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Leading Off (9/7/17)

Robert E. Lee statue removal temporarily stopped, Dallas bankers accused of spending $1.2 million of bank's money, and more.

Hearing Today for Temporary Restraining Order Stopping Removal of Robert E. Lee Statue. Yesterday, the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Oak Lawn was halted by a temporary restraining order from U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater due to a complaint from attorney Kirk Lyons. The hearing is set for today at 1:30 p.m.

Dallas Bankers Accused of Defrauding Bank out of $1.2 Million. Three former officials with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas are accused of faking business travel to get $1.2 million worth of lavish trips paid for by the bank. Terence C. Smith (former president and chief executive officer), Nancy B. Parker (former chief information officer), and Michael J. Sims (former chief financial officer) have been charged in federal court. Over five years, they used bank money for things like luxury hotel rooms, pricey liquor and vineyard tours, and concerts.

Angela Paxton Launches Texas Senate Campaign. The wife of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is seeking the District 8 seat that her husband used to hold. She’ll run against Dallas County Republican Party Chairman Phillip Huffines in the GOP Senate primary in March.

Jaguars from Texas Zoo, Damaged by Harvey, Arrive at Dallas Zoo. Two jaguars from Victoria’s Texas Zoo are finding shelter at the Dallas Zoo in the wake of Harvey floods. “We’re now focused on ensuring their stay is as comfortable as possible until we know more about the state of their home,” the Dallas Zoo said via Facebook.