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If you want to lift weights or use the treadmill at Downsize Fitness, you have to be at least 50 pounds overweight.

Kendall Schrantz is a fan – and a member.

The 24-year-old has struggled with her weight since she was in the second grade. The looks she got at other gyms made her uncomfortable.

But now she drives more than an hour to Downsize Fitness in Fort Worth three times a week, just to exercise.

"It's worth every single penny I paid for gas," she said. "It's worth the time I spend on the road, the miles."


Five stories that have North Texas talking: the suspicious death of a girl about to turn 3, the Southwest Airlines jet that landed at the wrong airport in Missouri, the political debate raging around a pregnant Haltom City woman who's on life support and more.

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The oldest living Texan has died.

Naomi Conner, 114, died Oct. 18 in McGregor, near Waco.

Conner was born in August 1899. Family and friends chalked up her longevity to her active lifestyle, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported. When she was 113, she was folding laundry.

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The Nov. 5 ballot in front of Texas voters includes nine measures that would change the state constitution. 

The most publicized issue would take $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to help finance water projects.

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A day of volunteer public service is planned as part of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, killed as his motorcade traveled through downtown Dallas November 22, 1963.  

Judge Dismisses Super Bowl Tickets Lawsuit

Mar 18, 2013

U.S. District Judge David Cercone dismissed a single lawsuit involving four people unable to attend the 2011 Super Bowl. The case centers around temporary seating that wasn't ready for the game, resulting in hundreds of fans being left out. Another trial on Super Bowl seating is scheduled for October.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is asking the entire nation to join Dallas in a moment of silence November 22n , 2013 at 12:30pm. That's when Dallas will go silent, then hold its memorial of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.

The Dallas Independent School District has launched a week of town hall meetings on the upcoming budget of more than a billion dollars.

Dallas City Council members will look over their 2012 “to do” list today. It’s a list of objectives and projects that address public safety, economic development and making the city “more fun”! KERA’s BJ Austin reports.