Dallas County commissioners are taking criminal judges to court over what they say is a lack of work since the pandemic shut courts for a time two years ago.
By state law, 90% of criminal cases in a five-year period must be cleared or the county can face losing as much as $50 million in criminal justice grants from the state. The county's current disposition rate stands at 87%.
County commissioners voted Wednesday to reduce the number of vote centers due to a shortage of poll workers. The voting centers the county is choosing to close are ones with low turnout or locations where another site is within a half-mile.
Weekly PCR tests are now required for Dallas County employees who are unvaccinated. Fully vaccinated workers can opt out of the weekly tests and get six extra days of paid leave if they test positive for COVID-19.
Dallas County Commissioner JJ Koch, the only Republican county commissioner, was kicked out of Tuesday’s meeting for refusing to wear a mask.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins ordered the bailiff to clear the court of anyone not wearing a mask. Commissioner JJ Koch was the only one.
“Whereas, much like fellow European Dirk Nowitzki landed in our great city 20 years prior, Dončić has quickly become an adored and adopted North Texan."
Texas lawmakers are considering new legislation which would tighten access to voting across the state. Voting rights activists and several large corporations and businesses have condemned the proposals.
The company that handles the shots says 31 people under the age of 18 received doses that are only approved for adults. City and county leaders are working to make sure it does not happen again.
The commissioner says he got the shot in hopes that it will also give a shot of confidence for communities of color where studies say nationally over half don't trust government medical care.
Dallas County is trying to reach underserved populations and make it easier for everyone to register for the COVID-19 vaccine.
About $4 million will go toward a call center run by a private company. The rest will go toward education campaigns and a paperless registration system.
Hundreds of people lined up in Oak Cliff Friday to register for an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Dallas County commissioners will meet Friday to once again develop a plan to vaccinate vulnerable populations for COVID-19 after approving and then rescinding a plan in a span of two days.
In a letter to the county's health director, the state says Dallas County's plan to prioritize residents of certain zip codes would've broken the rules laid out as a state vaccine hub.
After administering 12,000 shots last week, Dallas County has about 6,000 doses remaining for this week.
Out of 120,000 mail-in ballot applications received, only 54,000 ballots have been mailed to voters.
The mayor of Dallas is calling for an audit of the company hired to run free COVID-19 testing sites in Dallas County.
John Wiley Price noted in the resolution that black communities are disproportionately disadvantaged in opportunities for housing, education, business, employment and criminal justice.
Dallas County commissioners voted on Tuesday to extend its disaster declaration until next month.