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10:37 PM Aug 16, 2022 CDT

Plano ISD board of trustees call $1.49B bond election for November

If all four propositions are approved, PISD would be able to spend a total of $1,495,638,000 for “critical” projects in the district, 2022 Future Forward Task Force co-chairs Rick Cinclair and Marshall Jackson said on Aug. 2.

9:16 AM Aug 10, 2022 CDT

Richardson spraying for mosquitos after trap tests positive for West Nile virus

According to the press release, the city's decision to spray was a result of health officials being notified of a positive West Nile virus test.

Abigail Kauffman hired as Richardson's Network of Community Ministries CEO

Richardson-based nonprofit Network of Community Ministries announced the hiring of Abigail Kauffman as its new president and CEO.

ERCOT selects Pablo Vegas as new CEO 16 months after previous leader fired

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the state’s power grid, has been without a permanent leader for 16 months, after its former CEO was fired in the aftermath of the February 2021 winter storm. The new CEO will join ERCOT in October.

How local school boards function in Texas, how to get involved

School boards provide local governance of their school districts and can only take action by a majority vote at public meetings.

For the first time in three years, TEA releases A-F ratings for Texas schools

This year, 25% of school districts improved on their letter grades from 2019. The Texas Education Agency typically releases accountability ratings annually, but the procedure was paused during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Brass Tap now serving craft beer, diverse food menu at CityLine in Richardson

Founded in 2008, The Brass Tap is an upscale craft beer bar with 60 taps and 150 varieties of local, national and international beers, according to a press release.

Here are 5 businesses and restaurants coming soon to Richardson

From karate lessons to bar food, here are five new restaurants or businesses coming soon to Richardson.

Texas ranks 45th in the nation for overall child well-being, new data shows

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation indicates that Texas children are struggling with mental health and educational proficiency.

Collin County to offer appointments for monkeypox vaccine

In a news release, officials stated the county is prepared to vaccinate as soon as additional vaccines are delivered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Richardson ISD planning to test proposed cell phone restrictions at Forest Meadow Junior High after parent feedback

Branum was planning to propose a measure during the Aug. 11 board of trustees meeting that would prohibit cell phone use in secondary schools. The proposal would have required students in grades 7-12 to put phones in magnetic-locked bags called Yondr pouches throughout the school day to prevent use.

Desi Brothers planning to open new grocery store in Richardson

The South Asian-style grocery store, which started in Austin, will be located at 100 S. Central Expressway, Richardson.

Krishna Juice finalizes opening date for new Richardson location

Krishna Juice will hold its grand opening for the Richardson store off East Belt Line Road on Aug. 15.

Record percentage of Texas teachers considering quitting, survey shows

Texas educators reported declines in support from parents and state leaders during the pandemic, according to the Texas State Teachers Association.

Richardson ISD Superintendent Tabitha Branum proposing to limit cell phone use at district's secondary schools

Richardson ISD interim Superintendent Tabitha Branum will propose a plan to prohibit cell phone use in secondary school during the Aug. 11 board of trustees meeting.

Premier Martial Arts coming soon to Richardson

Premier Martial Arts is planning to open a location in Richardson, according to a Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation filing.

Texas health department accepting grant applications to expand access to health care

The grant will help health centers that serve underserved and uninsured Texans in areas with limited resources.

Biolife Plasma Services offering plasma-based treatments near Richardson

The business collects donated plasma to process for “life-saving, plasma-based therapies,” according to the company’s website.

Plano ISD task force presents $1.49B bond recommendation for November ballot

With four propositions, the proposed bond package would total $1,495,638,000 for “critical” projects in the district, according to task force co-chairs Rick Cinclair and Marshall Jackson.

Richardson preparing for city's 150th anniversary celebration

City of Richardson officials are planning a celebration for Richardson’s 150th anniversary next June, according to a presentation during the Aug. 1 City Council meeting.

Texas extends emergency SNAP benefits through August

Texas will provide over $305.5 million in emergency benefits this month, which is expected to help 1.5 million households.

Aloha Chicken and Shrimp planning to open second Hawaiian-style eatery in Richardson

Aloha Chicken and Shrimp is planning to open a second location in Richardson at 581 W. Campbell Road, Ste. 127.