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Chronic homelessness can seem unsolvable. People bounce around from the street to jail to hospitals and back to the street. On Thursday, ground was broken on an $8 million effort to stop that cycle in southern Dallas. It's called the Cottages at Hickory Crossing.


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Dallas County plans a new, more aggressive way to control mosquitoes and West Nile virus next year. 2012 was the worst year ever in North Texas: 18 deaths in Dallas County alone. But, beekeepers and organic farmers do not want aerial pesticide spraying as part of the 2013 plan.

For the next two months, a task force of Dallas County Sheriff’s deputies and Constables will be checking cars in parking lots for expired inspection stickers. But they’ll leave a friendly message on the windshield instead of a ticket.

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The idea of counties expanding Medicaid with the Affordable Care Act is getting some traction in North Texas. Governor Perry has said the state won’t do it.

Aerial spraying for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus is “on” for Monday and Tuesday, weather permitting.

Fighting West Nile: Resources

Aug 17, 2012

Where did West Nile come from? What are the implications of aerial spraying? Here’s a roundup of information on the virus and how it’s affecting North Texas.

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 In a statement released Friday evening Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said he supports Dallas County’s plan for aerial spraying to combat West Nile virus, but Rawlings stopped short of saying the City would authorize the spraying.

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Dallas County is reporting an eighth death from West Nile virus.

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Over the past 8 years, there’s been an almost 40 percent increase in people living with HIV in Dallas County. That’s according to a new study by the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

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Today is the last day of early voting for the city council and school board elections across the metroplex this weekend. In Dallas County, only 18,000 people have turned out to vote early. County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole said she expected more.

Elected officials and political hopefuls have another week to decide if they'll run in the March primaries.

Longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price is facing opposition in the March Democratic primary. His former assistant, Betty Culbreath has filed to run against him.

SMU political scientist Dr. Cal Jillson says Price has a loyal constituency, even under the cloud of an FBI corruption investigation.

Dallas, TX – On this World AIDS Day, the Dallas County number of newly diagnosed HIV/AIDS cases is rising. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on the worrisome trend, and some efforts to reverse it.

There was a time, says Mark Brown - not his real name - when a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS was a death sentence. Brown, who is gay and in his 40s, says it was not that long ago.

Dallas, TX – Dallas County Sheriff's Deputies are part of the County's 45-agency DWI Task Force, but their presence won't be as big as last year. KERA's BJ Austin says federal funding for holiday enforcement is frozen.

An investigation into possible cheating on overtime in a federal-grant program to catch "speeders" has cut off companion funding for holiday DWI enforcement.

Dallas, TX – A new report about children's health in Dallas County shows nearly one third live in poverty and child abuse and neglect cases increased 39% over the past decade. KERA's BJ Austin says authors of the report hope the "numbers" will be a call to action.

Dallas, TX – Almost one third of children in Dallas County live in poverty. That's one of the disturbing findings in the annual Children's Medical Center study released this morning. as KERA's Shelley Kofler reports.

According to the report 29 percent of Dallas County children last year were living below the poverty line. That's more than 192,000 children, enough to fill Cowboys Stadium more than twice.

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