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Top Stories: Teen Homelessness Rises In Texas; Adding Partisanship To Your Portfolio

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

More than 113,000 Texas students were homeless during the 2014-15 school year. That’s a 12 percent increase from the year before, according to a new report out Wednesday on youth homelessness. The report by Texas Appleseed and Texas Network of Youth Services also finds that homeless students are more likely to repeat a grade, or drop out of school.

Other stories this evening

  • Texas State University in San Marcos has suspended all fraternity and sorority chapter activities following the death of a fraternity pledge after an initiation ritual. A 20-year-old sophomore from Humble attended a party that Phi Kappa Psi fraternity members hosted Sunday night at the apartment. Katherine Mangan is a senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education and talked with David Brown, host of the Texas Standard.

  • Last week, President Trump said he takes President Vladamir Putin at his word that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 presidential election. That's despite evidence presented by multiple U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia did engage in tactics designed to undermine U.S. confidence in the democratic process. Juan Zarate served as deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism under President George W. Bush. Today on Think, he talked with Krys Boyd about how he says Russia hacked the election.

  • In a world where everything seems to be increasingly partisan, people can now invest in only the companies that invest in Republican politicians. KERA’s Christopher Connelly reports on a Fort Worth investment firm that’ll help you put partisanship into your portfolio.

  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.