3:51 PM Jul 28, 2020 CDT

After legal blow to Plano’s comprehensive plan, city faces uncertain path forward

The city’s timeline leaves unclear whether officials intend to appeal the ruling before the Aug. 10 council briefing, submit the petition to the council according to the court’s schedule or take some other legal step.


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.


Developer pursues new Plano apartments with grassy setback from nearby neighborhood

The apartments would be set off from nearby neighborhoods by a wide stretch of green space with walking paths.


New Chipotle location coming to Plano in 2021

The fast-casual restaurant chain's new Plano location will operate from the building formerly occupied by Boston Market.


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.



Work on Alma Road's northbound lanes in Plano to continue through August

The project, which began in May, is part of a series of pavement repairs along the major Plano thoroughfare.


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.


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.”


Following state guidelines, Holy Grail Pub reopens in Plano with greater emphasis on food sales

The Plano pub said it would have to shelve some of its premium alcohol products to maintain the required food-to-alcohol sales ratio under Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission guidelines.


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.



Interactive: Explore the thousands of Plano businesses that received PPP loans

More than 6,000 Plano businesses received potentially forgivable loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Explore the data with these interactive charts.


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.


Market data: Fewer Plano homes hit the market in May than did at same time last year

As fewer homes were listed, the homes that sold saw a modest rise in median sale price year over year.


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.



Some Ann Taylor, Loft locations close as parent company files for bankruptcy

As a result of the bankruptcy, the business will close all Catherines locations; many Justice stores; and a few Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant and Lou & Grey stores nationwide.


What Frisco ISD families can expect for the all-virtual start to the 2020-21 school year

Virtual learning in the first three weeks will differ from the e-Learning experience used in the spring 2020 semester at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, district officials said.


Bipartisan bill introduced by Texas, Minnesota senators to provide relief to independent music venues

The Save Our Stages Act would provide grants worth six months of financial support for independent live music and entertainment venues.


Federal regulatory change could affect environmental reviews, infrastructure projects in Texas

The Trump administration said a new update to the National Environmental Policy Act is aimed at streamlining reviews for a variety of federal projects.