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The Fort Worth Independent School District will start classes this fall as scheduled on Aug. 17. But in this era of COVID-19, families will have two choices: learn in class or from home.  

In this 2019 file photo, Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn addresses the county commissioners court ahead of a vote to extend the controversial 287(g) agreement with federal immigration authorities.
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Tarrant County Commissioners voted Tuesday to extend the county’s contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Jasmine and her kids mJasmine and her kids moved to a shelter Feburary. The facility offered safety, community and a schoved to a shelter Feburary. The facility offered safety, community and a schedule to keep busy, but that all changed once COVID-19 hit.
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Years after she left her abusive husband, Jasmine was completely out of options. She had tried to create a new life with her kids, but she’d left the relationship with no job and only $78 dollars in her pocket.

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.

In late April, Stacey was faced with the choice to flee from abuse and violence, or stay home to avoid covid-19.
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The last time Stacey’s boyfriend strangled her, she nearly died.

“I woke up, I just felt numb. My whole body was just like, am I here? Am I dead?” she recalled thinking after she regained consciousness.

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.

The nursery at the new Arlington Life Shelter.
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Arlington Life Shelter has opened a new two-story facility that officials say will allow them to help more people who are experiencing homelessness.

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.


COVID-19 is affecting nonprofits that help people in need. About 40 million people nationwide have filed for unemployment during the pandemic — meaning many nonprofits will likely face their biggest challenges yet.

Justin Martin talked about this with Leah King, president and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County.

Courtesy of Jonah Ortiz

Your senior year is one for the ages.

Class trips, prom and graduation all help mark the end of one chapter and the start of another.

The pandemic has stolen some of these moments from the Class of 2020, but that hasn’t kept seniors from celebrating a milestone year.

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.

Coronavirus under microscope
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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.

While some Texas businesses have reopened already, many are waiting to hear what the governor's COVID-19 reopening plan is for retail outlets, restaurants, salons and other businesses first.

Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to make an announcement today about the path to reopen a wide range of Texas businesses, including hair salons, retail outlets and restaurants.

But the mayor of one North Texas city — Colleyville — has already done that. On Sunday, folks waited in line for up to three hours for a chance to eat on Rio Mambo's patio.

Mayor Richard Newton, center, and the Colleyville city council.
City of Colleyville

Starting Tuesday, the mayor of Colleyville said residents can attend churches and other places of worship so long as social distancing guidelines are followed. He also said starting Friday they can dine at restaurants with outdoor patios — so long as tables are spaced apart — and have one-on-one visits with salon establishments, gyms and massage therapists.


The elderly and people with existing respiratory ailments have been highly susceptible, but the new coronavirus is also a problem for people with severe heart disease.

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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Officials in Dallas and Tarrant counties have reported their first "presumptive positive" cases of coronavirus.


As city, county and state agencies make preparations for a possible spread of coronavirus throughout Texas, there are steps the public can take to help keep the virus at bay.

Office Of The Governor

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday that six of the state's 10 public health labs can now test for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

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Tarrant County is getting ready for the potential spread of the new coronavirus in North Texas by preparing to test for the virus locally and updating the county's pandemic response plan.

Kay Granger
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Republican Congresswoman Kay Granger declared victory Tuesday night over challenger Chris Putnam in the Texas 12th Congressional District primary. She had nearly 60% of votes at the end of the evening.

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Democrats are targeting ten Texas House districts in North Texas in 2020 that are held by Republicans, and perhaps no race is more hotly contested as the one in House District 92.

The district centers on northeast Tarrant County’s H-E-B suburbs – that’s Hurst Euliss and Bedford, not the grocery chain.

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On a rainy Tuesday night, voters from across North Texas filed into the Irving Arts Center to hear from Democratic candidates in the race for Texas' 24th Congressional District.

Allison Campolo
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Democrats see more opportunity in Tarrant County than any other to flip seats in the state capitol in Austin. They need to pick up nine seats to win control of the state House for the first time in 20 years, and are targeting five seats in Tarrant, the state’s third-largest county. 

Downtown Fort Worth

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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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. 

 roundtable with the state's Domestic Terrorism Task Force
Office Of The Governor

The shooting at a church in White Settlement nearly two weeks ago is just one of many incidents of public gun violence Americans have faced in recent years. 

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch until 9 p.m. for a large portion of North and Central Texas early Friday afternoon. Eastern Wise County is under a tornado warning until 3:30 p.m.

 West Freeway Church of Christ
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A gunman who opened fire Sunday morning at a suburban Fort Worth church was killed by two parishioners, authorities say. Two people died from the wounds they sustained at the hands of the shooter.