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A large room with a big American flag waving on a screen is full of people waving their own American flags.
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Vice President Mike Pence asked the crowd at First Baptist in Dallas Sunday to pray to help the nation weather the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn.

Photographer Steven Briggs / Courtesy of The Nines

The windows of the bar The Nines in Deep Ellum remain boarded up. They’ve been like this since the start of the pandemic. 

Even when bars across the state of Texas reopened five weeks ago, The Nines’ owner Allen Falkner said he left them up because he expected another shutdown. 

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If your plans for the weekend involve traveling 1-35E in Dallas, you'll want to take note — bridge construction at Illinois Avenue will close north- and southbound lanes of I-35E.

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The financial outlook for the city of Dallas is gloomy — the city could face a shortfall next year that ranges from $60 million to $100 million. T.C. Broadnax, the Dallas city manager, talked with KERA's Sam Baker about the budget, calls for police reform and police department funding.


The Dallas City Council held a virtual discussion Wednesday on the city's upcoming budget.

The meeting was littered with technical difficulties, angry comments from the public and warnings from the city's chief financial officer that COVID-19 is going to have lasting effects on the future of Dallas.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the mayors of other major Texas cities are asking the governor to allow them to enact and enforce public health emergency declarations that require the use of face masks.

Protesters listen to a speaker during a demonstration against police brutality organized by the Next Generation Action Network in Dallas on Saturday.
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It’s been over two weeks since the death of George Floyd, and protesters in Dallas and across the country continue their calls for racial justice. Not even the Texas summer could stifle demonstrators Saturday at Reverchon Park in Dallas.

The Confederate War Memorial in Pioneer Park has been fenced off in light of recent protests.
Miguel Perez / KERA News

The city of Dallas' request to immediately remove the Confederate War Memorial from Pioneer Park has been granted by the 5th Court of Appeals. But just when that will happen is unknown.

Families stood in line wearing masks. White pop-up tents sheltered health care workers while they drew patients' blood.

It wasn't the scene at a medical clinic, but the parking of a black church in South Dallas in late May. Friendship-West Baptist Church was the first of several black churches in the area to host a free weekly coronavirus testing event.

Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

As the Texas economy reopens and restrictions are lifted, the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Dallas County is increasing.

In the past month, Texas' most populous cities have been tallying their losses. Dallas' analysts are predicting that the current year's revenue will be at least $33 million below previous estimates.

The economic impact from the coronavirus pandemic has left some of Texas’ biggest cities facing a difficult choice: cutting services like libraries, pools and parks, or raising taxes on their residents in the middle of the worst economy in a generation.

Dallas police officers during a march against the death of George Floyd on May 29.
Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune

Ten of Dallas' 15 City Council members appear supportive of pulling money from the police department and reallocating it toward community investments, as nationwide calls for "defunding" law enforcement grow in the wake of historic protests against police brutality.

Bryan Jackson and Evelyn Costolo, with Incarnation House, load the truck with bags of food destined for students using the facility before and after school, when classes are in session. After COVID-19, Incarnation House never really closed for the summer.
Bill Zeeble / KERA News

The closure of schools to COVID-19 hit homeless kids especially hard, even as districts continued food distribution in various ways. With school out for the summer, their brains are hungry too. KERA’s Bill Zeeble checked in with some homeless students, and an organization that's trying to help.

Sara Mokuria cofounder of Mothers Against Police Brutality, an organization that advocates against racism and discrimination.
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People in North Texas and across the country are continuing to protest police brutality against black people. Local organizer Sara Mokuria is calling for alternatives to policing.

Bret Jaspers / KERA News

A curfew for downtown Dallas has been lifted, effective immediately. City manager T. C. Broadnax signed the order Saturday and it has been published on the city’s website.

LM Otero / Associated Press

Multiple forecast models show North Texas could see a second wave of coronavirus cases over the summer.

Dallas Police tactical officers stand among a cloud of tear gas and smoke after they fired it at protesters during a march against police brutality on May 29.
Shelby Tauber / For The Texas Tribune

With protesters still on the streets calling for reform, Dallas and North Texas residents called on the Dallas City Council to cut its police department’s budget, stop using tear gas on protestors, lift a citywide curfew and ask for Police Chief U. Renee Hall’s resignation at a specially called meeting Friday.

Dallas police must intervene whenever a fellow officer is using excessive force, according to a new order from the city's police chief.

Chief Reneé Hall is implementing the "duty to intervene" policy for all of the city's sworn and non-sworn police officers, according to a statement released overnight Thursday.

Tiffany Anderson claps as a crew removes the Texas Ranger "One Riot, One Ranger" statue by Waldine Tauch from the main lobby inside Love Field airport Thursday.
Juan Figueroa / The Dallas Morning News via AP

A published account of brutal and racist chapters in the history of an elite Texas investigative agency prompted Dallas officials to remove on Thursday a statue from Love Field’s passenger terminal that honored the agency.

Protesters gathered outside Dallas City Hall Tuesday while Gov. Greg Abbott met with Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.
Bret Jaspers / KERA News

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson has declared Friday George Floyd Remembrance Day. There will be a service mourning Floyd’s death in front of City Hall at 8 a.m., followed in the afternoon by a special City Council meeting to discuss police conduct at recent protests. 

Hundreds participated in a silent protest at Dallas City Hall Thursday.
Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Hundreds of protesters showed up Thursday morning in front of Dallas City Hall to remember George Floyd and protest his death at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer. 

President Donald Trump arrives at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston on Oct. 22, 2018.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

The Republican National Committee is eyeing Dallas as a potential new site for part of its 2020 convention this summer.

A Dallas police officer stops and gets out of his car to talk and take photos with a group of demonstrators gathered at Lake Cliff Park as protests continue after the death of George Floyd on June 2.
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Police in Dallas found a box of Molotov cocktails in a nightlife district this weekend, the department said Wednesday, as cities across the country have seen some protests against police violence turn destructive.

Protesters gathered in front of Dallas City Hall, Tuesday, June 2.
LM Otero / Associated Press

Demonstrators marched and rallied across North Texas for a sixth consecutive night, protesting police brutality and structural racism. As of 10 p.m. the events had remained largely peaceful, with officials sharing moments of solidarity with protesters around the region.

A group gathered outside Dallas City Hall while Gov. Greg Abbott met with Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.
Bret Jaspers / KERA News

Tuesday afternoon, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson expanded the area of the city that will be under curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The curfew includes downtown, the Farmers Markets and the neighborhoods of Deep Ellum, Cedars, Uptown, Victory Park, Trinity Groves and the West Village. 

Dallas police arrested a protester at a Friday march.
Shelby Tauber / For The Texas Tribune

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson blamed “outsiders” Tuesday for sparking violence among peaceful protests in Dallas over the past five days in response to the death of George Floyd. But arrest data provided by the city of Dallas shows nearly all the people who were arrested in protests this past weekend are from Dallas or the surrounding areas.

Police shot gas a kneeling protestors on the Hunt Hill Bridge Monday.
Hady Mawajdeh / KERA News

Protests continued around North Texas for a fourth day Monday, with one in Dallas resulting in police firing smoke bombs at a crowd on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. 

Olinka Green of Dallas spoke to the crowd in front of City Hall.
Bret Jaspers / KERA News

Protests over the police killings of black Americans continued for a second day in Dallas. Saturday's events started peacefully, but police later used tear gas to disperse protesters in downtown, while other demonstrators briefly shut down highways and damaged businesses. 

David J. Phillip / The Associated Press

The City of Dallas’ mobile coronavirus testing service is making house calls, but it saw low numbers over the Memorial Day weekend. 

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Leaders of the state’s two largest school districts worry their students are falling behind during the COVID-19 shutdown. Dallas and Houston superintendents shared their efforts Thursday to ensure their kids keep learning.