DISD Board Shaking Couch Cushions to Offset $23 Million Shortfall. The Dallas ISD board of trustees is now examining a budget for the next year that includes increased kindergarten sizes and increased Pre-K offerings, as well as no raises but also no tax increases. The budget is $23 million less than previous years, and also meant that several schools were shuttered altogether. Not to beat a dead horse, but …
Three More Arrested in Burning of Puppy. Richard Valentine, Adrian Ayers and Darius Carey were all charged with animal cruelty in connection with the burning of Justice, a stray pit bull puppy who later died of infection. Darius Ewing was arrested in April.
Tornado > Hail. So remember that hail that hit everywhere but my neighborhood this week? Well, in Fannin County it was called a tornado instead, and it ate houses and trees and tossed little old ladies around.
DMV Promises Shorter Waits With MegaCenters. One in Fort Worth, one in Garland. They’ll be all technologied up, and the goal is to get people in and out in 30 minutes. I know two places to go that already get you out speedily without the new stuff, but I’m not telling any of you unless it’s for $500. Hint: It ain’t Plano.
Loya Insurance Fined by State. Loya Insurance Co. was fined $300,000 for deceptive business practices, a consent order from state Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman revealed. Loya apparently is one of the leading auto insurers in Texas, but also has one of the state’s highest complaint rates.