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Citing COVID-19 concerns, city officials cancel Celebrate Roanoke event

Officials with the city of Roanoke on July 28 made the decision to cancel the city’s annual Celebrate Roanoke event.

KidZania to reopen in Frisco, home improvement tips: News from Dallas-Fort worth area

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Texas' freestanding emergency centers ask state for flexibility during coronavirus pandemic

The requested changes would help freestanding emergency centers relieve overcrowding at hospitals and reduce the cost of coronavirus testing at their facilities, according to the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers.

Fort Worth Chief of Police Ed Kraus announces retirement

The city of Fort Worth announced July 27 that Police Chief Ed Kraus will retire at the end of the year.

Home improvement and maintenance tips from a Keller business owner

Homeowners should have their residence inspected professionally at least once a year, said De Anwar Bradley with Palafox Construction Group.

Chipotle coming to Plano, Messina Hof in Grapevine innovates winery for customers: News from DFW

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas and Fort Worth area.

American Federation of Teachers releases resolution supporting 'safety strikes' as 2020-21 school year approaches

According to AFT President Randi Weingarten, the ability for schools to reopen safely hinges on the federal government as state budgets continue to get slashed amid the pandemic-induced economic downturn.

DATA: 2018-20 real estate market at a glance in Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth

Fewer homes were sold between July 2019 and June 2020 than in the previous comparable 12-month period in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth area.

Some breweries may qualify to operate as restaurants under new TABC guidelines

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released new guidelines on how restaurants may calculate their alcohol sales receipts.

Attorney General Ken Paxton: Decision to close schools lies with school districts, not health officials

The Texas Education Agency said July 28 it will follow the guidance laid out by Attorney General Ken Paxton and will not allow schools to close in-person instruction based solely on a blanket order from a local health authority.

Deadline extended for program providing grocery help for Texas families

Families have until Aug. 21 to apply for the program that provides a one-time payment of $285 per child to help those who lost access to free and reduced-priced meals when schools closed.

Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth housing market stays strong following COVID-19 slowdown

While the COVID-19 pandemic created a temporary freeze in home sales, demand for residential housing remains high.

Water Park reopens in Frisco, Holy Grail Pub serving customers in Plano: News from DFW

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Gov. Greg Abbott waives grade promotion requirement for STAAR testing for middle school students

While students will still receive an A-F rating, the test will no longer determine whether they can graduate.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission to post COVID-19 cases, deaths from nursing homes, assisted living centers

The data will be from state-supported living centers, state hospitals, and state-licensed nursing and assisted living facilities.

UNT professor researches pandemic’s impact on learning environments, what teachers can do for fall

A University of North Texas professor’s research may help teachers from all levels prepare for nontraditional class settings in the 2020-21 school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Greg Abbott extends early voting period for November election

Early voting will now be held between Oct. 13-30.

Tracking COVID-19: More than 200 new cases confirmed in Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth

As of July 26, there are 622 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Tarrant County.

Sen. John Cornyn's Smithsonian museum for American Latinos bill passes House vote

“Close to 40 percent of all Texans identify as Hispanic, and their history is an integral part of Texas history that must be recognized and remembered,” Cornyn said. “By creating a new museum in the Smithsonian Institution, we can honor American Latino contributions and highlight their stories for future generations.”

Keller, Northwest ISDs required to begin school year with remote instruction

On July 21, Tarrant County health officials announced that public and private schools in the county will be required to offer remote learning to begin the fall semester.

The Stix Icehouse coming to McKinney, some Ann Taylor and Loft stores may close: News from DFW

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Plano ISD students opt for remote learning, cookie shop coming to McKinney: Most popular news from DFW

Read the most popular Dallas-Fort Worth-area news from the past week.

Q&A: Medical expert discusses what parents, teachers should consider when schools reopen in 2020-21

As the new school year approaches, districts are tasked with protecting students and staff from further COVID-19 spread while parents face tough decisions.