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Government
5:04 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Dallas' Ice Force One Tackles Slush, Ice, Downed Trees

The next shift rolls out to sand and salt Dallas' icy, slush streets. Crews work 12 hours on, 12 hours off, until officials say streets are clear and passable.

About 100 Dallas workers are dropping sand and salt at this hour, to make roads passable. They’re members of the second 12-hour shift of the city’s Ice Force One road crew. Meet some members of the first shift, who worked midnight to noon Friday.

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Government
11:45 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Dallas Mayor Disputes HUD's Findings That City Violated Civil Rights Laws

Mayor Mike Rawlings spoke to the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday about the city's plans for South Dallas. He also addressed HUD's investigation of the city's affordable housing practices, which HUD says are discriminatory.
Credit City of Dallas

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings responded Tuesday to federal housing officials who say the city is violating civil rights laws with its affordable housing practices. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development alleges that the city has steered most of its housing for low-income residents to southern Dallas.

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Elections
3:54 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Saying 'Mama Ain't Happy,' Van De Putte Joins Davis At Top Of Democratic Ticket

Texas Senate

Six-term Democratic State Senator Leticia Van de Putte made her candidacy for lieutenant governor official on Saturday.  She told a crowd of some 500 in near her home in San Antonio that "Mama ain't happy." 

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22 Days In November
12:01 am
Wed November 20, 2013

JFK Tragedy Tested LBJ's Ability To Lead And Deliver

President Lyndon Johnson taking oath of office aboard Air Force One on Nov. 22, 1963.
LBJ Library

John F. Kennedy, the young President from Massachusetts, had a complicated relationship with his vice president, Texas dealmaker Lyndon Johnson.

But historian Mark Updegrove, director of the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, believes the two men had developed mutual respect by the time they visited Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

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Elections
1:20 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Van de Putte Expected To Officially Announce Her Candidacy Next Week

Sen. Van de Putte greets supporters at a recent Arlington fundraiser.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte has reserved a gymnasium at San Antonio College where she's expected to announce her run for lieutenant governor on Nov. 23.

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Elections
11:17 am
Fri November 15, 2013

The $97 Million Vote: One Voter With Personal Ties Decides A Huge Project In Dallas

The only eligible voter in the North Oak Cliff Municipal Management District registered to vote using the address at this Dallas house.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Millions of people voted across the country in last week's election. But in Dallas, there was one election that drew just a single ballot.

Call it the $97 million vote: One person got to decide whether a specially created district can sell that amount in bonds and levy property taxes for a $700 million development.

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Elections
10:09 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Big Money, Drought Concerns Spur Approval Of State Water Fund

Shelley Kofler KERA News

A million-dollar campaign by a political action committee and support from top elected officials helped grease the wheels for passage of Proposition 6, which creates a $2 billion fund to finance water projects.

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Elections
8:58 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Texans Pass Propositions That Will Help Veterans

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Voters across Texas approved two propositions on Tuesday that will help veterans and their families.

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Elections
7:39 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Today Is Election Day -- Find Sample Ballots, Polling Sites For Your County

Shelley Kofler KERA News

Are you unsure where to vote?  Want to take a look at the elections and issue on the ballot?  

County elections offices have posted sample ballots and the locations of polling sites as well as contact information if you encounter difficulty.

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Government
12:05 am
Mon October 28, 2013

$2 Billion Water Fund: Solution To A Crisis Or A Slush Fund?

Top elected officials across the state are campaigning hard for Proposition 6, which would create a $2 billion fund to finance water projects.  But opponents claim the constitutional amendment on the Nov. 5 ballot is just a slush fund. 

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