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Protesters demonstrate against police brutality in Dallas on June 13, 2020. Activists and Dallas City Council members are considering ways Dallas Police Department's $514 million budget could be used.
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Calls to defund the police may have started in the streets, but the outcries of protesters seeking an end to police brutality have made it to Dallas City Hall — and the city's leaders are listening.

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Yes, it's true: The emergency Dallas City Council meeting on Friday was eight hours long. Five of those hours were spent listening to citizens' comments — from requesting the city drastically cut the police department's budget to demanding that Police Chief Renee Hall be fired. 

Protesters chant in front of Dallas City Hall in downtown Dallas, Saturday, May 30, 2020.
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At a nearly eight-hour city meeting on Friday, Dallasites demanded the firing of Police Chief Renee Hall, called on the City Council to defund the Dallas Police Department and questioned the use of tear gas and so-called less-than-lethal-weapons

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.
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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.

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

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The city of Dallas will furlough 472 workers starting next week because of a pandemic-spurred budget crunch — and by far the biggest impact will be on the parks, libraries and cultural departments. The Office of Arts and Culture alone will lose more than half its 60 employees.

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Dallas is adding three city staff members to support its newly revamped citizen police oversight board, and expanding that board’s authority. The former chair says its a step forward in the right direction.

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Days before Dallas' paid sick leave policy takes effect, a conservative organization said it will sue the city if it doesn't delay implementation. 

Eric Johnson (foreground) and Scott Griggs (distant) face each other in the runoff to be the next mayor of Dallas. Here, debate moderator is The Dallas Morning News' Gromer Jeffers. Early voting runs through June 4, and election day is June 8.
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After a packed field of nine candidates, it's now down to two for Dallas mayor: State Rep. Eric Johnson, who got the most votes in the general election, and Dallas City Council member Scott Griggs, who came in a close second.

Early voting runs through June 4. Election Day is June 8.

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The two survivors in the race to be the next Dallas mayor faced off Thursday night in a debate a little more than two weeks before the June 8 runoff.


That's right, they're not looking for you and your overdue books anymore. 

The Dallas City Council amended an ordinance Wednesday that eliminates fees on overdue books. Previously, an overdue book cost 30 cents a day.

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May features several debates between Dallas mayoral runoff candidates Eric Johnson and Scott Griggs -- the top two vote-getters in the May 4 election.

On election night, State Rep. Eric Johnson led a crowded field of nine candidates for Dallas mayor. He'll face City Council member Scott Griggs on June 8.
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A busy weekend of local elections brought clarity in Fort Worth — where the mayor and the entire City Council were re-elected — and in Arlington, where the mayor coasted to an easy win. But in Dallas, things are murkier, at least until the June 8 runoff.

From left: skylines of Fort Worth, Dallas and San Antonio.
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Voters in some of Texas' biggest cities are heading to the polls Saturday to decide who should be their mayor.

In Dallas, a crowded field is vying to succeed term-limited Mayor Mike Rawlings. In Fort Worth, Mayor Betsy Price is seeking an unprecedented fifth term. And in San Antonio, Mayor Ron Nirenberg is up for a second term.

Former state Rep. Jason Villalba talks to the audience at a Dallas mayoral forum at the Scottish Rite Temple in March. Candidates discussed a variety of issues that especially affect people of color.
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Professional political watchers say there’s no clear frontrunner among the nine candidates seeking to replace Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings in the May 4 municipal elections — making the race wide open. 

Each candidate will need to clearly communicate what approaches and priorities make him or her distinct.

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Amid a debate in the Texas Capitol over whether such rules should be banned statewide, the Dallas City Council on Wednesday passed a new ordinance requiring employers in the city to offer paid sick leave to their employees.

Most Dallas mayor candidates appeared at an election forum March 28, 2019, at the Dallas Scottish Rite Temple in downtown Dallas. Pictured is Dallas school board member Miguel Solis addressing the audience.
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Early voting started Monday for the May 4 municipal elections across Texas, and the highest-profile election on local ballots may be the race for Dallas mayor. Term limits mean Mike Rawlings will leave after two four-year terms  leading the city. Meet the nine candidates running to replace him.

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More and more people are experiencing homelessness across North Texas — and candidates in the Dallas mayoral race are weighing in on how to change that. 

State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, is joined by state Rep. Angie Button, R-Richardson, during a press conference at the Capitol to announce an anti-corruption bill Monday.
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A Dallas lawmaker says he plans to file a bill this week that would take away elected officials’ power to influence whether low-income housing is built in their cities or Texas House districts. That vow comes after Dallas officials have faced criminal charges for their involvement in such projects.

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A former Dallas City Council member has pleaded guilty to taking bribes from an affordable housing developer.


The lineup is now final: Nine people will compete to become the next mayor of Dallas. So just who are they? Find out here.

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The Dallas City Council was briefed Wednesday on the city's options for one of its most prominent Confederate monuments. 

There are three paths for the Confederate War Memorial that stands in Pioneer Park Cemetery near the Dallas Convention Center: keep it, remove it or do nothing.


A former Dallas City Council member will finish the term of a disgraced ex-councilman who resigned after pleading guilty to accepting bribes in a school buses scandal.

Dallas sculptor Dan Lam inside her home studio. One of the proposals in the new plan is to improve local artists' quality of life by finding a group healthcare plan or co-op.
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By a unanimous vote, the Dallas City Council approved a new cultural plan on Wednesday – the first the city’s had since 2002. 

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The Dallas City Council has decided to privatize Fair Park.

The council on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve a 20-year management contract, turning the keys over to nonprofit Fair Park First.

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The Dallas City Council has decided to bolster an ordinance to counter the problem of attacks by loose dogs.


By 2020, all Dallas apartment complexes with eight or more units will have to provide one common service: recycling.

The Dallas City Council unanimously approved the new ordinance on Wednesday, pushing the city closer toward its “zero waste” goals established in 2013. 

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Dallas voters may have the chance to weigh in on whether workers across the city get paid when they’re too sick to work.

A coalition of Texas-based community groups says it's turning in more than 110,000 signatures to the city clerk's office in a petition to put a paid sick leave ordinance on the ballot in November.

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Dallas has let private dockless bike-share companies operate freely since they first appeared last summer. Now, city officials have drawn up some regulations.

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The Dallas City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved the city's first comprehensive housing policy. It's designed to address the shortage of affordable housing and break up concentrations of poverty in the city.