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Top Stories: Fort Worth Could Soon Be A Smoke-Free City; Lessons From Losing Boeing


The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

The Fort Worth City Council has asked city attorneys to draft an ordinance clamping down on smoking in public places.

It would ban smoking in outdoor patio areas of a bar as well as private events held in public places. Smoking will still be allowed at stores that primarily sell cigars and tobacco products. The council will take up regulating e-cigarette and vaping shops at a later date.

A public hearing will be held when the ordinance is placed on the City Council agenda for a vote.

Other stories this morning:

  • Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott can play Sunday against San Francisco. A judge in New York last night granted a motion from Elliott and the NFL Players Association for a temporary restraining order, lifting his six-game suspension. It runs through Oct. 30 or whenever the court decides to hold another hearing.
  • Cities are clamoring for Amazon’s second headquarters. Sixteen years ago, Dallas lost a bid to host Boeing’s headquarters and that defeat has fueled the city since.

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.