Leading Off (4/7/14)

TxDOT investigation, Final Four Festivities, Duck Commander 500, and the Country Music Awards.

TxDOT Land Purchases Under Federal Investigation. This is what we know: In 2009, businessmen Kevin Bollman and Wade Blackburn started snatching up land the state would eventually need to widen I-35E in Denton County and make repairs in Dallas. They say they used public records in deciding where to buy. By 2011, the state was purchasing large swaths of the land, costing taxpayers millions. Now, the whole ordeal is under investigation.

Final Four Festivities Wrap Tonight. It’s been one heck of a weekend, no? The March Madness Music Festival finished off its three days of fun last night with a three-hour Bruce Springsteen show. The cold and rain kept the space from filling to capacity, but those who made it out were certainly rewarded. Tonight, Connecticut faces Kentucky (sigh) in the National Championship Game. And then, we can all set our sights on whether DFW will be home to the Final Four again in 2017.

Rain Pushes Duck Commander 500 to Today. For hours, attempts were made to get the track ready for the race, but it just wasn’t possible. The race is now scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Country Music Awards Headed Here in 2015. In more big event news, Jerry Jones is bringing the awards show to AT&T Stadium next April. He was on hand for the announcement last night in Las Vegas.


  • DanKollerPeople

    Question for hardcore Springsteen fans: How long has he been playing that iconic yellow guitar with all the wear and tear? If I ever saw it on the street or in a pawn shop, I’d immediately recognize it as his, even though I’ve never purchased one of his songs or albums.

    • dkv

      I think he picked it up in ’72.

  • Tim Rogers

    Look here:


    Funny exchange between Bud Kennedy and Eric about the CMA 2015 logo, which shows the Dallas skyline and makes no reference to Arlington. Instead it says, “Meet you in Texas!”

  • SpringsteenFan

    Here’s a better review. The concert was notable because Patti hasn’t been touring with the band and hasn’t sung with Bruce for a very long time. His daughter joined him too.

    This is for DanKollerPeople

  • Michael

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