Top Stories: Jared Kusher To Visit North Texas; District Six Republican Congressional Race

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

White House advisor Jared Kushner will visit North Texas on Friday to promote prison reform. The president’s son-in-law will tour the Seagoville Federal Correctional Institution, along with Senator John Cornyn. The Houston Chronicle reports the pair will also be briefed on the prison’s community re-entry and drug treatment program.

Cornyn is one of the chief sponsors of new prison reform legislation aimed at reducing recidivism and rehabilitating low-risk offenders.

Other stories this evening:

When longtime Congressman Joe Barton announced his retirement in the middle of a sexual scandal, 11 Republicans campaigned to replace him. Now, the race is down to two: Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector Ron Wright was the top vote-getter with 45 percent of the vote. Jake Ellzey, a pilot, got 22 percent. As KERA’s Christopher Connelly reports, in this primary runoff election, one thing up for debate? The value of political experience.
The Dallas Symphony’s Soluna Festival has distinguished itself in recent years with collaborations between music and other arts. Saturday night, the festival hosts an evening of bold mash-ups, like hip-hop star Nas teaming with members of the DSO. Further down the bill, Art & Seek’s Jerome Weeks finds another pairing with some real potential.

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