1. High-speed bullet train between Dallas and Houston could be operational by 2025, company representative says
Original story posted Jan. 17
Commuters between Dallas and Houston could have a less expensive, more convenient alternative to flying by 2025. The company behind a proposed 90-minute bullet train, Texas Central Partners, is waiting on a finalized environmental impact statement and record of decision from the Federal Railroad Administration.
2. Homeowners to pay full roof replacement deductible under new law
Original story posted Aug. 9
North Texas homeowners can no longer take advantage of a “free roof” under a new law that goes into effect Sept. 1. Under Texas House Bill 2102 approved in the most recent legislative session, roofing contractors who offer to waive a homeowner’s deductible on their property insurance policy could face jail time.
3. TxDOT officials select $2.597B bypass alignment for US 380 in Collin County
Original story posted May 7
Collin County residents finally have an answer about solutions to relieve congestion on US 380. Texas Department of Transportation officials recommended a bypass for US 380 from the Denton County line to Hunt County line, according to details released at a meeting May 6 in McKinney.
4. Amazon 4-star store opening in Frisco
Original story posted Aug 4
An Amazon 4-star store is coming to Frisco. The store will open at Stonebriar Centre next to Athleta and Bath & Body Works, according to a sign posted in the mall.
5. FIRST LOOK: KidZania’s first U.S. location opening in Frisco this November
Original story posted May 31
At Stonebriar Centre, an unfinished red building is home to the first KidZania location in the United States as of November. With 27 locations worldwide, the kid-sized city is a curriculum-based, interactive experience designed to enhance children’s social and emotional skills to help shape a clearer path for their futures.
6. Apple to close Frisco and Plano stores
Original story posted Feb. 22
Apple closed its Frisco and Plano stores as the company prepared to open a Galleria Dallas location in April.
7. Mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile virus in Frisco
Original story posted July 8
A mosquito pool near the intersection of Panther Creek and Teel parkways tested positive for West Nile virus, according to a July 5 city news release. The city of Frisco applied larvicide in areas of stagnant water near the parkways.
8. Vaccination exemption rates grow in Frisco schools
Original story posted June 7
Vaccination exemptions for conscientious reasons continue rising in Frisco as a growing number of measles cases emerge across the country.
9. Raytheon announces new 200,000-square-foot facility in McKinney
Original story posted Aug. 22
A new 200,000-square-foot facility will be built at Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems headquarters in McKinney. The new facility, which is expected to be complete in late 2020, will support 500 new high-tech jobs, according to an Aug. 22 release.
10. Collin College approved to offer four-year degrees in 2020
Original story posted June 14
Collin College will begin offering four-year degrees beginning in January 2020, according to a June 13 release. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College board of trustees approved the community college’s change to a Level II institution, which includes the approval of Collin College’s Bachelor of Science in nursing and Bachelor of Applied Technology in cybersecurity.