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Denton Record-Chronicle Special Projects a collaborative effort between Denton Record-Chronicle staff writers and students from the Mayborn S Welcome to the Denton Record-Chronicle's Special Projects page.

Look for more video reporting from DRC videographer, Bj Lewis, in the coming weeks.
09/09/2015
Special Abilities of North Texas robbed

Look for more video reporting from DRC videographer, Bj Lewis, in the coming weeks.

Troy Greisen, president/CEO of Special Abilities of North Texas talks about the weekend break in and theft at the agency that resulted in the loss of two transportation vans and property loss in the amount of $50,000. (video/editing: Bj Lewis, DRC)

03/12/2015

A bonus for the readers of our print newspaper - Insight Denton - where we get the answers to questions that come up with readers during the week. Coming up this weekend: how to report potholes and how to follow legislation (somehow those seem to go together).

Last week, we filed this:

Is it legal to fire a gun in the city limits?

No, not even with blanks. There are a handful of exceptions — live fire at a sanctioned firing range or a gunsmith’s shooting gallery is allowed. Firing blanks for a theatrical or ceremonial event is OK. Police officers are exempt when firing in the line of duty. Individuals are exempt when justifiably defending their property or person. In the city’s code of ordinances, the City Council has reserved the authority to grant certain individual permissions.

If you hear gunfire in the city limits, even if you’re not sure whether it was gunfire, Denton police Officer Orlando Hinojosa says, “Call 911.”

02/12/2015

Overheard in the newsroom:
Arts editor: What's another word for accoutrements?
Two reporters (simultaneously): Stuff.

02/04/2015

We are answering Denton's most persistent questions in the Sunday edition. Does Denton have leash law? Where do I recycle light bulbs? Do pedestrians always have the right of way?

Tell us Denton, what do you want to know? Send your Insight Denton question to [email protected]

Water Woes: A grave need
05/15/2014
Water Woes: A grave need

Water Woes: A grave need

ROBERT LEE — “Did y’all get much water on your place?” drawls an apron-clad grandmother in a pastel green blouse from behind the deli counter as a customer wearing cowboy boots saunters into Cindy’s Groceries, BBQ & Gas.

Water Woes: Lush lawns take toll
05/15/2014
Water Woes: Lush lawns take toll

Water Woes: Lush lawns take toll

Dallas-Fort Worth area residents take pride in their lush lawns. They seed them, mow them, relax on them, play sports on them. But mostly they water them. Yet few of these lawn lovers realize just how much water it takes to keep their yard looking beautiful.

Water Woes: Trickle-down effect
05/15/2014
Water Woes: Trickle-down effect

Water Woes: Trickle-down effect

MATAGORDA COUNTY — A green tractor moves slowly through a dirt field in the Mad Island Marsh Preserve, pulling a disk plow that churns and breaks up black clods of dried soil and stubble.

Water Woes: Back to the land
05/15/2014
Water Woes: Back to the land

Water Woes: Back to the land

ROANOKE — The wind is howling across the wastewater treatment plant here — a sprawling maze of storage tanks, sludge grinders, bar screens, pumps and other heavy-duty equipment designed to remove human waste, diapers, baby wipes, drugs, toilet paper, parasites, viruses, fungi and other foul contamin…

Water Woes: High and dry
05/15/2014
Water Woes: High and dry

Water Woes: High and dry

KNOX COUNTY — Chris Brown helps his two grandsons down from the cab of his rumbling John Deere combine into a fluffy, white patch of cotton. Dozens of cotton fields just like Brown’s form what looks like a low-lying cloud across the landscape that stretches to the horizon.

Water Woes: Running on empty
05/15/2014
Water Woes: Running on empty

Water Woes: Running on empty

In 1957, John Graves decided to take a canoe trip down the upper midsection of the Brazos River before a series of dams would turn his favorite stretch of river into a string of lakes. Graves was from river country, and feared that his beloved river would be squeezed dry if five proposed flood-contr…

Water Woes: Rancher fights on
05/15/2014
Water Woes: Rancher fights on

Water Woes: Rancher fights on

BORDEN COUNTY — A crisp breeze rips across the prairie as Ralph Miller steps from his dirt-encrusted Ford F-250. He adjusts a sweep of gray hair under his black Stetson and stands over a grave marked “The Water Well Man.”

Water Woes: Growth, drought raising concerns
05/15/2014
Water Woes: Growth, drought raising concerns

Water Woes: Growth, drought raising concerns

The term “drought” has become a part of the Texas lexicon as familiar today as it was during the Dust Bowl that swept the southern states in the early 1930s.

Water Woes: Digging deep
05/15/2014
Water Woes: Digging deep

Water Woes: Digging deep

The ground is so parched it cracks and pops as Toby Watts maneuvers a mud-encrusted, 2-ton water-drilling rig across a scraggly field of rock and grass along FM1187 in western Tarrant County. A 38-foot derrick slowly rises from the rig’s platform and begins pounding the earth.

05/15/2014

The Denton Record-Chronicle recently took an in-depth look at the drought and water availability in the area, across the state and beyond. The ongoing series, "Water Woes" is partnership effort of the DR-C staff and Mayborn School of Journalism graduate students.

Building debt: $2 billion in bonds approved in districts formed by developers
01/28/2014
Building debt

Building debt: $2 billion in bonds approved in districts formed by developers

It’s a few minutes past noon on a frigid Tuesday morning and only a handful of motorists are traveling along Hames Road in northeast Denton County. This region of the county just east of Aubrey and Pilot Point is known for its open pastures, quiet ranches and clear air, marred only by the occasional...

NWS
11/24/2013
NWS

NWS

Mayor’s travel expenses bust budget: Burroughs submits $25,000 in receipts for reimbursemen
10/02/2013
Mayor’s travel expenses bust budget

Mayor’s travel expenses bust budget: Burroughs submits $25,000 in receipts for reimbursemen

After Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs submitted his travel expenses to the city this year, officials had to boost the City Council’s $30,000 travel budget by 50 percent to $45,000. Burroughs submitted about $25,000 in receipts, eclipsing what he submitted in 2012 nearly fivefold and far surpassing the a...

Today's story on local veterans and their concerns about combat stress, PTSD and su***de came from hours of interviews o...
06/23/2013
Comrades out of arms

Today's story on local veterans and their concerns about combat stress, PTSD and su***de came from hours of interviews over many weeks, in hopes that we all can learn something about how to better support veterans returning home from the war.
http://www.dentonrc.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20130622-comrades-out-of-arms.ece

Before a good friend of David Smith, Keith Branch and Daniel Burmeister committed su***de, he arranged all his medications on a tabletop, took a photo with his cellphone and sent the image to his friends. The picture spoke volumes to the fellow combat veterans.

It's tornado season. See every tornado to hit Denton County since 1950. (Map made using data from the National Weather S...
05/23/2013
Tornadoes in Denton County (1950 – 2012)

It's tornado season. See every tornado to hit Denton County since 1950. (Map made using data from the National Weather Service.)

It’s tornado season. Click the image below to see an interactive map of every tornado to hit Denton County since 1950. The map was made using data from the Nation Weather Service. (www.spc.noaa.gov/gis/svrgis) According to the data, Denton County has been fortunate compared to many areas in ...

The Texas Associated Press Managing Editors awarded first place in Community Service for last year's special project, co...
04/07/2013
2012 Texas APME Awards List

The Texas Associated Press Managing Editors awarded first place in Community Service for last year's special project, covering the Affordable Care Act. http://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/2012-Texas-APME-Awards-List-4416104.php

[...] Corpus Christi Caller-Times; Second, Victoria Advocate; Third, Abilene Reporter-News; Honorable mention, Amarillo Globe-News. [...] Staff, El Paso Times; Second, Marie Martin, Les Minor, Editorial Board, Texarkana Gazette; Third, Jessica Savage, Tom Whitehurst Jr., Todd Yates, Rachel Denny Cl...

We're launching this new Twitter account to announce updates from Denton Record-Chronicle special projects. Follow for b...
03/28/2013
DentonRC Projects (DRCProjects) on Twitter

We're launching this new Twitter account to announce updates from Denton Record-Chronicle special projects. Follow for blogs, infographics and interactive maps.

The latest from DentonRC Projects (). Follow for blogs, data-driven journalism, infographics, real-time interactive maps and charts from https://t.co/kaPwKoHBMj

The Denton City Council adopted new rules this week that restrict the city’s short-term lenders in ways similar to ordin...
03/20/2013
Council adopts rules for short-term lenders

The Denton City Council adopted new rules this week that restrict the city’s short-term lenders in ways similar to ordinances passed recently in Austin, El Paso, Dallas and San Antonio.
While the ordinance – which carries with it criminal penalties for violations – goes into effect April 9, it’s unclear how long the city’s rules will stand. A pair of bills working through the Texas Legislature would pre-empt cities from regulating payday, title and other short-term lenders.

The Denton City Council adopted new rules this week that restrict the city’s short-term lenders in ways similar to ordinances passed recently in Austin, El Paso, Dallas and San Antonio.

A Good Samaritan pays off a loan owed by a Denton woman.
03/20/2013
Good Samaritan comes forward

A Good Samaritan pays off a loan owed by a Denton woman.

The gray-haired Good Samaritan drove a blue Lincoln, that’s all Sybil Shephard knew of the man who paid off her loan with Speedy Cash. He came by Monday evening and knocked on her front door, Shephard said. She looked through the peephole and was afraid to answer the door.

Denton for Fair Lending, an alliance of concerned residents and nonprofit groups, has been compiling and sharing stories...
03/20/2013
Groups try to reform loan practices

Denton for Fair Lending, an alliance of concerned residents and nonprofit groups, has been compiling and sharing stories of borrowers trapped in a cycle of debt with the rest of the community. The alliance hopes that the stories will encourage the Denton City Council and others to reform short-term lending, often done through payday and title lending storefronts.

A woman leaves an abusive relationship. Needing money, she takes out a $1,600 loan on her 1990s model truck. She thought she had a year to pay off the loan, but she found out when she went to make her first payment that she didn’t have a year — time was up and the loan was owed in full.

Sybil Shephard just wanted to help.Last September, a friend needed money and she’d heard Speedy Cash was a good place to...
03/20/2013
Customer beware of short-term loans

Sybil Shephard just wanted to help.
Last September, a friend needed money and she’d heard Speedy Cash was a good place to borrow. Shephard, 47, agreed to drive her friend, with baby in tow, to the Arlington store. Speedy Cash didn’t have a Denton location at the time. The friend pledged to use some of the money from Speedy Cash to repay Shephard for the gas to get to Arlington, Shephard said.
When Speedy Cash declined to loan to Shephard’s friend, Shephard borrowed instead.

Sybil Shephard just wanted to help. Last September, a friend needed money and she’d heard Speedy Cash was a good place to borrow. Shephard, 47, agreed to drive her friend, with baby in tow, to the Arlington store. Speedy Cash didn’t have a Denton location at the time. The friend pledged to use some…

Check out this data on single payment payday loans
03/20/2013
Payday loans

Check out this data on single payment payday loans

The Denton Record-Chronicle created a second map using 2010-11 U.S. Census data that illustrates where the poorest neigh...
03/20/2013
Census map

The Denton Record-Chronicle created a second map using 2010-11 U.S. Census data that illustrates where the poorest neighborhoods are located in relation to the payday and lending locations. The higher the percentage of families living in poverty, the darker the shade of red a neighborhood will be on the map.

The Denton Record-Chronicle created a second map using 2010-11 U.S. Census data that illustrates where the poorest neighborhoods are located in relation to the payday and lending locations. The higher the percentage of families living in poverty, the darker the shade of red a neighborhood will be on...

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