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To help address youth unemployment in North Texas,  several companies recently gathered at the first-ever Dallas Opportunity Fair, a day-long hiring event to help local 16- to 24-year-olds find jobs.

Opponents Of Dallas-Houston Bullet Train Push Lawmakers To Kill It

May 7, 2017

Texas landowners opposed to a high-speed train line between Dallas and Houston took to the Capitol Thursday and early Friday to warn lawmakers that the project would ruin rural lifestyles and prevent growth in the counties between the two cities.

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The bruising battles over legislative fixes to failing pension systems in Dallas and Houston could eventually evolve into a statewide war over the kind of retirement funds public employees should be offered.

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Texas legislators are considering Senate Bill 6, the so-called bathroom bill -- it would require transgender people to use the bathroom in schools and government buildings that matches the sex on their birth certificate. The bill is on the minds of those gathering in Dallas this week for the National Black Trans Advocacy Conference

Uber Picks Dallas, Fort Worth As Test Cities For Flying Vehicle Network

Apr 25, 2017
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Uber is looking to North Texas as a testing ground for its initiative to make intra-urban flying vehicle rides a reality. The company announced Tuesday that Dallas and Fort Worth are its first U.S. partner cities for what its dubbing the “Uber Elevate Network.”

Dallas Officials Say State Lawmakers Share Blame For City's Pension Woes

Apr 19, 2017
Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Vittorio Ferrari

The Texas Legislature doesn’t send any state funds to the beleaguered Dallas or Houston pension systems. But legislators nonetheless find themselves mediating city-level disputes over a collection of bills aimed at shoring up at least $14 billion in the cities’ collective shortfalls.

In Dallas And Houston, Pension Fights Escalating, Sparking Unexpected Debates

Apr 17, 2017
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Pension leaders and elected officials in Dallas and Houston had one job: Get all parties from each city on the same page about how to shore up multi-billion-dollar retirement fund shortfalls before seeking help from state lawmakers.

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Dallas officials don’t know who caused the city’s emergency sirens to sound off for an hour and a half Friday night, but in an update Monday, they said it wasn’t a computer hack.

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To live “comfortably” in Dallas these days, you’ll need $57,984 per year, according to a report published this week by Go Banking Rates, a financial website.

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The Texas Senate's transportation committee committee sent to the full Senate on Wednesday five high-speed train bills, some of which could impact or hinder a private company's plans to build a bullet train from Dallas to Houston.

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As part of its $28 million expansion plan, the Church of the Incarnation in Uptown Dallas recently installed a 19-foot stained glass window that traveled across the ocean from the Canterbury Cathedral Stained Glass Studios in the United Kingdom.

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Dallas civil rights activist Roy Williams died Saturday at the Dallas VA Medical Center. He was 74.

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Dallas families bracing to lose their housing this June will get some money to relocate. The City of Dallas Housing Finance Corporation voted Tuesday to set aside $300,000 for families renting homes owned by HMK Ltd.  – homes that don’t meet housing standards that were strengthened last fall.

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On Sundays, along a busy highway near Fair Park, about 20 homeless people gather under a large tent for a church service. They pray with and listen to Raul Mendez.

This is a promotional photo for DGDG's "War Flower."
Danielle Georgiou Dance Group

Choreographer Danielle Georgiou is known in North Texas for bold and often provocative work about feminism, sexuality and culture. Her most recent project — "War Flower" — tackles rituals and media consumption.  

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A Texas-based feminist group that describes itself as "pro-life" learned Monday it had been abruptly removed as a listed partner of the Women's March on Washington scheduled for the day after the presidential inauguration.

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On an Oak Cliff boulevard near the iconic Texas Theatre stands a colorful tree-trunk-like structure with a hand on top. The 17-and-a-half-foot sculpture’s only been there a few weeks and was officially dedicated in December. 

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Dallas producer Sikwitit has had an enviable start to his career. He’s performed with rap superstar Lil Wayne, produced viral beats for hip-hop magazine XXL, and his music was featured on the Showtime series “Power.” He’s also earning recognition locally, because of his documentary "Sound Collectiv #DallasUp" and his winning of the Dallas Observer's award for "Best Producer."

Poor Texans Left In Dark As State Electricity Aid Programs Ends

Jan 5, 2017
Cooper Neill for The Texas Tribune

North Texas was freezing during a three-day stretch last month, but Mary Garcia refused to turn on the heat in her cramped apartment. She feared that doing so would too quickly drain her pay-as-you-go account with Penstar Power, a Dallas-based electricity provider.

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The Dallas Commission on Homelessness recently published a 51-page report recommending strategies to tackle the city's significant homeless issue. 

Billions In Pension Shortfalls Threatening Texas Cities' Budgets

Dec 2, 2016
Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Vittorio Ferrari / Texas Tribune

The state’s largest cities face tens of billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities to employee pension funds, a series of separate financial situations that is spurring massive account withdrawals, ongoing lawsuits, mounting political friction and national media attention.

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Paul Quinn College in southern Dallas recently received $1.1 million to help revitalize the school and the surrounding Highland Hills neighborhood. The college got the financial boost from the Dallas Impact Investing Collaborative. 

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A vote scheduled to begin Nov. 14 to help rescue the failing Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund instead has been put on hold after five cops and firefighters filed a lawsuit.

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Families in West Dallas living in rental houses slated for closure will be allowed to stay in their homes until the end of the school year.

HMK Limited owns 305 inexpensive rental homes that don’t meet city code. Instead of repairing all the houses to bring them to standard, owner Khraish Khraish opted to close his rental business and have tenants vacate. 

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What happens when 300 families lose their housing all at once? That’s playing out in West Dallas, a longtime black and Latino neighborhood that’s rapidly gentrifying.

The City Council passed new housing standards in September. One landlord is now closing his rental home business because hundreds of his homes aren’t up to code.

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Members of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund will vote in November whether to reduce their benefits. If the answer is "yes," the chairman of pension fund board calls it only a first step toward saving the troubled retirement system. But commentator Lee Cullum says something has to be done.

Dallas Judge Temporarily Halts Mass Eviction

Oct 11, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

State District Judge Ken Molberg on Tuesday ordered a Dallas landlord to temporarily halt the abrupt mass closure of hundreds of rental houses in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

The CEO of Backpage.com, a classifieds website that allows users to post escort ads, was arrested Thursday on felony pimping charges.

Carl Ferrer was arrested in Houston after he arrived on a flight from Amsterdam; dozens of law enforcement officers then searched Backpage's Dallas headquarters, the Texas attorney general's office says.

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The annual fight to wrangle a working city budget in Dallas is over. The Council approved the plan last week. Throughout the process, arts groups serving African-American and Latino audiences argued and protested for more funding.

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Many in North Texas wake up every day uncertain of when they’ll get their next meal. On Friday, local, state and national experts met to find solutions to hunger and food insecurity at the fifth annual Dallas Hunger Summit. Many agreed those solutions have to start from the bottom.

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