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Top Stories: Two Heat-Related Deaths In Dallas County; Future Of North Texas Transportation


The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Health officials are urging people to take precautions in the extreme heat after Dallas County recorded its first two heat-related deaths of the year.

Both people lived in Dallas, one was 70 years old and the other was 63. There have been 21 triple-digit temperature days in 2018 so far.

“Dallas County residents need to be aware of the severity resulting from heat-related illness during high temperatures,” said Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, DCHHS interim director.

“Adults and children need to take measures against heat stress when outdoors. Whether you are working or have a recreational activity, being outdoors for even a short amount of time can cause serious illness.”

Other stories this morning:

  • Two Fort Worth police officers have been put on administrative desk duty while authorities investigate last week's death of a man handcuffed in the back of their squad car.

  • A long-term transportation roadmap for North Texas says the future here belongs to cars. KERA's Rick Holter caught up with North Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris in his Arlington office.

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.