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Dallas, TX, United States

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Texas Gov. Abbott says he will adopt 'Parental Bill of Rights' for education

During a campaign event Thursday Founder’s Academy in Lewisville, Governor Greg Abbott promised to adopt a so-called "Parental Bill of Rights." He claims it will make parents more involved in what their kids learn in school. But educators said it does nothing to help parents and plenty to hurt schools. → Read More

Some natural gas suppliers still offline as ERCOT prepares for winter weather

ERCOT says power plants are ready for this week's winter weather and freezing temperatures. But there are questions about whether natural gas — which powers the power plants — is ready. And we're learning there may already be problems ahead of the winter weather. → Read More

North Texas hospitals getting extra healthcare workers from state as hospitalizations rise

A new model from UT Southwestern predicts Dallas County hospitals will see 1,200 patients hospitalized at the same time by the end of the month. That would be the highest level seen in the pandemic. This time around, more staff are not able to take care of patients with the virus impacting them as well. But, there is help on the way → Read More

Gov. Abbott orders TEA criminal investigation into 'pornographic' materials in schools

Earlier this week, the governor asked the TEA to come up with standards for pornography or obscene content. But the governor said this investigation is more immediate. Organizations representing teachers, meanwhile, say it’s playing politics with our children’s education. → Read More

Political battleground emerging in Texas schools over books on racism, sexual orientation

Governor Greg Abbott’s letter this week raising alarms about the content in school libraries is not the first and likely won’t be the last. Experts say increasing scrutiny on what’s taught in schools has become a political tool in recent elections and will be in future ones. → Read More

Dems question legality of Gov. Abbot’s use of state resources on border crisis

Some Democrats say Governor Greg Abbott’s strategy of using state resources to tackle the border crisis may be unconstitutional. They sent a letter demanding a federal investigation. The move is the latest in a back and forth between the state and the Biden administration over how to tackle illegal crossings at the border. → Read More

Video shows Dallas paramedic punching, kicking homeless man

There are calls for a Dallas paramedic to be charged after video from 2019 surfaced showing him kicking and punching a homeless man right before the man was arrested. → Read More

Texas Senate committee discusses turning Abbott’s vaccine mandate ban into law

A new bill filed in the State Senate aims to require companies to provide an exemption for people who don't want a vaccine for reasons as simple as someone's "conscience." Medical professionals argued that vaccines work and can keep workers safe. Supporters of the bill argued mandates are a form of "discrimination." → Read More

Texas agency removes web page with suicide hotline, resources for LGBTQ+ youth

A state agency admits it removed a web page with a suicide hotline and other resources for LGBTQ+ youth. → Read More

Federal government starting to ration COVID-19 therapeutic treatments sent to states

People seeking COVID-19 treatments to keep them out of the hospital may soon have a tough time finding them. → Read More

Rural North Texas hospitals struggling to find beds for patients

Rural North Texas hospitals said patients are dying because healthcare workers aren’t able to locate a bed in time. → Read More

Overwhelmed Cook Children's doctors make desperate plea as COVID-19 delta variant surge continues

There was a frank and desperate plea from medical professionals for everyone to get vaccinated and wear masks. → Read More

Legal battles over mask mandates in North Texas public schools heat up

Across the state of Texas, the legal battles are ramping up between the governor and local school districts that want to require students and staff to wear masks. Fort Worth ISD challenged the governor’s authority in issuing a mask mandate earlier this week, but it suffered a legal setback Friday. → Read More

Jasmine Moore given special sendoff in Mansfield before heading to Tokyo Olympics

A North Texas Olympian got a special sendoff Thursday night with COVID-19 precautions in place. → Read More

2022 Texas Republican primaries already heating up with Donald Trump endorsing Gov. Abbott

The influence of former President Donald Trump is shaping up to be a big factor ahead of the 2022 Republican primaries in Texas. He endorsed Gov. Abbott this week, and another key statewide race could be greatly impacted by what the former president has to say. → Read More

Texas House, Senate lawmakers reach agreement on permitless carry bill

Texas Senate and House lawmakers reached an agreement on the controversial permitless carry bill. → Read More

Abortion ‘heartbeat bill’ clears major hurdle in Texas House

The bill would significantly shorten the window during which a woman can have an abortion. → Read More

Majority of North Texans being urged to conserve water or boil it

Millions of Texans are now dealing with another cascading crisis triggered by this winter storm: access to water. → Read More

2 million vaccine doses administered in Texas as more efforts ramp up

Two million vaccines have been administered in Texas, although state officials admit it isn’t good enough. → Read More

Texas plans to roll out more COVID-19 vaccine doses to local communities in the coming weeks

Texas is adjusting how it rolls the COVID-19 vaccines out to local communities to try to expedite vaccinations. → Read More