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Top Stories: Migrant Children Arriving At Temporary Shelter in West Texas


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Nearly 100 migrant children have arrived at the Department of Health and Human Services temporary shelter in West Texas. Officials estimate there will be almost 300 kids at the shelter by the end of the day at the Tornillo port of entry, about 20 miles southeast of El Paso.

Roughly 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the border since the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” order went into effect in April, according to the Associated Press.

Other stories this evening:

  • Today, the State Board of Education approved the name for the first state-approved course on Mexican American history in Texas public schools. The course will be called “Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies.” The panel reached this compromise after facing criticism for initially naming the class, “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent,” at the urging of a single board member.

  • The NBA season ended last week with the Golden State Warriors claiming a second straight title, but there’s still one very important basketball game to be played. KERA’s Stephen Becker reports on how a late-night talk show host and a Senator from Texas will settle their beef on the court.

  • A new theater company in Dallas hopes to stand out by performing plays from the past. The Classics Theatre Project makes its debut next week presenting Chekhov’s "The Cherry Orchard." In our weekly State of the Arts conversation, KERA’s Anne Bothwell talks with the company’s artistic director, Joey Folsom,  about why classic plays still matter.

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.