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North Texas hovers above key COVID-19 hospitalization threshold as further restrictions loom

North Texas businesses could face additional restrictions—including the closure of some bars—if area hospitals do not see a reversal in the number of COVID-19 patients within a matter of days.


Q&A: Laura Colangelo discusses challenges facing private schools during pandemic

Colangelo said private schools have adapted to remote learning and other obstacles in 2020 despite less revenue and a 9% decline in enrollment statewide.


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The vaccine could start being distributed "as early as next month," according to a Nov. 23 news release.



Texas Education Agency authorizes schools to close doors for 14 days due to coronavirus-related staffing concerns

Campuses can now instate a hybrid or fully remote instruction model for up to 14 days if adequate instructional staffing is not possible due to high numbers of COVID-19 cases among employees.


Texas state representatives call for cancellation of STAAR test administration for 2020-21 school year

Over 60 state representatives have requested that the Texas Education Agency cancel the STAAR test for the 2020-21 school year.


DART board, committee approve hybrid approach to bus network redesign

The approved plan involves a hybrid concept that balances the need to maintain high-ridership routes with providing adequate coverage.


Free COVID-19 testing site in Frisco moves to Toyota Stadium

The state relocated the free drive-thru COVID-19 saliva testing site operating in Frisco to Toyota Stadium’s Corolla Red Lot on Nov. 2.



Legal aids see increased need from North Texans following coronavirus pandemic

The Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas offers assistance to low-income residents in 114 counties in North and West Texas, including Collin, Denton, Tarrant and Dallas counties.



New maker space opens in Richardson and more DFW-area updates

Here are some of the most recent business and event updates from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.


Q&A: Sam Houston State University cyber forensics intelligence expert talks foreign election hacking ahead of Nov. 3

"There is a very slim chance that the hackers can change vote count, but they can definitely influence people to believe that they did manipulate it," Cihan Varol said. "If election fraud is going to happen, it'll be because of disinformation."



UPDATED: U.S. appeals court pauses decision voiding face covering exemption at polling places

The court temporarily stayed a district judge's decision to void an exemption to Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide face covering order concerning polling places.


Tackling Texas' vote-by-mail system: Applying, delivering, tracking your ballot

Oct. 23 is the last day Texas voters can apply for a vote-by-mail ballot.


DART board hones in on hybrid concept for ridership redesign as vote is delayed to November

Richardson and Plano would likely see little to no impact in coverage should the board choose the hybrid approach for Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s bus redesign.


DART offering free rides to the polls during early voting weekends, Election Day

Voters can ride at no charge on most Dallas Area Rapid Transit services on early voting Saturdays Oct. 17 and 24 and on Election Day, Nov. 3.




First-time Texas voters: Here's what to expect

Ahead of the Nov. 3 general election, which experts said may garner one of the highest voter turnout rates of any election in recent years, many Texans will likely be voting for the first time this fall.


Judge says Dallas County bars to stay closed for now

The county judge cited high levels of COVID-19 as the reason behind not opting into a statewide program allowing bars to reopen at 50% on Oct. 14.


USDA extends free meal options for children through entire 2020-21 school year

Meals will be available through the end of the 2020-21 school year under the updated guidelines.



Dates added to free COVID-19 testing site in Frisco

With testing rates rising over the past few weeks, the state recently extended the dates for a free, drive-thru COVID-19 saliva testing site operating in the parking lot of Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.


DART committee members, staff push for super majority vote on ridership redesign

As decisions loom for Dallas Area Rapid Transit's DARTzoom bus network redesign, some committee members are calling for a super majority, or two-thirds, vote to decide on an approach.


Q&A: Texas Department of State Health Services medical officer on preparing for flu season

Dr. Jennifer Shuford spoke about the state agency's education work and the outlook for the effects of influenza and COVID-19 in the state this year.


'It is time to open them up': Gov. Greg Abbott announces Texas bars can reopen in qualifying counties effective Oct. 14

Other expansions included in the announcement include river tubing operations, movie theaters and amusement parks, among others.