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Back to school, but not for all Texas teachers

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Texas is in the midst of a teacher shortage that could get even worse this year.

Driving the news: Classes resumed this week at some school districts, including Plano and Lewisville. Dallas ISD returns to school next week.

O'Rourke explodes on Abbott supporter who laughed during Uvalde remarks

Beto O'Rourke speaks at an event in Brenham, Texas.
Beto O'Rourke speaks at an event in Texas. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Beto O'Rourke (D) on Wednesday snapped back at a heckler who laughed as the Texas gubernatorial candidate described the weapon used to murder 19 children and two teachers in the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting earlier this year.

What he said: “It may be funny to you, motherf--ker, but it’s not funny to me, OK?” O’Rourke told the heckler. The crowd applauded.

Tasha Tsiaperas
Aug 11, 2022 - News

How you can help reduce Dallas homelessness

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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Homelessness is a complex problem without simple solutions, but there are a few things everyone can do to help. 

Speak up: Attend budget town hall meetings and voice support for municipal spending to close encampments and advocate for measures to move people into shelter and housing.

Tasha Tsiaperas
Aug 11, 2022 - News

Homelessness rising in Dallas, Collin counties

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Signs of rising homelessness pepper the city: a sleeping bag at a train station, a cardboard shanty under a highway, a tent tucked into the brush, a car stuffed with belongings and towels covering the windows. 

Driving the news: Dallas leaders are prioritizing cleaning up debris around campsites, closing more encampments and getting people into housing. 

Tasha Tsiaperas
Aug 11, 2022 - News

How Dallas homelessness prevention has evolved since Tent City

A bulldozer clears out debris from a tent encampment
Tent City was closed in May 2016. Photo: Xinhua/Tian Dan via Getty Images

Dallas closed one of the largest tent encampments ever seen in the city in 2016, after outreach workers spent months meeting the hundreds of people who lived there to move them into shelters, housing or other programs.

  • It was a turning point for how the city handles homelessness. 
Ivana Saric
Updated Aug 10, 2022 - Politics & Policy

"He didn't have to see this anniversary in detention": Austin Tice's mom ahead of 10-year mark

Marc and Debra Tice next to a photo of US journalist Austin Tice
Marc and Debra Tice, the parents of Austin Tice, give a press conference in the Lebanese capital Beirut in December 2018. Photo: Joseph Eid/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden on Wednesday commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the abduction of American journalist and Marine Corps veteran Austin Tice, reiterating calls for the Syrian government to release him.

Why it matters: Tice, who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012, is one of the longest-held and most high-profile American hostages.

Shawna Chen
Updated Aug 10, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Dallas Koreatown salon shooting suspect indicted for anti-Asian hate crime

Photo of two protesters, one holds a sign that says "Asian&Proud" and the other holds a sign that says "No excuse for racism"
A Stop Asian Hate rally in downtown Houston on March 20, 2021. Photo: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images

A Dallas grand jury has indicted a 37-year-old man for committing aggravated assault after he allegedly shot three Asian women in a Dallas Koreatown hair salon in what police have labeled a hate crime.

Driving the news: Jeremy Smith intentionally targeted the women "because of his bias or prejudice against Asian Americans," according to the Dallas County district attorney’s office.

Uvalde school district to add officers on campuses following mass shooting

Texas Highway Patrol troopers stand in front of a memorial for the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 27 in Uvalde, Texas. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced new school safety protocols for the Uvalde school district Wednesday, months after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School took the lives of 19 children and two adults.

Why it matters: As the new academic year approaches, the measures are intended to ensure students, parents and faculty feel secure as they return to school following the May shooting, Abbott said in a news release.