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Top Stories: Trump Visits Dallas For Fundraiser; Hispanic Caucus Sues Over 2020 Census


The top local stories this evening from KERA News: 

President Donald Trump was in downtown Dallas on Thursday for a political fundraiser. Trump headlined a dinner at the Adolphus hotel to benefit the National Republican Party and his 2020 re-election effort.

The president was in Houston earlier in the afternoon, he began today's Texas trip by meeting privately with families of some of the 10 people killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School earlier this month.

Other stories this evening:

  • Some Texas lawmakers want to block the Trump administration from including a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census. The Mexican American Legislative Caucus and the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus are among the groups that filed a lawsuit today. They argue asking about citizenship will lead to an undercount of the state’s immigrants. They say an undercount could jeopardize billions of dollars in federal funding and the state’s number of representatives in Congress, which are tied to population size.

  • From water bottles to grocery bags to packaging material, we use a lot of plastic in our everyday lives. And an estimated 18 billion pounds of this plastic end ups in our oceans each year. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with environmental engineer Jenna Jambeck about what happens to this material once it hits our seas. 

  • Lovers Lane United Methodist Church is an entire complex of chapels, offices and ministries. It offers everything from traditional services to contemporary Christian music, even a jazz band. In this week's Art & Seek Spotlight, Jerome Weeks reports there are also two choirs made entirely of African immigrants, one just of people from Zimbabwe.

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.