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Sunshine returns Saturday


January 18, 2020

Occasional showers along with areas of fog will continue through tonight. No severe weather is expected, but a few rumbles of thunder will be possible. A cold front will move across the area early Saturday morning, bringing in drier air and breezy north winds. The weekend will be chilly, but there will be plenty of sunshine. Latest Forecast TONIGHT: Areas …

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Tarrant County lawmaker tapped to be Texas House’s chief budget writer


January 18, 2020

AUSTIN — Scandal-plagued Speaker Dennis Bonnen on Friday chose Tarrant County GOP Rep. Giovanni Capriglione as the House’s top budget writer. With top state offices dominated by Houston Republicans, business and education leaders from North Texas were expected to cheer Bonnen’s selection of Capriglione as chairman of the influential House Appropriations Committee. That’s true even though the four-term Southlake lawmaker …

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Federal appeals court rejects claim of anti-white bias in Dallas County district map


January 18, 2020

A federal appeals court has found that a lower court made the right decision in tossing a lawsuit that accused Dallas County commissioners of discriminating against white voters. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals said in its opinion, affirming the lower court ruling, that the four white voters who brought the lawsuit failed to provide evidence that the county’s 2011 …

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Choirs unite in song to bring North Texas and the borderlands closer together


January 18, 2020

EL PASO — Jonathan Palant was attending a play in Dallas the evening after a mass shooter drove from North Texas to this bruised border community to commit a massacre. He sat there, grappling with a sinking feeling. Then he felt a familiar calling: Do something. This Martin Luther King weekend, Palant, an associate professor of music at the University …

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2 teens arrested after gunshots fired near Poteet High School, Mesquite police say


January 18, 2020

Mesquite police arrested two 17-year-old men in connection with reports of gunshots fired Tuesday night at Poteet High School, police said Friday. The gunshots were reported around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday in the 3300 block of Poteet Drive while fans were leaving a basketball game between Poteet and Lancaster High School, police said. Officers who were there determined that a fight broke out …

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Where did the money go? DeSoto ISD approves investigation into travel expenses, credit cards, contracts


January 18, 2020

Outside investigators will review at least four years of spending in the DeSoto school district as officials try to determine if any laws were broken and whether any misspent money can be recouped. The board on Thursday hired an accounting firm to conduct a forensic audit that will look into travel expenses, credit card use, vendor contracts, bond spending, irregular …

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Senate approves USMCA, as Texas Sens. Cornyn and Cruz back Trump’s revamped North American trade deal


January 17, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, ensuring that Texas’ trade-heavy economy can count on robust cross-border commerce in North America for years to come. The bipartisan 89-10 vote sets the stage for President Donald Trump to soon fulfill a major campaign promise by signing into law a revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement. …

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Teachers turn to Texas Supreme Court in latest attempt to battle Dallas’ merit-based pay system


January 17, 2020

A Dallas teachers group that says DISD’s merit-based evaluation system amounts to pay cuts for many has asked the Texas Supreme Court to force the state’s education commissioner to rehear the group’s grievance. The appeal, filed Thursday, is the latest move by the National Education Association-Dallas to fight portions of the Teacher Excellence Initiative, or TEI, which bases salary largely …

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Joe Biden tells Dallas donors that he’ll unite a fractured country


January 17, 2020

Joe Biden on Thursday said that he was the best choice to defeat President Donald Trump, bring together a divided nation and chase hate back into hiding. “I didn’t realize that hate never goes away,” Biden said at a fundraiser hosted by former Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and his wife, Micki. “It just hides. When it’s given oxygen, it comes …

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Dallas County sheriff’s deputy arrested after complaint alleges mistreatment of man in custody, authorities say


January 17, 2020

A Dallas County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Thursday after a complaint filed with the sheriff’s office raised concerns about mistreatment of a man in custody during a “prisoner transport,” authorities said. Austin Palmer, 33, was booked into the Dallas County Jail about 12:45 p.m. on charges of assault causing bodily injury and official oppression, both misdemeanors. He was released after …

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