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Convicted sex offender allowed to remain in Arlington mayoral race


March 5, 2021

Arlington officials say a convicted sex offender can remain on the ballot for mayor after another candidates filed a complaint. Jerry Warden filed for the Arlington mayoral race on Feb. 11, joining seven other residents seeking to become the city’s 27th mayor. Mayor Jeff Williams is serving his third and final term, and is not eligible to run again for the position …

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DeSoto ISD will continue its mask policy for staff and students


March 5, 2021

DeSoto ISD said this week that it will continue to encourage its students and staff to wear face masks beyond Wednesday, when the statewide mask mandate will end. Gov. Greg Abbott said this week that it was time to relax COVID-19 restrictions and allow Texas businesses to open at 100% capacity. But individual school boards can decide whether students are …

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Gov. Abbott blames immigrants for spreading COVID in rhetoric that advocates dismiss as xenophobic


March 5, 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott continued blasting President Joe Biden on Thursday, accusing the administration of “recklessly releasing hundreds” of COVID-positive undocumented immigrants into the country, after Biden condemned Abbott’s decision to reopen Texas as “Neanderthal.” Facing criticism for ending Texas’ mask mandate, Abbott took to Twitter, talk radio and cable news to blame immigrants for the spread of COVID-19 in the …

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Dallas opens new mass COVID-19 vaccination site at The Potter’s House church


March 5, 2021

Dallas opened its second mass COVID-19 vaccination site in the southern part of the city Thursday, part of a plan to phase out use of the downtown convention center for administering shots. Nearly 1,150 people received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine in a drive-through line in the parking lot of The Potter’s House church on West Kiest Boulevard, …

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Garland woman has been missing nearly a month, police say


March 5, 2021

Garland police are asking for the public’s help finding a woman who has been missing for nearly a month. Joe Anna Terry, 49, was last heard from Feb. 9, police said. Her location at that time is not known. Terry is described as a Black woman who is 5-5 and about 155 pounds with a medium build, with black hair …

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South Texas man arrested in pair of cold-case sexual assaults in Fort Worth


March 5, 2021

A South Texas man is in custody in connection with two cold-case sexual assaults in Fort Worth, and authorities say he may be linked to additional crimes. Pedro Samarrippas, 48, of San Juan was booked into the Tarrant County jail Monday on one count of aggravated sexual assault and one count of sexual assault. Cold-case detectives were able to link …

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Dallas police officer who faces 2 capital murder charges ordered pair of hits in 2017, authorities allege


March 5, 2021

A Dallas police officer was arrested Thursday on two counts of capital murder after authorities say he ordered the killings of two people in 2017: a 30-year-old woman whose body was recovered in the Trinity River and a 60-year-old man whose remains were never found. Bryan Riser(Dallas County Sheriff’s Department) Officer Bryan Riser, 36, was booked into the Dallas County …

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Pair indicted in fatal shooting of man, woman at Far East Dallas motel


March 5, 2021

A 29-year-old Dallas man indicted last week on a count of capital murder is the second person to be charged in a double slaying at a Far East Dallas motel in December. A Dallas County grand jury handed up the indictment last week against Andre Munoz in connection with the shooting deaths of Miqueas Rangel, 34, and Roxanne Rodriguez, 27, …

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What you need to know about coronavirus


March 5, 2021

Health authorities are closely watching an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus known as COVID-19. Here are the answers to key questions about the outbreak: What is the virus? Scientists have identified the virus as a novel, or new, coronavirus. The name comes from the Latin word for crowns or halos, which coronaviruses resemble under …

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