Five stories that have North Texas talking: Wendy Davis talks about how she lost the governor’s race; the Dallas Cowboys lose; the Alamo dispute continues; and more.
Wendy Davis says she hopes to run for office again – maybe for governor, maybe for something else. She recently spoke with Rolling Stone on a variety of topics. Davis, who lost the governor’s race last fall to Greg Abbott, said there are several things she’d do differently if she ran again. “When you get into a race of that magnitude – and it was my first experience on a platform of that magnitude – you tend to have to rely on a team of people around you to help shape everything you do, from your day-to-day logistics to your speeches to your priorities and your messaging,” Davis told Rolling Stone. “And I felt like as the months ticked by, my voice was getting lost. I can't really – and certainly don't – point fingers at anyone for that. It just happens to be a side effect of that size of an organization, and the quickness with which we had to put an organization like that together.” [Rolling Stone]
- The Dallas Cowboys lost to the Atlanta Falcons in Arlington Sunday afternoon. ESPN reports: “[The Cowboys] opened up Sunday's game against the Falcons as a team in command. The offensive line was dominant. The defense was able to get some stops. But then it all changed at the end of the first half. After the Cowboys took a 28-14 lead with 40 seconds left in the first half, the Falcons scored on four of their next five possessions, putting up 25 straight points to take the lead for good, leading to a 39-28 win over the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.” [ESPN]
- Leading academics, archivists and others are criticizing efforts by Texas officials to claim ownership of part of a historical collection at the Alamo. In a letter sent Friday to the Texas General Land Office, the group says the private library maintained by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas is one of the state's finest research facilities, largely because of the roughly 38,000 items preserved there. The Daughters ran the Alamo complex for 110 years before the General Land Office took ownership of the site in 2011. The nonprofit managed the site until March, when the state ended the group's contract. The Daughters then sued, alleging the state claimed ownership. The state says it doesn't want control of the entire collection, but argues some items were purchased with taxpayer dollars. [Associated Press]
- Alice Walton is the richest person in Texas. That’s according to Forbes, which has produced a list of the richest person for every state. She’s worth $36.4 billion, Forbes says. “With her billions, she has long focused on curating art, culminating in the opening of the Crystal Bridges Art Museum in her hometown of Bentonville, Ark., in 2011,” Forbes says. “In 2014, she reportedly agreed to purchase a New Jersey home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and have it moved down to the museum’s campus.” In other Alice Walton news, she’s selling her ranch and horses in Parker County. [Forbes/The Dallas Morning News]
- A high schooler with Spina Bifida has been selected as her school’s homecoming queen in Dripping Springs. KVUE-TV reports: “Bailey Kay Huston lined up on the football field Friday after she was nominated for homecoming queen several weeks ago. Her close friend Chloe Holmes organized the dance team to get Bailey elected while she was in the hospital dealing with a complication from her birth defect. …The crowd erupted as Bailey’s name was called, and she couldn’t hold back her excitement as she squealed in delight and disbelief.” Brandon Neffendorf, a boy with Cerebal Palsy, was named the king. [KVUE-TV]
KERA’s Courtney Collins and Stephen Becker and The Associated Press contributed to this report.