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Top Stories: Justice Department Says ATT Merger Hurts Competition; WFAA Anchor Sets Retirement Date

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

The Trump Justice Department says it proved that Dallas-based AT&T's mega-merger with Time Warner will hurt competition, and the judge who allowed the takeover was clearly wrong to conclude consumers wouldn't be harmed.

The government's argument came in its brief filed Monday with a federal appeals court. The Justice Department is challenging the decision by a lower court judge that opened the way for one of the biggest media deals ever: phone and pay-TV titan AT&T's $81 billion takeover of the Time Warner entertainment conglomerate.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon misunderstood the complexities of the booming pay-TV market and the nature of AT&T's competitors, the antitrust regulators asserted in their filing. But AT&T General Counsel David McAtee says in a statement that "Appeals aren't 'do-overs.'"

Other stories this morning:

  • WFAA-TV anchor John McCaa says he will retire in March after more than 42 years in the television news business. 

  • Texas Woman’s University recently got a nearly $400,000 grant that will allow it to work with rural librarians who face a lot of challenges in their communities, like high unemployment and big education gap. Twenty rural librarians will be tapped for this three-year effort, which will teach librarians how to work more closely with leaders and residents in their communities to create change.

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