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Update, 7:45 a.m. Tuesday: Twelve minor injuries were reported when the front landing gear on the Southwest jet collapsed, the Dallas Morning News reports. The paper said six passengers and six crew members were taken to a hospital near LaGuardia Airport.

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Update, 5:50 p.m. : Tuesday's computer glitch grounded American Airlines for several hours and put the plans of thousands of stranded travelers on hold. KERA's Bill Zeeble talked to a few of them ​at DFW Airport's terminal C.

Critics of the proposed American Airlines/U.S.  Airways merger fear the deal will hurt competition and lead to higher fares. Airline representatives say those fears are unfounded. The two sides faced off during a U.S. House subcommittee meeting on Tuesday.

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Today’s American Airlines - U.S. Airways merger not only creates the world’s biggest carrier, it could also be like a shot in the arm to the North Texas economy.

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The American Airlines-U.S. Airways merger is official. What can passengers expect from the combined carrier, which becomes the world’s largest?

Update at 6:50 a.m. ET, Feb. 14: News Is Confirmed.

Statements confirming the news that directors of US Airways and American Airlines have agreed to merge the airlines have now been released by both companies.

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Bloomberg News is reporting what KERA and other news organizations have been hearing in speculative terms, which is that American Airlines and U.S. Airways have agreed to a merger.

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The expected American Airlines – U.S. Airways merger will result in the world’s largest carrier again operating out of Fort Worth. What will the marriage mean for passengers and employees?

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By an overwhelming 74 percent margin, American Airlines pilots have voted to ratify the tentative contract hammered out with the bankrupt carrier. Voting ended Friday at noon.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Celebrating Thanksgiving's eve animal-style, the magic of lip dubs and more.

Think the mall parking lots are going to be a zoo on Friday? Just check out the real thing today.

It’s Dollar Day at the Dallas Zoo.  Admission for everyone is $1. And that means a stampede of kids out of school, relatives in town for Thanksgiving and minivans trying to get off I-35E at the Marsalis exit.

Could DIY Divorce Mean More Exes In Texas?

Nov 15, 2012
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: New divorce rules, cheap flights, a tree made of cars and more.

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We all gripe about pricey airfare over the holidays. But if you use a few simple tips, it’s not too late to book less expensive travel.

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The "superstorm" Sandy may be hundreds of miles away but it’s still affecting air travel in and out of North Texas.

Southwest Hikes Fares

Oct 17, 2012

Air fares are up again, and in some cases, a lot. KERA’s Bill Zeeble has some details.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: New ways to get nauseous at the Fair, new housing ideas for artists, the new Van Cliburn doc and more.

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American Airlines says it’s serious about taking pilots to court if, as the company claims, they continue to disrupt flights. And if that happens, the pilots union could be fined millions.

North Texas travelers now have fewer flights to choose from out of DFW. American Airlines has cut up to two percent of its flights following an increase in delays and cancellations.

The number of deaths from West Nile virus continue to rise in North Texas. Tarrant County reported its seventh related death Wednesday afternoon.. The patient was a Hurst resident, in his 70’s, who had additional health problems.

Tarrant Public Health officials say a Fort Worth resident in his late 70’s with underlying medical conditions is the sixth Tarrant County death.

Texas police say they have arrested a man in the death of a 16-year-old girl who was expected to testify against him in an upcoming sexual assault trial.

The Centers For Disease Control is now officially calling 2012 the worst year in Texas for the West Nile virus.

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American Airlines and US Airways say they’re talking about a possible merger.

A federal court in Washington DC has thrown out the Texas redistricting maps drawn by Republican state lawmakers.

If all goes as planned, aerial spraying is scheduled to begin tonight from 10pm to possibly 2am.

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Seventy-five percent of Dallas public schools have failed the federal No Child Left Behind annual progress test.

The Texas unemployment rate has risen slightly to 7 percent in June but remains well below the 8.2 percent national jobless rate.

American Airlines ground workers split over the company's final contract offer that would spare some jobs targeted for elimination.

Hundreds of uniformed American Airlines workers have marched to company headquarters to protest bankruptcy plans that could void their contracts.

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US Airways CEO Doug Parker says he understands American Airlines doesn’t want to talk merger. But he says he’s confident it will happen.

Parker says Friday’s announced support for a merger by American’s three largest unions was an important step. He says the focus now is on members of the Unsecured Creditors Committee in American’s bankruptcy case.

The three largest American Airlines unions are supporting a merger with U.S. Airways.