To get around Congress, Obama turns to city halls

Wed, May 27, 2015 - 12:28pm

President Obama has quietly racked up a series of legislative victories during the past few months as lawmakers have enthusiastically embraced his calls for a higher minimum wage, paid sick leave and universal pre-kindergarten.

Instead of Capitol Hill, those victories happened in city halls, state houses and county buildings far from Washington.

At least six major cities — Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Tacoma, Wash., and Washington, D.C. — have passed paid sick leave laws in the four months since Obama called for state and local action in this year's State of the Union Address. Since the 2013 address...

New path coming to UNT

Tue, May 26, 2015 - 11:13am

The University of North Texas campus will be a little more green next spring thanks to a new walkway project the Board of Regents approved Friday.

An extension to the current Central Path, the new walkway will cross from the middle of Maple Street between Avenues C and D, past the new site for Rawlins Hall and end at the corner of Highland Street and Avenue C.

The board voted unanimously to provide $1.5 million for the project, which will now be sent out for bids. Money from the Higher Education Assistance Fund designated for improvements will pay for the project.

“It will be a significant campus amenity to...

Police warning on biker retaliation questioned by former biker, experts

Tue, May 26, 2015 - 11:10am

A Texas Department of Public Safety Bulletin warns that members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang may be plotting attacks on law enforcement officers, but former Bandidos members say the information is wrong and highly unlikely.

"Absolutely ludicrous," said Edward Winterhalder, a former high-ranking Bandidos member who is still in contact with former and current members. "From a purely common sense and logical point of view, there's no reason for them to do that."

Winterhalder was referring to a law enforcement bulletin, reported by CNN, that warned police across Texas that members of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle...

Campus falling behind

Fri, May 22, 2015 - 1:17pm

While the University of North Texas has focused on new construction in recent years, with two projects underway on campus, the older buildings may have been a bit neglected.

To give the older buildings the attention they need, UNT is partnering with Sightlines Corp. to prioritize renovations and construction on campus.

The Denton campus consists of almost 5 million square feet. Hiring an outside company to analyze what to spend and where will help set budget priorities, said Bob Brown, vice president for administration and finance.

In a presentation to the UNT Board of Regents on Thursday, Jim Kadamus, vice...

‘Shale-ionaires’ Suffering from Wave of Bankrupt Oil Drillers

Thu, May 21, 2015 - 7:48am

At the height of the U.S. energy boom, Texas landowner John Baen received about $100,000 a month in royalty payments from companies producing oil and natural gas on his property.

Now the checks are much smaller, and when he opens his mailbox each day, he’s afraid he’ll find yet another bankruptcy notice. So far, four of the producers sending him checks have caved in to rising debts as oil prices slumped, seeking court protection from their creditors.

“I feel like crying because I know I’m going to get another 10 notices,” said Baen, 67, who owns 10,000 acres of land and mineral rights on other property.