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Top Stories: Mansfield Teacher Returns To Classroom; New Arts Gallery In Dallas

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Stacey Bailey, left, in a file photo from May. Bailey sued Mansfield Independent School District alleging that it discriminated against her based on her sexual orientation.

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A North Texas teacher, suspended last fall for talking about her wife to students, will be back in the classroom next week, just not the one she was teaching in a year ago.

Stacy Bailey, an art teacher in the Mansfield Independent School District, will start next week at Lake Ridge High School.

She'd been on paid leave from Charlotte Anderson Elementary School since last fall, after a parent complained she was talking about her sexual orientation to students.

The district told The Dallas Morning News it had investigated Bailey but did not give any details.

Bailey filed a federal lawsuit in May accusing the district, superintendent and associate superintendent of violating her rights under federal and state equal protection laws.

Other stories this evening:

  • Some Democrats running for statewide office across Texas are gaining national attention and even out-fundraising their opponents. But a few Republican incumbents may be hard to upset. Brandon Rottinghaus is a political science professor at the University of Houston. He talked with Joy Diaz of the Texas Standard about a few key November matchups. One of them is in North Texas, where Democrat Colin Allred is challenging Congressman Pete Sessions.

  • It takes thousands of years for a plant to evolve. Now scientists are looking to speed up that process, by using gene-editing technology to change the way we grow food. Today on Think, science writer Stephen Hall talked with Krys Boyd about how researchers are trying to re-engineer the tomato.

  • The Dallas Indian Arts Collective will open the city's newest art gallery and performance venue next weekend. It's called Center Stage and it's in the Design District. In this week's State of the Arts, the founders of Center Stage tell KERA's Anne Bothwell the center will highlight art from South Asia.

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

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