Top Texas court is unlikely source of execution reprieves

Texas’ highest criminal court has become an unlikely source for a lull in executions this year in the nation’s most active death penalty state.

Why it matters: Issues at stake – the series

WASHINGTON – A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief:

Officials commemorate centennial of renamed E.B. Johnson Union Station

Dallas-area civic leaders officially celebrated the centennial of Union Station, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, noting that the historic train station remains “as crucial to our region’s future transportation solutions as it was 100 years ago.”

Debate continues for control of Fair Park: Humann responds to criticisms

“Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions,” Walt Humann said about the feedback he has recieved about Fair Park and the plan to repair and update the location through a nonprofit foundation that ultimately would provide the 1930s-era site a ...

Debate continues for control of Fair Park: Williams discusses ‘process to get to a plan’

Much public discussion has been centered on Mayor Mike Rawling’s proposal that Fair Park may gain financial stability, make needed repairs and updates and attain more efficient overall management through an agreement with the nonprofit Fair Park Texas Foundation headed ...

Louisiana governor: Flood damage at least $8.7 billion

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said his state had more than $8.7 billion in damage from catastrophic flooding in August, and the figure will increase as officials finish assessing damage to roads and other public infrastructure.

Around the State

A Black Texas teacher is suing the state’s capital after being thrown to the ground by one White officer during a traffic stop and then being told by another that Blacks have “violent tendencies.”

Veterans Affairs restates policy to ban Confederate flags

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has restated a policy that bans the raising of Confederate flags on permanent poles in federal cemeteries, affecting dozens of burial grounds across the nation – especially in the Deep South – and further ...

Jenkins joins national discussion on community dialogue, policing

Dallas County Commissioners Court Judge Clay Jenkins joined other elected officials from around the U.S. for the National Association of County Officials Conference and Exposition held in July in Long Beach, California. During the event, participants explored areas of improvement ...

Together We Ball basketball event brings communities together

The Dallas community came together again for the purpose of healing and understanding at the second annual Together We Ball basketball game and community day at P.C. Cobb Field House, Aug. 28. Established though Project Unity by founder Pastor Ritchie ...

Black teen paid for secrecy in police brutality settlement

A Black teenager who was shown on video getting thrown down by a White police officer in Iowa received thousands of dollars to keep quiet about a settlement including a secrecy provision that may violate state law.

Lawyer at center of race, gun debate of two cases

In his law office, Andy Savage keeps a sealed plastic bag with the blood-splattered clothes that Felicia Sanders wore sheltering her granddaughter from a fusillade of bullets that killed nine Black parishioners at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church.

Police brutality protest leader sentenced to two years in prison

A leader of the group that has organized the protests against police brutality was sentenced Friday to prison for unrelated probation violations.

Around the State

An audit shows Texas received nearly $58 million from the federal Medicaid program for health services that did not qualify for reimbursement. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General released audit details last month.

North Texas VA groups speak on healthcare plans, goals

With veterans of global conflicts making up a significant portion of the county’s population, the Dallas VA Medical Center on Lancaster Road presented its Summer 2016 Joint Media Roundtable briefing July 28.