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Governor Abbott appoints UNT alum to Texas State Independent Living Council

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Leah K. Beltran to the Texas State Independent Living Council for a term set to expire on October 24, 2018. He also appointed Thomas Michael “Mike” Bates and Keisha Rowe Nunn for terms set to expire on October 24, 2019, and appointed Debra A. Lyon, April Pollreisz, and Wendy J. Wilkinson for terms set to expire on October 24, 2020. Colton J. Read and Jonas E. Schwartz were reappointed for terms set to expire on October 24, 2019 and October 24, 2020 respectively. The council develops the State Plan for Independent Living and serves as a resource to state and local organizations on Independent...

UNT to have first stand-alone dining hall by 2020

The University of North Texas will add a 36,200-square-foot dining facility in January 2020 to replace Kerr Hall. 

James Maguire, vice chancellor for facilities planning and construction, told the UNT Board of Regents during their regular meeting Thursday the plan is for 700 people to be able to eat at the hall at once. There will be a retail dining concept inside, too. 

Construction of the building at the northwest corner of Maple Street and Avenue A should start in August, and the hall is planned to open in January 2020, said Elizabeth With, vice president for student affairs. 


How Dow Chemical is prepping Team USA for luge in PyeongChang

The two sports might only seem loosely connected: race cars thundering around an asphalt track and sleds speeding down the winding arm of an ice track. But at The Dow Chemical Company, engineers are borrowing from techniques they’ve longed used for NASCAR to make the USA Luge Team quicker at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

A partner of the Olympic Games and of Team USA, Dow engineers and scientists are helping the USA Luge Team tune its sleds to get an edge over the competition. Using a web of sensors, GPS data, physics models and lab testing, Dow is helping to improve the team’s speed and agility, while helping...

How digital is impacting the holiday season

Christmas trees are out, candy canes are on display and fake snow is afloat at local retailers as they prepare for the holiday shopping madness. 

Local businesses are still dependent on their brick-and-mortar sales, even as the National Retail Federation's holiday survey showed for the first time that more people plan to shop online than at any one kind of store. 

Richard Last, a retired University of North Texas professor who helped launch J.C. Penney Co.'s website, said a lot of companies realize they need an online presence. That doesn't mean the focus this year will solely be online. 


UNT professor comments on recent Democratic victories being wakeup call for Texas GOP

AUSTIN -- After months of assurances from top Republicans that they still hold a firm grip on Texas voters, a top campaign adviser to Gov. Greg Abbott is warning that recent Virginia elections should be a "wakeup call" to the Texas GOP.

In a private memo to Abbott's aides, senior political adviser Dave Carney cautions that despite the fact that Texas is solid red in recent statewide voting patterns, suburban voters could pose significant problems for Republicans in next year's mid-term elections.

"It would be easy for us to say Texas is not Virginia. It would be easy for us to say the Democrats in Texas aren't that...

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