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Top Stories: Former Board Member Sues Richardson ISD; Remembering William Jordan


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A former Richardson ISD school board member has sued the district. David Tyson Jr. alleges the district's at-large system violates the Voting Rights Act by denying “fair representation of African Americans and other non-white voters.”

The lawsuit claims that given the district's demographics, a person of color should be on the school board. Currently, the entire board is white. Richardson ISD officials released a statement saying it had not been served with a lawsuit, and that it does not comment publicly on pending litigation.

Other stories this evening:

  • William Jordan turned SMU’s Meadows Museum into one of the world’s great collections of Spanish art. He went on to build and influence collections elsewhere, from The Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth to the Prado in Spain. Jordan died this week at 77. KERA contributor Quin Mathews has this remembrance of a remarkable authority on art.  
  • The arts funding group TACA handed out its annual grants at an elegant cocktail party this week. But the 41 theaters, orchestras and dance troupes picking up their checks found them smaller this year. The total amount TACA gave away plunged more than 40 percent from last year. Wolford McCue is the president and executive director of TACA. McCue talked to KERA's Anne Bothwell about what happened, and one idea to fix it. 

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.