102.9 Now announces new afternoon drive-time host starting Feb. 5

By Dawn M. Burkes/The Dallas Morning News

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Freddy Rivera

Dallas-Fort Worth radio station KDMX 102.9 will get a new afternoon drive-time host starting Feb. 5.

Freddy Rivera will be on the air from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday through Fridays, radio giant iHeart Media announced Thursday. Rivera will play songs in the radio’s format, “from 90’s to  Now,” and talk about entertainment news and pop culture.

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Dallas-Fort Worth may get 1/2 inch of snow when winter front blows through Monday

By Claire Ballor and Claire Z. Cardona

Don’t let the weekend sunshine fool you into thinking North Texas is done with winter weather. 

Another round of freezing temperatures and the likelihood of snow is headed this way again with the arrival of a cold front Monday afternoon.

Here’s what to expect:

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MLK Day thoughts from GPD


Food for thought as we start this Monday in reflection: We are proud of the community we serve, and grateful to be amongst citizens who passionately devote their time giving to others. We are always stronger together.

Highland Park QB John Stephen Jones named 2017 SportsDay HS Offensive Player of the Year

Fans of the Highland Park High football team, including Dallas Cowboys owners Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones, cheered on the state champions in a parade on Saturday. Quarterback John Stephen Jones is SportsDayHS’s offensive player of the year. 

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Circuit City’s reboot after bankruptcy may include pop-up shops inside a Dallas-based retailer

By Melissa Repko, Staff Writer

Remember Circuit City? For some customers, memories of the big-box electronics store have faded, along with the likes of Blockbuster and RadioShack.

But Ronny Shmoel, CEO of Circuit City, says plans to revive the brand and bring it into the internet age are a step closer to reality.

Shmoel said the longtime consumer electronics retailer will relaunch Feb. 15 with a new website and will later roll out pop-up displays inside other brick-and-mortar stores.

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10 opportunities in January, February to comment on Texas Central’s proposed high-speed railway from Houston to Dallas


The Federal Railroad Administration will host 10 public hearings throughout Texas in January and February regarding Texas Central’s high-speed railway. Community members can attend the public hearings to submit comments on the project.

The FRA signed a draft environmental impact statement for Texas Central in mid-December, which outlines a preferred route from Dallas to Houston.

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Feds say Texas illegally failed to educate students with disabilities



A U.S. Department of Education investigation concluded Thursday that Texas violated federal law by failing to ensure students with disabilities were properly evaluated and provided with an adequate public education.

After interviews and monitoring visits with parents, school administrators and state officials, the federal investigation found that the Texas Education Agency effectively capped the statewide percentage of students who could receive special education services and incentivized some school districts to deny services to eligible students.

It also told TEA that it needs to take several corrective actions, including producing documentation that the state is properly monitoring school districts’ evaluations for special education, developing a plan and timeline for TEA to ensure that each school district will evaluate students previously denied needed services, and creating a plan and timeline for TEA to provide guidance to educators on how to identify and educate students with disabilities.

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