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The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has a new learning space, where kids get some unusual playmates: scientists and researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Fort Worth is remembering former mayor Bob Bolen as a visionary who created the framework for what the city has become today.

Bolen, 87, died at his home Monday morning, leaving behind a long list of achievements that earned him the title of “people’s mayor.”

Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

Former Fort Worth Mayor Bob Bolen is being remembered today for helping launch Alliance Airport and for bringing the Federal Bureau of Engraving and Printing to the city.

Bolen, 87, died this morning at his home.  He served as mayor from 1982 until 1991, longer than any other.

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The U.S. Postal Service is a step closer to leaving its landmark Lancaster Avenue post office in downtown Fort Worth. The building is among several iconic structures on the city’s south side.

Lauren Silverman / KERA News

There’s a new gym in North Texas – but if you want to lift weights or use the treadmill at Downsize Fitness, you have to be at least 50 pounds overweight.

The new Sundance Square Plaza in downtown Fort Worth has opened. "This is not the completion of Sundance Square," said Ed Bass, lead developer of the downtown district, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "We've go more to do. A city is never finished."

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

So, where do you go when you need some TLC and appreciation?  Home, right?

That’s exactly what Sen. Ted Cruz has been doing this week.

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Sen. Ted Cruz found a receptive audience in Fort Worth on Tuesday afternoon, meeting with about 20 small business owners for nearly an hour in a closed-door meeting.

But they didn’t discuss the Texas Republican's involvement in the partial government shutdown. Instead, Obamacare was on the agenda. Over half of the participants wanted to talk about the Affordable Care Act and how it was raising their healthcare costs, said Bill Thornton, president of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.

Extra security was in place for the event after threats against Cruz were posted on Twitter. The Hill reported that a person posted on Twitter Friday: “Take down Ted Cruz, at his home” and listed Cruz’s home address in Houston. “What goes around comes around CRUZ!!” the person wrote.

Lauren Silverman

Fort Worth isn’t just home to the Stockyards and Sundance Square anymore. Cowtown is now home to a plant that will produce the first smartphones ever assembled in the U.S.

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Three former Fort Worth fire chiefs are warning that proposed budget cuts would increase response time.  They hope to line up public support to reverse the cuts at budget hearings next month.

Willow Blythe / KERA News

Heading to high school is a challenge for any kid. There are new friends, new teachers and the normal ups and downs of being a teenager.

For 15-year-old Chance Hawkins, the road is even tougher. Chance has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disease that causes muscle weakness and deterioration. It’s often fatal by age 25.

Still, Chance is an upbeat kid. He's one of the students we’re following from 8th grade through high school for the series Class of 17, part of KERA’s American Graduate initiative.

Fort Worth B-cycle

Fort Worth’s bike-sharing program is getting a boost from the Texas Transportation Commission: more than $500,000 to add 10 new bike-share stations.

Great Plains Restoration Council

Update, Tuesday 4:47 PM: Jarid Manos says that his group, the Great Plains Restoration Council, would likely try to work with the prospective buyer on preserving even a portion of Rock Creek Ranch.

“If we do this right and there’s conservation, it makes [the buyer’s] project not just another [building], but sustainability for the landscape," Manos says. "There are very accomplished landscape architects. We can still use it in a way. [Rock Creek Ranch] is too priceless to lose. It expresses life like people don’t imagine, right in our own backyard."

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

At her first meeting as a new Tarrant Regional Water District board member, Mary Kelleher made good on her campaign promise to challenge the status quo.

Frank Moss/Gyna Bivens

A long serving Fort Worth city council member is trying to hold on to his seat in this weekend’s run-off election.

Saturday’s vote will determine whether incumbent Frank Moss or first-time candidate Gyna Bivens wins east Fort Worth’s District 5.

A proposed bullet train between North Texas and Houston is still years away from becoming reality, but Dallas and Fort Worth are already sizing up station locations. The idea is to build three: one each in Dallas and Fort Worth and another somewhere in between. But both ends of the Metroplex want to go first.

Lauren Silverman

There are more than 130 million smartphones in the U.S. But none of them say “Made in the USA.” When Motorola debuts its high-end smartphone -- the Moto X --  it will be the first.

And every Moto X will come from Fort Worth.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

For the first time since its inception more than fifty years ago, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will take place without its namesake. Cliburn died in February from cancer. There are additional changes to one of the world’s most prestigious music contests that brings the classical music focus to Fort Worth. The once-every-four-year competition is about to begin again with tonight’s traditional “draw” party.

Fort Worth ISD Candidates Discuss Priorities, Charter Schools

May 9, 2013
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Six candidates are competing for two contested seats on the Fort Worth Board of Education.  Half of the candidates responded to our questionnaire with information about:

·       Their qualifications

·       Needed changes within the district

·       Whether they support expanding charter school options

Fort Worth City Council Incumbent Sal Espino has represented District 2 since 2005, when Council member Jim Lane stepped down and recruited Espino.

Lane now says Espino has "lost his focus"  and Lane wants to return to the seat he held from 1993-2005.

ProPublica writer Theodoric Meyer says the Joint Strike Fighter being built in Fort Worth is by far the most expensive military project underway, but is unlikely to be wacked hard by sequestration cuts. In a February briefing on sequestration, the White House singled out the Joint Strike Fighter saying the Navy would “reduce procurement” of the plane. Lockheed, with some 17,000 employees in Fort Worth, told KERA: “Until sequestration is permanently eliminated, there will be an overhang on our industry that stifles investment in plants, equipment, people, and future research and development.”

City of Fort Worth

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price says it’s time to close the annual $35 million to $50 million budget gap between revenues and expenses.  Price delivered her second “State of the City” address Tuesday.

Fort Worth Memory Champion Honors Fallen Soldiers

Mar 1, 2013
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UPDATE:  Statement from Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price:

"Our hearts are heavy today as we learned of the passing of Nancy Lee Bass. She was one of Fort Worth's true treasures.  She left an indelible mark on our community," Price said. 

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Van Cliburn’s funeral is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. in Fort Worth’s Broadway Baptist Church. Cliburn’s impact runs deep in his adopted town.

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State Rep. Lon Burnam, a Fort Worth Democrat, says he knows how lawmakers should spend surplus money left in this year’s budget. He's filed a bill to restore all of the $5.4 billion cut from public schools in the last session.

Daughter of the newspaper icon, she used his money to take the Fort Worth museum far beyond its Western-art roots. In doing so, she earned an international reputation in the art world.

Bill Zeeble / KERA

Congressional members are back in Washington today. North Texas leaders, including  Fort Worth Representative Kay Granger, worry about falling off the so-called fiscal cliff because many defense contractors are based in North Texas.

BJ Austin / This guy was made by KERA staffers during the 2010 snowpocalypse in DFW.

A big change in the weather’s coming. There’s a slight chance of snow Monday morning.

A Pinch Of Drum Machine? Julia Child Remixed

Dec 4, 2012
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: PBS icons chopped and remade, a new energy doc and more. 

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