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William Holston turned 55 this year.  While others may be looking ahead to retirement, he decided it wasn’t too late to start over again.

The Dallas budget shortfall is shrinking, from $40 million last month to $24 million.

Parkland Hospital says it will not ask for a tax increase next year. That’s in spite of millions of dollars the hospital must spend after failing a series of critical federal inspections.

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Sooner than later, Dallas-based Texas Instruments says your smart phone will also be a large-screen digital projector. It's hoping the experience will be like putting a movie theater into the palm of your hand.

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The large hail that pounded parts of Dallas County Wednesday night could be one for the record books.

Dallas Mayor Rawlings has signed two education resolutions at the Conference of Mayors in Orlando. He says they send a message that improved academic outcomes are a top priority.

Former Gov. Mark White has testified that voter registration restrictions approved by the 2011 Legislature are unnecessary and make it tougher to register voters.

White took the stand Tuesday in federal court in Galveston on the final day of a hearing challenging the new provisions. Democrat White, before becoming governor, was secretary of state in the 1970s and helped overhaul the state's election code.

Assistant Attorney General Kathlyn Wilson argued the updated rules are meant to prevent fraud.

The Dallas levees along the Trinity River are getting a much better grade after reassessment by the Corps of Engineers.

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A federal judge in Galveston is to consider motions in a lawsuit filed by a Washington-based voters' rights group that contends Texas laws make it illegally difficult to register voters.

The group Voting for America is seeking an injunction to block enforcement of laws they say keep registration records from the public, attack voter registration drives and impede its "mission of voter advocacy."

The city of Dallas is holding “round two” of hearings on the proposed 2012 bond program. Monday night, council members Tennell Atkins and Jerry Allen kick off three weeks of hearings in each of the council districts. The goal is to hear what projects Dallas residents want included in the bond package.

Mediation’s begun to try and resolve the controversy between the Nasher Sculpture Center in downtown Dallas and the Museum Tower next door. At issue is glare from the Tower’s reflective glass and its impact on the Nasher’s outdoor garden and indoor galleries.  Commentator Lee Cullum weighs in on the controversy.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit is proposing fare hikes for most riders, to cover additional services. The public will have a chance to chime in on the changes over the next few week. But it’s no surprise many dislike them.

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The attorney for Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price expects a criminal indictment against his client soon after an FBI document, unsealed yesterday, outlined evidence in the case. The details come nearly a year after a raid on the homes of Price and two others.

City May Need to Rope In More Funds for 'Dallas'

May 21, 2012

The Dallas City Council met today to discuss how to keep producing the television show Dallas in Dallas.  

At the first of three final briefings on recommendations from the Gas Drilling Task Force Wednesday, Dallas City Council members asked a lot of questions.

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The Red River Rivalry tradition between the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma will continue at Dallas' Cotton Bowl through 2020, school officials said today.

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At 12:38 the City of Dallas released a statement saying Dallas Arboretum attendance during the weekend opening of the Chihuly exhibit did not require overflow parking at White Rock Lake. However, the city did not rule out converting areas near White Rock's Winfrey Point to parking.

For the first time, the Dallas School District’s Talented and Gifted Magnet High School is the best high school in the country, according to today’s U.S. News and World Report. Townview’s Science and Engineering magnet is number three.

Legal Battle Looms Over White Rock Parking

May 4, 2012
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The City of Dallas says it has no plans to mow grassy fields at White Rock Lake Park this weekend though a legal agreement struck today would allow that. The Winfrey Point area is the subject of a battle between the Arboretum and the city, which want to use it for parking, and citizens who say that could ruin native prairie.

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Update: 4 p.m.: 

Dallas officials have announced they will not allow the fields to be mowed this weekend or designate the area for extra Arboretum parking -- even though it's now technically in the city's power to do so. Frank Librio, City of Dallas public information officer, sent the following statement:

The mayors of Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington and Irving are launching a campaign for twice-a-week watering across the DFW region. KERA’s BJ Austin reports.

Dallas school officials say that for the most part safety procedures during Tuesday’s severe weather went smoothly. No staff or children were injured. But KERA has heard from some parents who say they panicked after their schools told them to pick up their children in the midst of the storm. 

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The Dallas School Board has picked Mike Miles to be the district’s next Superintendent. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports the former Army Ranger and U.S. Diplomat has been the superintendent in Colorado Springs since 2006.

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A Vermont judge has ordered a Texas debt settlement company to pay a fine of $2 million in a consumer fraud case.

Parkland Hospital’s income is dropping while expenses are rising. KERA’s BJ Austin reports.


Dallas’ signature Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opens to traffic today, nearly a month after a weekend of opening parties. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports lane barricades may be lifted this afternoon.

After more than five inches of rain pummeled Dallas, a churning torrent blasted over the White Rock Lake spillway Tuesday. Pancho Guffy watched, in awe of Mother Nature.

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One year ago Dallas’ Friendship City of Sendai, Japan, was counting the hundreds who were dead or missing. A ferocious earthquake and tsunami had demolished neighborhoods and swept away lives.

KERA broadcast letters from the people of Sendai as they struggled to recover. Today they’ve sent messages of thanks to North Texas through the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth. Tami Ishii joins KERA’s Shelley Kofler for this report.

The Frank Crowley Criminal Courts Building is closed to the public until Monday. A water main break in an electrical room flooded the first floor and knocked out all elevators and escalators.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is trying to convince U.S. Postal Service executives to change their minds about closing the Main Post Office on I-30. KERA’s BJ Austin says the Judge took his case to Washington this week.