Local News From Red River Radio

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Kate Archer Kent brings you up to date each weekday morning with local news and feature stories from across our listening area. Tune in for her reports at 6:06 a.m.,  7:06 a.m., and 8:06 a.m. during Morning Edition. Her stories can also be heard on line in our Red River Radio Archive.

Courtesy: KUT.org

Texas lawmakers met Monday at the Capitol to consider changes to Child Protective Services which is a top priority this legislative session. A federal judge ruled the state agency violates children’s  constitutional rights.  A  new bill, HB 1549, is aimed at improving prevention and early intervention for vulnerable children.  It would call on the agency to implement a  new evidence-based program that would determine the frequency of in-home visits with families based on their history of abuse or other risk factors.

Credit Arlene Honza / City of Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau

THEY'RE EARLY! - Thanks to a milder winter,  the famous Texas Bluebonnets have made an early appearance along Texas highways and interstates.   The popular state flower seems to be everywhere and motorists are encouraged to exercise caution when stopping along busy roadways to take in the views.  Also with warmer weather means snakes and fire ants will be showing up too so people are urged to keep an eye out for those too.

Courtesy: La. State Gov.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM-Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the nation.  But according to Governor John Bel Edwards,  the state’s prison population could be reduced 13 percent if the state legislature enacts reforms approved by the Justice Reinvestment Task Force.  In Baton Rouge yesterday, the task force presented their recommendations. Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc said this was the most comprehensive study of Louisiana’s criminal justice system in the history of the state.

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