools have a tough time paying for field trips, and parents often don't have room in the budget for after-school activities. As Courtney Collins explains, that's why the Dallas Arboretum is bringing the great outdoors inside some local schools.

  • Leading up to Halloween, we’ve been visiting ghost towns across Texas. Tonight, we head southwest to a place tucked into the Chinati Mountains. Drive south of Marfa, and you'll see a sign that says "Shafter Ghost Town." Shafter used to be a mining town, now adobe ruins sit on what was once called "the richest acre in Texas." Marfa Public Radio's Elizabeth Trovall reports

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.