Lee Statue Out (again), Dallas to Bid for Amazon HQ, Bankers Bilking: Your Thursday Evening 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.Federal judge allows Dallas to move forward with Robert E. Lee statue removalA federal judge on Thursday allowed Dallas officials to move forward with removal of the Robert E. Lee statue from an Oak Lawn park.Following a hearing, U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater dissolved the temporary restraining order that he issued Wednesday, halting the removal in mid-process.The motion was filed by Hiram Patterson and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who complained to the court that the City Council had violated the First Amendment and the right to due process. Fitzwater said the plaintiffs failed to show that the city had done either.The order followed a near unanimous City Council vote in favor of a resolution that called for the statue's immediate removal. The resolution also directed the mayor's task force on Confederate monuments to make recommendations about what to do with the Lee statue, the city's other Confederate monuments near City Hall and streets named after Confederate leaders.For the latest updates on this developing story, visit DallasNews.com.Previously: U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater issued a temporary restraining order to halt the statue's removal after a near-unanimous City Council vote.Commentary: Removing Dallas' Robert E. Lee statue is not an emergency, writes radio host Mark Davis.  Continue reading...

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