Top Stories: The State Of North Texas Kids; Criminalizing People For Being Homeless
The top local stories this evening from KERA News:
One in five North Texas children lives in poverty, according to a report out Tuesday called "Beyond ABC," from Children’s Health. It examines the well-being of children in six North Texas counties. The report finds that in five of those counties, the rate of uninsured children is twice the national average.
Other stories this evening:
Six women have now come forward accusing former President George H.W. Bush of groping them. The newest allegation comes from Roslyn Corrigan who says Bush grabbed her buttocks as she posed for her photo with him in 2003 when she was 16. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with presidential historian Jeffrey Engel, author of a new book on Bush, about these accusations.
Several cities in Texas and across the country have laws in place that penalize sleeping, loitering and begging in public. Cities and police say these laws are necessary for public health and safety; others say they unfairly target the homeless. For them, sleeping and sitting on the streets is a part of life. As KERA's Stephanie Kuo reports, experts say these laws actually keep the homeless on the streets.
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