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  • Texas leaders: Hemp law did not decriminalize marijuana

    By Jolie McCullough, The Texas Tribune *This story has been updated with comment from the Harris and Dallas district attorneys. Weeks after Texas prosecutors began dropping hundreds of marijuana cases and stopped actively pursuing criminal charges because of complications that arose from legalizing hemp, the state’s leaders have stepped into the fray. Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, all Republicans, sent a letter Thursday to Texas district and county […]

  • Why homelessness is going up in Dallas (but down in Houston)

    By Juan Pablo Garnham, The Texas Tribune Back in the 1990s, Houston’s urban core looked very different than it does today, with restaurants and coffee shops mingled among a burgeoning number of high-rise residences downtown. The city’s bayous hadn’t yet been beautified, with the clean biking and running trails that now wind through parks. Back then, the bayous were a refuge for the city’s homeless residents. And downtown, a multitude of organizations served food or offered beds, often without a […]

  • Lawyer: Inside an immigrant detention center in South Texas, “basic hygiene just doesn’t exist”

    By Riane Roldan, The Texas Tribune Immigrants held in a McAllen-area U.S. Customs and Border Patrol processing center for migrants — the largest such center in America — are living in overcrowded spaces and sometimes are forced to sleep outside a building where the water “tastes like bleach,” according to an attorney who recently interviewed some of the migrants. “It was so bad that the mothers would save any bottled water they could get and use that to mix the […]

  • Texas gained almost nine Hispanic residents for every additional white resident last year

    By Alexa Ura and Connie Hanzhang Jin, The Texas Tribune The gap between Texas’ Hispanic and white populations continued to narrow last year when the state gained almost nine Hispanic residents for every additional white resident. With Hispanics expected to become the largest population group in Texas as soon as 2022, new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed the Hispanic population climbed to nearly 11.4 million — an annual gain of 214,736 through July 2018 and […]

  • ‘Stonewall STRONG, Dallas PROUD’ – What was Stonewall? Leo Cusimano of Dallas Voice explains

    Dallas Voice is the leading LGBTQ publication for North Texas. Launched in 1984, they are found in over 400 locations, in 23 cities and 5 counties. Who better to explain the meaning behind Stonewall, from the ‘Stonewall STRONG, Dallas PROUD’ theme of the 2019 Dallas Pride parade, than publisher and president Leo Cusimano? Watch the video for his take on the history and meaning. For the 2019 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade here in Dallas, organizers are remembering the struggles […]

  • The Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade has a unique history of celebrating pride in Dallas

    June marks LGBTQ pride month, and many cities will be hosting their annual variations of pride parades and celebrations. For the past 36 years Dallas has also hosted a parade and celebration, albeit it’s own unique version. For one, the parade itself is called the Alan Ross Freedom Parade and, until this year, was usually held in September (it’s in June this year). But, why? For starters, organizers in Dallas historically held the parade in September (although it did start […]

  • Tea detoxes under fire for dangerous side effects

    Celebrity-endorsed tea detoxes under fire for dangerous side effects as one woman reveals the toll they took on her. As the Daily Mail reports, others are coming out against the unregulated detox products.    

  • Obamacare looking healthy for 2019, despite attacks

    More insurers. Only a few huge price hikes. Even some premium decreases. This is what Obamacare looks like for 2019. Despite President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans’ attempts to wound the landmark health reform law, Obamacare is surviving — and even growing stronger. The landscape is markedly different than at this time a year ago, when insurers were fleeing the marketplace or hiking rates to combat all the GOP-fueled uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act. Yet, questions still abound for […]

  • Texas asks a federal judge to block Obamacare nationwide

    FORT WORTH — On one side of West 10th Street, lawyers in blazers and wingtip shoes argued over the legality of Obamacare in a high-ceilinged, wood-paneled courtroom. Meanwhile, across the street in Burnett Park, dozens of protesters made the case for the law in their own way, wielding signs like “Healthcare for all” and “Why oh why are you killing me?” Both groups had assembled Wednesday morning to mark a critical hearing in a Texas-led challenge to the Affordable Care Act, a […]

  • Heads up Texans! More fuel pump credit card skimmers are being found

    HALTOM CITY, TX – Be careful out there when pumping your gas. More credit card skimmers are being found in Texas. The Texas Department of Agriculture is warning Texans to be more aware at the pump after an inspector found a Bluetooth skimmer at a gas station in Haltom City. For people who like to pay at the pump, following these tips might help avoid becoming a victim of a skimmer: Use a pump closest to a storefront, in sight […]

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