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Top Stories: Black Women And Reproductive Health; Spotlight On Artist Sherry Owens


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A new survey shows black adults in Texas and around the country have a lot of concerns about health care, including reproductive health. As KERA’s Stella Chavez reports, experts came together Thursday in Dallas to talk about the findings and their implications. 

Other top stories this evening:  

  • Growing up, Dallas artist Sherry Owens spent summers in Houston, surrounded by Crape Myrtle. She loved the shape and the flowers of Texas' favorite shrub. Now, decades later, the branches are the building blocks for her sculptures. In this week’s Art&Seek Artist Spotlight, reporter Hady Mawajdeh learns they've also become an obsession.
  • Democrats are celebrating this week's Senate victory of Doug Jones in Alabama as a possible turning point for the party in the South. And that win is due in part to the large number of black voters -- especially black women -- who voted for Jones. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with former Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile about the Democrats' strategy going forward. 

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays 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.