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For nearly 25 years, Ann Zadeh watched new developments in Fort Worth. As a former city planner, she even watched City Council meetings for fun. But after this past weekend’s run-off election in the District 9 race, she’ll represent the area as the newest City Council member.

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This week’s Twitter fight between The Weather Channel and Fort Worth City Council member Joel Burns has sparked a social media love fest for all things Fort Worth.

On Twitter, people are posting their favorite scenes of Cowtown with the hashtag #ThisIsFortWorth.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Did you catch the Fort Worth and Weather Channel Twitter battle on Monday; Sriracha fever continues; Pecan Lodge prepares for its big move to Deep Ellum; and more.

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Fort Worth City Council member Joel Burns is resigning the seat that State Sen. Wendy Davis once held. Burns, who is openly gay, has been in office since 2008. Burns talked to KERA about his time on the council, plans to attend Harvard this fall, and that tearful, unexpected council speech four years ago that went viral online.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: hearings begin on a challenge against Texas’ gay marriage ban, a Fort Worth councilman goes to the Ivy Leagues, and more.

A leading Democratic candidate for Wendy Davis’ Senate seat has indicated he will not be running in 2014, leaving the party with a smaller margin of error in the Texas Senate.

Some in the Texas Democratic Party believed Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns would be the person to take over in Davis’ district because he has bipartisan support, but this week Burns announced he would not be running in 2014.

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Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns emailed supporters Wednesday with news that he will not run for the Texas Senate seat Wendy Davis now holds.

Burns said the "job he wants most" is the one he already has on the council.  

Burns was the Democrats' top pick to compete succeed Davis in Senate District 10 which leans Republican. 

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A new redistricting plan approved by the Fort Worth City Council moves more than 10% of Fort Worth residents to new council districts next year, and could face a court challenge.

Dallas, TX – October 12th is "Bullying Awareness Day" in Fort Worth. The city council passed the resolution Tuesday.

October 12th marks a year since Council member Joel Burns made a tearful presentation before the council on the effects of bullying in his life. His comments followed several recent suicides of teenagers who had been bullied at school. And the comments went "viral", landing Burns on Oprah and at a White House summit on bullying.