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The Fort Worth school district is now providing meals at Como Montessori School and Polytechnic High School in addition to the eight original school locations. [Update: By March 23, Fort Worth will have 17 "meals-to-go" sites set up to feed families.]

Downtown Fort Worth
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Fort Worth is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country — about 20,000 people are moving there each year.  But the growth is especially pronounced in Far North Fort Worth — and officials are grappling with how to handle it.

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The Department of Defense's plan to divert $3.83 billion in military spending to border wall construction, announced Thursday, drew predictable condemnation from Texas Democrats. For Republicans in U.S. House districts affected by the reallocation, responses were more nuanced.

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Longtime Fort Worth philanthropist Anne Marion has died.

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These days, when Ashley Bryant drives around in her black Nissan, she does it without the anxiety she carried for six years whenever she got behind the wheel.

Tim O'Connell watching rodeo events before his bronc ride
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Tim O’Connell has won three world championships in bareback bronc riding. Last week, he stepped into Dickies Arena at the beginning of this new season to try to claim another. 

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Young people used to see ads about alcohol only in magazines and on TV — but these days the new frontier is digital — platforms like social media and video games. A team in North Texas is working on a new way to combat underage drinking — with a focus on parents.

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A former gymnastics coach was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison for sexually assaulting young female gymnasts in North Texas and Oklahoma.

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, and Republican primary challenger Chris Putnam.
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A little over a month ago, President Donald Trump endorsed U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, for reelection, giving her the best possible vote of confidence she could ask for as she faces a primary challenger questioning her pro-Trump credentials.

The race is far from over, however.

Thomas Yu playing piano
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Over 200 musicians have applied for the 2020 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition in Fort Worth this year — the most since the competition began in 1999.

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An initiative from three of America’s biggest beverage companies that aims to improve the recycling and processing of plastic bottles is kicking off in North Texas with an investment of more than $3 million.

Dolores Huerta stands for the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish at the New Mexico Statehouse on Feb. 27, 2019.
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For nearly a decade, Fort Worth activist Alberto Govea has been fighting to get a street named after César Chávez and Dolores Huerta. This week, the Fort Worth City Council unanimously voted to approve a measure that names a street after the two iconic civil rights leaders.

Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus
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Since 1992, Ed Kraus has been a Fort Worth cop. In May, he was named interim police chief. Last month, he was given the job permanently. 

Kim Neal, center, has been named Fort Worth's first police monitor.
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Fort Worth has named its first police monitor. Kim Neal, who is currently executive director for the Citizens Complaint Authority in Cincinnati, will take the job. 

Texas Revoked A Fort Worth Man's Anti-Trump License Plate

Jan 9, 2020
 Jerry Balkenbush's "Jail 45" license plate
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Fort Worth resident Jerry Balkenbush was fed up after the presidential impeachment hearings and wanted to send a message about his disgust for President Donald Trump.

So he ordered a vanity plate from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, and a few days before Thanksgiving, he affixed it to his 2011 Ford Mustang. The plate read: "JAIL 45."

pier 1 store
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Pier 1 Imports is closing nearly half its 942 stores as it struggles to draw consumers and compete online.

The home decor company said Monday it is closing up to 450 stores and will also shutter distribution centers. It didn’t say where the store closures would occur, but it operates stores in the U.S. and Canada. Pier 1 also plans layoffs at its corporate headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.

Tinslee Lewis
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A Texas appeals court on Friday agreed to delay a judge’s ruling that would have allowed a hospital to end life-sustaining treatment for an 11-month-old girl who doctors say is in pain and will not get better.

Anton "Tony" Wallace, left, and Richard White were killed Sunday in a shooting inside West Freeway Church of Christ on Dec. 29.
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The two church members killed Sunday in the sanctuary of West Freeway Church of Christ were not just bystanders in a violent attack. Friends and family say Anton Wallace and Richard White were men dedicated to their church community and deeply rooted in their faith. 

Tinslee Lewis
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A Texas judge on Thursday sided with a hospital that plans to remove an 11-month-old girl from life support after her mother disagreed with the decision by doctors who say the infant is in pain and that her condition will never improve.

Stephen Willeford, center, who confronted and exchanged gunfire with the Sutherland Springs church shooter in 2017, joins church and community members gathered outside West Freeway Church of Christ for a candlelight vigil Monday night.
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The congregation of West Freeway Church of Christ gathered in the sanctuary Monday night – the first time since a gunman opened fire during a service Sunday morning, killing two church members. Outside, dozens gathered at a candlelight vigil.

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The man who fatally shot two people at a Texas church was ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial in 2012 and was repeatedly fed by the congregation before he grew angry because church officials refused to give him money, according to court records and the pastor.

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From the Texas Standard:

Earlier this year, Fort Worth Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray noticed something unusual in her district. A lot of dollar stores were opening their doors in a small area – over a hundred stores in a 15-mile radius. And some of her constituents didn’t like what they were seeing.

Debbie Spruell
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When a child is diagnosed with a mental illness, parents can play a crucial role in their treatment, but what happens when those children become adults?

Fort Worth City Council
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Fort Worth has been the only big city in Texas with no payday lending regulations. Tuesday, the City Council put some limits on the industry, though no one seemed particularly thrilled with the result. 

Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, center, is flanked by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., left, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.
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President Donald Trump endorsed U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, for reelection in what could be the toughest race of her career.

Students Say Fort Worth Teacher Fired For Tweets Threatened To Call FBI On Them

Dec 16, 2019
Amon Carter Riverside High School in the Fort Worth Independent School District.
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A year before Fort Worth Independent School District fired Georgia Clark over her tweets asking President Donald Trump to “remove the illegals” from her school, former students recall her threatening to report them to the FBI and Secret Service after they criticized the president.

Tinslee Lewis
Texas Right to Life / Via Associated Press

A judge newly assigned to decide if a Texas hospital can remove a 10-month-old girl from life support against her mother’s wishes said Thursday she was allowing more time for a facility to be found that would take Tinslee Lewis, even as a doctor said the most basic activity “causes pain.”

Tinslee Lewis
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The mother of a 10-month-old girl on life support testified Thursday that her daughter is “sassy” and enjoys cartoons, as a Texas judge considered whether a Fort Worth hospital can remove life-sustaining treatment because doctors say the infant’s condition will never improve.

Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus
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Fort Worth has a new police chief. Interim Chief Ed Kraus, who has spent more than 25 years with the force, has been named chief.

Texas Officials Agreed Fort Worth Teacher's Tweets About Deporting Students Protected Speech

Dec 3, 2019
Georgia Clark
Fort Worth Independent School District

A former Fort Worth teacher argued in an appeal to the state that her tweets asking President Donald Trump to "remove" undocumented immigrants from her school were protected speech.

The Texas Education Agency agreed.

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