Charles Scudder, The Dallas Morning News

Charles Scudder

The Dallas Morning News

Dallas, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Charles:

Nearly $700,000 stolen from Dallas County jail inmate accounts in debit card scheme; FBI notified

County auditors presented the results of an internal investigation to the Commissioners Court and said improvements have been implemented. → Read More

Commissioner J.J. Koch says he wants to protect white, Republican district in northern Dallas County

Three options are on the table for redrawing Commissioners Court precincts that would strengthen Democratic power in District 2, which Koch represents. → Read More

Mark Cuban honored by Dallas County for donation to mental health program

Dallas Deflects will provide counseling and support for those with mental health and substance use disorders who could be arrested for low-level, non-violent... → Read More

Dallas County is redrawing boundaries, benefitting Democrats. Here’s why it matters to voters

The Commissioners Court begins public hearings Tuesday on three options — all of which dilute Republican voting power while solidifying Democratic control. → Read More

‘It’s just grinding’: Dallas County continues COVID-19 vaccination efforts as rates slow statewide

County officials have used a combination of tactics to identify where people are unvaccinated to provide more doses throughout the community. → Read More

Dallas sheriff spent $14.4 million in overtime. Why this year could be the same

A growing jail population and more COVID-19 cases among jailers means the Dallas County sheriff’s department is forcing people to work longer hours. → Read More

Dallas County approves $1.6 billion budget and a lower tax rate

The county’s budget takes effect on Oct. 1, and includes money for workforce development and mental health services. → Read More

Dallas County set to vote on $1.6 billion budget. Here’s what taxpayers should know.

A new regional homelessness program, greater broadband internet access countywide and raises for county employees are among the top priorities the Dallas... → Read More

Parkland to begin distributing booster doses to those over 65 or at high risk

Parkland Health & Hospital System announced they would begin offering booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine to those who are eligible starting Monday.... → Read More

Authorities say a Hood County man was killed by a cougar. Texas wildlife experts say it’s impossible

An investigation by The Dallas Morning News has found that from its earliest moments, the examination into a Hood County man’s death was riddled with false... → Read More

Dallas commissioners approve raise for county employees, elected officials in split vote

After initially rejecting raises for elected officials and county employees, the Dallas County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to approve a 3.3% salary... → Read More

How Dallas County is prepping for COVID-19 booster shots and child vaccines

While the county is primarily focused on administering first doses, it’s waiting for federal guidance to begin planning for the next stage of the rollout. → Read More

For a second year, Dallas County commissioners fail to pass raises for elected officials

In a special called session of the court Tuesday, commissioners debated whether to give all county employees — including elected officials — a cost-of-living... → Read More

‘Don’t wait’: Jenkins says Biden’s new COVID vaccine mandates will help region recover from pandemic

Aggressive vaccination requirements from the Biden administration are key to helping turn the tide against the pandemic, said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. → Read More

Only Dallas County residents can get State Fair coupon reward for getting COVID-19 vaccine

A vaccine booth at the State Fair is part of several targeted efforts at major events where the county hopes to improve vaccination rates. → Read More

‘Cowboys and alligator gar.’ Anglers flock to North Texas’ Trinity River for the monster catch

Viral videos and international attention have brought more people to the Trinity River — in Dallas and further downstream — to hunt for alligator gar. → Read More

Dallas judge sides with Jenkins, says Abbott can’t enforce mask mandate ban

This is a breaking news story and will be updated. A state district judge has ruled that Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask orders violates Dallas County Judge... → Read More

Can Texas Gov. Abbott ban mask mandates? A Dallas County judge will hear testimony in court case

Judge Tonya Parker will decide whether to bar the governor’s executive order banning mask mandates. → Read More

Case against serial murder suspect Billy Chemirmir unaffected by lost electronic evidence, says DA

Victims’ families say they are frustrated that police or prosecutors didn’t promptly inform them about the status of the cases. → Read More

Ongoing court battle over mask orders leaves Dallas in ‘weird, Alice in Wonderland limbo’

Understanding the twists and turns of Texas’ and Dallas County’s legal battle over masks can make anyone’s head spin, especially as parents begin to send... → Read More