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Is Gov. Abbott signing away our environmental protections? Courtesy of Austin-American Statesman

HB40 Switcheroo

Even before the ink has dried on a new law, Denton is already under assault from drillers.
Peter Gorman
On Monday, May 18, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that eliminates many local restrictions on gas drilling and fracking in the state. Called the Denton Fracking Law by many of its critics, HB40 says that if an ordin...


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XL Problems

Shuttling tar sands through Texas from the Great White North is risky business — for the pipeline owners too.
Fort Worth Weekly
TransCanada, owner of the Keystone 1 pipeline and the southern leg of the Keystone XL, is currently undergoing a compliance investigation by the Federal Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. And the timing couldn...



Protestors in South Texas march against ICE’s newest facility.
Steve Pavey, Hope In Focus (www.stevepavey.com)

Asylum Seekers Detained

As detention centers in Texas hold asylum seekers needlessly, the private operators rake in millions.
Peter Gorman
In response to 2014’s unprecedented number of women with their children caught crossing the border between Mexico and the United States —68,000 families — President Obama expanded on a program of family detention that had...


Lopez: “Richland Hills would be taking on debt when we had no voice in it.” Photo by Lee Chastain.

Throw Mama from The T

Richland Hills and Blue Mound are worried they’ll be on the hook for part of an $800 million line.
Eric Griffey
TEX Rail, a 27-mile commuter rail project that would connect downtown Fort Worth, downtown Grapevine, and the north entrance of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, seems like a great deal for North Texas. The feds are foot...



Members of the SMU earthquake research team install a broadband seismicity monitor inside a storage building in the Reno/Azle area. Photo by Hillsman Jackman.

A Range of Tremors

Fort Worth gas company rattled by earthquakes, legal rulings.
Peter Gorman
Shakeups continue in the gas industry. A large company experienced legal setbacks, and the authors of a study by a local university think they know what caused all of those earthquakes in Azle and Reno that began in late 2013. ...


Hardy: “It seems to be slowly improving down here.” Photo by Jeff Prince.

Race Redux?

Signs point to an extended revitalization in Riverside.
Jeff Prince
How many times can a phoenix rise, for chrissakes? Fifty years ago, Race Street became a thriving business district serving East Fort Worth at the so-called Six Points intersection, where Riverside Drive and Race and East Belkn...



“He was turning in receipts almost on napkins,” said Trae Fowler.

Haltom City Scars

City leaders hope an audit of a failed development enterprise will close the door on the past.
Peter Gorman
A plan to give Haltom City a facelift that wound up nearly tearing the place apart is under scrutiny. City leaders are hoping that by the time the dust settles, old wounds will finally begin to heal. “I certainly hope that wh...


Senator John Whitmire.

Truancy Examined

Texas has treated truancy as a criminal offense, but that might change.
Peter Gorman
Instead of being labeled a criminal for life, Texas kids who show up late to school or skip classes entirely might end up performing some sort of community service if John Whitmire has his way. The Democratic state senator from...



Deputy Police Chief Charlie Ramirez is trying to assuage hard feelings in the community. Photo by Jeff Prince.

North Side, FWPD at Odds

Questions still surround a shooting by a Fort Worth police officer.
Jeff Prince
An attorney representing the relatives of Daniel Brumley, who was shot four times by a Fort Worth police officer on Jan. 17, said the autopsy report raises more questions about what happened that night. Brumley’s relatives an...


Senator Don Huffines’ bill takes a broad swipe at home rule. Courtesy YouTube

Home Rule Under Fire

Austin sets to gut home rule authority on gas drilling.
Peter Gorman
If three bills making their way through the legislative process in Austin become law, home rule in Texas would effectively be gutted. Identical House and Senate bills that would exempt the gas and oil industry from home rule or...