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U.S. Rep. Kay Granger says it’s time for Donald Trump to “move on” as most Texas Republicans remain silent

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, a high-ranking member of Texas' congressional delegation who is respected among her peers, said Friday she has "great concerns" about...

New law seeks additional fees on electric vehicles. Here’s how many EVs are in Fort Worth and how much it can cost

A Texan lawmaker is attempting to levy additional fees on electric vehicles (EV) that could cost North Texas EV drivers collectively more than $2.5...

Top 100: Coming to the Rescue During COIVID: Preserve the Fort, Care 4 Tarrant, United Way of Tarrant County

Leah M. King, President & Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Tarrant County Mayor Betsy Price, City of Fort Worth Judge Glen Whitley, Tarrant County Commissioners...

Tarrant County sees record COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations as Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price tests positive

By Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, The Texas Tribune Nov. 18, 2020 "Tarrant County sees record COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations as Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price tests positive" was...

Gov. Abbott is sending state police to help combat violent crime in Dallas. A similar effort last year proved controversial.

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Gov. Greg Abbott is again sending Texas state police into Dallas as the city experiences a spike in shootings. The governor’s deployment, announced Wednesday, carries echoes of a controversial Texas Department of Public Safety operation in the city last year that some community members said led to over-policing and racial profiling. Last weekend was Dallas’ deadliest of the year, with seven fatal shootings, according to The Dallas Morning News, bringing the total homicide count for the year to 220. The Morning News reported that the total surpassed last year’s 210 homicides, but still fell far below the record high of 500 in 1991. According to the Morning News, Dallas police said the fatal shooting last week of a Dallas-area rapper appeared to be “loosely” related to the recent surge in violence. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said the swell of violent crime required an “all-hands-on-deck response.” On Wednesday, Abbott stepped in. In a statement, he said that at the request of city police, he was sending DPS special agents, troopers, intelligence analysts and Texas Rangers to “reduce violent crime and protect the communities in the city of Dallas.” Johnson said he was grateful for the governor’s assistance. “The rise in violent crime in the city of Dallas is unacceptable, and the Texas Department of Public Safety will assist the Dallas Police Department in their efforts to protect the community and reduce this surge in crime,” Abbott said. The governor’s statement said agents and troopers would help gang and drug investigations, the Rangers would help investigate homicides, and the state police would also provide two helicopters and two patrol planes. A spokesperson for Abbott did not respond to further questions or specify how many DPS law enforcement officers would be deployed. The initial announcement of the operation sounds similar to DPS’ “Operation D-Town,” under which Abbott sent DPS into the city last June to help combat a spike in murders and violent crime. The operation lasted three months. The agency touted the operation, and after two months, Dallas police reported a significant drop in violent crime in the areas where DPS was deployed. But some city officials and community members said the troopers did more harm than good. Community members complained of DPS troopers over-policing in poorer neighborhoods with mostly residents of color, questioning people about their immigration status and stopping people without valid reasons. Last August, troopers in Dallas during the operation fatally shot Schaston Hodge, 27. The Morning News reported that Hodge was holding a gun when he got out of his car after leading troopers on a brief chase when they attempted to stop him for failing to signal a turn. In a record obtained by The Texas Tribune showing more than 500 DPS arrests made in Dallas during the operation, 64% of the people arrested were Black. Dallas’ population is 24% Black. About half of the arrests were for drug crimes. Although DPD and Johnson have requested outside help to assist in the recent swell of violent crime, activists and scholars, since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, have voiced resistance to the idea that more police officers leads to more safety. In efforts across the country to cut police funding, academics have argued public safety would be better served by investing money into other social programs. “Increased police in communities doesn’t create public safety,” Alan Dettlaff, dean of the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work, told the Tribune in June. “What creates public safety is well-funded schools, access to mental health services, access to health insurance and quality health care.” Disclosure: The University of Houston has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune's journalism. Find a complete list of them here.

AP Sources: FBI is investigating Texas attorney general

By JAKE BLEIBERG Associated PressDALLAS (AP) — The FBI is investigating allegations that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton broke the law in using his...

Tarrant County offered free rides to the polls and voters hopped on board

In a year of record voter turnout, there were more than 5,800 trips to the polls under a program funded by Tarrant County.The Tarrant...

2nd virus vaccine shows striking success in US tests

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical WriterA second experimental COVID-19 vaccine — this one from Moderna Inc. — yielded extraordinarily strong early results Monday, another...

Fort Worth City Council Work Session, Meeting preview for Nov. 17

City Council Work Session, 3 p.m., Room 290 of City Hall, 200 Texas St. Informal reports will cover food truck operations during the COVID-19 disaster...

Tarrant County, Texas seeing surge in COVID-19 cases

Tarrant County Public Health on Sunday, Nov. 15 reported one COVID-19 death. The deceased was a man from Fort Worth in his 90s with...

2 states announce new virus restrictions as US cases hit 11M

Michigan and Washington on Sunday joined several other states in announcing renewed efforts to combat the coronavirus as more than 11 million cases of...

UK’s ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ serial killer Peter Sutcliffe dies

By DANICA KIRKA Associated PressLONDON (AP) — The British serial killer known as the "Yorkshire Ripper" died Friday, reviving unsettling memories of a killing...

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