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Early voting numbers are in, and it’s a mixed bag for Dallas and Tarrant Counties. In Dallas County, it appears voters are staying home. 

Early voting ends today for Saturday’s municipal elections across North Texas. The top contest on the ballot is for mayor of Dallas: Incumbent Mike Rawlings and challenger Marcos Ronquillo.

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The Texas House passed a bill Friday that would limit cities and counties from regulating hydraulic fracturing within its limits. The oil and gas industry-backed measure was overwhelmingly approved by the House.

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More than one in four Dallas roads are in bad shape, according to a city survey of 11,700 miles of road. 

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The debate over the proposed Trinity Toll Road has focused mostly on traffic and cost. Wednesday on Think, Krys Boyd talked with a toll road supporter and detractor about those sticking points. And they also got into a lesser-talked about element of the project – how it would affect the city’s levee system.

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The Texas Legislature is poised to take a major step toward wiping out a highly publicized local ban on hydraulic fracturing approved in Denton - and ensuring that other communities don't follow suit.

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Texas will be well on its way to allowing gun owners with concealed weapons permits to start carrying their handguns openly in public places if the state House approves key gun legislation Tuesday.

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City Council members control the agenda and microphones, but can’t talk during meetings about anything that’s not on the official agenda. So on Wednesday, a pair of council members planned to leave their seats and head for the public microphone. The topic? What could be the hottest issue in May’s election: the proposed Trinity toll road. At the last minute, though, the city attorney put the kibosh on their plans.

Urban Gardening Could Get Easier In Dallas This Week

Mar 24, 2015
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For the first time since 2010, the Dallas City Council this week is considering new rules around agriculture within the city limits. The new ordinance was put together by a team of food activists, gardeners, city staff and elected officials. Susie Marshall, executive director of GROW North Texas, was one of those people. 

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As policy dilemmas go, the one triggered when Denton voters decided last fall to ban hydraulic fracturing in their city looked like a whopper: The oil and gas industry versus local control — two things Texas holds dear — in intractable opposition. There seemed little doubt lawmakers would weigh in upon their return to Austin.

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