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Top Stories: Denton To Keep Confederate Statue With Context; Moving Military Families

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A controversial Confederate statue is staying put in downtown Denton, but with added historical context. Denton County Commissioners approved a recommendation Tuesday morning that recommends the 100-year-old statue of a Confederate soldier be accompanied by a plaque denouncing slavery, as well as video kiosks to add context. 

Other stories this evening:  

  • The average military family moves every two to three years. Their household goods are supposed to follow them, but it doesn’t always pan out that way. As Carson Frame with Texas Public Radio reports, some military families say their possessions were lost, damaged, or stolen during moves – and that the military doesn't do much to help. 

  • One Crisis Away looks at life on the financial edge. Today, the 2018 forecast for low-income families, according to an Austin-based policy group. The left-leaning Center For Public Policy Priorities works on everything from health care to hunger. KERA’s Courtney Collins talks to Executive Director Ann Beeson about the most pressing issues she thinks Texans are up against.

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.