🌱 Paid Mental Health Leave For Firefighters + Library Shelter

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Mostly sunny and warmer. High: 69 Low: 42.

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Here are the top three stories in Dallas today:

  1. The Dallas City Council approved paid mental health leave for Dallas firefighters on Wednesday. The measure was in response to an increase in suicides. Previously, only Dallas police officers were allowed paid mental health leave. A study shed light on a harrowing statistic that reported that more firefighters die from suicide each year than from being in the line of duty. (WFAA.com)

  2. The Dallas City Council in partnership with several Texas lawmakers has denounced the Russian invasion of Ukraine through a resolution. Mayor Johnson proposed the resolution on Wednesday and it was approved unanimously. Another effort wants the state pension funds to divest from Russia. (CBS Dallas / Fort Worth)

  3. The Central Library will be open on Friday night by the Dallas Office of Homeless Solutions as a warming shelter. The decision to open the library come after a frigid forecast was issued for the Dallas region. Rapid Response COVID-19 testing will also be available at the library for the homeless population. (CBS Dallas / Fort Worth)

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Today in Dallas:

From my notebook:

  • Marley, formerly known as Winter, has a happy update for the SPCA of Texas community. Click to read the full story. (Instagram)

  • Have you ever heard of synchronized marshaling? Click to watch the humorous DFW Airport video. (Facebook)

  • The Dallas Arboretum offers Spring Tea events through Apr. 15. Click to learn how you can enjoy an elegant tea service while watching the gardens bloom. (Instagram)

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Nicole Fallon-Peek

About me: Nicole Fallon-Peek is a journalist and copywriter with a degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. She has served as a freelance reporter, managing editor, copy editor, and editorial director for a variety of B2B news outlets. She currently co-owns and operates content creation agency Lightning Media Partners.

This article originally appeared on the Dallas Patch