Government

Friday Conversation
4:10 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Ex-NSA Chief Talks About President Obama, Edward Snowden And Angry Birds

Gen. Michael Hayden, former head of the National Security Agency and the CIA, speaks Tuesday in Dallas.
Leading Authorities

Two years before 9/11, Michael Hayden took the top job at the National Security Agency. He spent the next decade at the top of the nation's intelligence structure and presided over a data-collection revolution.

Hayden's a security consultant now, and he'll be speaking in Dallas at noon Tuesday: It's part of the University of North Texas' Kuehne Speaker Series on National Security. (Tuesday's speech is sold out.) He took a break in his busy international travel schedule for this week's Friday Conversation.

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Government
11:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

KERA Announces Details For First, Statewide Lt. Governor Debate

KERA

KERA Public Broadcasting today released details for the first live, statewide televised debate among the four Republican candidates running for lieutenant governor.

The debate will be held at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at KERA studios in Dallas.

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Government
3:39 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Wendy Davis Proposes Plan For Training And Retaining More Teachers

Sen. Wendy Davis, the likely Democratic nominee for governor, met with North Texas educators before releasing a plan for increasing the number of Texas teachers.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis outlined a plan Thursday for attracting more top students to teaching and for improving the pay of those already in the classroom.

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Government
7:48 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Bob Bolen Remembered As The 'People's Mayor' Who Helped Build Fort Worth

Carl J. Licari Photography

Fort Worth is remembering former mayor Bob Bolen as a visionary who created the framework for what the city has become today.

Bolen, 87, died at his home Monday morning, leaving behind a long list of achievements that earned him the title of “people’s mayor.”

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Government
12:22 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Former Mayor Bob Bolen, Fort Worth's Longest-Serving Leader, Dies At 87

Bob Bolen, called "the people's mayor, served from 1982 -1991.
Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

Former Fort Worth Mayor Bob Bolen is being remembered today for helping launch Alliance Airport and for bringing the Federal Bureau of Engraving and Printing to the city.

Bolen, 87, died this morning at his home.  He served as mayor from 1982 until 1991, longer than any other.

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Government
1:39 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Iconic Fort Worth Post Office Could Soon Close

Fort Worth's giant post office on Lancaster opened on Washington's Birthday, 1933. It stands on the south side near two other iconic structures, the Texas and Pacific Railroad Staton and Warehouse
Texas Eagle Flickr.com

The U.S. Postal Service is a step closer to leaving its landmark Lancaster Avenue post office in downtown Fort Worth. The building is among several iconic structures on the city’s south side.

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Government
9:45 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Hoping To Crack Down On Drunk Drivers, Tarrant County Launches Another 'No Refusal' Operation

Fort Worth Police will be among those in Tarrant County launching a "No Refusal" policy during the holidays. If drivers suspected of driving drunk refuse a breath or blood test, a warrant will be issued for a blood test.
Flickr.com

Some North Texas police departments are about to enforce their “no refusal” policy that cracks down on drunk drivers. It’s becoming a part of the holidays.

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Government
12:58 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

At Press Conference, Obama Hints At Changing Phone Records Collection

President Barack Obama suggests he may be ready to rein in some of the bulk collection of Americans' phone records to allay the public's privacy concerns.

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Government
4:59 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Is Dallas Segregating Low-Income Housing Once Again?

Oak Cliff Chamber President Bob Stimson says a concentration of low-income housing in southern Dallas makes it difficult to attract businesses.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

In just a few weeks, Dallas housing officials must respond to a four-year federal Housing and Urban Development investigation that found that the city misused federal financing aimed at creating low-income housing throughout Dallas.

The HUD inquiry comes as critics claim that Dallas is fostering economic and racial segregation by returning to a practice of placing nearly all its low-income housing in the southern part of town, home to some of the city's poorest residents.

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Government
9:35 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Dallas City Council Approves Strict Gas Drilling Rules

Retired engineer Richard Guldi urged the Dallas City Council to approve the stricter 1,500 foot setback for drilling companies in the city.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

After months, even years, of debate, the Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved strict new gas drilling rules. Drilling opponents are cheering. Gas industry officials say the new rules are so tough that wells may never get drilled on the city’s western edge, which sits over the eastern extremes of the Barnett Shale.

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