Blake Hanson, FOX 4 NEWS

Blake Hanson

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Dallas, TX, United States

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Texas power grid reforms won't make it more reliable while still raising bills, study finds

A consulting firm hired by the Texas Consumer Association found one proposal could "cost Texans an additional $22.8 billion from 2025 to 2030 but would not make the state’s power grid significantly more reliable." It would also "significantly enrich existing energy generators’ earnings more than the other alternatives." → Read More

Rain causes delays, cancelations of high school football, events Friday night

It was a rough night Friday for outdoor events like early trick-or-treating and high school football. → Read More

Texas' abortion 'trigger law' goes into effect

The so-called “trigger law” kicked in as a result of the Supreme Court striking down Roe v. Wade in June. → Read More

Whistleblower report finds FAA did not properly oversee Southwest Airlines

The whistleblower report, which was made public Wednesday, alleges agency officials’ conduct could have posed a danger to travelers. The report also alleged Southwest Airlines officials and union representatives resisted cooperating with investigations. → Read More

Unclear how Pres. Biden's energy moves will affect Texas power grid

As record-breaking heat tests the electric grid and wildfires tear through drought-stricken Texas land, President Joe Biden unveiled some initial steps aimed at tackling what he describes as ‘an emergency.’ But it’s still unclear how the initial measures on climate change will impact Texas. → Read More

North Texas considered a hot spot for COVID-19 BA.5 subvariant by CDC

The CDC says Dallas, Tarrant and Collin counties now have a high amount of COVID spreading after a relative lull in this pandemic. UT Southwestern's projections this week show if nobody changes their behavior, hospitalizations in Dallas County could rival the delta wave from last year. → Read More

Doctors warning North Texans about recent rise in COVID-19 cases

A close cousin of the omicron variant is driving increased spread of COVID-19 in North Texas. → Read More

New evidence points to Koreatown shooting as a possible hate crime, Dallas police say

After immediately claiming there was no evidence that a shooting earlier this week at an Asian-owned business was a hate crime, Dallas police have flipped and now say there is evidence it may have been. The police chief described three crimes that appear to be the work of a serial shooter. → Read More

ERCOT warns of record energy demand with triple-digit temps next week

Right now, next Monday and Thursday are already looking like days when the peak heating might push us over the record. It’s still no major concerns about reliability, but it’s putting attention back on facets of our energy ecosystem that are still not improved. → Read More

Rural Hunt, Collin County residents fed up with constant power outages

People in one area of North Texas are tired of having to deal with losing power more than 20 times a year. → Read More

Texas keeping most truck inspections despite border gridlock

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a deal aimed at alleviating some of the delays that have left truckers backed up at the border. → Read More

2 Dallas firefighters hurt at senior living facility fire in Far East Dallas

A five-alarm fire at a Dallas senior care facility injured two firefighters and left dozens of residents homeless. → Read More

North Texas serial rapist admits to murdering two women

Reginald Kimbro was set to go to trial next week for the 2017 rape and murder of 22-year-old Molly Matheson. He also pleaded guilty on Friday in the murder of a Plano woman and multiple other rapes across the state. It was a sudden turn of events this week in a yearslong case. → Read More

Denton family with transgender child says they’re under state investigation

In 2016, Amber Briggle’s family made headlines after they invited Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton into their Denton home to have dinner with them and their transgender son. Now, she says they are one of the families under investigation simply because of their son. → Read More

Dedicated fans brave wintry weather to watch U.S. women's national soccer team in Frisco

It's quite fitting that the U.S. women's soccer team played Iceland. → Read More

Here are some changes North Texans may notice while voting in March primary

From the gubernatorial race, to congressional seats and local races, a lot is at stake starting Monday. → Read More

2021 Texas Winter Storm: A look back and a look ahead

As we prepare for the first ice and snow event of 2022, state leaders insist we are better prepared than one year ago. FOX 4's Blake Hanson has a look back at what caused the deadly power outages and a look ahead to what Texas is doing to prevent it from happening again. → Read More

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