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Push is on in Texas House by GOP member to remove mask mandate, relax COVID restrictions


March 28, 2021

AUSTIN — Texas House GOP leaders have set a Monday hearing in a key committee on proposals to weaken the COVID-19 safety precautions the chamber approved in January, including a face-covering edict. The scramble is underway because top lieutenants to Republican Speaker Dade Phelan are trying to handle a tea party-style freshman’s push to eliminate not just the mask requirement …

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Street in front of Dallas police headquarters renamed Botham Jean Boulevard in emotional ceremony


March 28, 2021

Calling it a bittersweet moment, Botham Jean’s family on Saturday unveiled a new street sign bearing his name south of downtown Dallas in an emotional ceremony commemorating the man killed by an off-duty police officer in September 2018. The newly dubbed Botham Jean Boulevard encompasses about four miles of Lamar Street, where Botham, a 26-year-old accountant, lived and was killed …

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Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties reach 8,000 COVID-19 deaths


March 28, 2021

Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties reached a combined coronavirus death toll of 8,000 on Saturday, according to the latest data. In Dallas County, officials reported 16 more COVID-19 deaths and 312 new coronavirus cases. The latest victims included four Garland residents and six Dallas residents, including a man in his 80s who died at home, a man in his …

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Clearing and cooler Sunday


March 28, 2021

Saturday was sunny and warm, with the temperature reaching a high of 81 at DFW Airport. But a cold front will move through during the evening hours. It will be windy and cooler after the front arrives. The front will move also trigger scattered thunderstorms, with the best chances being east of Dallas-Fort Worth, between 6 and 10 pm. Storm …

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2 people killed, 3 others hospitalized after multiple-car crash in Frisco


March 28, 2021

Frisco police are investigating after a multiple-car crash Saturday left two people dead and hospitalized three others. Police said the crash happened at around 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 423 and Del Webb Boulevard, near Lewisville Lake. The accident involved a Lexus SUV, a Dodge sedan and an Infiniti sedan, police said. The driver and …

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Voting bills remain hot topic in Texas Senate committee


March 27, 2021

AUSTIN — A Texas Senate committee Friday took up several hotly contested voting bills as state Republicans continue their push to restrict voting and election procedures. The hearing came one day after a hearing for another highly debated voting bill came to an abrupt halt due to a parliamentary slip-up by Rep. Briscoe Cain in a Texas House committee. The …

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Texas GOP efforts to loosen gun restrictions at odds with Biden’s efforts to tighten them


March 27, 2021

AUSTIN — Republicans in control of the Legislature are pushing to relax gun restrictions in Texas, just as President Joe Biden seeks to tighten them after mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado that cost 18 people their lives. Several bills that would let people carry handguns in Texas without a license received a hearing Thursday, drawing hours of testimony early into Friday …

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