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Ebola Exposed Students Go Back To School

DALLAS, Texas -- The Dallas Independent School District (ISD) took a preliminary sigh of relief at the Dallas County Commissioners Court on Monday morning, October 20, when officials made a surprise announcement: four out of the eight students under quarantine for Ebola returned to school. They had met their 21-day mark without showing any symptoms of the deadly virus. The remaining four returned to class on Tuesday, October 21. Oct 21, 2014 5:44 AM PT

'No Toll Road' says Hunt County Grassroots Watchdog Group

DALLAS, Texas -- 'No toll roads' was the clear message that a Greenville grassroots group sent to officials in Hunt County on Tuesday morning, October 14 when they held a press conference outside the Hunt County Commissioners Courthouse to stand against the Blacklands-Northeast Corridor Gateway Toll Road. The thoroughfare would run east of Dallas and span from Garland to Greenville. Issues of privatization, eminent domain, and taxpayer costs were hot button issues. Oct 19, 2014 5:45 AM PT

Ebola Scare Shuts Down Three Texas Schools

DALLAS, Texas -- Parents in the Texas Belton Independent School District (ISD) received two contradictory late night communications from Superintendent Susan Kincannon. The first was a pleasant Ebola update and within minutes, came the second -- a three campus shutdown advisory. Oct 16, 2014 9:14 AM PT

Dallas Private School Parents Consider Keeping Kids Home As Ebola Spreads

DALLAS, Texas -- Parents are feeling panicky at Zion Lutheran School in Northeast Dallas. The private Christian school offers pre-K through middle school plus after school care to approximately 300 students and isn't even a school under Ebola watch but it's located across the street from the Village Bend Apartment home of yet another Texas Health care worker diagnosed with Ebola, Amber Vinson. Oct 16, 2014 5:50 AM PT

Dallas Court Holding Meeting on Ebola, May Call For State of Emergency

DALLAS, Texas -- The Dallas County Commissioners Court has called for a emergency meeting on Thursday, October 16 at 2pm to request a state disaster declaration because of the Ebola crisis, FOX DFW reported. They will determine whether to request additional state funding and resources and if Governor Rick Perry should declare a local emergency. Oct 16, 2014 5:20 AM PT

Dallas Schools Wait to See if Nurse Ebola Victim or Her Dog Had Contact with Area Kids

DALLAS, Texas -- Dallas Independent School District (ISD) broke the news about the second confirmed case of Ebola in the city limits to its families over the district's online Health Updates on Sunday, October 12. The latest victim, Erin Pham, is a Texas Health care provider and 2010 Texas Christian University nursing grad. She treated Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the Ebola virus last week. Pham does not have children, which may minimize risks for the already Ebola affected schools in the district; but she has a dog and no one knows for sure yet if she or the pup, now in quarantine, came in contact with any of the neighborhood school kids. Oct 13, 2014 5:20 PM PT

14 Texas Children Have Confirmed Cases of Deadly Enterovirus-D68

DALLAS, Texas -- While the nation and the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex have been gripped in fear over the second US case of the deadly Ebola virus in Dallas, an even bigger threat has hit Texas -- Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68), the respiratory killer that strikes children. Of the 691 cases of EV-D68 confirmed from by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now in 46 states and the District of Columbia, 14 of these cases are in Texas. Oct 13, 2014 5:20 AM PT

10 Illegal Immigrant Minors Diagnosed with TB

DALLAS, Texas -- Ten unaccompanied alien children (UAC), who entered the U.S. illegally, were diagnosed with Tuberculosis (TB) between January through September, CNS News is reporting. All were detained while trying to enter the United States from the Mexican border, according to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Their points of entry were not disclosed. Oct 12, 2014 10:24 AM PT

Texas School ISIS Beheadings Homework Mirrored Common Core Assignment

DALLAS, Texas -- Brazoria County is home to Alvin ISD where ABC-13 was among the local TV news outlets that reported on parents outraged by a sixth grade assignment on the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). At the time that these students were given the homework to write a one-page paper, only American journalist James Foley had been butchered by ISIS barbarians. It should also be disconcerting to parents that in the non-Common Core state of Texas, the assignment links back to the Common Core website Teaching the Core. Oct 12, 2014 5:22 AM PT

Don't Mess With Texas Homeschoolers

DALLAS, Texas -- Increasingly, homeschoolers have come under attack by Big Education. Most recently, in Connecticut. Governor Dannel Malloy created an advisory commission that preliminarily sought to mandate involuntary mental health screenings for homeschoolers, citing the tragic 2012 Newtown shooter Adam Lanza as a reason for tighter control. Oct 11, 2014 4:49 AM PT

Texas School Districts Respond to Ebola Death

DALLAS, Texas -- With the death of Ebola patient zero Thomas Duncan, the affected Dallas Independent School District (ISD) in North Texas responded to the tragic end of the first Ebola case on American soil while Midland ISD in West Texas put a plan in place to minimize their Ebola risk. Oct 9, 2014 5:32 AM PT

Ebola Fever Scanners Installed in Five Texas Schools

DALLAS, Texas -- Students in the five Dallas ISD schools under Ebola watch started the new school week learning that electronic scanners were being installed to monitor for any fevers, often the first symptom of the Ebola virus. Oct 7, 2014 5:18 AM PT

Konni Burton: A Candidate on The Issues to Take Back Wendy Davis' District

DALLAS, Texas -- Konni Burton is the favored grassroots candidate for Senate District 10 (SD 10); it's considered to be one of the most hotly contested legislative races in the state's November midterm election. The longtime Colleyville conservative has pulled ahead of her liberal challenger, Libby Willis, who was handpicked by Democrat, Sen. Wendy Davis, according to BuzzPo. A Burton win would mean Texas inches closer to a Republican legislative majority and SD 10 would be represented by an elected official who shares their conservative values. Burton would succeed Davis, who vacated the seat in her gubernatorial bid against Greg Abbott, the GOP frontrunner and current state Attorney General. Oct 6, 2014 4:53 AM PT

Texas Permanent School Fund is Nation's Largest Educational Endowment

DALLAS, Texas -- Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced that the Texas Permanent School Fund (PSF) surpassed Harvard's well-known and well-funded educational endowment in a Texas Education Agency (TEA) news release on September 30th. Yes, the Harvard University endowment at $36.4 billion was edged out by the PSF at $37.7 billion. Now, the PSF has now been named the nation's largest educational endowment. Oct 5, 2014 6:11 AM PT

Dallas ISD's Ebola Info Overload May be Lost In Translation For Many Families

DALLAS, Texas -- On Friday, October 3, Jack Lowe, Sr. Elementary students in the Dallas Independent School District (ISD) greeted parents at the end of the school day with a barrage of TV news choppers hovering so closely overhead that the wind kicked up over the school grounds. Lowe Elementary is located less than a half mile away from the Ivy Apartments where a HAZMAT cleanup and the Ebola victim's family was escorted by county officials to an undisclosed location Breitbart Texas reported. Oct 4, 2014 5:33 AM PT

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