State unemployment changes, go-kart park opens and more: Most popular news from DFW this week

Unemployment recipients in Texas will soon be required to document their efforts to find new work in order to keep receiving benefits. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Unemployment recipients in Texas will soon be required to document their efforts to find new work in order to keep receiving benefits. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Unemployment recipients in Texas will soon be required to document their efforts to find new work in order to keep receiving benefits. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Read the most popular stories from the past week of Community Impact Newspaper coverage in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Texans on unemployment benefits will soon be required to apply for new work, state says

Texans receiving unemployment benefits will soon have to prove they are actively looking for work in order to continue receiving assistance.

Unemployment recipients will have to start documenting their efforts to find a new job July 6, with the first reports due July 19, the Texas Workforce Commission announced in a news release.

Lone Star Kartpark now open in Northeast Fort Worth



At more than a half-mile long and 30 feet wide, Lone Star Kartpark began accepting customers at the end of May.

Located adjacent to the Texas Motor Speedway at 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth, the complex features dozens of go-karts that reach speeds of 50 mph or more.

Frisco ISD teachers weigh in on e-Learning in survey

A majority of Frisco ISD teachers gained confidence in executing the e-Learning model used during the last few months of the 2019-20 school year, according to results of a recent survey.

McKinney approves grant for The Commons at District 121, which will start construction later this year

The McKinney Community Development Corp. received approval from McKinney City Council to issue a $2 million economic development grant for a new public space in McKinney.

24 Hour Fitness filing for bankruptcy, to close 11 DFW-area gyms

24 Hour Fitness announced June 15 the company has filed for bankruptcy as a result of the "devastating effects" of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a release.

Daniel Houston, Ian Pribanic, Elizabeth Ucles and Miranda Jaimes contributed to this report.



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Denton County Public Health reported on Aug. 12 the death of a Frisco man in his 80s as a result of COVID-19. (Community Impact staff)
Denton County officials confirm COVID-19-related death of Frisco man in his 80s

Frisco reported 26 new coronavirus cases in the city on Aug. 12, bringing the city's total since March to 1,001, according to the city's public health awareness dashboard.

Over 24,000 Frisco ISD students requested electronic devices, and over 200 families requested internet connectivity for the start of the fall. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
More than 24,000 Frisco ISD students request electronic devices for return to school

Of the device requests, 218 Frisco ISD families also requested internet connectivity.

Signs in the window of the Stein Mart store in Frisco state it will be among the locations closing as part of the company's liquidation process. (Valerie Wigglesworth/Community Impact Newspaper)
Stein Mart Inc. files for bankruptcy, launches store closing process

Stein Mart Inc. has 281 stores in 30 states with locations in Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Keller, Fort Worth and Flower Mound.

According to the report, 380,174 total COVID-19 cases have been reported in children nationwide as of Aug. 6, which accounts for approximately 9.1% of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
REPORT: COVID-19 cases in children increase by 90% nationwide in 1 month

As school district officials across the U.S. prepare for the start of the 2020-21 school year, 179,990 new COVID-19 cases were reported in children nationwide between July 9 and Aug. 6—an increase of 90%, according to a report compiled by The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association.

Here are the latest real estate trends in Frisco. (Community Impact Staff)
Here are the latest real estate trends in Frisco

Frisco's 75036 ZIP code saw a 7.39% increase in the median price of homes sold in June compared to the same month last year.

The University of Texas will host football games at Darrell K. Royal Veterans Memorial Stadium this fall after an announcement from the Big 12 Conference on Aug. 12 that the fall sports season will continue. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
After Big Ten and PAC-12 cancel, Big 12 announces fall sports season will roll on

The conference football season will begin Sept. 26, and fan capacity in stadiums will be up to each of the 10 member universities, according to the Big 12.

In a record vote, commissioners unanimously voted in favor of proposing a no-new-revenue tax rate at an Aug. 11 workshop. (Screenshot via Collin County)
Collin County commissioners propose lower no-new-revenue tax rate for FY 2020-21

The proposed no-new-revenue tax rate is a nearly 1.4% decrease from the current tax rate.

Frisco Station Partners LP submitted a project for 310 urban living units and a parking garage to Frisco P&Z on July 13. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
Urban living project in the works at Frisco Station

Frisco Station Partners LP submitted a project for 310 urban living units and a parking garage to the commission in July.

Collin County Health Care Services confirmed on Aug. 11 the death of a 91-year-old Frisco man with COVID-19 and underlying health conditions. (Community Impact staff)
Collin County officials report COVID-19-related death of 91-year-old Frisco man

“We are so sad to hear about another COVID-19-related death of one of our Frisco neighbors,” Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney said in a statement.

54th Street Grill opened in McKinney in August. (Courtesy 54th Street Grill)
54th Street Grill opens in McKinney and more DFW-area news

Read the latest community and business news from the DFW area.

Collin and Denton counties will offer different operating hours in Frisco for early voting for the Nov. 3 election. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Frisco early voting hours to differ between Collin, Denton counties for Nov. 3 election

City staff said election administrators in Collin and Denton counties would not compromise to make early voting hours consistent for all Frisco residents.

Frisco ISD leaders updated the board of trustees at an Aug. 10 meeting on what special education and special programs students can expect for the three-week virtual start and beyond for the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
What Frisco ISD’s special education, special program students can expect this fall

FISD Director of Special Education Christine Davis said students will receive a blend of synchronous and asynchronous instruction throughout each content block during the virtual start.