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Juan Salinas is a journalist based in Trujillo, La Libertad, Perú.
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OSHA proposes $290K in fines following explosion at Sherwin-Williams plant in Garland

09 Feb 2024  |  KERA News
The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing over $290,000 in fines against Sherwin-Williams due to an explosion at a paint factory in Garland last August, which injured an employee and released chemicals into the environment. OSHA cited the company for serious violations, including improper chemical storage and insufficient employee training. Sherwin-Williams faces a repeat violation fine of $161,310 and additional penalties for other violations. The company has the option to contest the findings or pay the fines within 15 business days.

Texas Supreme Court won't take up secessionist group’s push to get ‘Texit’ measure on GOP ballot

11 Jan 2024  |  www.hppr.org
The Texas Supreme Court denied the Texas Nationalist Movement's request to intervene after GOP officials rejected a ballot measure asking if Texas should secede from the U.S. The TNM argued that state GOP Chairman Matt Rinaldi had no discretion to reject the signatures collected. Rinaldi countered that accepting electronic signatures could undermine election integrity. Despite the court's decision, TNM President Daniel Miller vowed to continue legal actions. The Republican primary ballot will include other measures, such as creating a border protection unit and having closed primaries.

Texas AG Ken Paxton, wife say McKinney home 'swatted' on New Year's Day

03 Jan 2024  |  kut.org
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton, were the targets of a swatting incident at their McKinney home on New Year's Day. Ken Paxton accused Speaker of the House Dade Phelan and The Dallas Morning News of 'doxxing' his family by releasing his home address during his impeachment trial, which the newspaper denied. The McKinney Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the incident.

North Texas cities are losing billions of gallons of water to old infrastructure

04 Oct 2023  |  ketr.org
North Texas cities lost approximately 40 billion gallons of water in 2021 due to aging infrastructure, with Dallas and Fort Worth experiencing significant losses. The extreme heat and dry soil have exacerbated the problem, leading to more leaks and main breaks. Cities are required to submit water loss audits, and the data indicates that the issue is worsening. The financial impact is substantial, with Dallas and Fort Worth losing millions of dollars. A proposition for a new state fund for water infrastructure projects is set to be voted on, although experts suggest the $1 billion commitment may not be sufficient to address all issues.

Support for ‘Texit’ is still low — but it’s growing. What’s behind the momentum?

01 Oct 2023  |  www.texasstandard.org
Support for Texas secession, or 'Texit,' remains low but is growing, driven by frustration with the federal government among Republicans and some Democrats. The Texas Nationalist Movement, which has been advocating for secession for nearly two decades, recently gathered 140,000 signatures to put the issue on the GOP primary ballot, though it was rejected. Experts suggest that while the movement is unlikely to succeed, it reflects broader dissatisfaction with the federal government. The movement has gained some support from conservative voters and Republican candidates, though significant legal and political hurdles remain.

Army Corps pushes back planned Benbrook Lake bike trail closure to early 2024

18 Aug 2023  |  fortworthreport.org
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has postponed the planned closure of a popular bike trail at Benbrook Lake to January 1, 2024, following community pushback. The decision came after a meeting with local cyclists, city officials, and representatives, including U.S. Rep. Kay Granger and former Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. The delay allows more time to find a solution that ensures safety while maintaining cyclist access. The city of Fort Worth and organizations like Streams and Valleys are committed to making the area more bike-friendly, with discussions on potential funding for park updates.

North Texas transportation leaders discuss future for Tarrant County

09 Aug 2023  |  fortworthreport.org
Public-private partnerships are seen as crucial for the future growth of North Texas, with transportation expert Michael Morris emphasizing collaboration over individual recognition. At the North Texas Commission’s Infrastructure Summit, leaders like Morris, Russell Laughlin, and Alberto Gonzalez discussed the importance of timely decision-making and risk-taking by the private sector. The development of Panther Island and the advancement of high-speed rail between Fort Worth and Dallas were highlighted as key projects. The lack of leadership from local government officials was identified as a significant obstacle to progress.

Veteran reflects on Fort Worth’s changes and the spirit of Historic Northside

04 Aug 2023  |  fortworthreport.org
Sergio Garza, a veteran and Historic Northside resident, reflects on the changes in Fort Worth since his arrival in 1991. He recounts the evolution of the area, including the loss of local festivals and businesses, the transformation of neighborhoods, and the development of new community spaces. Garza highlights the importance of the Northside Community Center, noting its reduced operating hours and encouraging community involvement to ensure it remains a vibrant part of the neighborhood.

Texas to receive millions in funding for broadband initiatives. Tarrant County wants to get a piece of the pie

18 Jul 2023  |  fortworthreport.org
Tarrant County is aiming to utilize part of the $42.45 billion in federal funding from President Joe Biden's Broadband Equity Access and Deployment program to improve local broadband access. Texas is set to receive $3.3 billion, and Tarrant County officials, including Commissioner Manny Ramirez and Judge Tim O’Hare, are preparing to seek funds to address internet connectivity issues in underserved areas. Approximately 10% of county households lack internet access, and 5% lack devices to go online. The Texas Broadband Development Office will begin accepting grant applications in 2024.

Lanterns will cast glow across Trinity River as part of annual downtown Fort Worth festival

22 Jun 2023  |  fortworthreport.org
The third annual Water Lantern Festival in Fort Worth will take place on June 24, featuring the release of LED-lit lanterns on the Trinity River near Panther Island Pavilion. The event includes designing lanterns, a group meditation, live music, food trucks, and socializing activities. Lanterns are eco-friendly, made from rice paper and wood, and all profits are donated to water.org, a nonprofit focused on safe water and sanitation access.

Trinity Metro's modern bus stops could change how residents view public transit

30 May 2023  |  fortworthreport.org
Trinity Metro is proposing a $20 million project to revamp all 1,714 bus stops in Fort Worth with modern stations featuring shade, benches, and real-time information displays. The initiative aims to change the public perception of bus transit, making it more inclusive. Two prototype stops were showcased to city officials, with construction expected to begin in September if funding is approved. The project is funded by Trinity Metro, with the city providing necessary infrastructure. The new designs incorporate feedback from riders, emphasizing user experience.

TCC students share what they think District 4 runoff candidates should focus on

29 May 2023  |  Fort Worth Report
Tarrant County College students are urging the board of trustees to address campus-specific issues such as limited food options and high cafe prices. As the District 4 runoff election approaches, with Laura Forkner Pritchett challenging incumbent Bill Greenhill, students' concerns diverge from the partisan issues that dominate the campaign. Greenhill cites ongoing campus redevelopment as a complicating factor for addressing food services, while Pritchett criticizes the board's budget management. Both candidates have expressed a commitment to student needs, with early voting starting on May 30 and the election on June 10.

Dedication & Passion: two teachers receive Fort Worth ISD's Teacher of the Year Awards

28 May 2023  |  fortworthreport.org
Amanda Inay from Rufino Mendoza Elementary School and Aimee Hatch from Daggett Montessori were honored as Fort Worth ISD's Teachers of the Year at a dinner event. Inay, overcoming a challenging childhood, aims to be a supportive figure for her students, while Hatch, transitioning from finance to teaching, focuses on hands-on learning to engage her students in science. Both recipients reflect on their teaching experiences and the impact they hope to have on their students.

Tarrant County College board incumbent, newcomer offer sharp contrasts

25 May 2023  |  fortworthreport.org
Incumbent Bill Greenhill and challenger Laura Forkner Pritchett presented contrasting views on Tarrant County College's operations during a debate. They discussed financial management, tax rates, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs ahead of a June 10 runoff election for District 4 on TCC's board of trustees. Pritchett criticized the current board's budget allocation and called for a focus on workforce development, while Greenhill defended the college's spending and tax rate decisions. Pritchett opposed DEI initiatives, while Greenhill stated TCC would follow state law. Both candidates commented on their approach to evaluating and holding the chancellor accountable.

Texas Rangers go to bat with Fort Worth ISD to teach healthy habits to kids

17 May 2023  |  fortworthreport.org
Fort Worth ISD has partnered with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation to introduce a new physical education program at Maude I Logan Elementary, aiming to teach fifth-grade students about healthy lifestyles. The initiative, which began in 2008 with Medical City Healthcare and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, focuses on topics not typically covered in P.E. classes, such as healthy eating habits. Principal Michael Conner and Deputy Superintendent Karen Molinar highlighted the program's benefits for students' health. The program features Rangers mascot Captain, community impact director Ray Casas, outfielder Bubba Thompson, and third base coach Tony Beasley, who engage students with videos and discussions on physical and mental health.

First they found a perfect school, then the Moralez family fell in love with Sansom Park

21 Apr 2023  |  fortworthreport.org
Bobbie Moralez recounts her family's journey to finding the perfect school for her non-verbal autistic daughter, Lena, at Joy James Elementary in Sansom Park, which led to the family's deep affection for the city. The Moralez family moved to Sansom Park in 2012, and since then, they have embraced the community, enjoying local businesses like Rosa's Grill and Lieu's Vietnamese restaurant, and participating in city events. Bobbie's appreciation for the city's efforts to improve and her experiences as a dispatcher have solidified her love for Sansom Park, where she plans to stay for the foreseeable future.

Immigrant-owned food trucks overcome pandemic and inflation to succeed in Fort Worth

13 Mar 2023  |  fortworthreport.org
Immigrant entrepreneurs Linaim Morin and Darwin de la Cruz have successfully navigated the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic instability to thrive with their food trucks, Lola’s and Vaquerito Taqueria, in Fort Worth. Morin's Cuban food truck and de la Cruz's taco truck have built a loyal customer base through dedication and unique offerings, despite initial skepticism and the competitive food industry. Both are now looking to expand, with Lola’s opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant and Vaquerito Taqueria considering similar growth.

Fort Worth’s Morningside neighborhood has among the lowest life expectancy in Texas. These ministers want to change that

18 Feb 2023  |  Fort Worth Report
The Ministers Justice Coalition of Texas is taking steps to improve the quality of life in Fort Worth's Morningside neighborhood, which has one of the lowest life expectancies in Texas. The coalition, including Rev. Kyev Tatum, is seeking federal assistance and has engaged with Maggie Siddiqi from the U.S. Department of Education. The recent meeting drew attention from Fort Worth's economic development team and Mayor Mattie Parker. Mark Cunningham from the University of North Texas Health Science Center presented the Morningside Promise Zone project, aiming to enhance community health. Residents like Shallie Bey highlighted the need for better access to quality food and healthcare, while Robin Jocyen appreciated the cross-community collaboration.

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