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Miranda Suarez

Miranda Suarez is KERA’s Fort Worth reporter.

Before coming to North Texas, she was the Lee Ester News Fellow at Wisconsin Public Radio, where she covered statewide general assignment news, including election security and politics, as well as local police and military issues in the city of Madison.

Originally from Massachusetts, Miranda started her journalism career at WTBU, Boston University’s student radio station. Her first public radio jobs were at WBUR, where she was a newscast intern and later a fellow on the business desk. During an internship at Boston 25 News, she conducted an investigation into mental health counseling services at Massachusetts colleges and universities that was nominated for a 2019 New England Emmy.

Miranda is always looking for stories of the weird and wonderful — whether it’s following a robot around a grocery store or sampling cheeses at a Wisconsin cheese contest. Outside of journalism, she loves reading, road trips and Dungeons & Dragons.

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The proposed budget for the city of Dallas does not include cuts to the police department. The plan does include funding new programs and infrastructure improvements that aim to reduce inequality in the city.

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The Fort Worth City Council on Tuesday night voted to approve a new four-year police contract, despite calls to postpone the vote for a second time.

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The killing of George Floyd has given a jump start to longstanding police reform efforts in North Texas.

Fort Worth launched its new police monitor’s office early. The Dallas Police Department decided to start releasing body and dash cam videos within 72 hours after a police officer shoots someone

Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition

Will it sink, or will it float?

That’s the question Julie Jackson asked about all kinds of foods — a marshmallow, a lemon, a Cutie orange — as she tested each one in a vase of water. It was an experiment for one of the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition's (FWDPC) free Zoom sessions.

A woman with curly hair, wearing a face mask and face shield, talks at the top of a row of seats with a baseball diamond below her.
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When Todd Frazier hit the Rangers’ first home run in the team's new stadium on Wednesday, fans roared their approval. The cheering almost overwhelmed the team’s iconic home run song.

But no one was actually in the stands. 

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One Fort Worth-area ambulance service says it has responded to about 100% more cardiac arrests this month than it did in July of 2019.

A car makes a trail of white smoke in front of mostly empty grandstands.
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For sports fans, it has been a long few months.

The COVID-19 pandemic put an indefinite hold on major league sports with fans in the stands — until this weekend.

Three people on ladders work on a colorful mural, featuring Atatiana Jefferson's face, a pink flower, and a strand of DNA.
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A leader of Fort Worth’s racial justice protests is behind a new public art project: a mural to honor the life of Atatiana Jefferson, a Black woman who was shot and killed by a white Fort Worth police officer last year.

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It's the first time Texans are voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. KERA News reporters asked people what brought them to the polls and how voting felt different.

Election judge Ricky Vazquez runs his vote through the machine at the Martin Luther King Community Center in Fort Worth.
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COVID-19 had voters and poll workers taking extra safety precautions. Sites like the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Fort Worth have masks for adults and kids, as well as pen sanitizers.

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One of Tarrant County’s busiest interchanges will be shut down for long stretches over the weekend. There will be construction from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday at I-35W, I-820 and the TEXpress toll lanes.

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The half-cent sales tax that generates tens of millions of dollars for the Fort Worth Police Department is on the ballot in this month’s election. Voters will have the power to end the tax or renew it for another 10 years.

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Of the seven COVID-19 deaths reported in Dallas County on Wednesday, one was a woman in her 20s, who had no underlying high-risk health conditions.

An American Airlines plane sits parked at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas, on March 25, 2020.
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Fort Worth-based American Airlines is pausing or dropping dozens of international routes as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to crush travel demand.

A large room with a big American flag waving on a screen is full of people waving their own American flags.
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Vice President Mike Pence asked the crowd at First Baptist in Dallas Sunday to pray to help the nation weather the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn.

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Many of the annual Pride celebrations that take place in June aren't happening in person this year because of COVID-19.

A row of people in masks lay on beds as people in red shirts draw their blood.
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Some blood banks in North Texas are worried about a blood shortage. They're now offering COVID-19 antibody tests as an added service and incentive to donate.

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Protests over the killing of George Floyd have entered their fourth week — and in Fort Worth, some protest leaders are branching out.

Wille Hudspeth, wearing a green American flag T-shirt and a Vietnam veterans hat, sits on a bench in Denton's green, grassy town square.
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The statue of a young man stands with a rifle, facing south, on top of a white stone arch with the words "Our Confederate Soldiers."

It has stood in Denton's town square since 1918, but earlier this month the Denton County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to remove and relocate it

A small fountain runs along a pathway surrounded by plants.
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The city of Fort Worth will pass management of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden off to a nonprofit research organization, the latest step in a yearslong effort to improve the chronically underfunded garden.

A stone tablet reads "In memory of Confederate soldiers, 1861-1865, and their descendents who served in Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II."
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Elected officials in both Tarrant and Denton Counties on Tuesday voted to remove Confederate monuments that sit near their courthouses.

Hundreds participated in a silent protest at Dallas City Hall Thursday.
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Hundreds of protesters showed up Thursday morning in front of Dallas City Hall to remember George Floyd and protest his death at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer. 

Police shot gas a kneeling protestors on the Hunt Hill Bridge Monday.
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Protests continued around North Texas for a fourth day Monday, with one in Dallas resulting in police firing smoke bombs at a crowd on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. 

Hugh Parmer speaks at a press conference.
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Hugh Parmer, who led Fort Worth from 1977 to 1979 and served in both houses of the state legislature, has died. He was 80.

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More North Texans are struggling with hunger at a time when it’s harder to leave the house than ever — so some local organizations are delivering food to people who need it.

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Bars in Texas can reopen at 25% capacity Friday as part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s phased plan to end COVID-19 shutdowns.

A red brick house stands with a sign that says "AVAILABLE" out front.
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Some people are still looking to buy houses during the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying economic slump. So, a Fort Worth-based nonprofit is helping out with virtual classes.

An electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
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Doctors at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth are treating what’s considered a COVID-19-related inflammatory disease in children and adolescents.

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New research shows social distancing measures taken in Tarrant County appear to be working, but it will be a few weeks before researchers know whether the curve is going to stay flat as the state reopens.