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Top Stories: Dallas County Gets An Interim Sheriff; Storm Evacuee Reboots In Fort Worth

Bill Zeeble
Newly appointed interim Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown (second from right).

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Marian Brown was named Dallas County's acting sheriff on Tuesday. The department's chief deputy, a Dallas native, takes over for Sheriff Lupe Valdez at the end of the month. Valdez is stepping down to run for Texas governor. As KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports, Brown’s also running for Valdez’s old job.

Other top stories this evening:

  • The Fort Worth Police Department announced it had fired a white police sergeant Monday night for using excessive force against a black woman who’d called for help after a domestic disturbance several months back. KERA’s Christopher Connelly says the department took the unusual step of releasing video of the incident.
  • Close to 4,000 people made their way to North Texas Red Cross shelters to escape Hurricane Harvey and the catastrophic flooding that came with it. The storm claimed lives, homes and people's sense of security. Courtney Collins has the story of a man who left Port Arthur for good to start over in Fort Worth; with hopes of restarting his career too.

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.