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Fort Worth is scaling back its pension plan for employees. The city’s bill for future retirees is outpacing the pension fund budget by about half-a-billion dollars.

Fort Worth-based Bell Helicopter broke ground on its new headquarters Monday. Bell is banking on new facilities to help it compete in an increasingly tough, global market place. It could get even tougher. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports defense cuts could run into the billions beginning next year.

Fort Worth-based Bell Helicopter breaks ground on a new quarter-billion dollar headquarters this morning.

Fort Worth Public Art

A last minute change to the city of Fort Worth 2013 budget will save residents a little money on water bills. But the new budget is costly to arts programs in the city.   

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Orders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours after Apple started taking them at 12 midnight Pacific time Friday. That's more than double the amount of iPhone 4S orders on its first full day.

The Democratic National Convention convenes today in Charlotte, North Carolina. A first-time delegate from Fort Worth is anxious to bump up the profile of Texas Democrats.

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Renowned Fort Worth pianist Van Cliburn, 78, has bone cancer. Long time friend and publicist Mary Lou Falcone issued this brief statement Monday afternoon.

Fighting West Nile: Resources

Aug 17, 2012

Where did West Nile come from? What are the implications of aerial spraying? Here’s a roundup of information on the virus and how it’s affecting North Texas.

The city of Fort Worth begins ground spraying for mosquitoes tonight – the first spraying in more than 20 years.

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Many cities and counties in the Metroplex are spraying for mosquitoes to help control the spread of West Nile virus. But Fort Worth has decided there are better ways to protect residents.

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A new redistricting plan approved by the Fort Worth City Council moves more than 10% of Fort Worth residents to new council districts next year, and could face a court challenge.

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During last night’s KERA debate, Democrats running for Congress in District 33 disagreed over Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Air Force jet. It’s built in Fort Worth by thousands of workers. State Representative Marc Veasey from Fort Worth favors the fighter. Former Dallas State Representative Domingo Garcia has concerns.

The Fort Worth police crime lab will resume DNA testing a decade after questions were raised about whether its tests were valid.

A federal appeals court is upholding the first federal regulations to reduce the gases blamed for global warming.

The rules - challenged by industry groups and states, including Texas - will reduce emissions of six heat-trapping gases from large industrial facilities, such as factories and power plants, as well as automobile tailpipes.

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Tarrant County is reporting its first human case of West Nile virus.

Officials at Tarrant County Public Health say with fewer than five cases, any information about the victim is not released in order to protect confidentiality.

The county has five mosquito pools testing positive for the virus so far. They are in Hurst, Euless, Bedford and Richland Hills.

Yesterday, Dallas County reported its first human case of the mosquito-transmitted virus. Denton County reported a case late last month.

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Texas lawmakers are investigating the causes of food shortages across the state and how to solve them.

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Texas' fight to keep eight Air National Guard C-130 airplanes in Fort Worth may be paying off.   In Congress, the House version of the defense spending bill strips out a provision that would transfer the planes to a base in Montana in 2014.

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The U.S. attorney general's office has requested a delay in the trial over Texas's Voter ID Law, saying the state's legal maneuvering is taking up too much time.

The mayors of Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington and Irving are launching a campaign for twice-a-week watering across the DFW region. KERA’s BJ Austin reports.

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Planned Parenthood is suing the state Health and Human Services Commission in federal court. It’s asking the court to enter a preliminary injunction that would stop the state from cutting Planned Parenthood funding that comes through the state’s Women’s Health Program.

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The Fort Worth City Council has voted to ban wells used to dispose of water and chemicals contaminated in the gas drilling process. KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports the near unanimous decision brought words of thanks from citizens.

Right now Fort Worth bans new deepwater wells used to dispose of contaminated water from gas drilling.  But Tuesday night the city council could lift the moratorium and allow more wells within the city limits. 

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Members of the oldest families in Texas unveiled the first monument on the Capitol grounds honoring the contributions of Tejanos.

At least twice in the past few days, a homeless man tried talking to Fort Worth State Senator Wendy Davis about a Michigan taser incident. She wasn’t in the office. Then Cedric Steele left part of a dead animal for Davis, calling it a new species he wanted her to know about. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports the next day, Steele fire-bombed her office.

Texas agriculture officials say the historic drought has caused record-breaking crop and livestock losses estimated at $7.62 billion for 2011. 

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Fort Worth City Council members want to hear from citizens one more time before deciding what to do about gas drilling disposal wells inside the city limits. KERA’s BJ Austin says the Council’s six-year-old moratorium on disposal wells expires April 30th.

A Houston jury has convicted Texas financier R. Allen Stanford on all but one of the charges he faced for allegedly bilking investors out of more than $7 billion in one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history.

City of Fort Worth

 

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price had a lot of positive things to say during her “State of the City” address.  But she’s also calling Fort Worth citizens to action.

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Dallas-Fort Worth is officially no longer in a drought – the first region in the state to see that designation lifted. But, KERA’s BJ Austin says water restrictions are still in effect.

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Dallas-Fort Worth is the first major metropolitan area in Texas to apparently emerge from the state's historic drought.

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