It will be a few days before life is back to normal in North Texas after Sunday’s destructive storm. About 187,000 customers were still without electricity Monday evening and some could be left in the dark for a few more days.  Commutes on Tuesday may be longer than usual because hundreds of traffic signals were still out across Dallas.  That’s because the vast majority of the city’s traffic signals are woefully old and don’t have battery backups.  As of late Monday afternoon, 410 traffic signals were not working, making them the highest priority for repairs. Another 84 were flashing red and needed to be reset. Six were knocked down, according to the city. Dallas workers were getting an assist from Arlington employees on Monday and personnel from Garland planned to lend a hand Tuesday. view article arw

 A longtime Ballinger ISD employee is accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from the school district. Janna Beth Halfmann, 63, was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft and six counts of credit or debit card abuse. She was released from the Runnels County Jail after posting a $17,500 bond. Superintendent Jeff Butts suspended Halfmann on Sept. 11. She was fired Sept. 27. view article arw

The police officer who stole $16,000 from the La Joya ISD Campus Crime Stoppers program will not spend a single day in prison. A judge sentenced former La Joya school district police Officer Carlos Javier Garcia, 58, of Brownsville to four years probation during a brief hearing Monday morning. view article arw

The driver of a school bus that was struck by a train, killing a 13-year-old boy, has been indicted on injury to a child and manslaughter charges. John Franklin Stevens was at the wheel of the Athens Independent School District bus struck by a Union Pacific freight train at an Athens crossing on Jan. 25.  view article arw

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Little Elm ISD will be installing a new weather warning system at Lobo Stadium, Little Elm High School and two new middle schools this year. Approved by the school board, the Perry Weather group will be replacing the current WeatherBug app the district uses. After consulting with town officials and those in the athletic department, the school district decided to go in an alternative direction. In the past, the town has struggled with weather warnings. At a band competition last year, there was no warning of 40 mph wind and rain gusts. In that particular situation, as was brought up my Trustee Dan Blackwood, there was no lightning and the students and staff were blindsided. view article arw

Grapevine police appealed for help Monday to identify at least four suspects who caused about $1,200 in graffiti damage to Grapevine High School. The vandals hit the school, 3223 Mustang Drive in Grapevine, late Saturday and early Sunday. On Monday, authorities released a video from surveillance cameras at the school in hope that someone would recognize the suspects and contact police. view article arw

About 146,000 fewer children in Texas were enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program between the end of 2017 and the end of 2018, according to a study released Thursday by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. view article arw

A fifth grade Lumberton Independent School District student reported "vulgar" language in the STAAR reading test last month, according to information from LISD.  view article arw

Vidor ISD superintendent Jay Killgo estimates the district has $12-13 million in damages from Harvey. Both Oak Forest Elementary and Vidor Middle School are unusable right now. Those students are going elsewhere, which is overcrowding some schools. view article arw

Burnet school district officials were probably expecting to get more than two years from the synthetic turf installed at Bulldog Field in 2015, but that didn’t happen and it’s now set the district back $150,000. Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Keith McBurnett, however, said the district is looking to get $105,000 back from one manufacturer. Last year, officials noticed some turf fibers sticking up higher than others, so they took a closer look, McBurnett said. “To most people, it probably wasn’t noticeable,” he said. “We had all the experts look at the field, and they looked at the backside. It needed to be replaced.” view article arw

North American Solutions (NAS), a leading provider of insurance and risk management services for public entities, is excited to announce that Michelle Faust, currently Director, Safety & Risk Management at Round Rock ISD, will be joining the NAS team in January. view article arw

A teen who was severely bruised in a "brutal and excessive" nightstick attack by a Pasadena ISD school resource officer has settled his federal lawsuit for $60,000. Cesar Suquet Jr. was 16 in May 2014 when he went to the principal's office at South Houston High School to retrieve his cell phone, which had been confiscated earlier that day. His request was declined and he was told to leave. view article arw

Garland ISD was one of just 10 districts statewide recently honored by The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). The district’s Risk Management Department earned a 2015 TASB Risk Management Fund Innovation Award for its creative safety video campaign. view article arw

Abilene ISD board approved the bid on Monday evening at its agenda review meeting. Construction coordinator for the district, Joe Humphrey, says Martinez Elementary took the brunt of the storm. view article arw

Three students from Stehlik Intermediate School in the Aldine Independent School District were taken to an area hospital Tuesday morning after a minor collision with a cement mixer. The wreck happened about 8 a.m. on West Road at Deer Trail Drive as the bus was transporting students to the school at 400 West Road, a school district spokeswoman said. The school is just west of Interstate 45. view article arw