Leading Off (6/23/14)

Missing cyclist, Dallas VA hospital problems, and local execs fat checks.

Cyclist Still Missing at Flower Mound Park. Wesley Hixson was biking with three friends Saturday morning when he crashed and split off from the group shortly thereafter. He hasn’t been seen since. Search parties took to the 1,500 acres of Murrell Park Sunday. Nearly 23 miles of trails are in the area.

Dallas Veterans Hospital Part of the National Problem of Long Delays. An audit released this month shows that the Dallas VA hospital is not only part of the national problem of lengthy delays and wait lists, but it has also been home to these delays and a host of other problems for at least 10 years. The Dallas hospital, for example, has the 10th-longest wait list in the country for new patients seeking mental health care, which comes to about 50 days. The hospital has said it’s making changes to improve the delays.

Local Executives Still Rich, Getting Richer. Executive compensation packages in DFW climbed 20 percent in 2013, from $2.85 million in 2012 to $3.4 million in 2013, according to a new report from the Dallas Morning News. Much of that gain can be attributed to stock awards, which rose 12 percent. Even with the hikes, DFW executives remain below the median pay package as reported in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. That comes to $10.5 million.


  • Eric Foster

    Just think of the jobs all those bonuses could have created without a drop of city or state incentive money.