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Top Stories: Since 2015, Texas Removed More Confederate Symbols Than Any Other State

Rick Holter/KERA News
The statue of Robert E. Lee was removed in 2017 from what is now named Oak Lawn Park in Dallas.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

A new study from the Southern Poverty Law Center says Texas has removed 31 Confederate symbols over the last three years — more than any other state in the nation.

The civil rights group began tracking these markers in 2015, after a white supremacist shot and killed nine African-American parishioners at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina. Since that massacre, 110 Confederate symbols have been removed across the country — from monuments to name changes for schools.

Most of the removals or changes have been in the state's major cities, like Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. (One notable exception: Denton County commissioners voted last winter to keep the Confederate monument on the square in downtown Denton. While Texas has removed the most Confederate markers since 2015, it still has more than 200 remaining – second only to Virginia.

Other stories this morning:

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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.