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Isbell Requires Vax, Tests At FW Show + Elon On FW Rivian Factory

Up and at ’em, Dallas! Let’s get you all caught up to start this Friday off on an informed note. Once again, I am filling in for Kevin Phinney, who has been out sick this week. As such, the Dallas Daily newsletter might be lighter than usual.

– Dan Hampton

Today you’ll read about Country Music star Jason Isbell requiring attendees to either prove they’re vaccinated or submit a negative COVID-19 test to attend his Fort Worth concert. Plus, you’ll read about how Laredo is busing migrants to Dallas without testing them for COVID-19, and learn of a new entertainment option that’s just a short drive North of Dallas.

But first, today’s weather: Humid and mostly cloudy throughout the day. High: 97 Low: 79.

Here are the top stories today in Dallas:

  1. After Country Music star Jason Isbell canceled his Houston performance following a disagreement over COVID-19 precautions, Fox 4 reports he will require attendees at his Fort Worth show to either prove they’re vaccinated or submit a negative test. Isbell plans to perform Friday at Billy Bob’s Texas. (Fox 4)
  2. Laredo officials last week reached a deal with the Biden administration to bus people living in the United States illegally to major cities such as Austin, Dallas and Houston. Now, Valerie Gonzalez of The Monitor reports that migrants who are sent to Laredo from other areas are no longer tested for COVID-19 before they’re bused to those cities.
    “If they’re positive, we’re told that you have to quarantine. We don’t have the infrastructure for that,” Mayor Pete Saenz said. (The Monitor)
  3. Teresa Gubbins of CultureMap Dallas reports Dallasites have new options for entertainment at the Choctaw Casino & Resort. Located about 1 1/2 hours north of Dallas in Durant, Oklahoma, the resort recently debuted its new 21-story Sky Tower Hotel and a casino. The hotel features new restaurants, lounges and entertainment, as well as Choctaw art. (CultureMap Dallas)
  4. Jeremy Blackman of the Houston Chronicle reports abortion clinics in Texas are bracing for a weekslong near-shutdown as the country’s first six-week abortion ban begins Sept. 1. In May, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law banning abortions as early as six weeks — when many women don’t even know they’re pregnant. Under the measure, ordinary citizens can sue abortion providers and doctors who violate the law. (Houston Chronicle)
  5. Dom DiFurio and Maria Halkias of The Dallas Morning News report that Rivian Automotive — an electric vehicle startup backed by Amazon — is in discussions to build a factory near Fort Worth that could make 200,000 vehicles a year. The news piqued the interest of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who gave the startup a bit of free advice on Twitter: “I’d recommend they get their first plant working. It’s insanely difficult to reach volume production at affordable unit cost.” (The Dallas Morning News)

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Today in Dallas

  • Campus Holiday – No school – Early College H S (12:00 AM)
  • HPHS Scots Volleyball v Rockwall – Highland Park High School (12:00 AM)
  • Wear a college shirt and jeans – Jimmie Tyler Brashear Elementary School (12:00 AM)
  • Spirit Day – Gabe P. Allen Charter School (12:00 AM)
  • Teacher Workday [Base] – Adelfa Botello Callejo Elementary School (12:00 AM)
  • Freshman Orientation – Hillcrest High School (8:30 AM)
  • ARM – New Family Coffee – Armstrong Elementary School (8:30 AM)
  • HPHS Schedule Pick-up Day for Juniors A-L 8:30-11:00, M-Z 1:00-3:30 (8:30 AM)
  • Sneak Peek – Audelia Creek El (9:00 AM)
  • Nature Hike – Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge (9:00 AM)

Dallas Patch Notebook

  • DFW Airport thanked American Eagle pilot Capt. Rick Gauthier and congratulated him as he ended his 32-year career.
  • The Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center adopted out more than 1,000 pets in July.
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit thanked U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Reps. Colin Allred and Eddie Bernice Johnson for visiting this week. The group discussed the federal infrastructure plan’s potential impact on the region.
  • The Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center said representatives from North Texas Honda Dealers will be onsite at its main shelter on Friday to host a “Pups ‘n Popsicles” adoption event. Attendees will get free ice cream while any adopted dogs will be treated to a “puppachino.” All pets will be free to adopt.
  • And finally, you can watch Thursday’s Dallas ISD board meeting and briefing on Facebook.

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Now you’re in the loop and ready to start this Friday. See you all tomorrow for another update! If you’re feeling these newsletters, consider inviting some of your friends and neighbors to read along. You can send them this link to subscribe.

Dan Hampton

About me: Hi! My name is Dan Hampton and I’m the program manager for Patch’s Community Publisher Initiative. Formerly a local editor on Long Island covering Port Washington, Wantagh-Seaford, Levittown, Glen Cove, Plainview, Syosset, New Hyde Park, Hicksville, Great Neck, Oyster Bay and Mineola. I am the former wire editor on Patch’s national team and a former news associate at The Associated Press. I graduated with a journalism degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. Send tips and/or photos of your dog to dan.hampton@patch.com.

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