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Anti-Fracking Former Mayor Still Clings To Debunked Environmental Report

DALLAS, Texas -- FrackNation filmmaker Phelim McAleer came to Texas to take on Calvin Tillman, the former mayor of the Denton County town of Dish, a not so vocal anti-fracking activist these days. It was billed as the Great Fracking Debate and was held on Monday, October 27. The anti-fracking activist group FrackDallas sponsored this event which took place as North Texas residents in Denton began heading to early voting polls to determine whether or not to impose a countywide fracking ban. Oct 30, 2014 5:27 AM PT

FrackNation's McAleer To Debate Anti-Fracking Tillman in Dallas

DALLAS, Texas -- Nowhere is a debate on fracking more fractious than in Texas, where the oil and gas industry is king and has done a lot to fund the state's healthy emergency reserves ("Rainy Day Fund") and public education. Right now, North Texas residents in the City of Denton are heading to the polls to determine whether or not to impose a California-style fracking ban. Oct 27, 2014 8:10 AM PT

Dallas Liberty Center Crusades To Keep Texas Red

DALLAS, Texas -- Faced with Battleground Texas in their own backyard and demographics that show the city of Dallas leans to the left, the Dallas Liberty Center launched in late August. It is a 400-square foot grassroots action center, a downtown oasis where constitutional conservatives have galvanized to preserve the very Texas values of freedom and liberty. Oct 25, 2014 5:23 AM PT

27% Increase in Texas Teacher-Student Sexual Misconduct Cases

DALLAS, Texas -- On the heels of the latest teacher-student sex scandal and as part of October's Safe Schools Week, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner of Education Michael Williams addressed the importance that everyone plays in identifying and reporting cases of inappropriate educator-student sexual misconduct. They have risen 27 percent since 2009. Oct 25, 2014 5:16 AM PT

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

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