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

61 year-old Walter Dansby officially becomes Fort Worth Independent School District’s newest Superintendent next month. He started his career with the district 38 years ago to teach and to coach basketball. KERA’s Bill Zeeble sat down with Dansby to talk about plans for the state’s 5th largest school district that comes with serious challenges.

Fort Worth’s school board has named interim superintendent Walter Dansby its lone finalist to be the district’s next superintendent. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports Dansby becomes Fort Worth’s first African American leader in the district’s 129 year history. He started working at Fort Worth ISD in 1974.

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Fort Worth’s School Board “officially” names its superintendent finalist at this evening’s 5:30 board meeting. KERA’s Bill Zeeble has more.

After last Thursday’s 2nd round of candidate interviews, trustees said they found their finalist. Acting Superintendent Walter Dansby has filled the role since taking over for Melody Johnson, who resigned last year. A Long-time Fort Worth ISD employee, Dansby applied for and could be named to the job. Board Vice President Juan Rangel says the next leader takes on a large budget shortfall because of state funding cuts.

The Fort Worth school board has picked a lone finalist for its next superintendent. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports trustees will make the official announcement Tuesday.

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The world’s oldest and smallest Dr Pepper bottler … the one in Dublin, TX … will stop bottling the drink.  In return, Plano-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group will drop a trademark infringement case.

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Fort Worth water and sewer bills will be higher in the New Year. Mary Gugliuzza. with the Fort Worth Water Department says the increase kicked-in January first. Most customers will see it on their February bills. The average bill will go up $1.58.

Gugliuzza: On the water side, the big driver is the raw water cost. The cost we buy the water from Tarrant Regional is going up dramatically.

Gugliuzza says the increase is not drought related. It’s part of the longtime project with the city of Dallas to build a huge pipeline from Lake Palestine.

The manufacturer of the B-2 bomber and unmanned aircraft used by the U.S. military says about 210 people working at the company's facility in Fort Hood will be laid off in February.

Herndon, Va.-based Northrop Grumman Technical Services, Inc. says in a letter to the Texas Workforce Commission the employees will lose their jobs around Feb. 29. The company was required under the Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification (WARN) Act to inform the commission of the layoffs.

Two Fort Worth fishermen have launched a new legend: the Lake Worth monster.

This morning, Tim McKneely and Mark Alexander reeled in a really big catfish. They knew they had a record-breaker on the line and contacted the nearby Fish and Wildlife office.

Officials came out and measured the "blue catfish". It weighed 72 pounds, was four feet long, and 35 inches "around."

After measurements and a quick photo, the "Lake Worth monster" was released to fight another day.

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Dallas, TX – Fort Worth Council member Kathleen Hicks yesterday became the first Democrat to file for Tarrant County's newly created Congressional District 33. It's a race that is expected to draw a big field of competitive candidates. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports on the possibility of Tarrant again having a Democrat in Washington, and on the Republican challenge that could prevent that.

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Dallas, TX – Fort Worth City Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks has announced her intention to run for one of the new congressional districts created under a redistricting map released today.

The federal court's map will temporarily override one drawn by Republicans in the state legislature. The judges created three new congressional districts dominated by minority voters.

Currently Eddie Bernice Johnson is the only minority representing North Texas in the U.S. House.

Dallas, TX – Cities around North Texas are following tomorrow's Thanksgiving feast with tree lightings and parades. On Friday, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will be the grand marshal of the city's annual Parade of Lights.

The day of festivities include a "Holiday Fun Zone" for kids, the arrival of Santa and a downtown parade which begins at 6 pm. There are more than 100 illuminated entries in the parade. It ends with the lighting of the city's Christmas tree in Sundance Square.

Fort Worth, TX – Fort Worth Council members had planned to vote on revisions to the City's gas drilling ordinance today.

But a public hearing on the changes grew heated last week and a City spokesman says a decision on some or all of the revisions may be delayed.

Numerous citizens spoke out in favor of extending the ban on deep water wells within City limits, and that's what the Council is poised to do today.

Dallas, TX – Fort Worth is considering a change in its gas drilling ordinance that would allow wastewater disposal wells within the City limits. KERA's Shelley Kofler says the issue is expected to draw heated debate during a public hearing tonight.

Dallas, TX – October 12th is "Bullying Awareness Day" in Fort Worth. The city council passed the resolution Tuesday.

October 12th marks a year since Council member Joel Burns made a tearful presentation before the council on the effects of bullying in his life. His comments followed several recent suicides of teenagers who had been bullied at school. And the comments went "viral", landing Burns on Oprah and at a White House summit on bullying.

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