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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
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12-14-2015 | FoxNews.com
    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
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com/ ^ | 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
    TXCN.com (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
    WFAA.com ^ | 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...