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Instead Of Playing Houston Tonight, Cowboys Will Raise Money In Telethon For Harvey Relief


Five stories that have North Texas talking: The Cowboys are taking pledges during practice for Harvey relief; why you should get gas before Labor Day; preview fall films with Texas ties; and more.

The Dallas Cowboys are taking pledges for The Salvation Army during their practice Thursday night to support Harvey relief efforts.

Before Wednesday, the Cowboys were scheduled to take on the Texans at AT&T Stadium in their final preseason game, which had been moved from Houston because of widespread flooding. The decision to cancel altogether was made when the Texans said local authorities had found a safe route for the team to drive the 250 miles home.

"When it became available to us, we've got so many guys on the team that are distracted by all the events and the circumstances that it became increasingly more difficult from our perspective to go out and try to play a football game," general manager Rick Smith told the Associated Press Wednesday.


The Cowboys understood and made other plans to help out their rivals. During the their practice from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Dallas players will participate in a live telethon, taking calls from fans for charitable donations. Cowboys alumni will also be manning the phones.

The televised workout will air on CBS 11 and in more than 20 other markets in the Southwest. You can catch it on the team’s Facebook and Twitter, too. You can call 844-790-5687 or text to give. Here are other ways North Texans can help out post-Harvey. [KERA News, The Associated Press]


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  • If you’re traveling for Labor Day, it may be best to fill your tank now. Harvey shut down several refineries, and thus, has caused a gas shortage. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
  • The percentage of unvaccinated students in Denton County schools has increased. Denton County is now seventh in the state with the highest percentage of exempted students, up from its No. 10 spot the previous year. [Denton Record-Chronicle]
  • From trendy shops to the streets, paletas are connecting generations of vendors in Dallas. Meet one vendor who’s sold the ice-cold treats in the U.S. for a decade, and four siblings born in Mexico who just opened a paleteria last summer. [KERA News]
  • Preview the fall movie season, which includes new work by a pair of high-profile Texas directors: David Gordon Green and Richard Linklater. [Art&Seek]

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