FC Dallas snaps up players from Michigan, Wake Forest, SMU and Georgetown in early round of Major League Soccer draft

FC Dallas picked up Michigan forward Francis Atuahene from Colorado through Montreal in the first round with the fourth pick in the MLS soccer draft.

With the 11th pick, FC Dallas selected Wake Forest forward Ema Twumasi.

In the second round, FC Dallas added SMU forward Mauro Chichero via Orlando at 29th.

On the 34th selection, FC Dallas picked up Georgetown midfielder Chris Lema.

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Plano attorney up for post as federal judge

First Liberty Institute’s Matthew Kacsmaryk of Plano, Texas, moved one step close to confirmation for a federal judge post based in Amarillo, Texas. A U.S. Senate Judiciary committee has approved Kacmaryyk today.

Kacsmaryk, who serves as deputy general counsel for First Liberty, would fill a federal judge post that has been empty two years come February.

First Liberty has offices on West Plano Parkway.

Check out First Liberty law cases

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Business: Texas Instruments rewards driven leader with top positions, effective June 1st

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Brian Crutcher

Brian Crutcher, who serves as Chief Operating Officer at Texas Instruments, will move up on June 1st when Rich Templeton steps aside as TI president and chief executive.

Templeton has been leading TI since 2004 and will still be the chairman at Texas Instruments. Crutcher said that Templeton has made TI stronger than ever and provides a solid foundation for him.

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Rich Templeton

Templeton said Crutcher has proven to be an exceptional inspiring leader who delivers great results. Templeton cited Crutcher’s skills and focus in building business, manufacturing and sales.

TI has been grooming Crutcher for his new spots. He was elevated to senior vice president in 2010 and promoted to executive vice president four years later. In 2017, he became the chief operating officer.

 

Read bios for Templeton and Crutcher

 

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PCA offensive coordinator hired to coach Argyle Liberty Christian

Coach Steven Greek is the new head football coach at Argyle Liberty Christian.

Greek has been a leader as offensive coordinator at Prestonwood during four state TAPPS football championships.

Greek said: “The overall athletic program is very strong, and we simply want to come in, get to know the staff, build relationships with the kids and their families, and then commit wholeheartedly to being a part of something special. The people make Liberty Christian special. We’ve been ferocious competitors for all these years, and now as a family, we get to become Warriors.”

Greek said, “As a family, we also thank members of our Prestonwood family for their amazing love and support all of these years and in this transition. They have been extremely supportive, and we are eternally grateful.”

Barton Hundley coached Liberty to a 24-21 record in four seasons, including one trip to the playoffs.

“Liberty is a special place, and Coach Greek is a special individual – it’s a great fit,” said Headmaster Blair McCullough. “He has a strong reputation as a godly leader who brings out the best in his players, and I believe his plan for Liberty will impact our entire community.

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McKinney says no to developer who wanted tax credit to help fund apartments for low-income housing

An 84-unit apartment complex won’t be the new neighbor on a piece of land zoned for multi-family housing after the McKinney City Council voted to deny a low-income housing tax credit.

The property is situated off Ridge Road and Virginia Parkway.

The real estate developer asked for the tax credit to bring in affordable housing apartments near McKinney’s Dowell Middle School, a retirement community and the Trinity Presbyterian Church.

McKinney city council members voted, 4-3, to deny the tax credit.

Look for the land close to Chateau retirement community, the church and the school to come before planning and zoning again west of U.S. 75.

The McKinney YMCA is near where the apartments would have gone up west of Ridge Road in this area that’s south of Virginia Parkway.

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Soccer: McKinney player scores three goals in 6-2 win over Dallas Hillcrest

Congrats to McKinney’s Tyler Imig on scoring three goals in a 6-2 victory over Hillcrest in the Allen Soccer Tournament this weekend.

Marcos Puga, Micah Ardila and Pierre Beasley added one goal each for McKinney.

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