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Top Stories: Vice President Mike Pence In Texas; New Stroke Guidelines

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was in Texas over the weekend.

His trip included a stop in Hidalgo for a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border just days after Republican Senate leaders were unsuccessful in passing immigration reforms.

At a Dallas County Republican Party fundraiser Saturday, Pence promoted recent administration efforts, including passing a major tax overhaul and heightened immigration enforcement.

He also asked the audience to pray for victims of the Florida school shooting. Pence's speech did not outline a plan to address mass shootings or gun violence.

Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was also in Texas this weekend, fundraising in Houston. She’s scheduled today to join Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro in San Antonio to discuss the new tax law.

Other stories this morning:

  • The Plano City Council yesterday voted to publicly censure one of its colleagues who shared an anti-Islam post on social media. Despite calls to resign, Tom Harrison says he won’t step down.
  • Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick got overwhelming support from likely Republican primary voters in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. No Democratic candidate got a majority of support from likely Democratic primary voters.
  • A new study has found more stroke victims may be saved from disability or death if doctors can remove blood clots that block circulation to the brain – and there’s more time to perform the treatment.

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.