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9:39 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Rep. Veasey Clocks In At Job Sites As He Campaigns For Higher Wages

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey operates controls that release liquid nitrogen into a cement mix.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

As the congressman for a district with unemployment that's higher than the state average, and income that's lower, Rep. Marc Veasey has made jobs his top priority.  Not just creating jobs, but raising salaries for the people who live in Congressional District 33 which stretches from West Fort Worth to West Dallas.

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Government
12:51 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Fort Worth City Council Approves Zoning Changes At Stockyards

D. Davis Flickr

The Fort Worth City Council is moving forward with zoning changes to its historic Stockyards over the objections of some residents and civic leaders.

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Government
11:20 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Inside Last Night's Marathon Meeting Over Denton's Potential Fracking Ban

Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Tom Phillips speaks to the Denton City Council.
Joyce Marshall Fort Worth Star-Telegram

A citizen-led petition to ban fracking inside Denton city limits heads to voters in November after city leaders voted down the anti-fracking ban early this morning.

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Government
1:23 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Cornyn Expects Congress To Consider Child Immigration Bill Within Weeks

More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have cross the border into the United States since October.
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Republican Sen. John Cornyn believes that by August Congress will take up a bipartisan immigration bill he is sponsoring with Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat from Laredo.

The bill aims to speed the removal of thousands of migrant children from Central America who have crossed into the United States and are being detained at the border. 

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Government
10:50 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

After Immigration Shelters Named, Dallas County Leaders Could Face Raucous Meeting

Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell is the court's lone Republican. He thinks County Judge Clay Jenkins' idea to shelter 2,000 immigrant children is a bad one.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Dallas County Commissioners will meet Tuesday morning as controversy builds over County Judge Clay Jenkins' recent announcement that the county would help the federal government set up centers for 2,000 immigrant children. The lone Republican county commissioner, Mike Cantrell, doesn’t think Jenkins’ idea is a good one.

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Government
10:05 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Mayors Urge Action To Curb Number Of Children Crossing The U.S. Border

Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson and Mayor Robert Cluck joined a panel of other mayors and law enforcement officials on Sunday to talk about the growing number of children crossing the border alone.
Stella M. Chávez KERA News

The number of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has skyrocketed in recent months. So much so that officials in town for the U.S. Conference of Mayors made it a topic of discussion on Sunday.

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Government
12:51 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Dallas Mayor Wants City Council To Consider Raising Minimum Wage For Some Workers

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings wants the City Council to consider raising the minimum wage for workers employed by city contractors.
Kenny Tong Shutterstock.com

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said over the weekend he wants the City Council to consider raising the minimum wage for workers employed by city contractors. The mayor's announcement comes after Dallas County is considering a similar increase -- and as cities and states across the country are raising the minimum wage, saying their workers should be earning more.

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Iraq
12:11 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Obama Says U.S. Ready To Send Up To 300 Military Advisers To Iraq

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President Barack Obama says the U.S. is prepared to take targeted military actions in Iraq if they would help fight a growing threat from extremist militants. He also says the U.S. is ready to send as many as 300 military advisers to Iraq.

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Government
10:44 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Dallas Hosting Two Summits Aimed At Creating Better Cities

The New Cities summit is bringing world leaders to the Dallas Arts District.
Dallas Arts District

This week, Dallas is hosting top city planners and officials at two big conferences.  On Friday, 200 mayors from around the country will be here to discuss issues like education and urban poverty.  On Tuesday, 800 public, business and academic leaders from 40 countries are meeting in the arts district at the third New Cities Summit.

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Government
6:09 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

'It's Fabulous:' Dallas' Continental Bridge Reopens As A Park -- No Cars Allowed

Pedestrians walked along the Continental Bridge Park with a close-up view of the white-arch Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
Rick Holter KERA News

A brand-new $12 million Dallas park officially opened Sunday -- on an old converted bridge that spans the Trinity River west of downtown. On the Continental Bridge, cars are no longer allowed, but pedestrians and bicyclists are free to roam.

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