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FAA Proposes Nearly $3 Million Fine Against American Eagle & Nightly Roundup

By BJ Austin, KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX –

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing another $2 million-plus fine for safety violations against a sister carrier of American Airlines.

The FAA says that AMR Corp.'s American Eagle operated at least 1,178 passenger-carrying flights with four Bombardier jets that had main landing gear doors that weren't repaired the way a government safety directive ordered. The flights took place between February and May of 2008.

On Feb. 1, the FAA proposed a fine of nearly $2.5 million against American Eagle for not making sure crews had accurate information about the weight of baggage on dozens of flights.

AMR has 30 days to appeal both fines.

Efforts Underway To Save Oak Cliff Church

A deal has been struck in the battle to save an Oak Cliff landmark.

The Dallas School District bought the old Oak Cliff Christian Church on 10th Street with the intent to demolish it and make it part of an expanded Adamson High School campus.

But the Oak Cliff Conservation League went to court to try to save the vacant, historic building.

Now, the School District has agreed to let the Conservation League find a buyer for the building who will rehab it to use for some other purpose. If that happens by the end of October, the landmark is saved. Otherwise, it will be demolished as originally planned.

Storm Debris Pickup in Dallas

Dallas sanitation crews will be working overtime for the next 4 to 5 weeks, picking up curbside debris from the "big snowfall" last week. Until March 15th, the city will not issue tickets for putting out bulky trash when it's not the regular neighborhood pickup week.

Homeowners may also take debris to the Bachman Transfer Station or the McCommas Bluff Landfill. The tree limbs will be chopped up and offered as free mulch for spring gardening.

Second Conviction For McKinney Murders

A second suspect in McKinney's 2004 quadruple murder entered a guilty plea today, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

27 year old Eddie Ray Williams was the one who led police to Raul Cortez three years after the killings. Williams denied have any part in McKinney's worst crime, but later confessed.

Rosa and Mark Barbosa, and high school students Matthew Self and Austin York were killed in a botched robbery at the Barbosa home.

Raul Cortez was convicted and sentenced to death last year. His brother, Javier, is in federal prison on a firearms charge and has not been indicted in the murders.