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Top Stories: ‘Cite And Release’ Begins Today For Dallas Residents; Cowboys End Losing Streak


The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Dallas launches a new policy on marijuana possession today.

Under the cite and release program, Dallas County residents caught inside the city with less than four ounces of marijuana won't automatically go to jail.

Cite and release is only for Dallas County residents with a valid state ID or driver's license who have no other convictions or outstanding warrants. The marijuana offense also can’t take place in drug-free zones, like schools. Houston, San Antonio and Austin have similar cite-and-release programs.

Other stories this morning:

  • The Dallas School District will likely close or consolidate four schools it had hoped to convert to charters.
  • The new CEO tapped to wind down Dallas County Schools has made a career of fixing financial messes.
  • The Dallas Cowboys snapped out of their three-game losing streak last night against the Washington Redskins, 38-14.

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

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.