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Tarrant County District Attorney

Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's office.

A Fort Worth veterinarian accused of animal cruelty was indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury today.

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For the first time in more than 40 years, an incumbent isn't running for district attorney in Tarrant County. Joe Shannon Jr., the 13th criminal district attorney, announced his retirement not long after a sexual harassment case against him was settled, ultimately costing taxpayers about $500,000.

Three Republican candidates are vying to replace Shannon.

Before we talk names, and qualifications, consider these numbers: The job pays about $200,000. The elected official will manage a budget of more than $35 million. And the office handles roughly 45,000 criminal cases a year.

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Some North Texas police departments are about to enforce their “no refusal” policy that cracks down on drunk drivers. It’s becoming a part of the holidays.

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New Year’s revelers are being put on notice: don’t drink and drive. KERA’s BJ Austin says police across North Texas will be out in force looking for suspected drunk drivers, and the Tarrant County District Attorney is taking a new tack this year.