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Top Stories: Catching Up With Bonham ISD's Flu Day; Dallas' Homeless Sleep Count


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

School kids in Bonham, an hour northeast of Plano, are getting a week off school starting Wednesday. The reason? The flu.

So many students and staffers at the district’s six schools are sick that officials consulted with health leaders and decided to shut down to let everyone recover. KERA checked in with some kids on their first day off. 

Other stories the evening:

  • Tacos have become one of the most popular foods in America. Steven Alvarez is a professor who studies how tacos and other Mexican foods made their way to the U.S. Today on Think, he talked with Krys Boyd about the origins of the tortilla.

  • The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance is putting on its annual homeless “point-in-time” count on Jan. 25. This year, the group is deploying a high-tech system in all of its coverage areas so that it can get a more accurate tally of people experiencing unsheltered homeless, and do so in real-time. As KERA’s Stephanie Kuo reports, that means the homeless alliance doesn’t have to wait for official results months later to get working on homeless solutions.

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.