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Leading Off (6/30/17)

Energy Square gets a new look, Affluenza mom won't face jail time, and more.

Energy Square Will Get a Makeover. The complex between North Central and Greenville Avenue will get a $50 million overhaul thanks to GlenStar and USAA Real Estate. The three Energy Square towers and Meadows Building will be connected on one level with a 1-acre park. The development will have pedestrian areas with a boulevard running through the park. Renovations will start in September.

Parkland Draws Suburb’s Uninsured as Dallas County Taxpayers Foot the Bill. Unfunded patients cost $27.4 million last year—a 72 percent rise since 2012. On top of taxes for school, cities, and the county, Dallas County property owners pay a separate tax to support the hospital. Hundreds of thousands of uninsured residents in Collin, Ellis, and Kaufman counties don’t qualify for their area’s health care programs, eventually leading them to Parkland. 

Before July 7’s Deadly Rally, Police Were Told to Leave Behind Protective Gear. The decision was an effort to keep police from looking too “militaristic” for a rally that was intended to be peaceful. All of the officers were believed to have been wearing standard-issue protective vests, but many had better protective gear in their patrol vehicles, said Dallas Police Association president Mike Mata in an exclusive interview with CBS 11.

Trump Nominates Former Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for NATO Ambassador. Hutchison represented Texas in the U.S. Senate from 1993 to 2013. This key role will test her diplomacy skills as she balances the country’s commitment to the alliance with Trump’s sometimes problematic relationship with other member countries.

Affluenza Mom Won’t Face Jail Time Over Bond Violations. Tonya Couch, the mother of “affluenza teen” Ethan Couch, was in court Thursday on accusations of drinking alcohol and carrying a gun, activities that are in violation of her bond. The bond was set after she helped her son Ethan, who killed four people in a 2013 drunken driving crash, escape to Mexico 18 months ago.

Celebrate America. We’re heading into Fourth of July weekend. Here’s where to see North Texas’ best fireworks, and here’s what you should do with your holiday weekend.

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