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  • Ax-wielding University of North Texas student shot and killed by campus police

    12/14/2015 4:19:56 AM PST · by servo1969 · 44 replies ^ | 12-14-2015 |
    A University of North Texas police officer shot and killed a student who allegedly threatened him with an ax early Sunday. The student was identified as Ryan McMillan, who had celebrated his 21st birthday Sunday. University spokeswoman Kelley Reese told the Dallas Morning News. McMillan was a sophomore transfer student from Fort Worth studying pre-hospitality. UNT spokeswoman Margarita Venegas says police responded about 1 a.m. to a report that someone was breaking car windows in a parking garage about two blocks from campus. KDFW reported that university police were asked to respond to the situation because local police in the...
  • Free Republic North Texas Turkey Shoot

    10/26/2014 1:59:27 PM PDT · by Windflier · 131 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 26 October 2014 | Windflier
    Hey everyone, The Ninth annual Texas Cowboy Memorial Shoot concluded last weekend, and so much fun was had by all who attended, that a few of us have decided to keep the momentum of fellowship and fun going here in North Texas. For those who missed it, the annual Shoot was held at a private shooting range just south of Dallas this year. The live thread (with a bazillion photos) can be found here: 9th Annual TexasCowboy Memorial Shoot (Live Thread) We're calling our little follow-up gathering, the FR North Texas Turkey Shoot. No, we won't be hunting any turkeys,...
  • Firearms Company Relocating To North Texas

    04/08/2013 12:12:57 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies ^ | April 8, 2013 | Jason Allen And Brian New
    BRECKENRIDGE (CBS 11 NEWS) – A firearms company that makes AR-15 style rifles for the iconic brand Colt, will open a plant in Breckenridge in Stephens County. Oregon company Bold Ideas confirmed the development Friday.
  • Palin endorsement for Tea Party fave Broden becomes official [Texas]

    09/22/2010 1:53:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | September 22, 2010 | Aman Batheja
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has weighed into Texas politics again by backing Republican Stephen Broden against incumbent US Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson in Dallas. Broden has been a regular speaker at North Texas Tea Party events for over a year, regularly drawing standing ovations for preaching against President Obama's "godless socialism." Palin posted the endorsement on her Facebook page on Tuesday but the news had already come out over the weekend. On Sunday, Star-Telegram writer Anna Tinsley reported that Broden was introduced at the Wake Up America Tea Party at the Fort Worth Convention Center as the latest politician...
  • UNT Offering Unisex Bathrooms

    09/28/2009 10:21:49 AM PDT · by manic4organic · 49 replies · 1,586+ views
    WBAP 24/7 News ^ | September 28, 2009 | WBAP
    Denton (WBAP News) - The University of North Texas has announced that it will soon be offering something unique to students, faculty and visitors, unisex bathrooms.
  • North Texas Should Be On Alert For Terrorism Experts Say

    12/09/2008 1:32:38 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 107 replies · 2,111+ views
    Another terrorist attack could hit the United States in the next five years — and North Texas could be a key target next time. By 2013, the U.S. “more likely than not” could be hit by another deadly attack, this time using something possibly like anthrax, according to the new report, World at Risk. And some fear that North Texas, with its population, sports and entertainment venues and businesses — not to mention the fact that President George W. Bush is moving back here after he leaves office in January — could be a target next time. “Everybody should be...
  • Editorial: Collaboration on road issues

    10/21/2008 9:06:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 370+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 21, 2008 | The Dallas Morning News
    Savor the occasional cause for optimism that top leaders can value teamwork over turf in the contentious area of transportation financing. Take the years of squabbling over how Texas can scrape up billions of dollars to catch up with road-building needs. Suddenly, there's positive movement, first from Gov. Rick Perry last week. He told this newspaper's transportation writer, Michael Lindenberger, that he would not use his veto to obstruct a move by lawmakers to index the lagging motor-fuels tax to inflation. "If it is the will of the people, and of the Legislature, I suspect I would go along with...
  • Tollway pigeon traps are cruel, say critics

    10/14/2008 12:05:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 643+ views (Texas Cable News) ^ | October 14, 2008 | Janet St. James (WFAA-TV)
    Cruelty to animals? A waste of time and money? A project to get rid of some pesky birds beneath bridges is being met with serious questions. The motivating factor behind the project is avian excrement - otherwise known as poop. Tucked beneath 14 North Texas tollway bridges, you'll find cages baited with corn, waiting for pigeons to step inside. The tollway says trapping them is necessary to cut down on bird droppings hazardous to the highway and people's health. But Teri Latsko and Nicole Matocha say the threat is to the birds. And they have the pictures to prove it....
  • TxDOT buys time with borrowed funds for Dallas-area projects

    10/06/2008 9:10:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 716+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 5, 2008 | Michael A Lindenberger
    State transportation officials are poised to issue billions of dollars in debt to help speed road construction, a move that will keep Dallas-area projects on schedule for now but will do little to shore up the state's long-term road-funding crisis. The Texas Department of Transportation will likely begin issuing $1.5 billion in bonds within 60 days, pending the recovery of the nation's upended credit markets, and is taking steps to borrow another $6.4 billion over the next few years. Historic turmoil in the credit markets is already costing the department hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra interest payments each...
  • TxDOT strong despite funding cuts

    08/01/2008 6:04:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 143+ views
    The Wichita Falls Times Record News ^ | August 1, 2008 | Maurel Merette
    “Regardless of losing funding, TxDOT is moving ahead,” said Larry Tegtmeyer, district engineer for the Wichita Falls District of the Texas Department of Transportation during his report Thursday morning to the Texas Transportation Commission. The Texas Transportation Commission is a five-member board appointed by the governor to oversee TxDOT. The commission met Thursday in the J.S. Bridwell Auditorium at Midwestern State University. It was the first time in 12 years that the commission had met in Wichita Falls. Tegtmeyer was enthusiastic about reporting the district’s accomplishments under a tight budget. In November, the Texas Department of Transportation announced budget cuts...
  • Elected State Transportion Commissioner Proposed (TxDOT sunset review)

    07/16/2008 7:24:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 913+ views
    WOAI ^ | July 15, 2008 | Jim Forsyth
    Member of the Texas Sunset Commission today recommended 'radical' changes in the administration of the Texas Department of Transportation, including placing the troubled and controversial agency into a four year legislative 'receivership' and abolishing the Texas Transportation Commission, which runs TexDOT, and appointment of a Transportation Commissioner who would be answerable to the Legislature, 1200 WOAI news reports. But Sunset Commission member Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon (D-San Antonio) suggested going one step further. "What I am hearing form the public is that they are wanting to see an elected commissioner," she said to loud applause from the TexDOT opponents who...
  • Corridor Watch: Elect our transportation leaders

    06/24/2008 7:48:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 184+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | June 23, 2008 | Ben Wear
    CorridorWatch, a Fayette County-based group that has been active in opposing the Trans-Texas Corridor plan, wants to go beyond the Sunset Advisory Commission’s recommended shakeup of state transportation leadership. The group, led by David and Linda Stall, recommends that TxDOT answer to an elected six-member board led by a chairman appointed by the governor. CorridorWatch makes it recommendation, along with various other reactions to the Sunset commission staff’s recent report on TxDOT, in written comments submitted as part of the sunset process. TxDOT, like all state agencies, “sunsets” after 12 years unless the Legislature acts to keep it alive. As...
  • Transportation leaders: Texas needs more money for its roads

    04/25/2008 5:13:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 342+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 23, 2008 | Michael A. Lindenberger
    AUSTIN — Maybe Texas’ transportation problems are a lot simpler to understand than recent fights over toll roads make it seem, North Texas leaders told state senators Wednesday. “My first recommendation: You need to provide a lot more revenue for transportation,” Michael Morris, transportation director for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, told the Texas Senate transportation committee. That was hardly the only suggestion from Mr. Morris or the many others who spoke to the committee, which is seeking input as it readies an approach on toll roads, TxDOT and more for the next legislative session. But it might...
  • Governor Perry sticks to privatization for toll roads

    04/24/2008 11:20:21 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 223+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 23, 2008 | Michael A. Lindenberger
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry promised to keep fighting for private toll roads and his other transportation priorities Tuesday during his first major speech on the subject since the death in December of transportation commission chairman Ric Williamson. "This is a place for big challenges, not big excuses," he told state Transportation Department employees and highway experts from around the country at the annual Transportation Forum. Next year's legislative session, he said, can't be anything like last year's. "The Legislature must understand that 'no' is not a solution," Mr. Perry said. "It is an abdication of responsibility." Before last year's...
  • Officials: 'Trans-Texas Corridor' a taboo, but need real

    03/28/2008 5:55:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 758+ views
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | March 28, 2008 | Gordon Dickson
    FORT WORTH -- The Trans-Texas Corridor is now so controversial, merely uttering the words in most political circles is taboo. "We're calling it a 'regional loop' because you can't say 'Trans-Texas Corridor' in the state of Texas anymore," said Michael Morris, transportation director for the North Central Texas Council of Governments. "The Trans-Texas Corridor is a lightning rod," he told visiting state representatives this week while explaining how the corridor would connect to regional highways by 2030. Opposition to the proposed construction of a $184 billion network of toll roads during the next 50 years is so strong statewide that...
  • McReynolds to TxDOT: 'Drop I-69/TTC absurdity'

    03/26/2008 5:37:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 671+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 25, 2008 | Gary Willmon
    State Rep. Jim McReynolds has sent a letter to the Texas Department of Transportation saying he thinks TxDOT should drop the idea of tying the Trans-Texas Corridor in with plans for routing Interstate 69 through East Texas. McReynolds says tremendous negative outcry from his constituents and other East Texas residents has made it clear to him no one wants infrastructure that massive and disruptive to the quality of life to be built, taking big swaths out of the Pineywoods countryside. "Within the past several weeks, I have personally attended every TxDOT hearing held in my district regarding this proposed corridor,"...
  • Texas Toll Roads Caught Ignoring Safety Standards

    09/28/2007 6:04:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 68+ views
    The Newspaper ^ | September 24, 2007 | The Newspaper
    North Texas toll roads ignore safe engineering standards to allow the state to set up speed traps. Toll road operators in North Texas are ignoring state law by imposing arbitrary speed limits that are set far below the safest level suggested by engineering surveys. A WFAA-TV investigation discovered that the North Texas Tollway Authority set speed limits on portions of the Dallas North Tollway and all of the Bush Turnpike without performing the scientific studies required by state and federal law. "Statistics show that 85 percent of the people drive at a prudent and reasonable speed," Kelly Selman, TxDOT director...
  • Aide: Growth demands Trans-Texas Corridor

    06/30/2007 2:19:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 665+ views
    Cleburne Times-Review ^ | June 29, 2007 | Misty Shultz
    Texas needs the Trans-Texas Corridor because of its surging population, a representative for Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday while speaking in Cleburne. Plans are to build the multi-lane highway and rail system parallel to Interstate 35, north-south through the center of the state. Kris Heckmann, deputy director of Perry’s Legislative Division spoke at the Cleburne Civic Center at the invitation of the Johnson County Republican Women for their monthly meeting. Every decade since World War II, Texas’ population has increased by at least 20 percent, Heckmann said. In 1990, the state’s population was 16.5 million, and today the population is...
  • Toll road pick much more than coin toss

    06/28/2007 5:59:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 849+ views ^ | June 28, 2007 | Michael A. Lindenberger (Dallas Morning News)
    Ric Williamson and his fellow transportation commissioners will find themselves in a tight corner today as they meet in Austin to decide who will build the State Highway 121 toll road. On one level, the commission is simply fulfilling its duty as the Texas Department of Transportation's governing board by deciding whether to award a multibillion-dollar contract to Spanish construction firm Cintra or give it to the North Texas Tollway Authority. But a whole lot more is going on at another level. The Highway 121 decision also pits Mr. Williamson's desire to support Gov. Rick Perry's ambitious highway-building agenda against...
  • The choice is easy, actually

    06/24/2007 3:01:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 622+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | June 24, 2007 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
    It's not the least bit hard to describe the choice that Texas Transportation Commission members will face Thursday at their meeting in Austin: (1) Agree with the overwhelming preference of this region's elected officials and allow the North Texas Tollway Authority to build the Texas 121 toll road in Denton and Collin counties, or (2) award the lucrative project to the apparent favorite among state toll road devotees, the Spanish company Cintra.From here, it's an easy decision: Pick NTTA.But there is reason to worry that in the boiling pot of Austin politics, the commission may see things differently. Because of...
  • Toll road bill still awaits Perry's signature

    05/29/2007 2:34:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 643+ views
    WFAA ^ | May 29, 2007 | Jake Batsell (Dallas Morning News)
    AUSTIN – Lawmakers broke camp Monday, taking it on faith that Gov. Rick Perry won't slam the brakes on a compromise toll road bill. Monday's session finale came and went without Mr. Perry signing the bill, which imposes a partial two-year freeze on private toll road deals. Lawmakers did not try to override his veto on their initial bill to overhaul the state's toll policies. Many involved in the contentious toll road debate were expecting Mr. Perry to approve the bill by now because his office was closely involved in hammering out the compromise. Perry spokeswoman Krista Moody said the...
  • Architect of toll road freeze is credited for her tenacity

    05/26/2007 6:07:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 701+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | May 26, 2007 | Jake Batsell
    Those persuasion skills were key to Ms. Kolkhorst marshaling support for a partial two-year moratorium on private toll roads. The bill could get lawmakers' final blessing today. The Brenham Republican has emerged as a central figure in the Legislature's efforts to slow down the privatization of Texas roads. She has persuaded nearly all of her 149 House colleagues to back the moratorium, which excludes most North Texas toll projects. Ms. Kolkhorst, 42, has parlayed a blend of persistence, fearlessness, smarts and country charm into a more visible role in Austin. In addition to leading the toll road freeze, she has...
  • Toll road agreement reached

    05/25/2007 4:01:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 663+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 25, 2007 | Ben Wear
    House, Senate passage seem likely The careening vehicle that has been this legislative session's toll road overhaul appeared to pull into the garage about 4:35 p.m. Thursday. At that moment, Republican state Sen. Robert Nichols of Jacksonville, after spending several moments huddling on the floor with Sen. Tommy Williams, sponsor of Senate Bill 792, affixed his signature to a compromise version of the bill, and the two shook hands. "We've got a deal now," Williams, R-The Woodlands, said about an hour later. "This is really going to move transportation issues forward, particularly in large metropolitan areas." The deal was among...
  • Toll-road pact is still in talks

    05/24/2007 10:15:22 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 566+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | May 24, 2007 | Aman Batheja
    AUSTIN -- Key negotiators were still working Wednesday night to hammer out a compromise version of a toll-road moratorium bill that Gov. Rick Perry won't veto. Earlier Wednesday, Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, said a compromise between the House and Senate versions of a transportation bill had been negotiated, but key House members quickly insisted that a deal had not been reached. The compromise version would require both chambers' approval. Perry vetoed a toll-road moratorium bill last week, citing concerns that it would cost the state federal funding of transportation projects. Different versions of a second moratorium passed both chambers last...
  • Bumpy ride for tollway plans

    04/28/2007 1:54:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 587+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | April 28, 2007 | Aman Batheja
    AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate passed its second bill this session creating a two-year moratorium on privately funded toll roads Friday, a sharp rebuke of Gov. Rick Perry's plan to solve the state's transportation problems. Senators voted 27-4 to approve the bill, which would prevent the creation of toll roads made by public entities contracting with private companies. The Senate passed a similar bill earlier, but that version appears dead in the House. The version approved Friday easily passed the House this month by a vote of 137-2. The bill's Senate sponsor, Republican Tommy Williams of The Woodlands, said he...
  • Senate approves moratorium on private toll roads

    04/19/2007 2:47:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 479+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 19, 2007 | Associated Press
    AUSTIN — The Texas Senate on Thursday approved a bill placing a two-year moratorium on private toll road contracts and creating a panel to review the terms of those agreements. Gov. Rick Perry had urged the Legislature not to act on the bill. He said the state's current transportation system, which involves public-private partnerships to build toll roads, needs to continue if Texas is to keep attracting big companies and jobs. Critics of Perry's proposed Trans-Texas Corridor and the state's contract with Spanish-American consortium Cintra-Zachry have made some lawmakers nervous about the project. Sen. Robert Nichols supported the corridor as...
  • House proposal would put 2-year moratorium on private toll roads

    04/11/2007 11:30:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 928+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 10, 2007 | April Castro (Associated Press)
    AUSTIN — A two-year moratorium on private toll roads that won preliminary approval in the House on Tuesday would put the brakes on the Trans-Texas Corridor, a superhighway that a private firm received a contract for earlier this year. The moratorium also would halt seven near-term projects in the state, said Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, the Brenham Republican who added the proposal to a House bill. "This is us tapping the brakes, looking before we leap ... into contracts that last 50-plus years," Kolkhorst said. Her proposal would require the state to create a commission to study the effects of private...
  • We need bold highway funding

    03/23/2007 4:34:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies · 600+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | March 23, 2007 | Keith Self (Collin County Judge)
    In the political world, rapid change only occurs when the public focuses attention on a specific issue. We have that situation right now in Austin. Public and legislative attention is focused on the Texas Department of Transportation and a proposed moratorium on the Comprehensive Development Agreement process, including the recently announced CDA to construct State Highway 121 in Collin County. This public and legislative attention may offer an opportunity for Texas to reaffirm our commitment to focus government spending on core functions – in this case, transportation. There are many subplots swirling in this complex CDA moratorium issue – reining...
  • Texas toll-road debate still has miles to go

    03/11/2007 6:00:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 684+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | March 11, 2007 | Tony Hartzel
    AUSTIN – Four years of simmering frustration boiled over at a recent Texas Senate committee hearing with just one thing on the agenda: toll roads. An overflow crowd bashed and booed the Texas Transportation Commission in front of mostly like-minded senators. For eight hours, lawmakers and audience members alike questioned the state's increasing reliance on tolls. "We can't simply build roads at any cost," Sen. John Carona said to cheers. "We've got to build them smarter." Some argue that toll roads are the only smart play in a state where the Legislature has refused to raise the tax on gasoline,...
  • Clearing the Air: Up against a deadline

    01/14/2007 3:58:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 538+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 14, 2007 | Dallas Morning News
    Elected officials, business leaders and environmental watchdogs, invited by the editorial board, recently met at The Dallas Morning News to discuss clean air issues. This is the first of three excerpted transcripts from the roundtable. The speakers quoted: Colleen McCain Nelson, editorial writer; Margaret Keliher, Dallas County judge through 2006; Richard Greene, regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency; Tom "Smitty" Smith, director of Public Citizen's Texas office; Jim Schermbeck, Downwinders at Risk board member; Todd Campbell, director of public policy for Clean Energy and mayor of Burbank, Calif.; Al Armendariz, assistant professor, SMU School of Engineering; Robert Cluck, Arlington...
  • Trans Texas Corridor running around a town near you

    11/25/2006 8:20:31 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 92 replies · 1,690+ views
    McKinney Courier Gazette ^ | November 24, 2006 | Stefanie Ackerman
    The controversial Trans-Texas Corridor was a topic of discussion at the Plano Republican Women’s meeting Tuesday morning. The group of politically motivated women listened and asked questions of Gov. Rick Perry’s transportation advisor, Kris Heckman. It was confirmed by Heckman that the TTC’s outer loop will encompass Plano, something for which the Collin County Commissioner’s Court members have been lobbying. There is still much planning before the road is constructed and of use to drivers. “This road is about economic development,” Heckman said. TTC is a proposed multi-use, statewide network of transportation routes in Texas that will incorporate existing and...
  • Perry's road revolution could take electoral toll

    08/20/2006 1:54:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 118 replies · 1,175+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | August 20, 2006 | Ben Wear
    Governor emphasis on tollways, private road-builders has generated urban and rural unrest Rick Perry's political problem with transportation, to the extent that he has one, may be that he's trying to douse a fire in 2006 that won't ignite for another 10 to 20 years. His critics say, no, the problem is that Perry wants to charge us for the water. What isn't in dispute is that the Republican governor and his appointees over the past six years have turned Texas transportation on its head, moving the state from financing public roads solely with taxes to a system that would...
  • Perry's former staffer is back on payroll of toll road developer

    08/19/2006 4:50:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies · 620+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | San Antonio Express-News
    DALLAS — Republican Gov. Rick Perry's former liaison to the Legislature is working once again for the Spanish company that won the rights to develop the state's $7 billion Trans-Texas Corridor toll road project. Lobbyist Dan Shelley worked for the firm as a consultant just before he went to the governor's office, a connection first revealed in 2004. State officials denied any connection between that circumstance and the decision, three months later, to award Cintra-Zachry the huge highway contract. Now Shelley has left the governor's office, and he and his daughter have large contracts to lobby for the road builder,...
  • Perry backs D-FW's corridor route bid

    08/17/2006 3:49:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 472+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | August 16, 2006 | Tony Hartzel
    A plan to bring the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor project closer to the heart of North Texas is getting a boost from Gov. Rick Perry. Since April, North Texas leaders have prodded state officials to alter their study maps to include a highway route that circles Dallas and Fort Worth. Until now, the state's preferred study area has prominently featured a route that only clips southeast Dallas County. The local lobbying efforts may have paid off. Mr. Perry has asked the Texas Department of Transportation to take into consideration North Texas' wishes, department officials said late Tuesday. In a letter to...
  • The Trans Texas Corridor will be built ... somewhere

    10/13/2005 2:44:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies · 1,052+ views
    The Cameron Herald ^ | October 12, 2005 | Richard Stone
    Get ready. TTC-35 is coming. Though Michael Behrens wouldn't use those words, not exactly, and he'd probably cringe to realize it, that's the impression he left at the end of an hour and a half of questioning Thursday. "Something is going to have to be built somewhere," the executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation said after meeting in Cameron with a group of reporters from several rural newspapers. There was touch of resignation in his voice when he said it. The Trans Texas Corridor is a proposed multi-lane transportation network designed to carry passenger, freight, rail and utilities....
  • Ill Winds (The sky is falling, in North Texas, ALERT!)

    06/13/2005 9:56:16 PM PDT · by harpu · 14 replies · 557+ views
    Power plants blow no good for increasingly sick Fort Worth kids. Once, in a Fort Worth far, far away, the winds blowing in from the south and southeast in the summer brought nothing more than an occasional welcome shower, or even the tail of a tropical storm, to cool a sweaty body in the hellish heat. But for about the last decade, going outdoors in the summertime and “catching a breeze” has taken on a sinister new meaning around here. These days, those once-benign winds too often carry a chemical fog of pollutants that many health experts say cause —...
  • State discusses Trans-Texas Corridor

    02/10/2005 7:41:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 969+ views
    North Texas Daily Online Edition ^ | February 10, 2005 | Christi Hang
    The Texas Department of Transportation held one of its 27 public meetings at NT's Gateway Center Wednesday, concerning the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor, a highway that will run from Oklahoma to Mexico. The highway is estimated to cover an area approximately 800 miles long and will include 77 counties. The Trans-Texas Corridor is a long-term project. Its estimated completion date will not be for another 30 to 60 years. The corridor will come with a price tag of somewhere between $145.2 billion and $183.2 billion. Paying for the highway was one of the major concerns addressed at the meeting. Obtaining funds...
  • Dallas County election results; bond passes; alcohol measures approved; other North Texas results

    05/16/2004 4:21:56 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 9 replies · 1,700+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 16, 2004 | The Dallas Morning News Staff
    Dallas County election results12:55 AM CDT on Sunday, May 16, 2004From Staff Reports DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Bond Election: PassedVoters approved a $450 million bond package that will expand or update aging buildings on Dallas County Community College District's seven campuses. The largest chunk of the package – $33 million – will pay for an additional five satellite centers. DCCCD Chancellor Jess Carreon said the centers will enable the district to reach out to underserved and growing populations.The district, which had its last bond election in 1972, has grown from 48,000 students to more than 60,000 in the last...
  • N. Texans to cast ballots today

    05/15/2004 7:35:17 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 1 replies · 188+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 15, 2004 | By HERB BOOTH / The Dallas Morning News
    N. Texans to cast ballots today10:56 PM CDT on Friday, May 14, 2004By HERB BOOTH / The Dallas Morning News Voters across Dallas County and North Texas go to the polls today to cast ballots for bond packages and in municipal and school board elections. In the only countywide election, the Dallas County Community College District is asking voters to approve $450 million in bonds that would be used on each of the seven campuses and to help build five satellite centers. Polling Places Many North Texas communities will hold municipal elections May 15. Collin CountyDallas CountyDenton CountyTarrant County The...
  • Freeper David Gold Returns To DFW Airwaves

    03/01/2004 9:22:14 PM PST · by davidtalker · 67 replies · 474+ views
    self | March 1, 2004 | davidtalker
    Just a heads up for North Texas freepers. The David Gold Show, a staple of the DFW airwaves for 12 years is back. The station is new. It's locally owned.The David Gold Show returns to the 3-6 PM Central timeslot on 990 AM. The station is called "990 Mainstreet." It will feature Kevin McCarthy from Nine till Noon. Michael Reagan from 6-9 PM. I will continue to do my Saturday and Sunday show for the Bay Area on KSFO 560 AM from 1-4 PM Pacific.
  • Valentine's Day snow likely for North Texas (1-3" possible in Dallas)

    02/13/2004 8:10:47 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 79 replies · 1,437+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | February 13, 2004 | The Dallas Morning News Staff
    Valentine's Day snow likely for North Texas09:18 AM CST on Friday, February 13, 2004From Staff Reports It looks like a white Valentine’s Day for North Texas, meteorologists said. There is a 70 percent chance for snow late Friday and early Saturday, said Greg Patrick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The snow, from one to three inches, is expected to begin falling after the evening rush hour, Patrick said. Also Online D-FW forecast and radars Forecasts for major Texas citiesCold weather tipsWFAA Weatherminds: How weather works Friday’s temperatures were supposed to be in the upper 30s before dropping again...
  • Lower bar boosts wet-dry elections - less restrictive laws win federal OK; petition drives on tap

    10/19/2003 4:18:37 PM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 6 replies · 303+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 19, 2003 | By JEFF MOSIER / The Dallas Morning News
    Lower bar boosts wet-dry electionsLess restrictive laws win federal OK; several petition drives on tap09:15 PM CDT on Friday, October 17, 2003By JEFF MOSIER / The Dallas Morning News The U.S. Department of Justice has cleared the way for petition drives that could expand alcohol sales in nearly a dozen North Texas cities. State legislators eased restrictions this year on local option elections – which critics said were among the most stringent in the nation – but the law was on hold until Wednesday when federal officials approved the changes. Election consultants said the legislation has led to a boom...
  • Police cover Eve's breasts in North Texas mural (ACLU defends something biblical!)

    08/21/2003 8:00:57 PM PDT · by weegee · 53 replies · 8,443+ views
    Associated Press via Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 21, 2003, 12:53PM | no byline
    PILOT POINT - Is it art? Or is it just offensive? A mural of a nude Eve is at the center of a controversy in this North Texas town, where the work's owner has answered police complaints by draping a bright yellow strip of canvas with the words "crime scene" across Eve's bare breasts. Wes Miller avoided being charged with distributing "harmful material" but has vowed that the fight is not over to keep the work intact. Next to the mock crime scene tape was a black banner saying: "Temporarily censored." "We decided that an arrest, knowing how this town...
  • Iraqis in North Texas joyful - Dallas Iraqis to seek justice for Ba'ath party who murdered relatives

    04/10/2003 1:22:42 PM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 4 replies · 193+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 10, 2003 | By TODD BENSMAN / The Dallas Morning News
    Iraqis in North Texas joyful 'A dream come true' for expatriates04/10/2003 By TODD BENSMAN / The Dallas Morning News News of Saddam Hussein's apparent downfall Wednesday filled expatriate Iraqis in North Texas with joy and led to impromptu gatherings where expressions of gratitude were directed at American combat troops. But beyond the general exuberance and expressions of glee, some Dallas-area Iraqis were planning to complete some unfinished business in their homeland. Haydr Alyadiri, one of several thousand Shiite Muslim Iraqis who fled brutal repression in the early 1990s, said he was making arrangements to return home to seek justice against...
  • North Texas may get more sleet, freezing rain (Tuesday night)

    02/25/2003 2:27:56 PM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 8 replies · 438+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | February 25, 2003 | The Dallas Morning News Staff
    North Texas may get more sleet, freezing rain 02/25/2003 From Staff Reports Memo to the cautious, the indispensable, or the just plain crazy who went to work Tuesday: it may not be any better Wednesday. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for much of the region beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday and continuing through noon Wednesday. The agency said travel during this period is "strongly discouraged." "We are looking at a chance for precipitation heading into the early morning hours tomorrow after midnight," WFAA-TV (Channel 8) meteorologist Greg Fields said. "There will be a chance for...
  • North Texas couple feared dead in Louisiana lake

    01/11/2003 4:46:01 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 273+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | January 11, 2003 | By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News
    North Texas couple feared dead in Louisiana lake Missing six days, pair may have fallen from boat into frigid water 01/11/2003 By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News A young North Texas couple was missing for a sixth day Friday after going for a late-night boat ride on a frigid Central Louisiana lake last weekend. Authorities appeared to hold out little hope for their survival. Sarah E. Fuglaar, 18, of Saginaw and her boyfriend, Kevin P. Bartosek, 23, of Fort Worth were last seen about 1 a.m. Sunday taking a small aluminum boat onto Cotile Lake, about 20...