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DCS to Reconsider Former Superintendent's Retirement Deal
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DCS to Reconsider Former Superintendent's Retirement Deal

The new Dallas County Schools Board of Trustees president wants to nullify a retirement deal struck with the outgoing superintendent earlier this year. Read More

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Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017
DCS Board Member Larry Duncan Resigns

DCS Board Member Larry Duncan Resigns

Former Dallas County Schools Board President and current trustee Larry Duncan has resigned his board position more than three years before it was to expire. Read More

Sunday, Oct 15, 2017
Ex-DCS Super’s Vacation Pad Raises Questions

Ex-DCS Super’s Vacation Pad Raises Questions

A beautifully restored, bright yellow building in New Orleans connects two of the central characters in the financial demise of Dallas County Schools and raises significant ethical and legal questions over rules governing... Read More

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017
Dallas ISD Stuck With Tab in Dallas County Schools Land Deal

Dallas ISD Stuck With Tab in Dallas County Schools Land Deal

NBC 5 Investigates has uncovered new information about who's really paying for a controversial land deal at Dallas County Schools — and it's not just taxpayers. Read More

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017
DCS Election Will Cost Taxpayers Nearly $1M

DCS Election Will Cost Taxpayers Nearly $1M

The election to determine the fate of Dallas County Schools will cost taxpayers almost $1 million. Read More

Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017
DCS Interim Superintendent Steps Down

DCS Interim Superintendent Steps Down

Dallas County Schools interim Superintendent Leatha Mullins stepped down Tuesday, nearly six months after taking over for Rick Sorrells who left the position in March under a cloud of controversy. Read More

Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017
Dallas County Schools Passes County Tax Increase

Dallas County Schools Passes County Tax Increase

Dallas County Schools passed a proposal to increase the county tax rate to the maximum allowed in 2017-2018. Read More

Friday, Aug 11, 2017
DCS Could Still End Up Bankrupt After Surviving Election

DCS Could Still End Up Bankrupt After Surviving Election

The financial ratings agency Moody’s said in a report Friday that Dallas County Schools could still end up in bankruptcy, even if it survives a November election vote that could shut the agency down. Read More

Thursday, Aug 10, 2017
DCS Short Hundreds of Bus Drivers Just Weeks Before School

DCS Short Hundreds of Bus Drivers Just Weeks Before School

Dallas ISD leaders want to know if the Dallas County Schools bus agency has enough drivers to be able to get kids to school on time this year. Read More

Wednesday, Aug 9, 2017
New Records Show DCS Bus Drivers Still Running Red Lights

New Records Show DCS Bus Drivers Still Running Red Lights

More Dallas County Schools bus drivers have been ticketed for driving dangerously, new records show. Read More

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  • Emergency Alerts Unable to Reach Millions in Bay Area

    U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris delivered a scathing letter to the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday evening, criticizing the agency for its failure to develop an effective cell phone emergency alert system. This comes after Sonoma County emergency officials told the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit that that the current wireless emergency alert system is unsuitable for evacuations because it cannot be geo-targeted to specific areas and can only be sent out to all of the county’s 500,000 residents.

  • Power Company Identifies 8 Electrical Failures in California Firestorm

    Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officials revealed Monday that they have officially notified California regulators of eight separate electric equipment failures in the recent North Bay firestorm – but declined to detail what triggered them. “Since Sunday’s windstorm, the company has submitted eight electric incident reports related to damaged facilities to the CPUC,’’ the company said in a statement late Monday, which stresses the utility will “support and assist with the review of these wildfires by the appropriate regulatory agencies…” PG&E referred questions about those reports, however, to state regulators, who did not respond to several requests for details made by NBC Bay Area. The eight incidents – now being probed by state regulators as well as Cal Fire – are relevant given that the CPUC has long been grappling with a particular fire-safety threat posed from the state’s 4.2 million power poles.

  • How to Scrutinize Fake Business Reviews Online

    More than 80 percent of people sometimes check reviews for businesses, but half wonder if they can be trusted, according to the Pew Research Center -- and they have good reason to, according to experts in online reviews.

  • Workers Continue to Harvest Grapes Despite Unhealthy Air

    The state’s worker safety agency issued a worker safety advisory late Friday after NBC Bay Area took video of workers harvesting grapes at The Robert Mondavi vineyard in the fire-torn Napa Valley, some without any protection from the smoky air that surrounds them.

  • Bosses Recorded, Shared Airport Worker Sex Videos: Lawsuit

    A female former security supervisor for the company that protects John F. Kennedy International Airport has filed a federal complaint alleging the outfit was "overrun with misogyny, racism and harassment.” LaDonna Powell worked for four years at Allied Universal Security Services, which is contracted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to secure the Queens airport. She claims in court papers filed Tuesday that she "was subjected to a shocking campaign of abuse and hazing." In an exclusive interview with the I-Team, Powell said male managers touched her inappropriately and made lewd comments about her body. Four of those managers are named as defendants in the federal lawsuit. The suit also names two Allied project managers and one executive for the company. A spokesperson for Allied Universal Security Services, which bills itself as the largest security services company in North America, told the I-Team the company just received the lawsuit Tuesday morning and is reviewing it. She

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2015

Lone Star Emmy Awards, Lone Star Chapter
Investigative Report Single Story: “Injured Heroes, Broken Promises”
Military: “Injured Heroes, Broken Promises”
Education/Schools: “The Texas High School Helmet Tracker”

The RTDNA Gannett Foundation
Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism: “Injured Heroes, Broken Promises”

National Edward R. Murrow Award
Investigative Reporting
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

National Edward R. Murrow Award
Continuing Coverage
"Fire in the Attic"

National Edward R. Murrow Award
News Series
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

First Amendment Awards: Multimedia Project,
Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Chapter
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

First Amendment Awards: Best Investigation, Broadcast Large Market
Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Chapter
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

Texas AP Broadcasters Award: Best Investigation
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

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