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Expiring unemployment money could push Dallas restaurant worker to ‘seek out work that really isn’t safe’

Expiring unemployment money could push Dallas restaurant worker to ‘seek out work that really isn’t safe’

9:28 AM on Jul 31, 2020 CDTAn effort to extend unemployment benefits failed in the Senate Thursday, in the struggling restaurant industry worried as weekly federal aid payments expire Friday.Unemployment benefits have become a hot-button topic in the restaurant industry: Some employers say generous government payments in addition to state benefits de-incentivize workers from going back to their jobs, while some restaurant workers say the payments are financial lifelines that help them pay their bills — and in some cases allow them to stay home to protect themselves or those in their lives...

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Texas, Florida spared from Trump’s cuts to National Guard funding for COVID-19 response

Texas, Florida spared from Trump’s cuts to National Guard funding for COVID-19 response

5:00 PM on Aug 5, 2020 CDTWASHINGTON — The presence of National Guard troops in Texas to combat the coronavirus pandemic will continue to be fully funded by the federal government through the end of the year in a deal received by only one other state — Florida.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott applauded the Monday decision by President Donald Trump, calling the National Guard funding and support a vital part of Texas’ fight to defeat the virus. All other states and territories will be left to shoulder 25% of the costs associated with their deployments, despite a handful being in the midst of outbreaks...

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Bush Presidential Center, Boy Scouts, Texas Tech among hundreds hit in Blackbaud ransomware attack

Bush Presidential Center, Boy Scouts, Texas Tech among hundreds hit in Blackbaud ransomware attack

1:17 PM on Aug 3, 2020 CDT — Updated at 2:50 PM on Aug 3, 2020 CDTThe George W. Bush Presidential Center, Boy Scouts of America and the Texas Tech Foundation have notified donors that they are a part of a growing list of nonprofits and universities affected by a ransomware attack.South Carolina-based Blackbaud, one of the world’s largest cloud-based data storage and software providers for institutions of higher education and nonprofits, to clients and the public on July 16 that it was the subject of a ransomware attack in May, two months after the fact.The attack hit more than 200...

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Joe Biden staffs up in Texas, assembling team in emerging battleground with three months to go

Joe Biden staffs up in Texas, assembling team in emerging battleground with three months to go

6:30 AM on Aug 3, 2020 CDT — Updated at 8:20 AM on Aug 3, 2020 CDTWASHINGTON — With Texas increasingly up for grabs, Democrat Joe Biden announced top campaign staff for the state on Monday — giving the newly assembled team just three months to build an operation aimed at ending a GOP winning streak that dates back 40 years.For state director, the former vice president has hired Rebecca Acuña, a veteran Texas Democratic operative who served as press secretary for Wendy Davis’ 2014 gubernatorial bid.Acuña became a U.S. citizen only two years ago and has yet to vote in a presidential election,...

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Dallas GOP’s candidates for the Texas House are as diverse as the county. Will that matter in 2020?

Dallas GOP’s candidates for the Texas House are as diverse as the county. Will that matter in 2020?

7:30 AM on Jul 30, 2020 CDTAUSTIN — As Republicans look to win back state House seats in Dallas this November, the party’s slate of candidates is as diverse as the county’s demographics.Leading that charge is a lineup that includes four women, several millennials, two immigrants, an African American and a biracial candidate.The new look comes at a crucial time. Two years ago, the Dallas County GOP lost five seats in the Texas House, which made up nearly .Now, they’re trying to and prevent for the first time since 2001.But with so much on the line, will the GOP’s diversity of candidates be...

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Supporters of GOP Congressman Louie Gohmert, Dem opponent Hank Gilbert clash in downtown Tyler

Supporters of GOP Congressman Louie Gohmert, Dem opponent Hank Gilbert clash in downtown Tyler

2:31 PM on Jul 27, 2020 CDTUpdated Wednesday, July 29 at 6:13 p.m. to include details of a video provided by Gilbert’s campaign that show Campaign Manager Ryan Miller being assaulted. WASHINGTON — Opposing protests in Tyler turned violent Sunday afternoon when supporters of Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert clashed with supporters of his Democratic challenger in the town’s downtown square.One report from the event has been filed with the Tyler Police Department detailing an assault and robbery, according to department Public Information Officer Jenny Wells. No arrests have been made, and...

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Cruz, Cornyn, Abbott reject Trump idea to delay the election, as Democrats see a brewing autocracy

Cruz, Cornyn, Abbott reject Trump idea to delay the election, as Democrats see a brewing autocracy

9:52 AM on Jul 30, 2020 CDT — Updated at 5:10 PM on Jul 30, 2020 CDTUpdated at 5:10 p.m. with Trump defending his proposal.WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday floated the idea of delaying the presidential election, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and what he views as the high risk of fraud as mail-in balloting becomes more widespread.Democrats and some fellow Republicans condemned the suggestion as the act of a would-be autocrat, and even allies such as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz rebuffed the idea.“Obviously he doesn’t have the power to do that,”...

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Dallas Morning News declines to recognize union; organizers say election is ‘only path forward'

Dallas Morning News declines to recognize union; organizers say election is ‘only path forward'

12:09 PM on Jul 29, 2020 CDTDallas Morning News and Al Día newsroom employees say a formal union election is “the only path forward” after the company declined to voluntarily recognize the group for collective bargaining.Publisher Grant Moise told the Dallas News Guild on Tuesday that it was in “everyone’s best interest” for all newsroom employees to have an opportunity to vote on whether to unionize. But he asked organizers to delay seeking an election for a year to give the company time to recover from the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on its finances.On Tuesday, A. H. Belo Corporation,...

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Read the Mavericks’ full statement in response to SI’s report alleging sexual assault by a team executive

Read the Mavericks’ full statement in response to SI’s report alleging sexual assault by a team executive

12:43 PM on Jul 29, 2020 CDTThe Mavericks on Wednesday afternoon issued this statement to The News in response to an SI story by Mavericks director of player personnel Tony Ronzone.The statement in its entirety:For over a month, the Mavericks organization has cooperated with Sports Illustrated on a story about an alleged sexual assault by a member of the Mavs’ staff.The Mavs take all allegations of sexual assault extremely seriously and reminded SI of the ZERO-TOLERANCE policy put in place in March of 2018 that includes zero-tolerance of misconduct of any kind such as sexual assault, sexual...

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In West Texas, Trump will tout energy policy, scoop up cash, and try to tamp down the Biden surge

In West Texas, Trump will tout energy policy, scoop up cash, and try to tamp down the Biden surge

7:00 AM on Jul 29, 2020 CDT — Updated at 10:09 AM on Jul 29, 2020 CDTUpdated at 9:20 a.m. with report that Gohmert tested positive for COVID-19 and wasn’t allowed to board Air Force One, and at 10 a.m. with details on VIPs flying with the president.WASHINGTON – It’s still an open question whether Joe Biden will make a play for Texas, but polls are definitely moving his way. And President Donald Trump’s visit to West Texas on Wednesday suggests he’s not taking any chances.In Midland, the president will tour an oil rig at Double Eagle Energy and highlight his energy policies before 200 or so...

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Movie theater Look Cinemas in Far North Dallas has closed

Movie theater Look Cinemas in Far North Dallas has closed

12:40 PM on Jul 27, 2020 CDTDine-in movie theater Look Cinemas, on Belt Line Road near the Dallas North Tollway, has closed.A statement on the company website doesn't give a reason for the closure. It thanks customers for their loyalty and offers wishes "for the safety and prosperity" of those reading.The movie theater restaurant and bar Ivy Kitchen has also closed.Look Cinemas had been temporarily shuttered since mid-March, when a included the closure of restaurant dining rooms, bars and gyms. While Gov. Greg Abbott allowed movie theaters to reopen May 1, Look Cinemas remained closed. It...

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State releases COVID data for Texas assisted living facilities, nursing homes

State releases COVID data for Texas assisted living facilities, nursing homes

7:44 PM on Jul 27, 2020 CDTTexas health officials began providing comprehensive coronavirus data Monday for nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, state-supported living centers and state hospitals.The data, for case and death counts for nursing and assisted-living facilities statewide, cover only through July 13. But the Health and Human Services Commission said it would update the numbers by 3 p.m. on weekdays.The numbers come months after Gov. Greg Abbott to test all residents and staff members in Texas nursing homes, which have been particularly vulnerable to the virus. About a...

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After Garrett Foster’s death, we must restore peace to protests

After Garrett Foster’s death, we must restore peace to protests

2:00 AM on Jul 28, 2020 CDTNone but the hardest heart could learn and not quake with sadness at what his loss represents to the fiancee he loved and the family he leaves behind.Foster was killed in downtown Austin Saturday, not far from the state Capitol, while participating in a Black Lives Matter protest. The melee of violence that ended in his death began with a car driving into the crowd of protesters. Foster, a veteran who was armed with a rifle, was shot as he approached the car. According to published reports, Foster did not fire, although shots came from the car as well as the...

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Ahead of Trump’s 16th visit to battleground Texas, yet another poll shows he trails Biden

Ahead of Trump’s 16th visit to battleground Texas, yet another poll shows he trails Biden

11:01 PM on Jul 27, 2020 CDTWASHINGTON – Another day, another poll showing that Texas is up for grabs despite President Donald Trump’s bluster.Former vice president Joe Biden leads 47-45, with only one in 20 voters still undecided, in a .A raft of recent polls have found a dead heat, with the candidates within a point or two, and Trump returns to Texas on Thursday for the 16th visit of his presidency – an investment of time that would be out of proportion if Texas were as safely in his column as he professes.In Odessa, he’ll meet with campaign donors before heading to Midland to inspect an...

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Chef from Dallas restaurants HG Sply Co. and Smoke died after COVID-19 complications

Chef from Dallas restaurants HG Sply Co. and Smoke died after COVID-19 complications

8:00 AM on Jul 27, 2020 CDTLa versión en español de este artículo estará disponible el lunes por la tarde en .Luis Dominguez, a career chef in Dallas, died from COVID-19 on July 22 after spending 18 days in the hospital, his last five on a ventilator.The chef, described as hard-working and reliable in his roles at more than a half-dozen kitchens in Dallas, had been working most recently as executive sous chef at HG Sply Co. in Dallas. Dominguez was 38.“It’s unreal,” said Tracy Mackay, who worked with Dominguez when he was chef de cuisine at Smoke. “Someone I know really well is gone — and...

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These Texans worked under George W. Bush. Now they’re backing Democrat Joe Biden for president.

These Texans worked under George W. Bush. Now they’re backing Democrat Joe Biden for president.

11:55 AM on Jul 24, 2020 CDTWASHINGTON — Genevieve Woodard Hartley is a lifelong Republican who backs top Texas conservatives like Sen. John Cornyn. She worked on President George W. Bush’s campaign and in his administration. Her husband, among other relatives, supports President Donald Trump.But the Houston-area resident will not vote for Trump. And not just that. The 42-year-old is also helping rally support for the president’s Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, by reaching out to disaffected Republicans and former Bush administration colleagues.Hartley is among those...

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Southlake’s one-of-a-kind business isn’t horsing around

Southlake’s one-of-a-kind business isn’t horsing around

5:06 PM on Jul 22, 2020 CDTThey’ve been a fixture at Bonnaroo and Coachella.They toured with Phish.And they were there when the remaining members of Grateful Dead reunited in Alpine Valley, Wis., in 2002.Of course we’re talking about the horses of the Alpha & Omega Mounted Patrol, a one-of-a-kind service that has been a mainstay for decades at numerous festivals and large gatherings.Frank Keller founded the Southlake-based company in 1990 and is celebrating 30 years in business, having trained more than 500 law enforcement units across the country. It’s the nation’s only such mounted patrol...

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Gov. Greg Abbott will toss virtual ‘first pitch’ at Texas Rangers’ opener Friday

Gov. Greg Abbott will toss virtual ‘first pitch’ at Texas Rangers’ opener Friday

6:27 PM on Jul 20, 2020 CDTAUSTIN -- Gov. Greg Abbott has agreed to provide the virtual “first pitch” at the Texas Rangers’ season opener Friday, his spokesman confirmed Monday.Abbott planned to videotape his delivery of the ceremonial first pitch on the grounds of the Texas Capitol late Monday, said spokesman John Wittman.“We are doing tonight in front of the Capitol,” Wittman said in a text.Asked what speed Abbott, who is right-handed, can throw a ball, Wittman joked, “98 mph!”The spokesman promised to let a reporter know.The video of Abbott’s ceremonial first pitch will be played shortly...

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North Texas could see ‘tidal wave’ of evictions as moratoriums start to run out

North Texas could see ‘tidal wave’ of evictions as moratoriums start to run out

6:27 PM on Jul 23, 2020 CDTUnemployed and underemployed Dallas-Fort Worth residents aren’t just coping with a public health and economic crisis but also could soon face a “tidal wave” of evictions with little recourse, according to legal experts across Texas who are sounding an alarm.“We’re about to fall off a cliff here,” said Mark Melton, a lawyer at in Dallas.Roughly 40% of North Texans pay monthly rent to a landlord or property management company in order to keep a roof over their heads — a routine process that’s grown increasingly difficult for people caught up in the pandemic’s...

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says private religious schools ‘need not comply’ with local orders delaying in-person instruction

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says private religious schools ‘need not comply’ with local orders delaying in-person instruction

2:10 PM on Jul 17, 2020 CDT — Updated at 5:30 PM on Jul 17, 2020 CDTUpdated at 5:30 p.m.: Revised to include comments from Todd Webster, former acting Texas Education Commissioner and current lobbyist at HillCo Partners.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a guidance letter to the state’s private religious schools on Friday stating that they “need not comply” to recent local and county health orders barring in-person instruction until after Labor Day.“As protected by the First Amendment and Texas law, religious private schools may continue to determine when it is safe for their...

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Schools can now offer online-only instruction until November, according to new state guidelines

Schools can now offer online-only instruction until November, according to new state guidelines

10:43 AM on Jul 17, 2020 CDTThis story is being continuously updated. Texas public schools will be allowed to offer virtual-only instruction potentially as late as November, and high schools won’t be required to offer five days of in-person instruction per week, according to new guidance issued Friday by the Texas Education Agency.The change in the state’s guidance -- which was originally issued by the TEA in early July -- comes a day after Texas saw its largest single-day number of deaths from COVID-19, as well as the number of positive cases in the state’s urban centers continuing to...

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Corinth police chief: Police officers must focus on being guardians, not warriors

Corinth police chief: Police officers must focus on being guardians, not warriors

1:30 AM on Jul 15, 2020 CDTSince the death of George Floyd, most of us who lead North Texas law enforcement agencies have done a lot of soul-searching about what happens next. We know that many of the things that protesters and politicians are demanding are already in place in our agencies. But the question remains: Where do we go from here?Experience has taught us that if we do not actively engage in the discussion, we risk being saddled with well-intentioned but sometimes ill-advised measures generated by the justified calls to “Do something!” We concur that it is clearly time to do...

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Texas Senate race is on: John Cornyn slams MJ Hegar as ‘liberal’; she calls him ‘spineless bootlicker’

Texas Senate race is on: John Cornyn slams MJ Hegar as ‘liberal’; she calls him ‘spineless bootlicker’

7:06 PM on Jul 15, 2020 CDTMJ Hegar finally has what she’s spent more than a year aiming for — a chance to unseat Texas Sen. John Cornyn.As Hegar savored her runoff win Wednesday, she vowed to meet with vanquished fellow Democrat Royce West and heal their party’s rifts.Hegar, who eked out a 4-point victory over the lightly funded West, denied that the protracted nomination battle was draining and a setback.“It’s not,” she said. “We still have a million dollars cash on hand, and, you know, we’re going to continue the grassroots energy and exponential momentum that has brought us this far....

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Iconic Gold’s Gym to be acquired by German fitness group for $100 million

Iconic Gold’s Gym to be acquired by German fitness group for $100 million

9:23 AM on Jul 14, 2020 CDT — Updated at 2:20 PM on Jul 14, 2020 CDTDallas-based Gold’s Gym is set to be acquired by the German fitness company RSG Group for an estimated $100 million.Amid the economic pressure of pandemic lockdowns, the fitness chain May 4 in order to restructure its debt and close locations. Gold’s closed 32 clubs as part of the bankruptcy, including three in the Dallas area.The gym chain will emerge from bankruptcy with 61 company-owned gyms and more than 600 franchise locations, according to RSG Group. The sale is subject to U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval on July...

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Thieves take COVID-19 testing supplies, delaying opening of new site in Pleasant Grove

Thieves take COVID-19 testing supplies, delaying opening of new site in Pleasant Grove

12:42 PM on Jul 13, 2020 CDT — Updated at 2:19 PM on Jul 13, 2020 CDTUpdated at 2:20 p.m.: Revised to include details about what was stolen.The opening of a new walk-up COVID-19 testing site in Pleasant Grove was delayed after testing supplies and equipment were stolen overnight.The testing site at the Salvation Army’s , located at 8341 Elam Rd., was set to open Monday morning, but officials announced the opening would be pushed back after the break-in. The site will open at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.“Overnight, individuals broke into the storage location for the site and stole all of the equipment...

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