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Federal judge defends her efforts to clean up Texas’ foster care system amid complaints from providers


May 7, 2021

AUSTIN — A federal judge is defending her efforts to root out slipshod foster care operations in Texas, saying providers who blame her edicts for a current bed shortage are mistaken. U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack said the “heightened monitoring” of caregivers that she’s ordered and her blocking of bad operators from getting new licenses and state contracts are …

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Dallas temple fires rabbi after ‘credible’ sexual misconduct allegations emerge


May 7, 2021

A Dallas-area rabbi has been fired from Temple Emanu-El after a New York City synagogue’s investigation found credible accusations of “sexually predatory behavior,” the temple announced to its congregation. The allegations against Sheldon Zimmerman, which include sexual contact with a minor, stem from his tenure at Central Synagogue in Manhattan, according to an April 27 email to that congregation. He was …

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Police should arrest officers in Marvin Scott’s death, protect protesters, speakers tell Collin County officials


May 7, 2021

Several speakers appeared at a Collin County Commissioners Court meeting Monday to voice complaints about the inaction of law enforcement during recent protests across the county in response to the in-custody death of Marvin Scott III. The family and friends of Scott have organized nightly sit-ins at the county jail and other protests and are demanding further repercussions, including the …

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Man killed in Denton shooting, police say


May 7, 2021

A man was killed in a Denton shooting Thursday afternoon, police said. Officers were called about 2:45 p.m. to the 2400 block of East McKinney Street, near Audra Lane, where a shooting had been reported. Police found a man who had been shot, and he was taken to a hospital. The man, whose name has not been released, was pronounced …

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Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson faces ethics complaint over social media post about City Council endorsement


May 7, 2021

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson will face a city ethics panel later this month after a complaint was filed over a tweet he shared about an endorsement in a South Dallas City Council race. Barry Jacobs filed the complaint that argues the mayor violated city code prohibiting elected leaders from using their official city title when endorsing other candidates. Jacobs is a retired …

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Texas House hunkers down for late-night debate on GOP-backed elections bill


May 7, 2021

AUSTIN — The Texas House hunkered down Thursday evening for what was expected to be hours of emotional debate on one of the most contentious measures of the session, a GOP-backed elections bill that would empower partisan poll watchers, increase penalties for voting crimes and bar mass distribution of applications for mail-in ballots. Discussion of the legislation did not kick …

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Arlington woman gets 6 years in prison for mailing meth that her son sold on the ‘dark web’


May 7, 2021

An Arlington woman who shipped packages containing methamphetamine for her son, who sold the drugs online, has been sentenced to six years in federal prison. Mary Jane McIntyre, 61, pleaded guilty in December to one count of possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute. A judge sentenced her Thursday. According to court documents, authorities intercepted a “suspicious” package bearing …

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What you need to know about coronavirus


May 7, 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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Warm and breezy into the weekend


May 7, 2021

Our dry weather pattern continues Friday with plenty of sun mixed with a few high clouds. Southerly winds return this weekend with increasing humidity and temperatures. Highs will be in the low to mid 80s both Friday and Saturday. Sunday looks to be even warmer with a slight chance of storms ahead of our next cold front, but Mother’s Day …

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