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Seven candidates are vying to replace Angela Hunt to represent a diverse district that includes portions of downtown and the arts district; lower Greenville Avenue;  Cedar Springs and East Dallas.   Here's what they had to say on taxes, gas drilling, the Trinity River Tollway, arts funding and more.

Arts groups in Dallas have held several forums to find out what city council candidates would do to support the arts.  KERA also wanted to know, so we asked those competing in contested races. Here’s what they told us. 

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The Dallas Convention Center is now the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.  The City Council approved the name change Wednesday to honor the former Texas Republican senator and Dallas resident.

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The debate was civil Thursday night in one of Dallas’ hottest  city council races, between incumbents Delia Jasso and Scott Griggs. There are big differences between the two, where re-drawn council districts covering North Oak Cliff forced the face-off.

Oral arguments for Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill are scheduled April 29 before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. In 2010 Hill was sentenced to 18 years in prison for extortion and bribery in a Dallas City Hall corruption case. Appeals hearings are also scheduled on the same date for Hill's wife and others convicted for their involvement.

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Dallas City Hall is ramping up security after recent mass shootings in Connecticut, Colorado and elsewhere.

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The designer bike and pedestrian lanes across the Trinity River got a shot in the arm today – money to cover cost overruns.


David Keith, probably best known for his role in the movie An Officer and a Gentleman, is now on the campaign trail for a DNA registry to identify dog droppings.

For the first time in four years, city of Dallas employees are getting pay raises – up to 1.5 percent based on job performance.

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A city of Dallas budget proposal to add two full-time municipal court judges sparked accusations of cronyism at City Hall, and comes after the dismissal of several judges that upset minority council members.

The Dallas City Council is taking a “do-over” on its new strategic trash and recycling plan. Environmentalists and businesses claimed they were shut out of the discussion.

Dallas City Council members heard conflicting approaches to possible gas drilling ordinance changes today.

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Twice-a-week watering is now a permanent part of lawn and landscape care in Dallas.

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Fort Worth City Council members want to hear from citizens one more time before deciding what to do about gas drilling disposal wells inside the city limits. KERA’s BJ Austin says the Council’s six-year-old moratorium on disposal wells expires April 30th.

Dallas City Council members are moving to shut down Columbia Packing, a North Oak Cliff slaughter house. KERA’s BJ Austin says the move comes after pig blood was dumped into a creek that empties into the Trinity River.

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Dallas City Council members are a week and a half away from approving additional vendors at Dallas Love Field.

Dallas City Council has voted 11-4 to approve the creation of a non-profit education corporation to help Uplift Charter Schools secure low-interest construction funds.

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The Dallas City Council gets a drought update today. KERA’s BJ Austin says part of that discussion is expected to be about selling water to those with slimmer resources.

Dallas City Council members will look over their 2012 “to do” list today. It’s a list of objectives and projects that address public safety, economic development and making the city “more fun”! KERA’s BJ Austin reports.

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Dallas City Council members have a 10 Billion dollar “to-do” list. And will talk today about what to include in a 2012 bond election. KERA’s BJ Austin reports.

In briefing material, city managers say the bond package should be around 500 million dollars. That’s basically what the city can afford considering projected slow growth in the tax base, and the existing debt.

The top three items on the City Manager’s bond package list are streets, flood protection and economic development.


The U.S. Justice Department has given “pre-clearance” to the new Dallas redistricting map. KERA’s BJ Austin says that could signal the start of a court battle.  

Dallas, TX – A "makeover" for the Dallas City Hall "ethics" policy is in the works. KERA's BJ Austin says City Council members got a few ideas at an SMU ethics forum Wednesday.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has made changing the "culture" of ethics at City Hall a priority.

Rawlings: You know one of the most important things that we can do for the city of Dallas is send a signal that we care about ethics. It's the foundation of everything we do: how we treat each other, how we treat suppliers, how we treat citizens.

Dallas, TX – A group of Dallas Hispanics want the City Council to re-draw the redistricting map approved two weeks ago. KERA's BJ Austin says about 100 people took that demand to City Hall today.

The new election district boundaries provide six traditionally white majority districts, four African-American, and four Hispanic. But, activist Hector Flores said that doesn't compute when Latinos are 42% of the population.