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Top Stories: U.S. House Rejects Immigration Bill; The Tiny Radio Station In Denton


The top local stories this evening from KERA News: 

The U.S. House rejected a hard-line immigration bill Thursday afternoon -- despite support from Texas Republicans. The conservative measure was defeated 231-193.

The Texas Tribune reports 22 Texas Republicans backed the bill. But two Republicans – Congressmen Will Hurd of Helotes and Louie Gohmert of Tyler – voted against it, as did all the Democrats from Texas.

The rejected bill would have curbed legal immigration and bolstered border security but would not have granted a pathway to citizenship to so-called "Dreamers" who arrived in the country illegally as children. 

House members are expected to vote on a more moderate immigration bill tomorrow. 

Other stories this evening: 

  • For nine books spanning 20 years, David Sedaris has used his wit to tell tales of everything from growing up in a tight-knit Greek family to working as an elf at Macy's.  In his new book of essays, he offers a humorous take on middle age, mortality and what it means to truly enjoy life. OnThink, he talked with Krys Boyd about when he started keeping a diary.

  • There's a new sound in Denton. Actually, there's a whole lot of new sounds on the air in Denton - ever since last July when K-U-Z-U, 92.9 FM started up. KUZU's a community station, and it's tiny. As Jerome Weeks reports in this week's Art&Seek Artist Spotlight, it's also a labor of love.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM. 

Samantha Guzman is the coordinating editor of Arts Access, a partnership between The Dallas Morning News and KERA expanding arts coverage in the Dallas-Fort Worth area through the lens of equity and access.