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Top Stories: Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price Goes To Washington; Running And Heart Health

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will join President Donald Trump today at the White House when he releases details of his long-awaited $1.5 trillion plan to improve the nation's infrastructure.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Price was invited to attend a meeting – though she has no details of what her role will be. Price said Friday she hopes for a discussion on state and federal projects and how to leverage public money with private dollars.

According to reports, Trump will request $200 billion in new federal funding, including $100 billion in cost-sharing payments for state and local projects.

Price was in Washington last month at a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. There, Trump singled her out, calling her a "fantastic friend."

Other stories this morning:

  • Now that Dallas is among 20 finalists for Amazon's new headquarters, questions loom about how far the city will go to lure the tech giant. The Seattle-based online retailer last month reportedly asked finalists to keep quiet about the second phase of the process. At a Texas Tribune conversation in Dallas on Friday, Mayor Mike Rawlings said the city won't make any irresponsible financial decisions. “We've got so much more to offer before the incentives come,” he said. Dallas and other cities that submitted bids have been tight-lipped about what's in their proposals, and that has raised concerns about cities offering huge incentives to win over the company. Amazon's new second headquarters would provide 50,000 jobs and billions of dollars in investment.

  • A sedentary lifestyle can lead to problems with heart health. But people with active lifestyles aren’t immune to this, according to a new study of marathon runners. As part of this week’s Vital Signs, KERA’s Sam Baker talked about the results with Dr. Peter McCullough of Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital. He's a cardiologist who’s run more than 50 marathons himself.

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 Stephanie Kuo is an award-winning radio journalist who worked as a reporter and administrative producer at KERA, overseeing and coordinating editorial content reports and logistics for the Texas Station Collaborative – a statewide news consortium including KERA, KUT in Austin, Houston Public Media and Texas Public Radio in San Antonio.