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Michael Mooney
16 hours ago - Politics

Trump's evangelical allies hold off on 2024 endorsement

Trump and Jeffress shaking hands

Friends. Photo: Olivier Douliery-Pool via Getty Images

First Baptist Dallas senior pastor Robert Jeffress says he considers former President Trump a friend and calls him "the greatest president since Ronald Reagan," but he's holding off on endorsing Trump's recently announced 2024 run.

Why it matters: Jeffress was the first prominent evangelical leader to endorse Trump's 2016 run for president and he has been one of Trump's most staunch supporters.

Tasha Tsiaperas
16 hours ago - News

How congestion on Dallas roads compares to other Texas roads

U.S. Highway 75, near the Hall Street overpass. Photo: Cooper Neill/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Dallas-Fort Worth had 37 of the 100 most congested Texas roads in 2021, according to an analysis by Texas A&M University's Transportation Institute.

Driving the news: Interstate 345 — the stretch of highway that connects Interstate 75 to Interstate 45 in Dallas — moved to the top 10 most congested, rising to seventh from 12th in 2020, according to the institute's analysis of Texas Department of Transportation data.

Tasha Tsiaperas
Nov 29, 2022 - News

"This American Life" covers Tarrant County election integrity

An election official demonstrating a voting machine

Not all heroes wear capes. Photo: Gordon Dickson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The Tarrant County elections administrator who was once accused of contributing to voter fraud found a way to make peace with skeptics on Election Day.

Driving the news: Heider Garcia's patient and transparent approach to running the election is featured in the latest episode of "This American Life" and in a story by Votebeat.

Michael Mooney
Nov 29, 2022 - News

The rapid decline of Six Flags

Six Flags roller coasters, as seen from the sky

It's all fun and games until the earnings reports come out. Photo: Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Arlington-based Six Flags Entertainment has had a painful ride this year. Even as other theme parks rebounded from the pandemic downturn, revenue and attendance at parks owned by Six Flags are way down compared with 2021, according to the company's third quarter earnings report.

Why it matters: Six Flags is one of the world's largest theme park companies and the largest operator of waterparks in North America. The flagship Arlington location is a staple of the North Texas entertainment industry.

Michael Mooney
Nov 28, 2022 - News

Herschel Walker claims Texas home as primary residence

Herschel Walker in front of a sign that says his first name

Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images

Herschel Walker, the Republican running for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, has continued to claim his Tarrant County home as his primary residence — potentially breaking both Texas tax laws and some Georgia rules on establishing residency for the purpose of voting or running for office, according to CNN.

Why it matters: Walker will face Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in a runoff election in December after neither candidate earned more than 50% of the vote in this month's midterm.

Michael Mooney
Nov 23, 2022 - Sports

Trevon Diggs on why he's had so many interceptions

Trevon Diggs running with the football

Trevon Diggs is an anchor on what's become the best defense in football. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Trevon Diggs, the Cowboys' defensive back extraordinaire, thinks there's only one position in football harder to play than cornerback: Quarterback.

  • "They're like computers," Diggs tells Axios. "Every play they've got to make the right decision and throw the ball and worry about pressure in their face and analyze the defense. And they've got to do that all within four seconds."

The pandemic set some Texas students back a year in learning

Data: Education Recovery Scorecard; Chart: Alice Feng/Axios

Texas students in third through eighth grades are lagging in learning compared with pre-pandemic years, per new research conducted by Stanford and Harvard universities.

Why it matters: 92% of parents nationally believe their children are at or above grade level now that in-person learning has resumed, but the research shows that's not true everywhere, Thomas Kane, project co-leader from Harvard University, tells Axios.

Tasha Tsiaperas
Nov 22, 2022 - News

Holiday travel is back to pre-pandemic levels

Illustration of a turkey pulling a suitcase.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

About 2.6 million travelers will pass through DFW Airport during this Thanksgiving's travel period, on par with 2019 levels.

Why it matters: Holiday travel across the country is returning to pre-pandemic levels, and this year's Thanksgiving week sojourns fall behind only 2005 and 2019, per AAA, which started tracking it in 2000.

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