North Texas businesses need more data-driven DEI policies, report finds

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A new report by the Dallas Regional Chamber found that businesses in North Texas are mostly doing well with parental leave and mental health benefits, but they have a long way to go when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion — often referred to as DEI.

Driving the news: The chamber released the 40-page report with Kanarys, a Dallas-based tech company that focuses on diversity and equity policies, at a State of DEI event Tuesday.

Car thefts are on the rise in Dallas

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Thefts of some Kia and Hyundai models are rising nationwide, and alleged design flaws are being blamed for the spike.

Driving the news: The issue has spurred class-action lawsuits in several states, including Texas and Illinois.

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Sep 12, 2022 - News

"Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site" comes to life

A real excavator in the illustrated cover of a beloved children's book
Scooping gravel, dirt and sand, Excavator shapes the land. Screenshot: Caterpillar

Equipment maker Caterpillar, which announced this summer it would move its headquarters from Illinois to North Texas, used its products to bring to life the beloved children's book "Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site."

Why it matters: If you have a toddler in your life, you likely know how popular this book series is. The "Goodnight, Goodnight" series has sold more than 5 million copies, and the original spawned a multitude of sequels, spinoffs and branded products.

Dallas' Mill City neighborhood fixing blight to decrease crime

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Southern Dallas' Mill City neighborhood is getting hundreds of thousands of dollars to remediate blocks of vacant lots and boarded-up buildings.

Driving the news: Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announced Tuesday that his task force on safe communities is giving $100,000 to Builders of Hope, an affordable housing developer.

Downtown Dallas office space is being converted into housing

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Developers are converting millions of square feet of office buildings into residential units in an effort to fill empty space in Downtown Dallas.

Why it matters: Dallas is competing with the broader North Texas region to attract employers and residents alike — and reimagining the city's core plays a big role in that effort.

Southwest can expand to DFW Airport, but will it?

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Southwest Airlines will be allowed to expand service to DFW Airport starting in 2025, but airline officials aren't sure they'll make the move.

Flashback: The Love Field vs. DFW Airport debate has loomed for decades.

North Texas' cricket stadium project is underway

The old signs came down real quick Monday. Photo: Naheed "Aspiring Fast Bowler" Rajwani-Dharsi

The new cricket stadium in Grand Prairie is finally under construction. The stadium will be ready for matches by next summer, Major League Cricket tells Axios.

Why it matters: Major League Cricket is looking to expand the sport's reach in the U.S. The Grand Prairie stadium, which used to be a baseball stadium, will give North Texas the chance to host international matches.

50 years of Half Price Books

We like big books, and we cannot lie. Photo: Courtesy of Half Price Books

You don't have to be an avid reader or comic book collector or vinyl shopper to appreciate the business savvy and staying power behind Half Price Books, which just celebrated its 50th birthday.

Why it matters: The Dallas-based business started as a mom-and-pop bookseller in a converted laundromat and has grown to 120 stores in 19 states, including newish locations in Nashville and Boise.


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