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The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday that four tornadoes popped up across North Texas on Sunday.

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Investigators will consider storm-related flooding to help determine what caused an April 24 freight train derailment in North Texas that sent 25 tanker cars off the tracks.

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Fort Worth police on Thursday released bodycam footage of Sunday’s deadly shooting of a 20-year-old man. Police said the video shows the man with a gun in his hand as he runs from officers.

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In 1978, Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act. Before the law, a vast majority of Native American children in foster care were placed in homes outside of native communities. The law was meant to correct that, and it mandated that Native American families have priority in adopting Native American children.

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A Texas man who was found after he went missing for about a week while hiking alone in a remote area of Arkansas said his rescue was the result of "hundreds of miracles."

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Dr. John, the New Orleans musician who blended black and white musical styles with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, died Thursday, his family said. He was 77.

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Family and friends have joined the search for a Texas man who went missing last weekend while on a hike in a remote area of Arkansas.

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Health officials in Fiji said they don't yet have an answer on why a Fort Worth couple died while vacationing on the island but that influenza has been ruled out as a potential cause.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

The emergency room at Tarrant County’s public hospital faced its own emergency last week. Patients swamped John Peter Smith hospital’s emergency department in Fort Worth following the Memorial Day holiday.

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Authorities in Fiji said Tuesday that a young Texas couple vacationing in the South Pacific country died from an unidentified illness.

WFAA identified the couple as David and Michelle Paul, from Fort Worth. The couple had a 2-year-old son and David Paul had a daughter from a previous relationship, according to the station.

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Amtrak says flooding is forcing it to suspend service between St. Louis and Fort Worth until June 7.

Amtrak officials said in a news release Friday that flooding has diverted freight train traffic onto tracks used by the passenger train service.

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With the ouster of Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald last week, attention is turning to what the city should look for in its next police chief.

A TEXRail train waits at Fort Worth's T & P Station.
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TEXRail got off to a bit of a rocky start, delayed by the federal government shutdown. But four months after the train began running between central Fort Worth and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, riders say they’re happy with the service.

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price has won a fifth term in office and is on her way to becoming the longest-serving mayor in city history. 

From left: skylines of Fort Worth, Dallas and San Antonio.
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Voters in some of Texas' biggest cities are heading to the polls Saturday to decide who should be their mayor.

In Dallas, a crowded field is vying to succeed term-limited Mayor Mike Rawlings. In Fort Worth, Mayor Betsy Price is seeking an unprecedented fifth term. And in San Antonio, Mayor Ron Nirenberg is up for a second term.

Fort Worth mayoral candidate Deborah Peoples and incumbent Betsy Price
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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price is facing her toughest election fight since she won the office in 2011.

Price is running as a steady hand to steer the fast-growing city into the future. Tarrant County Democratic Party Chair Deborah Peoples says she’s the change agent that residents far from the city’s halls of power need to make Fort Worth work for them.

Bluebonnets and Texas Indian paintbrush in Ennis, Texas
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It's wildflower season in North Texas. And Tiana Rehman says the season is more than just beautiful flowers like bluebonnets or wine cups along highways.

Lara Solt / KERA News special contributor

For five years, KERA followed a group of high school students for a series called Class of '17. One of the students was Chance Hawkins, who graduated last year from Fort Worth's Dunbar High School. He had a rare degenerative muscle disease. Chance died last weekend; he would have turned 21 on Sunday.

If the compromise had failed, state lawmakers in Austin would have had to step in to fix the fund.
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After years of work to solve its pension problems, Fort Worth will make changes to shore up the Fort Worth Employees Retirement Fund. City workers, voting over the past few weeks, gave their approval to a series of changes aimed at keeping the fund solvent.

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An urban farm is growing on the banks of the Trinity River in Fort Worth. Opal’s Farm is named for 92-year-old Opal Lee, a retired educator and longtime community advocate who has for years nurtured the vision of a farm to feed Fort Worth’s food deserts.

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A Fort Worth police officer is getting his job back after being fired for ordering excessive force against an unarmed woman who’d called 911 for help. 

Meet Your Candidates For Fort Worth Mayor

Jan 31, 2019
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Three candidates have filed to run for Fort Worth mayor. Potential candidates have until Feb. 15 to file for the May 4 election. Let's meet the candidates.

An aerial view of the popular spring-fed swimming pool at Balmorhea State Park in Toyahvale. Balmorhea and other Texas state parks have an estimated $781 million in deferred maintenance needs.
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About 80 miles west of downtown Fort Worth, the already-named Palo Pinto Mountains State Park — with a scenic ridge overlooking a lake and more-than-ample space for camping — promises to be a huge recreational draw.

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Federal housing vouchers are one of the key ways for a low-income family to pay for a place to live. And landlords have the option to accept or reject those vouchers. In Fort Worth, nearly four out of five landlords contacted wouldn't accept the vouchers -- the highest rate of the five U.S. cities studied.

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The Fort Worth City Council voted Tuesday night to approve changes to shore up its ailing employee retirement fund. The pension plan for police, firefighters and workers across city government faces a $1.6 billion shortfall. The council vote is just one step toward filling that gap.

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For the last year and a half, Fort Worth’s Task Force on Race and Culture has been studying racial disparities in the city, and working on a plan to make the city more inclusive and equitable. On Tuesday, the task force presented 22 recommendations to the city council aimed at closing racial gaps in all aspects of city life from housing and health to education, transportation and economic development.

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Numerous laws protect people from discrimination when they're searching for a home. But many areas across North Texas and around the country still struggle with patterns of housing inequities and segregation.

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Several media reports indicate Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald is reportedly stepping down to lead the Baltimore force. But Fort Worth police tell KERA that he has not accepted another job offer at this time. The Baltimore mayor's office told KERA that "the process is still underway and no decision has been made."

Fort Worth Police Officer Shot During Robbery Dies

Sep 15, 2018
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An undercover officer who was shot during a gun battle between police and a group of robbery suspects outside of a Fort Worth bar that left one suspect dead has died, authorities said Friday night.

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Texas is trying to stop the Affordable Care Act — and argued as much in federal court in Fort Worth Wednesday. 

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