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Top Stories: Vigil For Dallas Police Officer Killed Saturday; Saharan Dust Sweeps Texas


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A candlelight vigil will be held Monday night for 55-year-old Senior Corporal Earl Givens, a Dallas officer killed early Saturday morning by a man accused of drunk driving.

He's the sixth Dallas police officer killed in the line of duty in the past two years.

The Dallas Morning News reports Givens was blocking an I-20 ramp on his motorcycle, when an SUV crashed into him, and the wall dividing the highway.

He was taken to Baylor University Medical Center and declared dead on arrival.

The 32-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department was accompanying the funeral escort of another Dallas officer, Tyrone Andrews, who had died of terminal cancer. The driver has been charged with intoxication manslaughter causing the death of a peace officer.

The vigil takes place at 7:30 p.m. at 334 S. Hall Street.

Other stories this evening:

  • Another wave of dust is headed for Dallas this week. It's the latest in a series of massive dust clouds this summer. They're traveling from Africa across the ocean and covering Texas in a haze. So, what exactly is this dust? To answer that, KUT’s Mose Buchele says you have to go back around five thousand years in North Africa.

  • Many of us are comfortable sharing the details of our lives on social media, from what we had for breakfast to where we go on vacation. Today on Think Vanderbilt University professor Sarah Igo talked with Krys Boyd about whether Americans still value privacy.

  • Tomorrow marks 45 years since tragedy struck Dallas’ neighborhood of Little Mexico. On July 24th, 1973, a Dallas police officer shot and killed a twelve-year old Mexican-American boy while he sat handcuffed inside a patrol car, near Pike Park. KERA’s Stella Chavez reports that a public art project and new documentary are remembering Santos Rodriguez's life, and the impact of his death.

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