Top Stories: One Dead After Southwest Emergency Landing; 50 Years After The Fair Housing Act

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

One person was killed after a plane bound for Dallas experienced engine failure and had to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 had left New York’s LaGuardia Airport this morning and was on its way to Dallas Love Field.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the flight crew reported damage to one of the plane’s engines, as well as the fuselage and at least one window. Seven others were treated for minor injuries. The Dallas-based airline says there were 143 passengers and five crew members on board.

Southwest Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly expressed condolences in a video posted online Tuesday afternoon. He said the company has launched an emergency response program, and will continue to post regular updates with additional information on all company channels.

“This is a sad day, and on behalf of the entire Southwest family, I want to express my deepest sympathies to the family and loved one of our deceased customer,” Kelly said. “They are our immediate and primary concern, and we will do all we can to support them during this difficult time and the difficult days ahead.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Other stories this evening:

Texas used to resettle more refugees than most states in the country. But now that number is at a record low – just as it is across the United States. As Ashley Lopez with KUT in Austin reports, the decline in resettlements comes despite a global refugee crisis. Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law. It was designed to protect people from discrimination as they try to secure a home loan, buy a house or rent. Peniel Joseph with the School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin says the results have been a mixed bag. He talked with David Brown, host of Texas Standard.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:23 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.

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