On September 1 the most stringent portion of House Bill 2, the anti-abortion legislation passed by the Texas Legislature last year, is scheduled to go into effect. Any healthcare clinic in the state that provides abortions will be required to be an ambulatory surgical center. If the rule takes effe ... More >>
Summer is upon us, which means public health officials in Dallas are well into their annual battle against West Nile. Mosquitoes throughout the county are being trapped and tested to detect the spread of the disease. Ponds and sizable puddles are being treated with larvacide or stocked with mosquito ... More >>
This week, North Texas' latest craft brewery will officially make the transition out of a home brewer's dream journals and into our real-life pint glasses. The Collective Brewing Project, based in Fort Worth but currently renting a temporary space in Haltom City, will release their first two beers o ... More >>
Last year, the Texas Legislature passed on the chance to ban cops and security guards from using Tasers and pepper spray on students in public school. With the state's largest police group, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, lobbying against it (the bill "prohibits school district p ... More >>
If Tink Nathan doesn't belong in the Texas Legislature, we're not sure if anyone does. The 72-year-old Republican from Kerr County, just northwest of San Antonio has the whole package: scraggly frontiersman beard; monogrammed Texas flag shirt; an eponymous line of hunting products derived from deer ... More >>
When Texas passed its version of the castle doctrine in 2007, allowing homeowners to shoot burglars without fear of repercussions, support in the Texas Legislature was nearly unanimous; of 180 lawmakers, only 13 voted nay. Almost as many legislators (136) co-authored or sponsored the bill, as Democ ... More >>
This was certainly an exciting year for craft beer in North Texas. With a few more brewery openings, new laws and shiny awards, there was a lot to crow about in the local craft beer scene, and it's not all hangover related (although we have that too). As we complete another whirl around the sun, w ... More >>
Former state Representative Allen Vaught doesn't want to create a White Rock ISD, per se. He just thinks Dallas ISD is too big, too unwieldy to function effectively. The Whiterock ISD Facebook page he put up on Saturday was a way of "planting a flag where people can rally to talk about it." And the ... More >>
The North Texas Tollway Authority has had trouble in recent years of actually making drivers pay to use its roads. Hence the tens of millions of dollars in unpaid tolls and fees it says it's owed, hence its infamous list of the most egregious offenders, hence the lawsuits it began filing a few month ... More >>
The abortion debate is a Gordian knot wrapped in a koan stuck in an inescapable quagmire. It's not, in other words, a matter that can be settled through dialogue, reasoned or otherwise, as the Texas Legislature has so amply proved over the past month. That hasn't stopped people from trying. In some ... More >>
As the Texas Legislature's special session drones on, the state's lawmakers are grappling with what to do with teenagers -- specifically with 17-year-olds convicted of murder. Last Thursday the Senate approved mandatory life sentencing with parole for 17-year-olds convicted of capital murder -- with ... More >>
Last night, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees approved a resolution "opposing legislative efforts to diminish graduation standards and academic rigor." Basically, they don't like HB 5, the Texas House of Representatives-approved bill that would reduce the number of tests students take to graduate, an ... More >>
Late yesterday afternoon House Bill 46, which allows for expanded raw milk sales, was voted out of the Texas House Public Health Committee by a vote of 9-2. While it's not time to pop open a box of cereal just yet because the bill still has to pass through the full House and Senate, then get the sig ... More >>
If you want an idea of the near stranglehold payday lenders have on the Texas Legislature, the Senate floor was the place to be today. That's where Senator John Carona watched as his payday lending bill was picked apart by colleagues, many of whom were taking calls from industry lobbyists as he spok ... More >>
Dallas police patrol the area around Kidd Springs Park at various hours, in part to crack down on the frequent car burglaries, in part to be on the lookout for people using the park to drink and do drugs. That's what one officer was doing at about 8:30 Tuesday morning when he saw a red Ford coupe p ... More >>
In an exercise in states' rights fetishization, the Texas Legislature tasked Attorney General Greg Abbott with figuring out whether international organizations are usurping Lone Star sovereignty. If you'll recall, there was an ugly scene leading up to the 2012 presidential election, wherein Abbott, ... More >>
During the 2011 session of the Texas Legislature, after hearing a report on the radio indicating that judges in Dearborn, Michigan, now embrace Islamic jurisprudence, state Representative Leo Berman, a Republican from Tyler, filed a bill to keep Texas courtrooms free of sharia law. The proposal was ... More >>
When the Texas Legislature passed new rules governing the payday and auto-title lending industry in 2011, lawmakers accidentally (or not) left gaping holes large enough to drive large, cash-laden trucks through. It was little surprise, then, that that's exactly what's been happening. The Texas Obse ... More >>
Last legislative session, your lawmakers in the Texas Legislature cut $73.6 million from the state's family planning budget, a move which, impressively, has somehow resulted in far fewer patients being served, for more money per patient. Don't ask us how they managed that one. As Emily Ramshaw writ ... More >>
Free from the hangover of the '90s craft beer bust, Dallas' small brewers cheer another round of growth.
There's a danger in getting too invested in presidential debates and the whole national political saga, gripping as it may be. By turning our faces to bright lights far away, we risk forgetting just how dark things could get here at home in November. The Tea Party is poised to make its ultimate as ... More >>
In 2001, the Texas Legislature passed a law that made prostitution a state jail felony after a third misdemeanor conviction. The measure was intended to be tough on crime and help clear hookers from Dallas truck stops. The law has done little to curb the sex trade, but it has sent many women to sta ... More >>
A new report submitted to the Texas Legislature says that Texans who earn their bachelor's degrees in the humanities have higher levels of debt and lower earning potential than people who get degrees in math and science-related fields. In 2010, the majors with the highest rates of unemployment were ... More >>
In news that should make Rick Perry tingly all over, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order today denying the Center For Reproductive Rights' request for a new hearing in their suit against Texas's new sonogram law. The CRR had previously requested that the court hear the case en banc ... More >>
The DISD will look to consolidate, or close, the exemplary-rated James Bonham Elementary next school year.As we mentioned Monday, the Dallas ISD trustees just got through discussing a very touchy subject: school consolidations and the repurposing of facilities -- or closures, for those who aren't ... More >>
Local Movement Fights for Cottage Food Bill.
I went over to the Dallas Public Libraries' Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division Web site in search of something entirely unrelated to this post. (Hint: It has to do with this photo taken by our pal Justin Terveen.) There, I noticed that the department was still in the process of updating ... More >>
It's a common scenario: an "A" elementary school student suddenly becomes a "C" middle-schooler. What happened? According to local brain health researchers, your child is suffering from information overload. "He was so overwhelmed by the amount of information he was trying to stuff in," says ... More >>
Larry James, president and CEO of Central Dallas Ministries, posted this announcement to his blog this a.m.: Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins will deliver the keynote address at this year's 14th Annual Urban Ministries Prayer Breakfast, set for April 21 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. As J ... More >>
Photos by Benjamin Lewis Some people consider it uncouth to begin drinking before 5 p.m. Thankfully, you won't run into any of those spoilsports at the "Blind Salamander Day" tour and tasting at Rahr & Sons brewery tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. I took my first tour of the brewery last weekend ... More >>
In The New York Times today is a piece about how Los Angeles' attempt to crack down on gangs and gang-related crime just ain't working. Turns out, that city's myriad laws -- among them, ones that "prohibit public gatherings of two or more people suspected of being gang members; establish databases t ... More >>
Ennis puts on the polka
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