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Dallas City Council approves new Fair Park master plan

Dallas City Council approves new Fair Park master plan

The Dallas City Council unanimously approved a new vision for 277 acres at Fair Park with the 20-year goal of making it a year-round destination. The Dallas City Council unanimously approved a new vision for 277 acres at Fair Park with the 20-year goal of making it a year-round destination. The Fair Park master plan has a look similar to the popular Klyde Warren Park and adds more green space to South Dallas. And leaders said the drawings that show huge areas of green space and gathering areas are only the beginning. The first phase focused on the southeastern end of Fair Park where decades...

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Oncor clear-cuts three acres at White Rock Lake without city approval

Oncor clear-cuts three acres at White Rock Lake without city approval

The city of Dallas is in talks with Oncor after it clear-cut three acres of trees by White Rock Lake without notifying the city first. The city of Dallas is in talks with Oncor after it clear-cut three acres of trees by White Rock Lake without notifying the city first. The clearing would have continued, but the city told Oncor to stop after it got word of what was happening. A Dallas city councilwoman has put together a committee to work with the city an Oncor on a plan to prevent a clearing like this from happening again and hopefully replant some of what was lost.Councilwoman Paula...

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Scooters may be allowed to return soon to Dallas, city council says

Scooters may be allowed to return soon to Dallas, city council says

After scooters were abruptly banned in Dallas about a month ago, the city is now preparing to allow them to return on a temporary permit basis. After scooters were abruptly banned in Dallas about a month ago, the city is now preparing to allow them to return on a temporary permit basis. The city banned the scooters citing public safety issues after the companies allowed the scooters to operate well into the night in violation of the city's rules. The Dallas director of transportation says he may give scooter operators the green light to return with a temporary permit soon after a public...

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North Texas officials still dealing with backlogged reporting of COVID-19 cases

North Texas officials still dealing with backlogged reporting of COVID-19 cases

For nearly two months now the state of Texas has been releasing hundreds of backlogged COVID-19 cases, raising significant questions about the data being used to determine when schools and businesses reopen. For nearly two months now the state of Texas has been releasing hundreds of backlogged COVID-19 cases, raising significant questions about the data being used to determine when schools and businesses reopen. North Texas area health officials say the ongoing backlog shows the need for several improvements. “What it has shown is how antiquated and outdated a lot of the data systems have...

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Airbnb removes 80 Texas listings in party house crackdown

Airbnb removes 80 Texas listings in party house crackdown

Airbnb says its crackdown on 80 listings across Texas targets homes that violated the company's temporary COVID-related ban on parties at all of its listings, including Dallas and Fort Worth. Airbnb announced a crackdown on party houses throughout Texas on Tuesday. The short-term rental company says it is suspending or removing 80 listings that have violated the company's policies on parties. But some homeowners who are fed up with loud house parties don't trust the move. Airbnb says its crackdown on 80 listings across Texas targets homes that violated the company's temporary COVID-related...

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Man alleges excessive force by Dallas PD officer accused of punching him 11 times, kneeing him in face

Man alleges excessive force by Dallas PD officer accused of punching him 11 times, kneeing him in face

A Dallas County man has filed an excessive force civil lawsuit against a Dallas Police Department officer who he claims punched him 11 times and kneed him in the face twice during an arrest back in 2018. A Dallas County man has filed an excessive force civil lawsuit against a Dallas Police Department officer who he claims punched him 11 times and kneed him in the face twice during an arrest back in 2018. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Javier Saenz against officer Elvin Calix-Barahona. According to court documents, this case goes back to an arrest on June 23, 2018, when Calix-Barahona...

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Dallas ISD Board of Trustees vote to delay start of school year until Sept. 8

Dallas ISD Board of Trustees vote to delay start of school year until Sept. 8

Dallas ISD trustees voted to delay the start of the school year until Sept. 8. Dallas ISD trustees voted to delay the start of the school year until Sept. 8. It took more than six hours Thursday for the board to make a decision. The board of trustees took nearly three hours of public comment, mostly from teachers and parents. The overwhelming majority want to delay the start of the school year. The board voted to delay the start of the year entirely until Sept. 8 and give parents the option from day 1 to have students learn in person or virtually. The caveat being so long as they’re still...

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Dallas City Council questions lending $11 million in HUD money to fund four-star hotel

Dallas City Council questions lending $11 million in HUD money to fund four-star hotel

Dallas city councilmembers are concerned about a deal that puts money reserved for the most impoverished residents at risk of funding a four-star hotel. Dallas city councilmembers are concerned about a deal that puts money reserved for the most impoverished residents at risk of funding a four-star hotel. The owner of the new Lorenzo Hotel in the Cedars can't make a $500,000 payment to the city. The Dallas city manager is now going to ask HUD to defer the payment, but city councilmembers are not happy with the whole arrangement.Councilmembers Wednesday evening questioned the city's decision...

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Dallas City Council pushes for random community testing for COVID-19

Dallas City Council pushes for random community testing for COVID-19

There are Dallas City Council members who are pushing to get random community testing for COVID-19. Some Dallas City Council members are pushing to get random community testing for COVID-19. The goal is to get a good look at how many people may have it who aren't showing symptoms. Some council members are getting frustrated with the testing data that has been limited to people who show symptoms. They believe random statistical samples of the community would tell a lot more about the spread and mortality rate.After a presentation filled with numbers and bold predictions of what may still...

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Dallas City Council considers plan for soccer fields under downtown elevated highway

Dallas City Council considers plan for soccer fields under downtown elevated highway

Some council members are concerned that there hasn't been a competitive bid process to determine how to best use the land. Others believe playing soccer under a freeway would be a health hazard. Dallas City Council members still have a lot of questions about plans to put soccer fields under a stretch of highway near downtown. I-345 is the elevated highway in question between Interstate 30 and Woodall Rodgers on the east side of downtown. The development plan would require the city to give up its rights to the land to TxDOT. Some council members are concerned that there hasn't been a...

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Dallas ISD considering hybrid virtual/in-person schooling model

Dallas ISD considering hybrid virtual/in-person schooling model

Dallas ISD is exploring a new model that could permanently change how some kids are educated, even after the coronavirus pandemic ends. Dallas ISD is exploring a new model that could permanently change how some kids are educated, even after the coronavirus pandemic ends. If approved on a permanent basis, Dallas ISD would be the first public school district in Texas to launch a hybrid part virtual, part-brick and mortal school. But the district would first need the state to waive seat time attendance requirements. Students would be on campus two days a week and at home the remaining three...

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Dallas City Council working to fast-track relief for renters, small business owners

Dallas City Council working to fast-track relief for renters, small business owners

Dallas city council members are working to fast track relief for small businesses that may not be able to get federal relief.  The Dallas city council members are working to fast track relief for small businesses that may not be able to get federal relief.  The city is also looking to provide rent assistance for people who have lost their income. Council members are working to get funds out to tenants and small businesses soon after a vote that is set to take place next Wednesday. Tom Fleming, owner of Crossroads Diner in Far North Dallas, is among the many small business owners forced...

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