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Tasha Tsiaperas
May 27, 2022 - News

Texas kids are caught in the middle of the mental health, gun control debate

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Members of the Texas House education committee were hearing about the poor state of students' mental health when an 18-year-old gunman opened fire in an elementary school classroom in Uvalde, killing 19 children and two adults.

Driving the news: Gov. Greg Abbott said during a news conference Wednesday that the state’s government needs “to find a way to target that mental health challenge,” referring to whatever led the shooter to charge into the school.

Tasha Tsiaperas
May 25, 2022 - News

Freshman state Rep. Jasmine Crockett wins runoff for Congressional seat

State Rep. Jasmine Crockett
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Outgoing U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson's handpicked successor won the runoff to replace the 30-year incumbent.

Driving the news: Freshman state Rep. Jasmine Crockett won Johnson’s endorsement to represent U.S. House District 30 and received 48% of the vote in the March primary.

  • However, it wasn't enough to stave off a runoff against Jane Hope Hamilton, who has a 20-year political career as a congressional aide and managing campaigns.

The district, which has only been represented by Johnson, includes parts of Dallas and Duncanville and all of DeSoto and Lancaster. It's considered a lock for Democrats.

Between the lines: Crockett's campaign was boosted by $2 million from cryptocurrency traders' super PACs — the second-highest amount of special interest money spent on House candidates.

Other races

Collin County - Trump-backed police officer, Frederick Frazier, leads the race for the new House District 61, which includes several of the fastest-growing towns in Collin County: McKinney, Frisco, Celina and Anna.

  • Frazier was accused of vandalizing the signs of his opponent, Paul Chabot, who the campaign called a "serial fabulist."

Dallas County - Former Dallas City Council member Sandra Crenshaw lost to real estate agent Venton Jones in a runoff for House District 100.

  • Crenshaw took a surprise lead in the March primary despite raising just $500 but lost support from the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas for comments she made about her opponent, who is gay and HIV-positive.

Tarrant County - Trump-backed Phil Sorrells leads the Republican nomination for Tarrant County District Attorney against state Rep. Matt Krause.

  • In the fall, Krause compiled a list of 850 books that might make students feel "discomfort" if found in school libraries.
Tasha Tsiaperas
May 24, 2022 - News

Texas had lowest 2020 death rate from alcohol, drugs and suicide

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Texas had the lowest death rates in the country from alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2020, according to a report released today by health policy organizations.

Why it matters: Deaths from alcohol and drugs increased nationwide in 2020 compared to the previous year, likely exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Tasha Tsiaperas
May 23, 2022 - News

Dallas houses 300 people in rapid rehousing plan

Dallas homeless encampment
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About 300 people have been housed since October as part of a public-private partnership to find homes for locals experiencing homelessness.

Driving the news: The Dallas rapid rehousing program aims to move 2,700 people into housing by October 2023 through the use of American Recovery Plan Act housing vouchers and private donations to encourage landlords to accept the money.

Michael Mooney
May 23, 2022 - News

Preemie formula is nearly impossible to find in North Texas

An empty formula shelf at Target
This has become a heartbreakingly familiar sight to many local families. Photo courtesy of Cormac West.

Parents of babies born prematurely are being hit especially hard by the national formula shortage.

Why it matters: Many preemies are given special formula that helps them gain weight throughout their first 12 months. These formulas are harder to substitute, and, for some babies, going without formula could be catastrophic.

Tasha Tsiaperas
May 20, 2022 - News

Dallas hit hard by baby formula shortage

Data: Datasembly; Chart: Baidi Wang/Axios

Texas is being hit hard by the baby formula shortage, with more than half of the state's expected formula stock absent from shelves the week of May 1, according to Datasembly, a retail software company.

Why it matters: Parents have been left scrambling to find single cans anywhere to feed their children, and many stores are now limiting the amount of formula customers can buy.

Michael Mooney
May 18, 2022 - News

ERCOT expects record demand this summer

Illustration of a Texas-shaped power outlet
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the organization that manages the state's electricity grid, is predicting a record high demand for power this summer, according to a report released this week.

Why it matters: The Texas power grid supplies electricity to more than 25 million Texans. A failure during sweltering temperatures could be catastrophic, risking lives and all manner of business across the state.

Tasha Tsiaperas
May 18, 2022 - News

Arrest made in Dallas Korean hair salon shooting

Police Chief Eddie Garcia in front of a row of microphones
Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia. Screenshot courtesy of City of Dallas

The man accused of shooting three women at a Korean hair salon was having "delusions around anyone of Asian descent," Dallas police said.

Driving the news: A 37-year-old man has been arrested on three felony aggravated assault charges connected to what police have labeled a hate crime.

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