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Top Stories: This North Texas Saxophonist Plays With Icons; Raising Goats In The Suburbs

The top local stories this evening from KERA News: The South Texas church where more than two dozen people were killed by a gunman during Sunday services will be demolished.

Pastor Frank Pomeroy says it would be too painful to continue using First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs as a place of worship, the Associated Press reports.

Other stories this evening:

  • Many North Texans have taken up backyard farming -- and raising chickens -- because they want fresh, home-grown food. As KERA's Therese Powell reports, one Flower Mound couple gave up corporate jobs to pursue their dream: really good cheese.


  • Saxophonist Brad Leali has toured the world playing music alongside Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, and Lyle Lovett. But when he’s not touring with icons, he calls North Texas home. In this week’s Art&Seek Artist Spotlight, Hady Mawajdeh learns how working with students inspires Leali’s playing.

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

Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. He also oversees, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.