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Special to The Dallas Examiner


Knowledge is Power – Blueprint for Business Excellence Conference, for new and seasoned businesses seeking information and contacts to grow their bottom line, will be held May 6. The agenda includes networking opportunities, business resources and workshops to help entrepreneurs grow and sustain their businesses. The keynote speaker for the conference luncheon is University of Texas at Arlington Senior Director for External Affairs Devan Allen, who was named One of 20 Women to Watch in 2015 by Fort Worth Business magazine.

The conference, presented by the Dallas Independent School District in collaboration with Dallas County Community College, Dallas County Schools and the City of Dallas, is free and set for 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dallas County Schools Technology and Training Center, 5151 Samuell Blvd. Pre-registration is advised and available at For more information, call 972-925-4140.


(AP) – A judge has rebuffed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request that he step aside before the Republican stands trial on criminal securities fraud charges in September.

A spokeswoman for state District Judge George Gallagher confirmed Monday that he will stay on the case. Paxton had asked for a new judge after his trial was moved from his hometown in suburban Dallas to Houston.

Melody McDonald Lanier said Gallagher did not need to formally rule on the motion to remove him. Gallagher had sided with prosecutors who argued they couldn’t get a fair trial in Collin County because of the publicity that has surrounded the case for two years.

Paxton was indicted in 2015 over accusations that he misled investors in a tech startup. He has pleaded not guilty.


Cedar Valley College finished first in in the education category of the 2017 “It’s Time Texas” Community Challenge, presented by H-E-B.

As participants in the challenge, Cedar Valley tallied 550,350 points to win in the “extra small” category that includes fewer than 4,999 participants. Points were awarded for exercising, eating healthier and organizing events.

“Cedar Valley College is proud to have finished first in its category for this statewide contest. Special credit goes to our nurse and top health advocate, Mari Brock, for her active role in helping us participate in this competition. We are very much supportive of a healthy learning environment at Cedar Valley,” said Dr. Joseph Seabrooks, the college’s president.

The competition was statewide effort that encourages health and fitness competitions among schools, businesses, churches and city leaders.

According to the competition organizers, more than 23,500 Texans, representing roughly 330 communities, registered for the challenge. They exercised more, tracked their workouts, ate healthier, organized health events and encouraged their friends, family, colleagues, and fellow community members to join them in demonstrating their commitment to healthier cities and a healthier state.

“CVC supports this challenge because we want to promote healthy living among our students, faculty and staff,” Brock added.

CVC supported the city of Lancaster in this year’s campaign.

Members of all winning, runner-up and recognized communities, as well as the individuals who earned the most points, will be invited to an award ceremony to be held at the Texas Capitol.

Other challenge winners:

Community Challenge Champions:

• Metro: Austin

• Large: Garland

• Mid-sized: Coppell

• Small: Prosper

• Extra Small: Dripping Springs

College Challenge Pilot Winners:

• Metro: Tarrant County College District

• Large: The University of Texas at San Antonio

• Mid-sized: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

• Small: Texas Woman’s University

• Extra Small: Dallas County Community College – Cedar Valley College

School District Challenge Winners:

• Metro: Northside ISD (San Antonio)

• Large: Garland ISD

• Mid-sized: Harlingen CISD

• Small: Coppell ISD

• Extra Small: Ennis ISD


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