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New Districts Draw Tarrant Candidates

Dallas, TX – Fort Worth City Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks has announced her intention to run for one of the new congressional districts created under a redistricting map released today.

The federal court's map will temporarily override one drawn by Republicans in the state legislature. The judges created three new congressional districts dominated by minority voters.

Currently Eddie Bernice Johnson is the only minority representing North Texas in the U.S. House.

The new Tarrant County district is expected to elect a second black representative.

Hicks has served six years on the Fort Worth council. State Representative Marc Veasey, a Fort Worth Democrat, is also expected to run for the new Tarrant County congressional seat.

2 Fort Worth firefighters injured battling blaze

Two Fort Worth firefighters have been released from the hospital after being injured battling a blaze.

The Fort Worth Fire Department says the two suffered non-life-threatening injuries early Wednesday morning while fighting a house fire.

One who recently graduated from the firefighting academy broke his leg after part of the roof collapsed on him -- causing him to fall from a ladder.

One four-year veteran of the department dislocated his shoulder after a section of floor collapsed and he fell into the basement.

Deputy Chief of Operations Sam Greif says firefighting is an inherently dangerous job. He says he's glad their injuries are not more serious and he expects both to fully recover.

FW Warns Of Feral Cat Rabies

Fort Worth officials are warning about rabies in feral cats in the area of I-35 and Highway 114 in the far north section of the city.

State Health officials say one person is getting the series of "shots". The cat, which was captured, was a gray and black tabby known to roam the area.

Fort Worth animal control officers are checking for stray animals and talking to residents in the 76262 Zip Code.

They would like to talk to anyone who may have come in contact with the cat between November 8th and the 21st.

Officials warn residents not to approach an animal that may be acting in an unusual manner.

Rangers offer LHP Wilson salary arbitration

The Texas Rangers have offered salary arbitration to C.J. Wilson, guaranteeing them two extra draft picks next year if the free agent left-hander signs with another team.

Wilson was ranked a Type A free agent after going 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA last season. He has until Dec. 7 to accept the offer. The Rangers added free agent closer Joe Nathan this week and said they planned to move closer Neftali Feliz to the rotation.

The Rangers said Wednesday the new labor deal also allows them to receive compensation for Type A free agent left-hander Darren Oliver without having to offer him arbitration.

Texas didn't offer arbitration to four unranked free agents where no compensation applies: left-hander Michael Gonzalez, right-hander Brandon Webb, catcher Matt Treanor and outfielder Endy Chavez.

Checklist that helped save Apollo 13 on auction

A checklist upon which Apollo 13 commander James Lovell made calculations that helped guide the damaged spacecraft home will be offered on auction Nov. 30.

A Tuesday statement from Dallas-based Heritage Auctions says the item is part of a batch of U.S. space program artifacts being offered as part of a "Space Signature Auction."

Lovell used the checklist to move guidance data from the stricken Command/Service Module to the guidance system of the Lunar Excursion Module. The aim was to use the usually discarded lunar module's system to pilot the command module back to earth after it was crippled by a fuel cell explosion.

The Heritage statement says the checklist, now owned by Lovell, was expected to bring a winning bid exceeding $25,000.