Lori Brown, FOX 4 NEWS

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Dallas, TX, United States

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U.S. judge slams state's handling of foster care system: 'Texas was not prepared'

Gov. Greg Abbott and two state agencies are the defendants in a federal class-action lawsuit representing 10,000 children in long-term foster care. The issue was highlighted by hundreds of cases of children sleeping in CPS offices, hotels and other unregulated locations. → Read More

Irving ISD high school's planetarium gets overdue renovation

In hopes of bringing science to life, Irving ISD recently completed a $250,000 renovation of its planetarium that was built the year before a man first landed on the moon. A lot has changed since then, and the school district decided its planetarium needed to change, too. → Read More

Dallas City Council considers ban on gas-powered leaf blowers

Calling gas-powered blowers, a public health concern, the Dallas City Council committee directed the city's new environmental commission to study a potential ban on the ubiquitous tools. According to the California Research Board, one hour using a lawnmower emits the same amount of pollution as a car driving from Dallas to Lubbock. But one hour of a leaf blower is like driving from Dallas to… → Read More

City of Dallas asks for help to shelter the homeless this upcoming winter

Unlike last year when the city received federal funds to shelter the homeless in hotels, that funding is no longer available this year, and hotel prices are higher. The city of Dallas is hoping that its new inclement weather policy will also help open the doors to the homeless all around the city rather than the concentrated services that are downtown. → Read More

North Texans prepare for pain at the pump for Thanksgiving travel

North Texans are definitely feeling the pain at the pump. And while it is not enough to stand in the way of Thanksgiving with family, people say they will have to start making other cuts. And don't expect prices to come down anytime soon as a result of President Biden's move to tap into the strategic oil reserves. → Read More

Dallas ISD holds vaccination clinic for kids 5 to 11

Dallas ISD rolled out its first vaccination clinic for 5 to 11-year-olds Friday. → Read More

COVID-19 surge also causing statewide shortage of labor and delivery nurses

COVID-19 is not just causing a shortage of critical care nurses. Parkland Hospital says there is also a statewide shortage of labor and delivery nurses. The hospital that’s known to be one of the busiest in the nation for the number of babies delivered has to rely on other North Texas hospitals to help. And many of them are also experiencing shortages. → Read More

Dallas City Council poised to increase police department's overtime budget

There was a lot back and forth over the overtime budget last year, leading to a vocal fight between the mayor and some city council members. Turns out last year's controversial cut to police overtime never became a reality. → Read More

Seven percent drop in crime across Dallas since crime reduction plan enacted, chief says

The results of the crime reduction plan so far in Dallas -- a more than 7 percent drop in violent crime citywide. → Read More

Lumber thieves continue targeting North Texas home builders

One homebuilder immediately beefed up his cameras after a theft at his West Dallas home site Friday morning, but he was targeted again that night. Then it happened a third time. And when he went to lunch, it happened a fourth time. Little did the thief know that the cameras were rolling. → Read More

Dallas code compliance department hiring dozens of new employees

Dallas is looking to beef up its code compliance department and is having an unprecedented surge in hiring. → Read More

North Texas pediatric hospitals seeing spike in COVID-19 cases among kids

The delta variant is causing a huge pediatric surge that is similar to November 2020, right before the massive spike at Christmas time. Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth is reporting case numbers at rates not seen since February. While the numbers are small compared with the population, it is the increase that has doctors concerned. → Read More

Meteor lights up North Texas sky on Sunday night

The meteor was seen at about 8:56 p.m. in the sky over North Texas and had a very bright flash at one point. → Read More

Abbott signs bill toughening penalties on Texas fentanyl dealers

The new law enhances punishment against fentanyl dealers in Texas with 15 years to life in prison. → Read More

EPA alerts Garland ISD about potential lead concerns near elementary school

Late Sunday evening, Garland ISD acknowledged for the first time that the EPA has alerted the district of a potential environmental hazard. The hazard is related to the Globe-Union battery manufacturing plant. The EPA found elevated levels of lead near the banks of a creek outside the fence of Park Crest Elementary. → Read More

Texas Democratic lawmakers remain in DC to block GOP voting bills

It's the third day of the Democrats’ dramatic escape from Austin, in what Texas Republicans would call a desertion. → Read More

Dallas police hiring more 911 call takers due to staffing shortage

The Dallas Police Department is short about one quarter of the staff it needs to answer 911 calls. → Read More

Virtual learning negatively impacted STAAR test scores, results show

Across the state, the failure rate for the reading portion of the STAAR test increased by 4% compared with 2019, and it was 16% higher on the math portion. Nearly 4 out of 10 students are not even close to being ready for the next grade. The biggest impact was felt by virtual learners. → Read More

Public Utility Commission lifts moratorium on utility disconnections in Texas

The cutoff notices will begin hitting mailboxes right as the hottest weather of the year begins. → Read More

4 new Dallas City Council members sworn in as mayor hopes to address ongoing challenges

Mayors typically use their address at council inaugurations to pat themselves on the back for all they accomplished. However, Mayor Eric Johnson focused on many of the city's problems that need to be solved, which range from poor trash service to problems getting through to 911. → Read More