Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.
11 hours ago | Education
Texas House Democrats want full-day pre-kindergarten for every public school student in the state, raises for all school personnel and property tax cuts for Texas homeowners as part of their school finance reform package, they announced Thursday i...
11 hours ago | Politics
Texas Secretary of State David Whitley may have finally found the limit on just how far a Republican official in the state can go and still keep his job. Thursday, after weeks of public debate, hearings and lawsuits, the surest signs yet that Whit...
1 day ago | Texas Legislature
There are two possible takeaways from Collin County state Sen. Angela Paxton's recently filed Senate Bill 860: The senator is either staggeringly unethical or incredibly politically naive. SB 860 would allow the Texas Attorney General's Office — t...
1 day ago | Crime
Working with state and federal law enforcement agencies, the Dallas Police Department, including officers from the narcotics and newly reconstituted vice divisions, arrested four men and women as part of an investigation into potential human traff...
2 days ago | City Hall
VisitDallas CEO Phillip Jones' long-awaited appearance before the City Council's Government Performance & Financial Management Committee ended up seeming a lot like a mock trial. There was evidence, plenty of pleas and admonitions from bo...
2 days ago | Transportation
State Rep. Matt Krause rolled out a new plan Tuesday to take on one of Texas conservatives' long-standing bugaboos, announcing a bill he's calling the "Toll Payer Protection Act." The bill, the Fort Worth Republican says, is intended to get local ...