ROUNDUP: College works to develop coronavirus vaccine, Legacy West Food Hall to reopen and more

Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital have teamed up with a global nonprofit to accelerate development of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Courtesy Baylor College of Medicine)
Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital have teamed up with a global nonprofit to accelerate development of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Courtesy Baylor College of Medicine)

Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital have teamed up with a global nonprofit to accelerate development of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Courtesy Baylor College of Medicine)

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Baylor College of Medicine Texas Children's Hospital joins partnership to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine efforts globally

Through a new partnership with a global nonprofit, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital are looking to advance development of a low-cost, safe and effective vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

McKinney pool companies get business boost from homebound customers

During the new coronavirus pandemic, more people are staying home and canceling trips, Southernwind Pools owner John Versfelt said. Children may be pestering their parents for something to do, and installing a pool or finishing a backyard is one solution parents might have to give their families a way to stay active and have a good time without having to leave the house, he said.

Legacy West food hall to reopen at partial capacity May 8 as businesses gradually expand services

Legacy Hall was expected to reopen May 8 for in-house seating, just days after a number of stores and restaurants in Plano’s Legacy West urban village began accepting guests again at partial capacity.

Special-called North Texas Giving Day raises $20.8M for local nonprofits

The impromptu giving day was organized by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Communities Foundation of Texas and the Dallas Cowboys, according to a news release. Dubbed North Texas Giving Tuesday Now, the philanthropic event was hosted on the North Texas Giving Day platform.

'It comes with a lot of added challenges': Richardson ISD parents teachers strive to keep special needs students on track during distance learning

Andrew Laska’s 9-year-old daughter, Samantha, has an intellectual disability and is on the autism spectrum. At school, she receives hand-on guidance from her teachers, but in a shutdown, it is up to her parents to make sure she does not fall behind.

“She is not going to be self-directed like a typical kid,” he said. “She has to be directed most or all the time.”

The transition to virtual learning has been challenging for all students, but children with disabilities face obstacles beyond those encountered by their neurotypical peers.

Hunter Marrow, Gavin Pugh, Daniel Houston, Miranda Jaimes and Olivia Lueckemeyer contributed to this report.


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The city of McKinney established school zones for Emerson High School in a July 20 City Council meeting. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
School zone established for Emerson High in Frisco ISD; 61% of residents in 3 Plano ZIP codes fully vaccinated, and more top news from DFW

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Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

This year’s single-family housing permits in Frisco already rival total 2020 numbers, according to city data. Some local builders are working at breakneck speeds chasing demand with limited and increasingly costly supplies. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
High demand for homes creates difficult market in Frisco

Local real estate experts say it could be another year before the real estate scene stabilizes and have cited historically low interest rates as another driver of market conditions.

Uber Freight, the transportation company’s shipping and carrying branch, will acquire Frisco-based logistics firm Transplace for about $2.25 billion, the company announced July 22. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Uber Freight paying $2.25B for Frisco-based logistics firm Transplace

Uber's acquisition of Transplace positions Uber Freight as a “leading logistics technology platform" and allows for operations in Mexico.

Thalia’s Nail Studio opened July 2 at 12021 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 216, Frisco. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Thalia’s Nail Studio provides mani-pedi services in Frisco’s Phenix Salon Suites

Spa services, including detoxifying, herbal bath soaks and massages, are also available.

map of school zones
McKinney establishes school zones for new Emerson High

Frisco ISD's 11th high school will open this fall in west McKinney.

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Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea expands into Texas with Frisco location

Dozens of tea varieties are served with fresh fruit and milk.

Opioid abuse and the need for services addressing developmental disabilities are both on the rise in Collin County, LifePath Systems CEO Tammy Mahan told county commissioners on July 19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Collin County’s LifePath Systems sees rise in spending for opioid abuse, psychiatric beds

On treatment for opioid abuse, spending rose to $912,662 in 2020, which is up from $808,524 in 2019.

Suburban Yacht Club plans to open in Plano in August. (Courtesy Shannon McCarthy)
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Gidi Bar & Grill in Frisco specializes in African fusion food

Dishes include pan-roasted herb salmon fillet and asun goat meat with jollof rice.

Frisco Crossing Dental Group & Orthodontics opened July 1 at 1525 US 380, Ste. 600, Frisco. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Frisco Crossing Dental Group & Orthodontics offers flexible work

Emergency work, crown implants, filling repairs and teeth whitening are offered.