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200,000 students impacted by online STAAR glitch, a Texas lawmaker says


April 8, 2021

On the same day thousands of Texas students experienced technical difficulties taking their STAAR exams online, a lawmaker suggested the state’s push to administer all of the exams virtually could take longer than expected. About 200,000 Texas students were impacted by STAAR exam outages on Tuesday, Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Kingwood, told the House Public Education Committee. Students in districts across …

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Former Dallas police Officer Bryan Riser released from jail after judge says he can’t be held on capital murder charges


April 8, 2021

Former Dallas police Officer Bryan Riser was released from jail Wednesday after a judge ruled that he could not be held after his arrest last month on two counts of capital murder. Dallas County Criminal Court Judge Audrey Moorehead found that police did not have enough evidence to keep Riser jailed. She issued the ruling after listening to more than three …

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Missing 85-year-old man may be in need of assistance, Dallas police say


April 8, 2021

Dallas police are asking for the public’s help finding an 85-year-old man who went missing Wednesday morning. Plura Armstrong(Dallas Police Department) Plura Armstrong’s last known location was in the 1400 block of N. Beckley Avenue about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, police said. Police describe Armstrong as a 5-11 bald Black man with brown eyes and weighing 190 pounds. He was last …

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Hundreds at vigil mourn six Allen family members found dead in home on Monday


April 8, 2021

Hundreds gathered at Allen’s Celebration Park on Wednesday evening to mourn the deaths of an Allen family in an apparent murder-suicide over the weekend. Among those remembering the six Towhid family members were longtime friends, local police officers, City Council members and advocates for mental health reform and gun safety. Authorities believe the Towhids died on Saturday. Their boides were …

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100,000 kids are registered for the COVID vaccine in Dallas County. The shots haven’t been approved for them yet


April 7, 2021

One hundred thousand children are on Dallas County’s waitlist for the COVID-19 vaccine even though the shots haven’t been approved for them. Dallas County Health Director Dr. Philip Huang disclosed the number Tuesday in an interview with The Dallas Morning News. For months, local officials, led by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, have urged everyone, regardless of eligibility, to sign up for the …

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Parkland expands COVID vaccination access; Some seniors have a shot at getting them at home


April 7, 2021

Vaccination efforts in southern Dallas County are set to dramatically increase this week with two different strategies. Parkland Health & Hospital System announced Tuesday it would begin vaccinating anyone over 16 at its Ellis Davis Field House site near Interstates 20 and 35E. Meanwhile, Dallas County’s health department, working with the Cedar Hill Fire Department, is ramping up at-home vaccinations in …

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Homicide detectives questioned fired Dallas officer Bryan Riser about other slayings in 2017, new records show


April 7, 2021

Former Dallas police officer Bryan Riser lied about a tipster in a double-homicide case and in 2017 was interviewed by a detective regarding a woman he is charged separately with killing, according to new records released Tuesday by the Dallas Police Department. Riser was arrested on capital murder charges and fired last month in the 2017 slayings of Albert Douglas …

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Dallas police find 21-year-old man shot dead in vehicle in Pleasant Grove


April 7, 2021

Dallas police are investigating after a man was found fatally shot Tuesday afternoon. Police were called to perform a welfare check about 4:40 p.m. in the 10400 block of Checota Drive, near North Masters Drive in Pleasant Grove, and found 21-year-old Mateo Hernandez unresponsive in the driver’s seat of a vehicle. Hernandez had been shot once in the chest and …

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