Malls look to get fit with gyms

The nation’s malls are embracing gyms as they look to tap into the health-conscious movement. JLL, which specializes in real estate and investment management, analyzed more than 6,000 fitness center move-ins since the start of 2013. As the fitness trend explodes, the number of gym openings increased by 23.5% since 2010 and encompasses 111,055 locations… Continue reading Malls look to get fit with gyms

New CEO joins Lena Pope

Lena Pope, a nonprofit that improves child well-being in Tarrant County, announced Nov. 5 the selection of Ashley Lind, Ph.D., as the agency’s new chief executive officer. Lind was hired following a national search. She comes to Lena Pope with extensive nonprofit leadership and clinical expertise in an array of social service settings related to… Continue reading New CEO joins Lena Pope

Texas coal companies are leaving behind contaminated land. The state is letting them.

San Miguel Electric Cooperative’s coal-fired power plant is visible from the Peeler family ranch headquarters. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

An investigation by The Texas Tribune and Grist shows that regulators in the Lone Star State have given a hand up to struggling coal companies as they face millions of dollars in mandated land restoration costs.

Top Texas Republicans order investigation into mother who supports child’s gender transition

Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, indicated that state officials, including the state's welfare agency, were looking into the Dallas child custody case in which a child's gender identity is in dispute. Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

A bitter child custody dispute became a flashpoint in the state’s culture wars this week as Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton urged state involvement.

Texas voters could give cancer research organization $3 billion in November

Karlee Steele has been cancer-free for more than four years after participating in a clinical trial for an immunotherapy drug developed by Nobel Prize recipient Jim Allison. Allison's research was funded in part by grants from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Eddie Gaspar for The Texas Tribune

If passed, Proposition 6 on the Nov. 5 ballot would allow the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to take out an additional $3 billion in debt, doubling its initial bonding authority since its creation in 2007.

Beth Landry named COO at Caregiver Inc.

Mark Lashley, president and CEO of Caregiver Inc., has named Beth Landry Caregiver’s first Chief Operating Officer (COO). Landry will have operational oversight of each of Caregiver’s four markets: Texas, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana. All state leaders will report directly to her. Fort Worth-based Caregiver Inc. is a provider of services to adults with intellectual… Continue reading Beth Landry named COO at Caregiver Inc.

Happy Baggett recognized by Child Care Associates

Fort Worth developer and philanthropist Happy Baggett, and SMU’s Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE) at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development, received the Child Care Associates (CCA) North Texas Early Childhood Leadership Awards Oct. 16 in the categories of individual and organization, respectively. The awards were presented during a ceremony before the… Continue reading Happy Baggett recognized by Child Care Associates

Anti-abortion activists take their fight to small-town East Texas

Lucy Cummings, 67, a 50-year resident of Joaquin and a supporter of the recent anti-abortion ordinance, stands on her front porch with her granddaughter, Brystal. | by Ben Fenton for The Texas Tribune Ben Fenton for The Texas Tribune

Five towns have passed ordinances aiming to outlaw abortion. Critics say a legal challenge is likely.