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Top Stories: Fort Worth Approves Stockyards Historic District; Dallas' Tent City Ideas Unclear

Apr 6, 2016

The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News: The Fort Worth City Council voted to create a historic district around the core of the city’s iconic Stockyards district. 

In a historic district, developers that want to build or expand must have their plans reviewed by the city to make sure they are compatible with the neighborhood. 

Dallas officials say it may take longer than expected to shut down a homeless encampment known as Tent City. A few hundred homeless people live in the camp under Interstate 45 near downtown. Nonprofit groups that help the homeless plan to create more emergency shelter space updated the Dallas City Council on Wednesday with their plans.

Other stories this afternoon: 

  • Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath says that if recent problems with the state STAAR test aren’t fixed by May, he may look for another testing company. Last week during testing, more than 14,000 exams were affected including students from Arlington ISD. 
  • Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings spoke about next week's fourth annual Dallas Arts Week. It features more than 100 cultural events, including the Dallas Art Fair, the 20th anniversary of the Dance Planet festival and the Creative Conversation. 

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