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Happy Thursday! Here's your daily report.

Dear Fort Worth Report friend,

Good morning! 

In your Thursday Report: Through the Texas Department of Transportation’s proposed expansion and work on I-30, Fort Worth community leaders are hoping to use this opportunity to join communities divided by the highway and create opportunities for economic growth in the area. Reporter Sandra Sadek breaks down the history of the interstate.


‘If anyone can do it, it’s Fort Worth’: Community, urban planners look to proposed I-30 expansion to link neighborhoods
Also, despite the price of gas, a record number of Texans are planning to hit the road for the 4th of July holiday. Business editor Bob Francis looks at what’s in store for drivers and prices. 

Despite soaring gas prices, Texans ready to hit the road for holiday
And, the Forest Park miniature train has been part of many residents’ lives since the 1950s. But a number of obstacles have left the train dormant. Reporter Chongyang Zhang follows the track into the locomotive’s future.

As Forest Park train stays inactive, residents say city should take over to keep local tradition chugging
Plus, neighborhood skateboarders gathered at Marine Skate Park in Northside Fort Worth to celebrate Go Skate Day. Photojournalist Cristian ArguetaSoto tells the story of skating in Fort Worth.

• Go Skate Day keeps Fort Worth skate scene history alive
Plus, the city of Fort Worth is betting big on public relations in its efforts to establish Cowtown as a leader in economic development. Business reporter Seth Bodine examines how the strategy is paying off so far.

Why Fort Worth is using a PR and ad agency for economic development
Finally, about 1 in 4 men will develop a hernia near their groin. But, what’s a hernia? And how can people prevent them? Health reporter Alexis Allison speaks with a Fort Worth surgeon to learn more. 

Listen: June is Hernia Awareness Month. How do you prevent a hernia?
Looking for something to do? From 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Bark to the Beat at MUTTS Canine Cantina’s June Tails & Tunes Music Series with your four-legged pal. For more details, click here. Take advantage of our calendar and list your events for free. 

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ON TAP: Downtown is rebounding with several new developments totaling about $2 billion in investment. Business editor Bob Francis will tell you what’s going up soon. Make sure you keep coming back for the latest, relevant reports on Fort Worth Report.

As always, thanks for reading, and please let us know what you want in your Report.

Emily Wolf,
Local government accountability reporter

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📚 What we're reading:

Editor's note: 'What we're reading' is a feature designed to boost knowledge of Fort Worth and Tarrant County residents through collaboration with other area news organizations. Any views or opinions in the stories linked below are not representative of Fort Worth Report.

◾ ‘Full-Strength Fort Worth’ aims to create equitable economic vitality in underserved communities. (Dallas Innovates)
◾ Mayors from across Texas, including Fort Worth's Mattie Parker, call for special session on guns, school safety and mental health. (The Texas Newsroom)
◾ Fort Worth business park planned to blaze trails. (The Dallas Morning News)


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