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But first, today’s weather:
Not as hot with t-storm. High: 70 Low: 61.
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Here are the top three stories in Dallas today:
- The Dallas Police Department is rolling out a $40,000 pay incentive for officers with 30 years of sworn service under their belts. In an effort to retain more senior officers, any full-time officer with at least 28 years of sworn service with the department will be eligible to apply for the incentive. Officers with 28 years of service or more must work an additional two years as a sworn full-time, active duty officer to be eligible for the one-time payment of $40,000. The Public Safety Committee will consider implementing the incentive sometime this month. (Dallas Observer)
- Several bills have been filed that could help small businesses save over $587 million a year without creating new costs for government or Texas consumers. SB 1541 and HB 3395, filed by Senator Tan Parker and Representative Giovanni Capriglione, would prevent banks and card companies from charging merchants a swipe fee when they collect sales, alcohol, hotel occupancy and other consumption taxes on behalf of governments. If passed, the bills will come into force in September. The current legislative session ends on May 29 (NBCDFW)
- Dallas Blooms is now open to the public and will run through April 16 at the Dallas Arboretum. Dallas Blooms, the largest annual flower festival in the Southwest, features approximately 500,000 blooms with 100 different varieties of bulbs. Planted months ago to bloom now, the festival will also have various activities planned throughout the month. Tickets are sold by time slot. (NBCDFW)
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Today in Dallas:
- Open Mic Event At O’Riley’s (8pm)
- This weekend’s live music piano show! At Louie Louie’s Dueling Piano Bar (8pm)
From my notebook:
- In honor of National Adoption Week is the SCPA of Texas bringing adoptable pets to Greenville, Waxahachie and Denton PetSmart locations Mar. 6-12. For more information, check out the link. (SPCA of Texas via Instagram)
- Applications are now open for the Dallas Police Department’s Advanced Dallas Junior Police Academy! The next class takes place on March 25 at 08.00 and is open to teenagers in grades 9 to 12. Learn more at the link! (Dallas Police Department via Facebook)
- High School Choir Director Demetrius Ethley is helping young musicians access free and virtual private music lessons. Read more about the project at the link. (Dallas ISD via Facebook)
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— Nicole Fallon-Peek
About me: Nicole Fallon-Peek is a journalist and copywriter with a degree in media, culture and communication from New York University. She has served as a freelance reporter, managing editor, copy editor and editorial director for a number of B2B news channels. She currently co-owns and operates content creation agency Lightning Media Partners.