DPD Chief Candidates, Frisco Taxes, New American Uniforms: Your Wednesday Evening News Roundup

Good evening. Here are some stories you may have missed today.Do you want to get this roundup via email? Sign up for our newsletters here.Top cops in Seattle, LAPD join 3 internal candidates as finalists for next Dallas police chiefDallas’ next police chief will be chosen from eight finalists who include a chief from Seattle, another from Los Angeles and three high-ranking members of the Dallas Police Department, officials announced Wednesday.The next chief will step into a Police Department that has struggled in recent months to do more with fewer officers. Hundreds of experienced officers have left the 3,100-officer department in recent years, making it Dallas' smallest force in a decadeThe position has been vacant since October, when Chief David Brown retired at the height of his renown for shepherding the department through the aftermath of the deadly July 7 ambush.City Manager T.C. Broadnax is responsible for hiring Brown’s replacement but is expected to rely on input from other individuals. Broadnax hasn’t said how many people applied for the job.Turning over a new leaf: Tennell Atkins says this time around on the Dallas City Council, he’s a man of the peopleChanging direction: Dallas Republican Jason Villalba will run for re-election to the Texas House, instead of challenging incumbent Don Huffines for Senate.Skyrocketing property appraisals prompt Frisco to offer first-ever homestead exemption to residentsThe Frisco City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a 7.5 percent homestead exemption that goes into effect for fiscal year 2018 to help homeowners grappling with rapidly rising property appraisals.The exemption provides about $143 in savings for property owners, based on the city's tax rate of $0.45 per $100 in valuation and the city's average home value of $391,923. The exemption applies only to homeowners living in their primary residence as of Jan. 1. Commercial and rental properties do not qualify."We have been a victim of our own success," Mayor Jeff Cheney said of the rising property values each year. " People are being priced out of their homes.FC Dallas kicks in: The MLS soccer club’s owners have committed to pay an extra $1 million annually in rent through 2037 to cover rising costs of renovating Frisco’s Toyota StadiumBook it: Dallas Stars owner Tom Gagliardi won Frisco’s approval to buy nearly four acres of city-owned land at a discount in return for committing to build a 300-room, full service hotel thereAmerican Airlines seeking new uniform vendor after thousands of employee complaintsAmerican Airlines is ending its relationship with garment manufacturer Twin Hill after thousands of complaints from employees that new uniforms rolled out last September were causing severe health problems.Employees started registering complaints within days of the new uniform launch last year, saying that they were experiencing symptoms including headaches, rashes and trouble breathing they attributed to the uniforms.So far, more than 4,000 employees, the majority of which are flight attendants, have reported issues to their unions.American has provided two alternatives to the original uniform and is planning to roll out a third in the coming months.More Magnolia: Chip and Joanna Gaines have a name and rough opening date for the latest addition to the ‘Fixer Upper’ empire, a restaurant in the old Elite Cafe buildingExpanding coverage: Insurance startup Oscar Health, which pulled out of the D-FW market last August, is moving into five new counties elsewhere in Texas.  Continue reading...

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