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If you’re trying to combine education with entertainment this holiday season you’re not alone. The aisles of kids toys are packed with high-tech gadgets promise to challenge the mind. So which ones are good?

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Neat video alert: This stunning video of Dallas above the fog is making the rounds on the Internet.

Tarrant County Legal Clinic Helps Veterans

Nov 25, 2014
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For the last four years, thousands of volunteer attorneys in Texas have provided free legal services to more than 13,000 low-income veterans and their spouses.

The Tarrant County chapter of the non-profit Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans has served more than 1500 veterans. And the demand has increased by 25 percent since it started in 2010.  

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The nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization released its third annual report assessing LGBT equality in 353 U.S. cities. Dallas and Fort Worth fared well, but other North Texas suburbs had low equality ratings.

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The 2014 elections are over. But in an interview with KERA, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price dropped a little news of her own about next year's election: She plans on running for another term.

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The Fort Worth Water Gardens turn 40 this weekend. The downtown park designed by architect Phillip Johnson was dedicated on Oct. 19, 1974.

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Some North Texas students recently overdosed on synthetic marijuana. And prescription drugs are popular with younger teens. One group hopes arming parents with free drug kits might help turn things around.

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Seven decades ago, on an Alaskan island, the 9th Naval Construction Regiment was commissioned to assist World War II efforts. Twenty-six years later, the unit was recommissioned as a reserve unit in Dallas, and eventually moved to Fort Worth. 

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The economy in North Texas is growing twice as fast as the national average. A recent report by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics shows employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington region is growing by nearly four percent annually.

At the Fort Worth Chamber’s State of the Union luncheon, Thursday, officials spotlighted Tarrant County’s boom in transportation projects, the medical industry and all things energy. County Judge Glen Whitley, the key-note speaker, told a packed audience of business leaders and community partners that things are going very well in Tarrant.  

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It’s been an emotional roller coaster for friends, family and colleagues of Dr. Kent Brantly. The lows came when the Fort Worth-trained doctor contracted Ebola in Liberia and had to be flown to a special isolation ward in Atlanta.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Gov. Rick Perry turns himself in – then goes out for ice cream; recent rains aren’t helping North Texas lakes; a Denton college is housing students at the Holiday Inn; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: there’s an app for dealing with bad college roommates, Bitcoin gains some traction in Texas, the Transportation Security Administration confiscates the most firearms from DFW International Airport, and more.

The drought has tested industries across Texas in the last few years -- and it's even had an impact on beer.

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A doctor trained in Fort Worth is now fighting for his life in a Liberian hospital -- a victim of the Ebola outbreak he was trying to battle. 

Fort Worth Celebrates National Day Of The American Cowboy

Jul 28, 2014
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A herd of Texas Longhorns, a cow chip throwing contest, and cowboy karaoke attracted some 12,000 people on Saturday during Fort Worth's National Day of the American Cowboy. 

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The Fort Worth City Council is moving forward with zoning changes to its historic Stockyards over the objections of some residents and civic leaders.

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Who needs Google glasses when you can have smart contact lenses? Google released its smart lens technology earlier this year, a partnership with pharmaceutical giant Novartis could help bring it to the masses.

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Fort Worth on Friday dedicated a new 22-foot-tall monument at the banks of the Trinity River. It’s a bronze statue of U.S. Army Brevet Major Ripley Allen Arnold, the man who founded the city 165 years ago.

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Google's Motorola Mobility smartphone unit will shutter its Fort Worth factory by the end of 2014, barely a year after it opened with much fanfare as the first smartphone plant in the U.S.

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Fort Worth has hired David Cooke, a former county manager in North Carolina, as its new city manager. Cooke, who was a finalist for the Dallas city manager job earlier this year, will start June 30. Cooke, 54, will earn $315,000 annually.

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Supporters of Fort Worth veterinarian Lou Tierce have launched a social media campaign to defend him. His Camp Bowie Animal Clinic has been shut down and his license suspended while the state investigates allegations of animal abuse. 

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A customer is accusing a popular Fort Worth veterinarian of stealing animals and conducting blood transfusions on her dog, which was supposed to have been euthanized.

On Tuesday, officers stood guard outside the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic as investigators seized two dogs. 

“It’s part of the investigation,” said Sgt. Raymond Bush, a Fort Worth Police spokesman. “So, at this point, these animals are evidence.”

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This is no joke: Fort Worth is the least funny big city in the country.

Yes, scholars have researched the topic and have even produced a book showcasing their work: The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny by Peter McGraw and Joel Warner.

They surveyed the 50 biggest cities in the country. They say they discovered that humor has a “local flavor” – what’s funny in Dallas might not be as hilarious in Chicago.

Fort Worth isn't too funny for words. Cowtown ranked dead last on a list that ranks the funniness of the 50 cities. Arlington, you’re a bit funnier, but not by much. Arlington placed No. 46 on the list.

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The housing market in North Texas is hot, hot, hot.

It’s so hot that if you’re selling a home, be prepared to have a place to live – because it’s likely to sell quickly, according to a new national survey issued by the Redfin Research Center.

Dallas is ranked No. 5 on a list of the country’s fastest housing markets in March. In Dallas, 14 percent of homes sold within three days.

Fort Worth is ranked No. 8. Slightly more than 10 percent of Fort Worth homes sold within three days.

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What does the country think of Dallas?

(And, this being Dallas, we really do care what the rest of the country thinks of us. We might say we don’t care. But, deep down, we do.)

NPR journalists went to a Metro subway stop in Washington, D.C., where they saw a pair of posters “tempting passengers with images of a cosmopolitan city, an upscale arts district, a modern sports stadium.”

The poster's slogan is "Dallas: Big Things Happen Here." The reaction?

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Update 10 p.m. Tuesday: The Fort Worth City Council has delayed for one week a vote to permanently restrict outdoor watering to twice a week. 

Council member W. B. Zimmerman asked for the additional time to educate the public about proposed conservation plans.

Sal Espino, who represents District 2, was opposed to the delay. He said: "I would be in favor of moving forward with this ordinance, imperfect as it may seem to some, and then later changing it or tweaking, because we've already been doing twice per week watering."  

Fort Worth Tops List Of Best Downtowns in America

Mar 17, 2014

Liveability.com, a website that focuses on quality of life in small to mid-sized cities, seems to have used a mix of measurable criteria and editor preferences to form this ranking of downtowns. Retail and office vacancy rates, population gains, and income growth were some of the measures where Fort Worth excelled. Also cited were cultural amenities including parks, theaters, and entertainment districts like Sundance Square. Their take on the city: "Few downtowns have achieved the cohesion between cowboy culture and urban sophistication that Fort Worth has." The editors did not look at the country's largest cities, including Dallas, for this list.

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UPDATE, 6:35 p.m.: Austin police say any additional charges in the SXSW crash will be presented to the Travis County Grand Jury at a later date.

"The reason only one capital murder charge was filed is that Texas State law requires two or more deaths in the same criminal transaction for the filing of a capital murder charge," police said in an update sent to reporters.

Thursday, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said that Owens would face two charges of capital murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.

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Fort Worth wants to reduce medical bills and invest in healthier living, so the city is going blue in a five-year project, called the Blue Zones Project. But it doesn’t have anything to do with water or the ocean. 

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This month, a new — and some say more challenging — GED test rolled out. After 70-plus years, paper is out, and online is in.

Forty states, including Texas, are offering this revamped version. Students and instructors in one Fort Worth test-prep class are having to adapt.

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