Monday , 21 May 2018

State Buzz

Square Off: It Must Be Nice to Get a Year’s Pay to Go Away

Square Off McKinney TX

Square Off is McKinney’s no-holds barred opinion show. This week the crew discusses the city manager’s 12-month severance package. Plus, could Texas turn into a blue state sooner than later? That’s just what the Wall Street Journal analyzed this week. Join the conversation below!  

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Square Off: Should McKinney Follow Frisco’s Lead and Ban E-Cigarettes?


Matthew Bado and Sara Thomas discuss the following topics on this episode of Square Off: McKinney’s Johnny “Bobsled” Quinn hits the track in Sochi on Saturday and Sunday in the four man bobsled race. Early voting is underway – Pimp Promote your candidates of choice in the comments below but please be nice. Frisco banned the use of E-cigarettes in ...

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Consumers Asked to Conserve Electricity due to Extreme Cold, Limited Generation

Electricity Power Lines Energy

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, grid operator for most of Texas, is asking electric consumers to reduce electric use from 5 p.m. Thursda through noon on Friday, Feb. 7. “With the cold weather that began (Wednesday) night, we already saw electric demand close to our winter record this morning,” said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations. “We are ...

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Data Security Protection in Full Force in Collin County


It’s a conundrum that frustrates leaders and organizations large and small. The media, led by customer demand, focuses resources on the crisis of the day. Aside from preventing terrorists plots, rarely do outlets produce stories that applaud an organization’s crisis prevention efforts. Today I’m here to share how our Collin County government has prevented the biggest data breach in its ...

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Texas Trib: Education Could be Defining Issue in Election for Governor

Education Apple

New research by a Sam Houston State University economics professor finds Texas fifth in income inequality — trailing just New York, Connecticut, Florida and California. Mark Frank told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Steve Campbell that the wealth gap in Texas might actually be increasing. In 2011, the top 10 percent of wage earners in the state received 48 percent of ...

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There’s an Efficient Way to Ease McKinney’s Traffic Woes: Build Roundabouts


Imagine getting from one side of McKinney to another in 15 minutes or less. Imagine avoiding major thoroughfares and nightmarish intersections like 380 and U.S. 75. Imagine more bike lanes and pedestrian walkways around town. The secret? Eliminating the need for residents to drive on collector roads and replacing four-way stops and traffic lights with roundabouts. City leaders in Carmel, ...

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Square Off: Who Should Decide Baby’s Fate?

Square Off McKinney

Matthew Bado and Sara Thomas discuss the unfortunate case of a Tarrant County father who is suing a hospital for keeping his brain dead wife on life support in order to keep their unborn baby alive. Who should decide the baby’s fate? Is it is the father’s decision or the state’s? Also, should Texas extend the length of the school ...

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Square Off: Paying for Online News and McKinney’s New Watchdog Group

Square Off Jan 9

Matthew Bado and Sara Thomas are back in the new year to discuss the following hot topics: Paying for original content on TSB Former McKinney chief of police heads to Prosper McKinney’s new government watchdog group wants the city manager gone Bob Tomes has angered neighbors…again The swine flu is back and it has already taken two lives in Denton ...

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Demand for Power Hits New Winter Peak, Conservation Alert Lifted

Electricity Power Lines Energy

Continuing sub-freezing temperatures in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas region pushed the demand for electricity on Tuesday to a new winter record, with electric use peaking at 57,277 megawatts (MW) in the hour ending at 8 a.m., based on preliminary operations data. There was sufficient generation available Monday evening and Tuesday morning to serve expected needs and maintain the desired ...

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Collin County Under Winter Storm Warning


The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Collin County effective Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. through Friday, Dec 6 at 6 p.m. One quarter to one half inch of ice accumulation is possible during this arctic winter storm event. Rain is expected to transition to freezing rain Thursday evening and continue through Friday while mixing ...

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