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Local officials and experts in Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Fort Worth have expressed concerns in recent days that increasing coronavirus hospitalizations could overwhelm their intensive care capacities, with some saying it could happen in less than two weeks.

Fort Worth Police Officer Whose Uncle Died In Police Custody Hopes Departments Can Change

Jun 27, 2020
Christopher Lowe in 2018, helping his niece Tiffany Bunton plant flowers at her home.
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When her uncle died in the back of a squad car two years ago, Fort Worth police officer Tiffany Bunton said she cried her eyes out in front of her department's leaders. Now that the police killing of George Floyd has sparked a moment of national reckoning around police violence, Bunton said she hopes officers will hold one another accountable so they can keep their communities safe.

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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.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the mayors of other major Texas cities are asking the governor to allow them to enact and enforce public health emergency declarations that require the use of face masks.

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.

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A Fort Worth Police officer was rushed to the hospital Saturday after being struck by a vehicle in pursuit on the North Freeway in Fort Worth. The officer had “extensive surgery” and was in ICU in stable condition by late Saturday night, according to a statement released by the department. 

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. 

Protesters gathered in front of Dallas City Hall, Tuesday, June 2.
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Demonstrators marched and rallied across North Texas for a sixth consecutive night, protesting police brutality and structural racism. As of 10 p.m. the events had remained largely peaceful, with officials sharing moments of solidarity with protesters around the region.

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.

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.

Pier 1 Imports — one of America's most prominent home-decor chains — is packing it in.

The company, known for its colorful housewares and wicker furniture, declared bankruptcy in February. The coronavirus pandemic forced temporary closures of its approximately 540 stores and dashed its hopes of a recovery.

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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.

Federal Medical Center Fort Worth
Bureau of Prisons

Tarrant County reported 485 new COVID-19 cases Sunday. Officials have confirmed that 423 of those cases are among male inmates at the Federal Medical Center Fort Worth.

Customers visited La Gran Plaza in Fort Worth on May 1, the first day shopping malls, restaurants, retail outlets and movie theaters were allowed to reopen.
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As Texas restaurants and retail stores began welcoming customers back through their doors last week, a few dozen people walking the hallways of this city's normally bustling La Gran Plaza shopping mall passed reopened stores whose windows featured quinceañera dresses, Mexican ranchero boots and cellphones. 

Josef Newgarden celebrates winning the IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on June 8, 2019.
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IndyCar has gotten the green flag to finally start its season in Texas next month with a nighttime race June 6 without spectators.

Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth
Bureau of Prisons

A pregnant inmate whose baby was delivered by cesarean section while she was on a ventilator after being hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms has died in federal custody, the Bureau of Prisons said Tuesday.

Kevin Na and Charles Schwab
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The PGA Tour laid out an ambitious plan Thursday to resume its season the second week of June and keep fans away for at least a month, conceding that any return to golf depends on whether it can be played safely amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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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.

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