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TCU political science professor Jim Riddlesperger says the legacy of longtime Fort Worth Congressman Jim Wright is everywhere.

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Jim Wright, the Fort Worth congressman who became speaker of the U.S. House but then resigned under fire, has died. He was 92.

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Air traffic took off in November at Dallas Love Field thanks in part to the end of the Wright Amendment in October. But there’s more to it.

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At Dallas Love Field, starting Monday, you are now free to move about the country nonstop on Southwest Airlines and Virgin America. The Wright Amendment flight restrictions are expiring. 

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Southwest Airlines announced this morning it will start nonstop flights between Dallas Love Field and New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and 12 other cities this fall, once the Wright Amendment comes to an end.

The amendment has long limited Southwest to offer nonstop service from Love Field to nine states, including Texas. Those restrictions go away in October.

Dallas-based Southwest will serve five of the new nonstop destinations starting Oct. 13 – Baltimore/Washington; Denver; Las Vegas; Orlando and Chicago Midway.

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Let the (one-year) countdown begin.

On Monday, Southwest Airlines set up a clock at Love Field that counts down to the start of nonstop cross-country flights out of the Dallas airport. Oct. 13, 2014, will mark the end of the Wright Amendment, which restricts the Dallas-based airline from flying nonstop to most of the country.