Leading Off (4/4/14)

Severe weather, SMU loses NIT championship, and more on the I-345 debate.

Storms Pummel Denton and Collin Counties. Last night as the weather rolled through, tornadoes were spotted, cars and buildings were damaged, Twitter feeds were filled with photos of huge chunks of hail, and most of the “G.I. Joe” episode of Community was preempted by nonstop meteorology. So, yes, the damage was severe.

SMU Loses NIT Championship. Though the Mustangs led by seven points with about six minutes left, they fell to Minnesota, 65-63, at New York’s Madison Square Garden. “We didn’t handle prosperity very well,” SMU coach Larry Brown said. “We had some terrible turnovers in the guts of the game.”

Transportation Official Says Poor Left Out of I-345 Debate. Michael Morris of the North Central Texas Council of Governments claims the voices of minorities have been missing from the discussion over the future of a stretch of road that connects U.S. Highway 75 and Interstates 30 and 45 in downtown Dallas. Morris says proponents of the effort to remove the highway are white, wealthy, and they don’t live in the neighborhood. Urban planner Patrick Kennedy, who’s spearheaded the effort, said his group is beginning to reach out to South Dallas neighborhoods to discuss their ideas for the corridor. NCTCOG released estimates Thursday that two-thirds of the 200,000 daily trips on the road are coming from, or driving to, somewhere in Dallas.