Looking to catch up on local news? Here are five must-read stories impacting the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

1. Operation Kindness announces expansion into Dallas with new hub

Operation Kindness, a nonprofit animal welfare organization based in Carrollton, is expanding into west Dallas with the announcement of a Lifesaving Partnerships Hub.

The hub at 1771 Terre Colony Court, Dallas, will offer veterinary support for partnering rescue groups pulling animals from Dallas Animal Services. It will also serve as a hub for the nonprofit’s Interstate Animal Transport program and will be the new home base for its Community Initiatives team.

Construction is expected to start on the interior in the coming weeks, and the hub is expected to be operational by early 2024, Communications Coordinator Samantha Van Dyke said in an email.

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2. Frisco ISD partners with Collin College for dual-credit courses

Frisco ISD students will have the opportunity to earn college credit through a partnership with Collin College.

The district’s board of trustees renewed the agreement with the Collin County Community College District on Sept. 18. Through the dual-credit program, students will simultaneously receive academic credit from the college and the high school.

Dual-credit courses are taught by college professors, and the grades earned will be posted on a student’s college and high school transcript.

The newest agreement updated its language and format, clarified coursework expectations and lengthened the agreement’s duration, according to district documents.

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3. Dallas, Collin counties get $9.3M in federal funding for youth homelessness

Housing Forward, the lead agency in addressing homelessness in Dallas and Collin counties, announced Sept. 20 that the All Neighbors Coalition received $9.39 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The coalition is a collective of over 100 organizations working in collaboration to solve homelessness in the two counties.

The funding comes through HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, which awarded a total of $60.3 million to 16 communities across the U.S., according to a news release. The program is designed to support a range of housing programs, such as rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing and transitional homes.

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4. Aw Shucks celebrating 40 years

Aw Shucks is celebrating 40 years in the Dallas-Forth Worth metroplex.

The oyster bar first opened in 1983 and now offers a wide variety of fresh seafood choices, including fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, boiled shrimp and crab legs, fresh grilled seafood, fish tacos, and po’boy sandwiches.

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5. Coppell ISD announces record-breaking 49 National Merit semifinalists

Coppell ISD announced 49 National Merit semifinalists for the 2023-24 school year, breaking a district record and making Coppell High School the school with the highest number of semifinalists in Texas—and one of the highest in the nation.

National Merit semifinalists represent those who scored in the top 1% of the PSAT from the previous year. About 16,000 high school seniors are named each year to compete for the final scholarship, meaning this year is based on the results from the 2022 PSATs. The district's previous record for the number of semifinalists was for the 2021-22 school year, when 40 students were named. In September of last year, the school announced 31 semifinalists with 18 more students being named this year.

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