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Top Stories: Texas Bullet Train Planning On Track; Winter Weather History In North Texas


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Federal officials have identified the proposed route of a high-speed train between Dallas and Houston. In Dallas, a future train station could be located downtown near the Trinity River floodplain. 

The next step? Federal officials want to hear from the public all along the train's proposed path. As Houston Public Media's Gail Delaughter reports, a lot of people say they’re anxious to make their voices heard. 

Other top stories this evening:  

  • In North Texas, a typical Christmas Day is dry and mild. But as National Weather Service records show, sometimes the biggest surprise on December 25 can be the weather. KERA's Molly Evans joins Eric Aasen for a history lesson on holiday weather, white Christmases, tornadoes and more.

  • The staffer who spent the most time with President Obama in the White House was arguably his official photographer, Pete Souza, who tagged along with the president from morning ‘til night. Today on Think, Souza talked with Krys Boyd about his biggest fear during those eight years: missing out on a crucial picture.

  • Before LEDs and Lasers shows, even before Edison hung a string of bulbs in his lab, we've used light to help us celebrate the winter season. Art&Seek intern Miguel Perez spoke to people who still mark the holidays by the flicker of candlelight.

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.