Five stories that have North Texas talking: early voting for Super Tuesday starts today; some doctors are getting extra cash from pharmaceutical companies; lots of people are leaving the coasts for Texas boomtowns; and more.
From Demi Lovato’s powerful rendition of “Hello” by Lionel Richie to Leon Bridges’ autobiographical Squarespace commercial, North Texas artists were present throughout the 58th music awards. Several artists were nominated: Bridges for R&B album, Kelly Clarkson for best pop album and best pop solo performance for “Heartbeat Song” and Kirk Franklin for best gospel performance/song, “Wanna Be Happy?”
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Leon Bridges’ Squarespace ad, titled “Leon’s Journey,” was partially filmed in Fort Worth with a shot of the singer performing at Magnolia Motor Lounge and a scene with vocalist Brittni Jessie singing in Shipping & Receiving Bar among other cameos.
Also, Liz Rose of Dallas co-wrote country outfit Little Big Town’s song of the year nominee, “Girl Crush”. Finally, in addition to grabbing its second Grammy for “Best Arrangement,” Arlington’s a cappella group, Pentatonix paid tribute alongside Stevie Wonder to the late Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire. See all 10 of the Grammys’ Texas-tied artists.
- Early voting for the Texas primaries starts today. The Texas Tribune created a “field guide” to navigate the ballots, which include candidates not only for the presidential bid but also the Texas Senate and House, State Board of Education and more. Plus, if you need a reference sheet for those candidates, The Trib provided a comprehensive and interactive list. And, perhaps most importantly, here’s where you can vote. [Texas Tribune]
- Doctors recommend certain medications to patients to get financial benefits from pharmaceutical companies. State regulators are worried about this malpractice, so they passed a law “that allows the Texas State Board of Pharmacy to inspect the financial records of doctors and pharmacies to make sure things are on the up and up,” Texas Standard reported. Reporter Kevin Krause spoke with Texas Standard about this issue following the publication of his story for The Dallas Morning News.
“Since my story’s ran, I’ve heard from a lot of people in the medical community who are saying that this is a common practice for physicians to be receiving money from these pharmacies for prescribing compounding medications and referring patients. Quite frankly, a lot of doctors, I’m hearing, are worried about this right now – about the federal investigation.”
Read and listen to more about this issue. [Texas Standard, The Dallas Morning News]
- A Fort Worth couple had domestic dispute over an underwhelming Valentine’s gift. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported: “A 45-year-old man there told the officer that he and his wife ‘began arguing over buying a house and his not having done enough for Valentine’s Day,’ according to a police incident report.” The man threw a Valentine’s card at his 26-year-old wife, and she responded with a shove. Neither were injured but both were cited for assault by offensive contact or threat. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
- “Texas is pretty much the blueprint for America's cities of the future.” According to Forbes magazine, Texas has four major boom towns: Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio. KUT reported: “Forbes contributor on demographics and social and economic trends, Joel Kotkin says part of the reason is because luxury cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and Portland are increasingly becoming difficult places to buy a house.” But with an influx of people, Texas needs to take care of its transportation problems and build developments with shopping, jobs and parks, Kotkin with Forbes said. Read more. [KUT]