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Top Stories: A Growing Candidate Pool For Joe Barton’s Congressional Seat

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Ron Wright (left) worked with Rep. Joe Barton (right) from 2000 to 2011. Wright resigned as Tarrant County's Tax Assessor-Collector to run.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Joe Barton’s former chief of staff has filed paperwork to run for his congressional seat.

Ron Wright has been the Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector since 2011; he resigned last week. He worked in Barton's office from 2000 to 2011. Wright previously served as an Arlington City Council member and mayor pro-tem.

Five other candidates are vying to replace Barton. The Ennis Republican last week announced he would no longer seek re-election after a nude photo of him went viral and inappropriate messages he sent to a Tea Party activist became public.

Other stories this morning:

  • Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has filed paperwork for re-election.
  • Dallas ISD will run its own bus system when Dallas County Schools shutters.
  • Can turmeric and garlic supplements really make a difference in your health? This edition of Vital Signs covers certain spices touted for health benefits.
  • Funeral arrangements are pending for Dallas entrepreneur and philanthropist Al G. Hill Jr. He was the oldest grandson of Texas oilman H.L. Hunt. Hill died in his sleep at his Highland Park home Saturday night. He was 72.

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.