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Top Stories: Two Dallasites Killed In NYC Copter Crash; Seven Texas Teams Are Going Dancing

Bishop Lynch high school in Dallas where Trevor Cadigan and Brian McDaniel attended.

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A distant helicopter crash in New York last night hit close to home. Two young men from Dallas were among the five people who died when the chopper sank into New York’s East River. KERA’s Bill Zeeble looks back at the lives of Trevor Cadigan and Brian McDaniel.

Other stories this evening:

  • Austin's police chief says package bombs caused both explosions in Texas' capital city on Monday, making it three in 10 days. Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference that the latest bombing injured a 75-year-old Hispanic woman. 

  • The NCAA basketball tournament starts tomorrow, and this year, it’s good to be a Texan. Seven Lone Star schools are in the Big Dance — the most ever. Dallas hosts second and third-round games this weekend. Everyone dreams about getting to San Antonio by the end of the month for the Final Four.

  • The Dallas Opera is staging a work called "Sunken Garden." It's known as the "3D opera" because of its groundbreaking fusion of live singers with film and 3D projections. The innovative work debuted in London and now the US premiere is in Dallas. Art & Seek’s Jerome Weeks reports that "Sunken Garden" also blends two artists' fascinations.

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.