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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
Christopher Connelly / KERA News

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
Texas Right to Life / Via Associated Press

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
Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

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.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price
Associated Press

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price is urging Gov. Greg Abbott to continue to allow refugees to resettle in the city and state.

Fort Worth ISD school bus
Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

An English teacher who was fired after tweeting to President Donald Trump that her Texas high school was full of students who are in the country illegally has won an appeal to get her job back.

Five candidates for Police Monitor job at forum in Fort Worth November 20.
Christopher Connelly / KERA News

Five experts on police reform and accountability pitched themselves to residents at a forum and reception in Fort Worth this week.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

A group of high school students has been diving into the world of soft-shells and sliders, and we’re not talking crab or tiny sandwiches. These kids are part of a lab class learning what field work is really like.

@TinkerSec

When you think of hackers, you might think of Silicon Valley. But did you know North Texas has its own vibrant community of hackers and cybersecurity enthusiasts?

Christina Brooks answered questions at the October forum for Fort Worth's diversity and inclusion director candidates.
Christopher Connelly / KERA News

The city of Fort Worth has named its first Diversity and Inclusion Director. Christina Brooks was previously the first diversity and inclusion officer and LGBTQ liaison for the city of South Bend, Ind.

Brooks was one of six finalists brought in to interview and answer questions at a community forum last month.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

Fort Worth's City Manager David Cooke has named an outside panel of experts to review the Fort Worth Police Department's policies and practices. Now, it's up to the city council to approve hiring the eight police reform specialists.

Courtesy / Texas Right to Life

A Texas law that gives families 10 days to find a new hospital if they disagree with doctors who decide to take a patient off life support is once again under the spotlight after a judge halted a Fort Worth hospital’s plan to remove a 9-month-old girl from a ventilator against her family’s wishes.

Kevin McGill / Associated Press

A federal appeals court announced Thursday that it will take a second look at an emotionally fraught lawsuit governing the adoption of Native American children.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

The white Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson in her home last month disclosed during his police department job interview that he was attracted to what he perceived to be the action and adventure of working in law enforcement, and that he was charged with simple assault in 2004.

Atatiana Jefferson's shooting death took place inside her home Oct. 12.
Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

A judge has issued a gag order in the murder trial of a white Fort Worth police officer who shot a black woman in her home.

Fort Worth's diversity and inclusion officer candidates
Christopher Connelly / KERA News

The City of Fort Worth is looking to hire a Diversity and Inclusion Director, and it moved one step forward in the process this week. Six finalists got a chance to pitch themselves to residents Monday, and the forum exposed tensions and mistrust that the winning candidate will face.

Atatiana Jefferson's funeral
Christopher Connelly / KERA News

A few hundred mourners gathered at Concord Church in Dallas Thursday to mark the life and death of Atatiana Jefferson. It was a funeral focused on the life that she lived, and a call to action for systemic change.

Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson
Christopher Connelly / KERA News

The case against the former Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a woman in her home is now in the hands of the Tarrant County District Attorney. District Attorney Sharen Wilson says her office will prosecute ex-cop Aaron Dean to the fullest extent of the law in the killing of Atatiana Jefferson.

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Community activists in Fort Worth have issued a list of demands to the city’s leadership in the wake of Atatiana Jefferson’s killing in her home by a Fort Worth police officer. City officials responded Friday by saying some of the demands aren’t possible and others aren’t practical, but on some others, they're open to a conversation.

Associated Press

When James Smith called a non-emergency number early Saturday morning, he was worried. He wanted to make sure his neighbor, Atatiana Jefferson, was OK.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

After years of preparation, classes are underway at Fort Worth’s newest medical school – a partnership between Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Officials are hoping to modernize medical education. The new school has injected a creative curriculum designed to improve the health of future doctors and patients.

Associated Press

Fort Worth's police chief reiterated Tuesday that a white officer's fatal shooting of a black woman in her home was inexcusable, as an arrest warrant was released quoting the victim's 8-year-old nephew saying she pointed a gun at a window when they heard suspicious noises outside.

Associated Press

A white Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a black woman, Atatiana Jefferson, through a back window of her home while responding to a call was charged with murder on Monday after resigning from the force.

Aaron Dean, 34, was jailed on $200,000 bond after the police chief said he acted without justification and would have been fired if he hadn't quit.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

Community members gathered in Fort Worth Sunday night to protest the shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson by a Fort Worth police officer. A white officer fatally shot Jefferson, a black woman, in her home early Saturday morning.

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A white Fort Worth police officer fatally shot a black woman in her home early Saturday morning.

Associated Press

American Airlines is pushing back the expected return of its Boeing 737 Max jets into next year.

The airline said Wednesday that it expects to slowly bring the plane back into its schedule starting Jan. 16. That's six weeks later than American planned just last month, and the sixth time the airline has pushed back the plane's return.

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