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Campaign boots not as full for 2015

The totals are in for the three-day “Fill the Boot” campaign, and the community fell short on donations compared to 2014, Denton fire officials said.

House moves to bar fracking bans

AUSTIN — The House moved Friday to bar cities from banning fracking and placing other limits on oil and gas drilling, after a debate that pits a key state industry against communities’ desires for local control.

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Town at stake

LINCOLN PARK — The lines have been drawn. The sides have been chosen, and preparations are under way for the legal battles that will take place in Austin and Denton at the end of the April. The border wars have begun, and the battles haven’t been pretty.

Schools team up for local higher ed

High school students in Denton now have another reason to go to college in their hometown: new partnerships between the Denton ISD, the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University.

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Sheriff to attend memorial

Denton County Sheriff Will Travis will return this weekend to the site of a horror that shaped his career and life.

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Expansion furthers

Motorists on Interstate 35E will have to adjust to more changes starting Saturday. Road closures and lane shifts are coming as work on the 35Express project continues en route to its projected mid-2017 date of completion.

Group’s forum widens scope

Candidates fielded questions of neighborhood concerns for nearly two hours Thursday night at a forum hosted by the Denton Neighborhood Alliance.

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Model Athlete: UNT’s Bardabush takes on dual career

Kseniya Bardabush was already well into her development as a tennis player when a suggestion from her mother opened up a whole new avenue in life.

American dream becomes reality

LEWISVILLE — When she and her family first came to the U.S. a decade ago, she knew no English, a displaced kid suddenly worlds away from the life she had known.

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Clock’s ticking

Drivers drop off mail near the 5:30 p.m. pickup time Wednesday at Denton’s downtown post office on East McKinney Street . Wednesday was Tax Day across the United States.

Blotter: Police arrest teenager on various charges

A 17-year-old male was found in a ditch early Wednesday morning by a good Samaritan, police said.

Les Cockrell: Pre-school plans Mexican Supper fundraiser

Denton Christian Preschool will have its annual Mexican Supper fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Erwin Hall gym at First Presbyterian Church, 1114 W. University Drive.

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Thursday, April 16 Calendar

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Police report violent crime decreasing

Denton saw a 16.5 percent drop in violent crime last year compared to 2013, although that doesn’t mean the city is considerably safer, officials said.

Moratorium extended on drilling permits

The Denton City Council has extended a moratorium on new gas well drilling permits for another 119 days, to the end of June.

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Future of weapons in jeopardy

Denton County officials fear a part of county history will forever be lost due to impending auction of the Bates Family weapons owned by the University of North Texas.

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Kicking off spring

Austin Wallace of Durango, Colorado, who was visiting family in the area, photographs bluebonnets on Lone Oak Road near Ray Roberts Lake recently.

Gough, founder of UNT interior design program, dies

Ray Gough, founder of the interior design program at UNT who died Sunday in his home after an illness, affected the arts community he spent much of his life in. He was 95.

Storms may revisit area

While today offers a brief break from wet weather, the chance of more rain will be around through Saturday at the least.

GOP finds its target with gun rules

AUSTIN — As Republican lawmakers have rushed to further loosen Texas’ firearm regulations — which already contribute to the state’s gun-friendly reputation — some have seen it as a capitulation to a fringe element.

Fire group makes picks

There weren’t enough votes among the members of the Denton Firefighter Association to swing an endorsement for the open race in District 3, but the incumbents seeking re-election to the Denton City Council on May 9 could get a boost from the group.

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Blue Bell items make comeback at stores

Blue Bell products are back on the shelves and safe to eat, now that local grocers have replaced recalled items.

Man’s body found in drainage ditch

Denton police are looking to the medical examiner’s office to identify the body of a Hispanic man discovered naked in a drainage ditch Monday.

Argyle building collapse captured on video

The collapse of an indoor activity center under construction in Argyle was captured by four surveillance cameras.

Denton, Uber disagree on background checks

Though Uber was greeted with anticipation upon its arrival in Denton, the car-for-hire service is facing roadblocks with city ordinances.

Blotter: Man loses cash after late-night partying

Partying on Saturday night led to missing property Sunday morning for a Denton man.

Bill would put stop to red-light cameras

AUSTIN — Red-light cameras in Denton, Dallas and many other North Texas cities would be brought to a stop under legislation approved Monday by the Senate Transportation Committee.

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Tuesday, April 14 Calendar

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Show of support

ARGYLE — The threat of rain Sunday morning didn’t keep North Texans away from the Argyle Community Concert to raise money for the families of two construction workers who were recently killed in two separate incidents at the Argyle Middle School and High School campus.

Flash flood warning expires for Denton County

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Denton County until 11:15 a.m. today. Reports of up to two inches of rain have fallen in some areas, with heavy rain expected to continue at times through the early afternoon. A Flash Flood Advisory is still in effect until 11:30 a.m.

Further station talks on agenda

The Denton City Council is expected to continue its discussions Tuesday afternoon with Argyle fire officials about building and staffing a station near Robson Ranch retirement community.

Les Cockrell: Dinner event to benefit Arc of Denton County

An “All-Star Waiter Night” is planned from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday to benefit the Arc of Denton County.

Blotter: Woman reports identity theft after filing taxes

Filing taxes led to a stolen identity report Saturday afternoon, when a 31-year-old woman realized her Social Security number had been used, according to a police report.

Monday, April 13 Calendar

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Police pursuit

The rev of an engine and its roar are familiar sounds for the Denton Police Department’s motorcycle unit, whose officers hit the streets rain or shine.

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Lives shaped

Former students came from as far away as Lubbock for a visit with elementary schoolteacher Vanessa Suarez-Arispe on Saturday, filling tables at Sidewalk Cafe.

District 3: Race to return woman to dais

No matter the outcome of the May 9 election, the city council will have at least one woman back on the dais this spring.

Dave Lieber: Bill is hardly pro-consumer

The Watchdog wants you to know that the insurance industry is trying to slide something slick through the Texas Legislature toward Gov. Greg Abbott’s signing pen that’s designed to pay you smaller insurance claims.

Down for training

Known as the rescuers, firefighters sometimes find themselves trapped, too. When that happens, a “mayday” call is issued, and crews are quickly swallowed by a dark, hazy hallway of uncertainty.

Benefit concert set for Argyle today

A benefit concert today at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Argyle will raise money for the families of two construction workers fatally injured at the campus of Argyle Middle School and High School.

County clinic data left at shop

Internal and state investigations continue at the Denton County Health Department following a security breach by an employee. In February, an unidentified employee left a USB drive at a local printing store to print a personal document from the drive.

Principal decisions in the making

Denton ISD could name as many as six new school leaders at the April 21 school board meeting, Superintendent Jamie Wilson said this week.

Blue Bell no longer at local schools

A frozen dessert favorite of many Texans is no longer offered in Denton ISD school cafeterias.

Crews render artillery shell found in Copper Canyon safe

A 155 mm artillery shell prompted a code red alert to be issued to some county residents after midnight Friday.

Blotter: Reward offered for capital murder suspect

Denton County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of 22-year-old Demico Stanley, a capital murder suspect who is considered armed and dangerous, according to Lewisville police.

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