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Top Stories: Wildfires Continue With Dry Conditions; The Benefits Of Cauliflower


The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Firefighters to the west of North Texas are battling two wildfires. The Texas A&M Forest Service reports fire crews have a 140-acre wildfire 75 percent contained in Jack County, about 60 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

Meanwhile, firefighters in Eastland County have a large grassfire nearly all taken care of, the 300-acre fire is about 85 percent contained. Eastbound lanes of I-20 were briefly shut down last Friday due to smoke reducing visibility on the roads.

The National Weather Service warns that there is an elevated fire risk today due to low relative humidity, breezy south winds, and hot conditions. Forecasters say a cold front could bring rain to the region midweek.

Other stories this morning:

  • Texas’ largest health insurer is rolling out stricter review policies on Monday for half a million customers. The new policy says if Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO members use out-of-network emergency rooms for something not serious or non-life-threatening they won’t pay.

  • University of Texas System regents have chosen the sole finalist to be the next chancellor. During a meeting on Saturday in Austin, regents voted for James B. Milliken to lead the 14-campus system.

  • Dietitian Maggy Boyd of Parkland Hospital System talked with KERA’s Sam Baker about what’s so appealing about cauliflower.

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.