Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas police dog survives elevator fall; new principal wants to change students perception of O.D. Wyatt; how to influence your lawmakers; and more.
A Dallas police dog miraculously survived falling four stories while on the job Saturday morning. At the scene of a theft in the 7500 block of Scyene Road, “Yoll” was helping officers with a building search for a suspect when the 6-year-old German shepherd fell through an elevator shaft, according to the Dallas Police Department’s blog.
He only suffered minor scratches from the incident and even walked into the veterinary office on Saturday on his own, despite his injuries.
— Maj. Max Geron (@MaxDPD) April 1, 2017
The big guy has a follow-up appointment at the vet today to see when he can return to work. Yoll works as a patrol-narcotics detector dog with Senior Cpl. Susan Millard. Officers are documenting his progress on Facebook and Twitter. [Dallas Police Department, The Dallas Morning News]
- 2017 has been the hottest start to a year on record for North Texas. In the first three months, an average temperature of 59.1 degrees has been recorded at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, breaking the old record of 58 degrees from 1907, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. And the average high for those first three months was 70 degrees. North Texas saw its warmest February on record, with an average of 60.1 degrees, and March 20 was a record 92 degrees. So, at this rate, summer could be brutal, unless we get essential rainfall this spring that will help keep summer cool enough to make it to fall. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
- “I know lawmakers are voted in by us, the voters, but is there any REAL way to influence their decision and make my voice heard?” Molly Vladyka of Kyle, Texas asked that question as part of our Texas Decides project. Public radio stations across Texas, including KERA, are taking listeners’ questions throughout the 85th Legislature to help clarify the often complicated lawmaking process in Texas. KUT in Austin answered this question by offering five ways citizens can influence their representatives: visiting their office, joining an activist organization, attending a public committee hearing and more. Do you have a question? Submit it here. [Texas Station Collaborative]
- The new principal at O.D. Wyatt High School in Fort Worth is trying to change the way students see their school. Academically, the school has struggled, and its hallways have seen their fair share of fights. Mario Layne Layne says, “We have a perception that our students aren’t smart or our teachers don’t work hard or whatever the case may be. The truth is that we have really smart and talented kids. The truth is we have some hard-working teachers. The truth is Wyatt has the potential to be a really, really good school, but you have to have people that believe in that.” Learn more in the conclusion of our series, “Race Poverty and the Changing Face of Schools.” [KERA News]
- Texas isn’t exactly a mecca for the film industry. But Fort Worth producer Red Sanders would like to change that. During South by Southwest last month, Sanders screened his new film “A Bad Idea Gone Wrong,” and while in Austin, spoke to the state Senate about the importance of the film incentive program. Art&Seek reports: “Despite the landscape, Sanders is worried about the future of the Texas film industry because the proposed state budget slashes the current film incentive program. Four years ago, the state spent $95 million. If the budget passes, it’ll spend only $3.5 million. That has consequences for Sanders, and for Texas.” Learn more in the Artist Spotlight. [Art&Seek]
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