Florence Shapiro

Students work during a math class. (credit: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Dallas Officials ‘Commit’ To Public Education

A new campaign in Dallas, backed by powerful public officials, is targeting broader investment in public education, from cradle to eventual career.


Photo shows a package of K2 which contains herbs and spices sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. (credit: (AP Photo/Kelley McCall)

Area Doctor Prepares Study Linking K2 With Teen Heart Attacks

K2, the controversial form of synthetic marijuana that sparked outrage among parents and lawmakers during the last legislative session, is back in the news as a North Texas doctor prepares a study linking the briefly legal drug to heart attacks in teens.


Sen. Florence Shapiro. (Credit: Facebook)

State Sen. Florence Shapiro Won’t Seek Reelection

State Sen. Florence Shapiro says she won’t seek re-election next year.


Stacks emit factory smoke into the air. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

State Agency Cites Frisco Battery Plant For Violations

Investigators revealed numerous violations against Exide Technologies in a report Tuesday, alleging the battery recycling plant exhibited lapses in employee training and did not properly discharge of hazardous waste.


A road construction crew works on a widening project. (credit: Getty Images/Joe Raedle)

State Budget Includes Cash For Improving Area Roads

The state budget includes $856 million that will help build new bridges and improve roads to relieve congestion throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Area.


Texas State Senator Wendy Davis.  (Photo credit wendydavisforsenate.com)

Senate Republicans Vow Not To Waver From Education Cuts

State Sen. Wendy Davis (D –Fort Worth) knows she’s drawn some scowls from colleagues for leading the move to block an education funding package and force overtime after the 82nd Legislative Session came to a formal end. But Republican lawmakers vow not to waver from their cuts.


Stacks emit factory smoke into the air. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Frisco Plant Agrees To Reduce Lead Emissions

Exide Technologies has struck an agreement with the City of Frisco to significantly reduce lead emissions from its battery recycling plant.‬


The Environmental Protection Agency seal displayed on a podium in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Frisco Plant Fails Federal Standards, Citizen Group Wants It Gone

A new citizen’s group is targeting a battery recycling plant that is emitting lead into the air.


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Crisis In The Classroom: ‘Worst Case Scenario’ Sends Districts Scrambling

On Jan. 18, school district officials got their first view of the preliminary state budget for 2012-2013 and noticed a gaping hole where revenue for public education is usually assigned: $9.3 billion was chopped out of it.


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Texas Enters 82nd Legislative Session With $15 Billion Shortfall

On Monday, the day before state lawmakers are sworn in for the 82nd Legislative Session, Comptroller Susan Combs announced Texas faces a $15 billion budget shortfall.