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Update, 3 p.m. Thursday: The restraining order was thrown out, allowing for the removal of the statue. Read more about the ruling here

A federal court on Wednesday afternoon temporarily halted the removal of the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Oak Lawn's Lee Park.

The temporary restraining order came hours after the Dallas City Council approved a resolution for the statue's immediate removal.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings wants to form a task force to discuss whether the city should remove its Confederate monuments.

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Adults learning to read in Dallas will help test apps designed to reduce illiteracy.

It’s part of a global competition to develop mobile applications aimed at adult learners. Dallas is one of three cities nationwide involved in field testing. On Tuesday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings helped launch the local field test.

Trinity Parkway Design Charette Report

The plan to build a toll road next to the Trinity River in downtown Dallas appears to be near death.

The Dallas City Council spent hours Wednesday talking about the road and the park that's been proposed in the river basin. Council members will vote on killing the parkway next week.

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A year ago, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarippa were still riding the rails and patrolling the streets of Dallas. Then came July 7. Mayor Mike Rawlings recalls how the city came through that night and the days that followed.

The mayors of two North Texas cities are siding with Canadian officials over the potentially negative impact a “Buy American” iron and steel measure could have on Texas-Canada trade relations.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced Wednesday afternoon that the city will join the legal fight to stop Senate Bill 4, the state's new immigration policy that bans so-called "sanctuary cities." 

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says progress is being made in revitalizing southern Dallas. He credits his GrowSouth initiative in helping stimulate investment and development in communities south of Interstate 30 and the Trinity River. Still, the area faces many challenges.

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Hundreds gathered downtown Wednesday for the annual Dallas Police Memorial to honor the city’s fallen officers. This year's ceremony paid special tribute to the five officers who were killed last summer by a lone gunman after a peaceful protest was wrapping up downtown.

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High school debaters from across the Dallas school district took center stage at the first ever Mayor’s Cup contest Thursday night.

Dallas Officials Say State Lawmakers Share Blame For City's Pension Woes

Apr 19, 2017
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The Texas Legislature doesn’t send any state funds to the beleaguered Dallas or Houston pension systems. But legislators nonetheless find themselves mediating city-level disputes over a collection of bills aimed at shoring up at least $14 billion in the cities’ collective shortfalls.

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A Texas House pensions committee advanced a bill to the full House this week aimed at fixing the Dallas Police and Fire Pension fund. The key figure in Austin for the troubled pension funds in Dallas and Houston is a small town-Republican.

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City and county leaders in Dallas Tuesday announced a partnership of organizations focused on tackling homelessness. Their appointees will work with nonprofits and private groups to strengthen the efforts.

Texas Rangers Launch Criminal Probe Into Dallas' Pension Shortfall

Dec 30, 2016
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The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating whether criminal behavior at least partially contributed to the multi-billion-dollar shortfall facing Dallas' police and fire pension funds.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says he has spoken with the Texas Department of Public Safety to request a criminal investigation of the past administration of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund.

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Issues with the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System came to a head this week. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings sued the pension board – as a private citizen – to try to stop pension members from withdrawing money from the fund early.  

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The Dallas City Council today was briefed on a potential fix for the city’s ailing Police and Fire Pension Fund, which could go broke in as soon as a decade without any changes.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings filed a lawsuit Monday to stop the Dallas Police and Fire Pension system from allowing retirees to pull their deferred retirement funds from the ailing system.

As Dallas Struggles With Poverty, Landlord Plans Abrupt Closures

Oct 6, 2016
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Dallas City Hall is scrambling to keep hundreds of families from becoming homeless as a real estate management company threatens an abrupt, mass eviction in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

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On Tuesday morning, the Bush Institute hosted some Texas mayors and superintendents to talk about education -- and a new online tool that looks at education data from more than 100 cities. For North Texas officials, the data is a call to action.

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As they sorted through their shock, horror and grief, Dallas residents gathered in Thanksgiving Square yesterday to pray for the victims of a sniper attack that left five law enforcement officers dead and nine people wounded on Thursday night.

Texas Governor Praises Dallas; Mayor Rawlings Confirms Single Shooter

Jul 9, 2016
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott praised the work of Dallas officials for demonstrating great heroism against the lone assassin who shot 11 police officers, killing five during what was a peaceful rally Thursday evening to protest aggressive policing across the nation.

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Pop quiz: Which American state takes in the most international refugees each year? If you guessed California or New York, you're wrong.

For the last four years, Texas has led the nation in accepting more refugees than any other state. In 2015 alone, more than 6,600 refugees have come to Texas, with eight cities taking in more than 100 each.

But in the wake of the Paris attacks last month, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that the state would be reconsidering its position on refugees.

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While the Texas governor has been trying to block Syrian refugees from entering the state, Dallas is taking a different stance.

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Vice President Joe Biden came to Dallas Wednesday to promote investment in transit, roads and rail.

 

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City of Dallas and community leaders gathered Tuesday to talk about everything from child poverty to living wage jobs. Experts say getting a grip on the problem is the first step to solving it.

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The mayors of Dallas, Fort Worth and three other North Texas cities got together on Thursday with a single purpose – to tackle what’s known as the “skills gap.” A booming economy is producing jobs, but the mayors say too few people are coming out of school with the skills to do those jobs.

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Saturday's elections brought no changes at the top for the two biggest cities in North Texas. In Fort Worth, Mayor Betsy Price was unopposed, and in Dallas, Mike Rawlings was re-elected by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. But in the area's third-largest city, a newcomer toppled the six-term mayor.

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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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is set to unveil new recommendations for the controversial Trinity Toll Road today. And the Dallas City Council will discuss the suggestions in a special meeting Thursday afternoon. The divisive project is having an impact on the May City Council elections.

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