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Top Stories: Storm Damage, Facelift For FW Neighborhood And Challenges With Inhalers

Dominguez Ramirez, Jr./The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A downed tree limb in Fort Worth.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Early morning storms triggered tornado warnings in parts of Tarrant and Denton Counties. Winds of up to 83 miles per hour caused damage from Rockwall to Keller.

So far, reports include damaged homes, toppled trees and power lines. The National Weather Service will survey the damage to determine if a tornado touched down.

167,000 Oncor customers across North Texas are still without power. Thirteen schools in the Arlington district as well as all Mansfield schools are closed due to power outages.

Photo credit: Dominguez Ramirez, Jr./The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Other stories this morning:

  • The Stop Six neighborhood in Fort Worth has long struggled with high unemployment, high crime rates and low incomes. A $2.5 million program will give it a much-needed facelift by improving city services and demolishing boarded-up vacant houses.
  • Tens of millions of Americans use inhalers every day, but many of them aren’t using them correctly.
  • Teams are arriving in Dallas for the women’s NCAA Final Four. The championship game tips off Friday at the American Airlines Center.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM. 

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.