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Top Stories: Former Cop Sentenced To Prison; Texas' Impact On Mexico's Election

Friends and family of 16-year-old Jose Cruz gathered for his funeral in Dallas in March of 2016.

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A jury sentenced a former Farmers Branch police officer to 10 years in prison for the shooting death of a 16-year-old who had burglarized his SUV. Former officer Ken Johnson received the sentence Tuesday from the same Dallas County jury that found him guilty of murder and aggravated assault last month.

Other stories this evening:

  • While many Americans will be focused on this fall's midterm elections, Mexican nationals living in Texas are keeping an eye on Mexico's presidential election in July. And Mexicans living in North Texas, and across the state, could play a big role in the outcome, according to Dallas Morning News border correspondent Alfredo Corchado. He spoke with Texas Standard guest host Laura Rice about the tight presidential race. 

  • Many American news outlets have framed China's emergence as a global and economic leader as happening overnight. It's what journalist Scott Tong calls the "Instant China" narrative. Today on Think, he talked with Krys Boyd about learning more about the country's complex history from his own relatives.

  • A 2010 Washington University study says kids with college savings accounts are much more likely to go to college than kids without them. KERA’s Courtney Collins spoke with Woody Widrow with the RAISE Texas organization about what families on a tight budget can do to carve out room to save.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 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.