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Top Stories: Sewage Heads Toward White Rock Lake; Texas Military Bases To House Migrants


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A burst pipe has sent a million gallons of raw sewage into White Rock Creek, and the sewage is expected to make its way 12 miles downstream to White Rock Lake in Dallas.

A construction crew ruptured the pipe near Preston Road and President George Bush Turnpike near the border of Plano and Dallas. The pipe has been repaired and is back in service.

The city says drinking water is not affected; however, officials say there's the possibility of a fish kill and an unpleasant odor at the lake. All water recreation activities there have been suspended until further notice.

Other stories this evening:

  • The Department of Defense plans to start building tent encampments on two military bases in Texas. They will house migrant families that have been apprehended at the border. A U.S. official told NPR that camps would be located on Fort Bliss Army base in El Paso and on Goodfellow Air Force Base outside San Angelo. The Department of Homeland Security has asked to house up to 12,000 people. Sig Christenson is a military reporter for the San Antonio Express News. He says it’s unknown how the military bases are preparing to house migrant children. He talked with David Brown, host of public radio's Texas Standard.

  • Hormones control everything in our bodies from our metabolism to our sleep cycles. And yet, the role they play in our everyday lives is often greatly misunderstood. Today on Think, guest host Courtney Collins talked with Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein about how hormones work.

  • Denton is known for its world-class music scene – but the city is filled with all sorts of artists. In 2012, two of them decided to start a collective, hoping to build a more supportive and collaborative arts environment. In this week’s Spotlight, Art&Seek's Hady Mawajdeh infiltrates the group and learns they're catching a whole lot of artists in their web.

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