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Top Stories: Second Texas Inmate This Year Faces Execution

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

A man from Dallas facing a lethal injection Tuesday night is waiting to hear if the U.S. Supreme Court will block his execution.

William Rayford's on death row for killing his ex-girlfriend while already on parole for the death of his estranged wife.

His attorney claims racial prejudice tainted Rayford's sentencing trial and that he was wrongly denied federal funding to further investigate evidence that could have persuaded a jury to give him a lighter sentence.

If the Supreme Court doesn't step in, Rayford would become the nation's second inmate executed this year, both in Texas.

Other stories this morning:

  • The Fort Worth and Dallas police departments are taking steps to better address 911 calls related to mental health.
  • The Texas Education Agency has promised to reform special education, but lawyers and parents say the state has a long way to go to improve the way it serves special education students. 
  • The Dallas Museum of Art has received three works by European masters — all from Dallas collectors.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM. 

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.