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Top Stories: Pence Speaks In Dallas; Mexican-American Studies Gets Renamed


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Vice President Mike Pence gave a campaign-style speech to the closing session of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting on Wednesday in Dallas, winning several standing ovations even as his appearance drew criticism from some evangelicals.

The Southern Baptists are the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. Pence made it clear that President Trump views them as a vital part of the conservative base heading into the midterm elections.

Other stories this evening:

  • A Mexican-American studies course for the state’s public schools will be called “Ethnic Studies: Mexican-American Studies.” The name is the result of a compromise among members of the board. Some members took issue with the first name: “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent,” saying it intentionally deprived Mexican-American students of their ethnic identity.

  • It’s being called the most popular state political convention in the United States. Today, Republican delegates from all over Texas gather in San Antonio for the state's Republican Party Convention. Texas Public Radio's Ryan Poppe explains what we can expect.

  • One of the state's most beloved beach getaway destinations, Port Aransas, took what amounts to a direct hit from Hurricane Harvey in August. Back then, Texas Public Radio's Joey Palacios went to Port Aransas to survey the destruction and hear what residents were dealing with. Today, he takes us back to Port A, to see what's changed in the nine months since Harvey's landfall.

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.