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Joel Thomas

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Joel is an Emmy Award winning journalist with more than 15 years of television experience. He earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in political science. He enjoyed writing at an early age, and by junior high school decided to steer his future toward journalism. Joel wrote and shot photos for his hometown newspaper while in high school and focused his energy on broadcasting during his college years.

Over the years, Joel has worked in Bryan/College Station, Austin, New Orleans and Atlanta. During that time he’s covered a wide range of events, including the Branch Davidian stand-off, the Oklahoma City bombing, and President Clinton’s impeachment. His work has received numerous awards including more than a dozen from the Associated Press, a Texas Headliner’s Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Emmy Award.

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A nurse performs a mammogram on a patient. (credit: Mychele Daniau/AFP/Getty Images)

Study: Female Breast Cancer Rates Higher In Flower Mound

Why is the breast cancer rate higher? The report says it could be because women have better access to medical care or screening in Flower Mound.

07/30/2014

The community came together to beautify a piece of their Arlington neighborhood. (credit: CBSDFW.COM Gold Star reporter Joel Thomas)

Social Media Campaign Helps Transform Arlington Graffiti

Built in 1958, the massive buildings of the Park Plaza shopping center near the intersection of New York Avenue and Park Row Drive in Arlington have deteriorated quite a bit.

07/29/2014

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Thousands Pass By Forgotten WWI Memorial Everyday

In August, 1917 Fort Worth became home to an army training camp. It was an outpost of tents, trenches and training fields spanning more than 2,000 acres.

07/28/2014

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Beating The Heat At The Local Library

When the North Texas sun is blazing and air conditioners struggle to cool, when there is no other place to hide from the heat, some people find a quiet, cold place to shelter among the shelves in the local library.

07/25/2014

Inside a MedStar ambulance.

Summer Caution: Heat-Related Illnesses On The Rise

Fort Worth-based MedStar Mobile Healthcare says it has treated 109 heat illness related patients since June 1.

07/24/2014

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Redesigned ‘Keep It In Keller’ Business Website Set To Launch

FnG Eats Restaurant goes out of its way to buy products and services in its hometown of Keller and to stay involved in the community. This week FnG and some 500 other Keller businesses will be online on a revamped website called Keep it in Keller.

CBS 11–07/21/2014

One of the discs used to map the universe. Each hole represents a galaxy in a small portion of the night sky. (credit: Joel Thomas/CBS 11 NEWS)

TCU Among Schools Working To Map The Universe

If Google Earth is an impressive use of technology, then what TCU’s Astronomy Department is helping with will blow your mind. TCU is working with 40 institutions worldwide to make the biggest map that can be made — a map of the universe.

CBS 11–07/18/2014

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Fort Worth Neighborhood Spared From High Floods

Many Arlington Heights residents have been on pins and needles as much of North Texas has been on flood watch since Wednesday night. The Fort Worth neighborhood has a nasty tendency to flood.

CBS 11–07/17/2014

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Council Hopes Rezoning Will Breathe Life Into Fort Worth Stockyards

The Fort Worth City Council voted to change zoning around the historic Stockyards to permit mixed-use development.

CBS 11–07/16/2014

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Leaders See New Tourism Lure — Convention Center Reno Plans

Making Fort Worth more of a tourist destination – it’s something the city wants to do, but how? One plan starts downtown at the Fort Worth Convention Center. City leaders are now getting their first look at what it would take to make that happen.

CBS 11–07/15/2014

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Arena & Convention Center Project Could Bring Millions To Fort Worth

City leaders in Fort Worth are considering a plan that could bring in millions of dollars more a year. A new arena and convention center expansion could bring more concerts and conventions to the city.

CBS 11–07/11/2014

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Arlington Residents Vigilant & On High-Alert After Graffiti Spree

The Arlington Police Department Gang Unit is asking for help finding the person or persons who went on a graffiti spree late Monday night or Tuesday morning — damaging property in a quiet, southwest Arlington neighborhood.

CBS 11–07/10/2014

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