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Dallas City Council Resolution Calls for ‘Demolition’ of Confederate War Memorial

The Dallas City Council will introduce a resolution next week that may well seal the fates of its Confederate monuments. It calls for the “demolition and removal” of a 122-year-old historical Confederate War Memorial. It also seeks to auction off the bronze equestrian statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, shuttered in a hangar since city officials removed it in September.

FILE - This June 27, 2017, file photo shows an oil rig at sunset in Midland, Texas. President Donald Trump relentlessly congratulates himself for the healthy state of the U.S. economy, with its steady growth, low unemployment, busier factories and confident consumers. But in the year since Trump’s inauguration, most economists tend to agree on this: The economy has essentially been the same sturdy one that he inherited from Barack Obama. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

Saudis Planning $10B Investment in Texas

Saudi oil executives inked multi-billion dollar deals with companies to explore building petrochemical facilities along the Texas Gulf Coast. Essentially, they hope to capitalize on the U.S. oil and gas boom, largely fueled by shale drilling in the Permian Basin.

Erin Brockovich: North Texas Water is Unsafe

Erin Brockovich claims North Texas water is unsafe to drink. The environmental activist, best known for Julia Roberts’ portrayal of her in a fabled film about her fight over contaminants in a California desert town, wages her latest war on Facebook.

In this May 27, 2017, photo,Marchelle Tigner, a firearms instructor, teaches a student how to shoot a gun during a class in Lawrenceville, Ga. Tigner's goal is to train 1 million women how to shoot a gun in her lifetime. She is among the nation's black women gun owners who say they are picking up firearms for self-protection. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

Texas Teachers, Parents Flock to Firearms Training

Texas teachers and parents continue to flock to firearms training courses and active shooter preparedness workshops in response to the recent wave of school threats and the February shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that left 14 defenseless students and three faculty members dead.

EXCLUSIVE — Texas Public School District Emails Encouraged Staff to Switch Parties to Influence GOP Primary

Amid accusations of “political advocacy” leveled against several Texas public school districts by Attorney General Ken Paxton, emails obtained from one jurisdiction under review highlight commentary advocating for political party switching in primary elections and the promotion of a single slate of candidates–all on an official communication network.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 17: Mercedes Kent joins other people after a school shooting that killed 17 to protest against guns on the steps of the Broward County Federal courthouse on February 17, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Earlier this week former student Nikolas Cruz opened fire with a AR-15 rifle at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killing 17 people. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Texas Universities Say Anti-Gun Protests Won’t Hurt Students’ Admissions

A number of Texas universities have joined the chorus of colleges nationwide encouraging high school students to participate in anti-gun walkouts and protests. They say it will not hurt prospective students’ chances for admission. Several institutions of higher learning even took to social media to share their messages supporting “civic engagement.”

Emma Gonzalez (Rhona Wise / AFP / Getty)

Texas School District Bans Gun Control Protests During Class

Amid events by various political action groups calling for students to walk out of classes and protest for stricter gun control following the Parkland, Florida, shooting, one Texas school district said students will not be permitted to participate on their campuses and if they do, they will be suspended for three days.

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Texas Ethics Commission Says Border School District Violated Election Law

As concerns over potential electioneering and other election code violations hover over the upcoming state March primary, the Texas Ethics Commission recently found “credible evidence” that the superintendent of a border school district violated the state election code by authorizing the spending of public funds to produce a newsletter that contained political advertising.