Colorado lawmakers propose using blockchain technology to protect state data

A bipartisan bill before Colorado lawmakers encourages state agencies to research uses for blockchain technology to potentially reduce costs by eliminating redundancies and preventing fraud. The bill’s advocates and the state’s blockchain community said it has a greater message: Colorado can be a powerhouse for the burgeoning technology, and the public sector is integral in making that happen. Sponsored in the senate by Sens. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, and Angela Williams, D-Denver, Sen

Light Rail or Street Repair? Phoenix Transportation Needs Hit Funding Reality

Walter Gray is straddling a divide, and it's a divide that looks an awful lot like a pothole. The self-described community activist from west Phoenix wants better, smoother streets — Council District 7, where he lives, will within five years have 91 miles of major roads that the city considers unworthy of a "good" rating, according to the Street Transportation department. This could mean anything from roads that are a little weathered to stretches of pavement pockmarked by potholes. He also wa

Fear and hope on Dallas' 10th Street, one of the nation's last freedmen's towns

Two homes, minimal lot space in between, sit side by side on Cliff Street where Church intersects. At first they seem no different from the other faded, vacant or neglected craftsman-style properties in the 10th Street neighborhood, a historic district south of the Trinity River founded by freed slaves after the Civil War. The first house, 218 Cliff, is boarded up, vacant, derelict, with "No Trespassing" spray-painted on the front. It's the kind of decades-old home that gets torn down here, ha

What does a $500 million Google data center mean for D-FW's 'Southern Star'?

Reducing dependence on one type of business future-proofs the city and creates job-training opportunities for its workers so they can find employment even after the building boom that's driving much of Midlothian's industrial activity dies down. Diversification is important because the city doesn't look much like it used to and will look different still another few years down the road. From a rail town in the 19th century to an industrial town in the '60s, Midlothian was historically small and

Are student loans and avocado toast really keeping millennials from buying homes?

"They're pretty particular," Barrios said. "They want a good price, something that's eco-friendly and something that's recently updated. You know, it's instant gratification. We all work a lot, so we don't have the time to do a renovation when we buy." They also want community, connectivity and inclusiveness, said Tony Ruggeri, the millennial co-CEO of Republic Property Group, a developer that is building large communities at Light Farms in Prosper and Walsh in Fort Worth.

Is D-FW's next great community sprouting from the plains outside Fort Worth?

It looked like the setup to a joke, or a scene from an alternate-reality spaghetti western. Two guys, brows shining and skin pasty under the midday sun, stood on a patch of dirt and weeds. They wore tailored slacks and dress shirts with sleeves rolled above the elbow; it's the look that bright-eyed junior members of Congress don when meeting constituents in campaign ads, the look that suggests: "There's work to be done, and we're the ones who're gonna do it." Behind them stretched out the big

In 2011, Dallas had 375 houses for sale under $50,000. What about now?

The house at 810 Millard St. in Oak Cliff is for sale. And potential buyers better act fast — Dallas is in a housing crunch, and this property is in an up-and-coming neighborhood. The online listing very urgently declares: "MULTIPLE OFFERS RECEIVED." The median price for pre-owned Dallas homes is above $260,000. This house is listed for $20,000. Now, it may not have any appliances, or heating and cooling, but it has four walls, a roof and municipal water hookups. At 606 square feet, with ramsh

How Belmont Hotel developer turned warehouse full of dead raccoons into a south Oak Cliff anchor

For decades, the warehouse on Polk Street south of the Tyler/Vernon DART station in Oak Cliff was the home of the Dixie Wax Paper Company. They made, unsurprisingly, wax paper — the very same wax paper that lines Dixie Cups. The company, later known as Dixico, had operated in the Elmwood neighborhood since the 1920s. In the 1980s, according to Dallas Morning News clippings from the time, the firm sought permission to burn hazardous waste in the factory but was beaten back by outcry from local r

'It's like buying penny stocks': D-FW cryptocurrency miners go prospecting for digital gold

On the evening of May 29, the power was out in the two front rooms of Stanley Edgar's Rockwall home, where he lives with his 32-year-old son Brandon, Brandon's girlfriend and the couple's children. Brandon's girlfriend had plugged in a vacuum cleaner, overloading the circuit breaker. This wouldn't happen in most houses. But the Edgar house is different. It soaks up nearly four times the electricity consumed by a typical Texas home. Most of that goes into heavy-duty computing hardware that the

100,000 flock to D-FW mega events like Harvest America, praising God and spending millions

Summer is peak season for large religious events, as it's a time when hotels "have more latitude in the rates and the concessions they can offer," said Kevin Owens, who holds the SBC account for Visit Dallas. Faith groups fit in "niche moments" in hotel and convention corporate cycles when big businesses aren't booking rooms, and they maintain cash flow in what would otherwise be a quiet month, said Harry Schmidt, the president and CEO of the Religious Conference Management Association,.

Valley Metro chief: Federal cuts threaten light rail, trolley projects | Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Transportation Department budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration could threaten Valley rail projects in which the federal government has already invested $75 million, the head of Valley Metro said Wednesday. CEO Scott Smith joined other public transit officials who said the proposed cuts could also hobble the economic development that often accompanies investments in transit infrastructure. “We are now close to $9 billion in real estate activity within a half-mile radius

Community activist hopes to ride dark horse to Senate win as Democrat | Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – All the things that analysts say present a political challenge for Deedra Abboud – her lack of political experience and party ties, her Muslim faith and liberal activism – are the things she embraces in her race for Senate. Abboud, a 45-year-old Phoenix lawyer and community activist, became the first Democrat to throw her hat in the ring for the 2018 race for Republican Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat, announcing her candidacy April 10 – shortly after the longtime independent registered wit

Trump budget would hire team of lawyers to secure land on border | Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget calls for the hiring of 20 attorneys to help the federal government “obtain the land and holdings necessary to secure the Southwest border.” The budget, which calls for a $1.1 billion reduction in the Justice Department’s overall budget, does not make clear what land will be targeted or what it will be needed for, but it would likely be used to build Trump’s border wall or secure access to it. Anthony Francois, a land rights att

Flake likely to face challenges from all sides, vows to be ready | Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, begins the 2018 election cycle with $580,000 in the bank, a history of disagreeing with President Donald Trump – and a target on his back. With almost two years until midterm elections, experts say Flake can expect serious opposition in his re-election bid from Republican and Democratic challengers alike. Despite the president’s lukewarm performance in approval polls, he is still relatively popular with Arizona Republicans, which could make for a diffic

Hard choices ahead as officials look at future of Navajo power plant | Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Despite pledges to look for alternatives, closing the Navajo Generating Station in Page could devastate the local economy, where hundreds of jobs rely on the plant and affiliated coal mine and where experts see few, if any, workable solutions. To replace the 800 jobs that would be lost at the plant and the mine, planners and policymakers must overcome a lack of economic diversity in the remote region as well as low demand for the relatively costly power the plant produces. Proposal
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