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City Council members control the agenda and microphones, but can’t talk during meetings about anything that’s not on the official agenda. So on Wednesday, a pair of council members planned to leave their seats and head for the public microphone. The topic? What could be the hottest issue in May’s election: the proposed Trinity toll road. At the last minute, though, the city attorney put the kibosh on their plans.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

The city of Dallas and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have settled a complaint that involved the city’s use of incentives for locating low-income housing.

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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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In April, Dallas City Council members and school trustees met to learn about the home-rule issue that could change the way the school district operates. A task force that grew out of that session met Thursday for the first time. Council members said they could lobby for the district, but they must agree on what they want.

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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It appears the Dallas City Council will not vote on a resolution supporting gay marriage June 12th after all. Council member Delia Jasso has withdrawn her support.

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After Saturday’s election, Hispanic representation on the Dallas City Council could take a step back at a time when the Latino population is growing. And, there will also be fewer women on the council. 

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

The debate was civil Thursday night in one of Dallas’ hottest  city council races, between incumbents Delia Jasso and Scott Griggs. There are big differences between the two, where re-drawn council districts covering North Oak Cliff forced the face-off.

Redistricting has placed current Dallas City Council members Scott Griggs and Delia Jasso in the same North Oak Cliff district.  Contentious debates about gas drilling, the Trinity River Corridor and rapid growth have made this one of the most competitive council races.  

Here's a look at the candidates and their campaigns' answers to six key questions:

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 How can Dallas can learn from other cities that have wrangled over gas drilling issues?