Leading Off

Leading Off (3/9/17)

Police and fire pension fights back, UNT Chancellor Retiring, mumps outbreak growing, and more.

Police and Fire Pension System Introduces PR Campaign. It entails videos of retired and active police officers and firefighters talking about their situation regarding the pension mess. This is in response to Taxpayers for a Fair Pension wanting fixes for the broken pension system that threatens to bring about insolvency.

UNT Chancellor to Retire. Lee Jackson, 67, is announcing his retirement today after 15 years at the helm of the system. “I had no idea my career would come full circle to this place. I could have been an ambassador and traveled, maybe. But really, I never thought I’d live anywhere other than North Texas. I just instinctively know how it works and doesn’t work,” Oak Cliff native Jackson said.

AT&T Resolved 911 Issue. Yesterday, AT&T wireless customers got busy signals when they called 911 throughout North Texas. Last night, said that the issue had been fixed but did not say what caused it in the first place. The FCC chairman tweeted that the commission will investigate the outage.

Marcia Clark Supports Planned Parenthood in Dallas. The O.J. Simpson prosecutor was in Dallas yesterday to be the keynote speaker at the annual Planned Parenthood Dallas awards luncheon. “I think Planned Parenthood is in jeopardy and that means millions of low-income women in particular, their lives, their health, [and] the health of their children is in jeopardy. So, it’s never been a more important time to stand up and be heard,” Clark said.

Mumps Outbreak Growing in Dallas County. The number is now up to 39 cases this year in Dallas County, 30 of which are at Cedar Hill High School.