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Steven Dial


Dallas, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Steven:

North Texas first responders hit hard by omicron variant

As North Texas continues to see a big spike in new coronavirus cases from the omicron variant, first responders are also starting to see an impact. Dallas Fire-Rescue is experiencing the most workers out of the office at one time since the pandemic started. And they are not alone. → Read More

Omicron variant surge to peak in mid-January in North Texas, UT Southwestern says

Right now, about one in three COVID tests in the state are coming back positive. That's up from about one in four last week. UT Southwestern researchers who forecast COVID's impact are pushing the omicron peak in our area from mid-January to the end of the month. → Read More

Some college football programs impacted by COVID-19; North Texas bowl games continue as planned

College football is again being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as the bowl season gets underway. → Read More

Dallas teen girl, 14, found shot dead on side of road

The murder victim has now been identified as 14-year-old Neveah Foster, who lived with her mother at an apartment complex less than a mile away. Mom is heartbroken and angry. She wants to know why her young daughter was shot multiple times and left on the side of the road. → Read More

Gas prices projected to go down starting in 2022

The federal government said help is on the way, projecting people will spend less at the gas station in 2022. → Read More

Fort Worth PD: Man in police chase used pickup truck to kill two people

Police boxed in and smoked out a double murder suspect in a Fort Worth neighborhood after a chase. He was wanted for hitting a building and killing someone inside, hitting and killing someone at a bus stop in addition to a stabbing and a carjacking. It all happened in a matter of hours. → Read More

Dallas police to limit more details on crimes from public view

Public information used by news outlets to report breaking news and neighborhood groups to monitor crime will be harder to access in Dallas. City staff started quietly changing what shows up in open records and only said an “incident” spurred it. But it’s still unclear what that incident was. → Read More

Poll shows Greg Abbott with 9-point lead over Beto O'Rourke in potential matchup

As we head into the final stretch of the year, political eyes are set on 2022 and the race for governor in Texas. A new poll on the Texas governor's race shows incumbent Republican Greg Abbott with a strong lead over potential Democrat candidate Beto O'Rourke in a potential matchup. → Read More

Dallas launches new pilot program to curb panhandling problems

The city of Dallas is launching a new pilot program expanding on a current program to curb panhandling across the city. It will use a combination of outreach, environmental deterrents and data. → Read More

Contradicting police, attorneys for alleged Timberview High School shooter double down on bullying claims

The family of the alleged gunman in this month's shooting at a Mansfield ISD school is again claiming bullying led up to the attack, despite the police chief saying it had nothing to do with it. So far, neither the family's attorneys nor police have provided any public evidence supporting either of their claims. → Read More

Third Texas special set to end Tuesday with many bills still in limbo

Gov. Greg Abbott late in the session asked lawmakers to pass a bill mirroring his recent executive order prohibiting any entity from mandating proof of vaccination for employees and customers. There are two bills that would accomplish the governor’s ask. But as of right now, it’s not likely to pass. → Read More

Texas House approves redistricting map largely favoring Republicans

The Texas House approved its proposal for state representation for the next ten years. It solidifies the Republican majority, adding districts with white voter majorities. But at least one North Texas Democrat secured a minor victory for his party in Dallas County. → Read More

Gov. Abbott bans COVID-19 vaccine mandates by any 'entity in Texas'

“No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19,” Abbott wrote in his order. → Read More

Jury finds bar partially responsible for 2017 Plano mass murder

Four years after Spencer Hight left a bar and shot and killed eight people at the home of his estranged wife, a Collin County jury found the bar partially liable in a civil trial. Records show his blood-alcohol level was four times the legal limit. But it’s not clear if the lone survivor will see much or any of that money soon or in the future. → Read More

State Fair of Texas returns Friday, but vendors dealing with labor shortage

The State Fair of Texas returns Friday after the pandemic forced it to hold a smaller, drive-thru event last year. → Read More

UT Southwestern COVID forecast shows decline in cases for third week in a row

For the third week in a row, the overall COVID-10 forecast by UT Southwestern researchers is hopeful. While the number of COVID hospitalizations remain high, they have declined in recent weeks to under 3,200 from a delta surge high of nearly 3,600 earlier this month. → Read More

Hundreds line up at Fort Worth mega-mobile market for food assistance

While the economy has shown signs of improvement, the delta variant is putting a strain on recovery. There is still a large group of people who are just getting by week to week. From high above, SKY 4 captured how big of a need there still is a year and a half into the pandemic. → Read More

Private vigil held for Garland Lyft driver killed by suspected terrorist

A private vigil is being held Friday night in memory of a Garland Lyft driver who was murdered earlier this week. → Read More

Texas colleges weighing options for masks, vaccines for upcoming semester

With the fall semester about to get underway for colleges, state schools are forbidden from requiring masks or proof of vaccination under Gov. Greg Abbott’s order. However, private schools don’t fall under the order and are free to make their own policies. → Read More

State Rep. Philip Cortez escapes Texas again to rejoin House Democrats in D.C.

Texas Democrats continue to draw a line in the sand, vowing to not return to the state until the special session ends. The sole House Democrat who left D.C. and came back to Texas to talk with Republican lawmakers escaped Texas again. The Texas House speaker issued a civil arrest warrant for when he returns. → Read More