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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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Government
11:57 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Take A Sneak Peek At Dallas' Continental Pedestrian Bridge That Opens Sunday

The foreground view of the Continental Bridge and Dallas' modern Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge behind it. The Continental Bridge Park officially opens Sunday.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Dallas’ unusual effort to turn an old bridge into a new park culminates this weekend when the Continental Bridge Park opens Sunday. Here’s a sneak peek.

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Government
6:07 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

In Dallas, Adults No Longer Have To Wear Bike Helmets

Alan Harmon in downtown Dallas on Bike to Work day last month
Stephen Becker KERA News

If you rode your bike Wednesday and wore a helmet, you won’t have to wear it Wednesday night. That’s because Dallas no longer requires every bike rider to wear one. The Dallas City Council voted 12-3 Wednesday to require only those 17 and under to wear a helmet.

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Government
7:03 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Dallas City Council Could Change Its Strict Bike Helmet Law Wednesday

Alan Harmon bikes the 12 miles from his White Rock home to his job in downtown Dallas every Friday
Stephen Becker KERA News

Right now,  Dallas has a tough bicycle helmet law. Everyone must wear one. But  the City Council is considering some pretty big changes that could be approved Wednesday.

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Government
8:06 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Gun Activists Displaying Firearms Restricted To Area Outside Texas GOP Convention

Open carry gun activists will gather outside the Fort Worth Convention Center when the Texas Republican Convention begins Thursday.
Rodger Mallison Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Some 11,000 Republicans headed to their state convention in Fort Worth on Thursday will be greeted by armed protesters as they enter the convention center.

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Government
4:46 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Obama Nominates San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro For HUD Secretary

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro at The Texas Tribune Festival in 2012.
Spencer Selvidge Texas Tribune

Before a packed crowd in the White House’s state dining room, President Obama on Friday nominated San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to become the newest — and youngest — member of his cabinet, as the secretary of housing and urban development.

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Government
3:29 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Virgin America Feels The Love: It Beats Southwest To Get Two Open Love Field Gates

Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Dallas city officials announced Monday afternoon that Virgin America will get the two open gates at Dallas Love Field. Virgin beat out Dallas-based Southwest Airlines for the gates, which American Airlines had to give up due to its merger with U.S. Airways.

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Government
5:44 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Chairman Anchia Weighs In As Dallas Charter Review Commission Takes Last Testimony

State Rep. Rafael Anchia chairs the Dallas Charter Review Commission.
Texas Tribune

Once every decade, the city of Dallas reviews its charter and recommends changes in the way it governs to voters. 

Tonight, the Charter Review Commission will hold its last public meeting in Dallas City Council chambers. Members will decide May 6 which changes to put before voters in November.

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7:35 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Rep. Joe Barton Says He'll File An Immigration Reform Bill

In an interview with NBC 5's Lone Star Politics Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican from Ennis, says he will soon introduce a bill that would establish a path to citizenship for the minor children of undocumented immigrants. He'll also call for creating a guest worker program.
politics A North Texas Republican congressman says it's time for the GOP to offer a comprehensive immigration reform plan. U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), tells NBC 5's Lone Star Politics that he will soon introduce a bill that will establish a path to citizenship for the minor children of illegal immigrants and a guest worker program.

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