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Top Stories: Former Fort Worth Lawmaker Dies; Liquid Water Detected On Mars

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Italian astrophysicist Roberto Orosei meets the media during a press conference at the Italian Space Agency headquarters, in Rome in July.

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Former Fort Worth state Representative Bill Carter died this week. He was 89.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Carter served in the Texas House of Representatives for nearly two decades before retiring in 2003.

The West Texas native helped pass the state's concealed handgun law in 1995. His other legislative work included helping to modernize the 911 emergency call network in Texas, and helping pass a law requiring seat belts.

Other stories this evening:

  • Bullet trains, self-driving cars, and the Hyperloop... the future of transportation is on its way to North Texas. Last month, the Regional Transportation Council announced it would study the possibility of a hyperloop to connect Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington. A hyperloop is designed to allow passenger pods to travel through a low-pressure tube at speeds up to 700 miles per hour. Michael Morris, director of transportation for the North Texas Council of Governments, talked with Rick Holter about plans to eventually connect Fort Worth to Laredo.

  • Scientists have known ice exists on Mars for some time now. But a group of Italian researchers released a stunning new development last week -- the Red Planet may have a lake sitting underneath a shell of ice. Steve Clifford is a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, and today on Think, he talked with Krys Boyd about why liquid water on Mars is a big deal.

  • Maybe it's in a dusty box in a closet or your parent's attic, but most of us still have a piece or two of artwork we made in grade school. When’s the last time you looked at it? Some Dallas artists are challenging each other to do just that for a show called “Everyone Was A Kid.” In this week's State of the Arts, Art&Seek's Anne Bothwell talked with two of the organizers, Corey Johnson and Rachel Muldez, about what we can learn from the magic marker masterpieces of childhood.

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