3 Things: Feds Change the Rules, so Drone On


Today’s stories include the FAA’s new regulations for commercial drones, discussions on the long-awaited high-speed rail rumored to take riders from Dallas to Houston, and an app that puts pediatric nurses available at your finger tips. 

More commercial drones can take flight thanks to new regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration. The Obama administration hopes the new rules, which will allow for a wider range of unmanned aircraft uses, will be a boon for business creating new industries to watch over crops, inspect bridges, and take aerial photography. The Dallas Morning News has more about the new rules.

Government officials and representatives from railroad companies from across the globe met Monday in Arlington to discuss the possibility of building a rail system with trains that reach up to 220 mph. That’s so fast it means you could get from Dallas to Houston in about 90 minutes. Building a high-speed rail has been a talked about for awhile now in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Some people are concerned about the rail cutting through private land. Railroad officials from China and France have expressed interest in building the proposed rail. The Star-Telegram has more on the meeting. 

We’ve all heard of apps that deliver food, and apps to request cars on demand, but a new app from a Dallas startup will make pediatricians accessible at the tap of a thumb. PediaQ is an on-demand service for on-call nurse practitioners nearby that parents can use when their doctors aren’t available. The app recently raised $4.5 million from Texas investors, including doctors. D Healthcare Daily has more on the service.  

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