<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Texas News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/feature/texas-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usFri, 21 Jul 2017 20:05:23 -0500Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:05:23 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Police Arrest Man Driving Stolen Electronic Shopping Cart]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:38:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/edward-dickard-cart.jpg

Police said they arrested a 52-year-old man riding an electronic shopping cart stolen from a Longview Walmart Wednesday.

Longview police said employees at the Walmart in the 500 block of East Loop 281 called and reported the shopping cart stolen at about 7 a.m.

Officers found the man — later identified as Edward Dickard — more than a mile from the store driving on U.S. 259 just north of the Longview city limits, according to authorities.

Police said they arrested Dickard and charged him with theft.

The cart is worth about $4,000, according to officials.

Photo Credit: Longview Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Top 'Trump' Google Searches Reveal Curiosities of Texans]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:09:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trumponhealthcarevotefeuerherd.jpg

A look at a person's search history can reveal their genuine curiosities. A country's search history has the power to unveil what's on the minds of an entire nation.

Americans have a lot of questions about President Donald Trump, who completes his first six months in office this week. It turns out that a much smaller group of people have Googled "Trump Russia" than say "George Clooney Trump." 

Google Trends is a tool offered by the search engine that looks at data from searches. A team from Google News Labs compiled search data for NBC related to the topic "Donald Trump" from January 20, 2017, to July 14, 2017, and included searches with a reference to the president. The service then broke down the search results by major cities and states for a glimpse at what people around the country want to know about Trump.

The most-frequent, Trump-related Texas searches included: 'Trump Twitter', 'George Clooney Trump', 'Kathy Griffin Trump' and 'Trump Impeachemnt'. Dallas-specific top searches only slightly differ from Fort Worth's and Houston's, which are identical to the state overall.

Patterns emerged from the top Trump-related Google searches, in both English and Spanish, in the president's first six months in office. For both languages, people wanted to know most about news related to the president.

A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll revealed that 62 percent of people who live in counties that carried Trump to victory oppose his use of Twitter. But that doesn't mean Americans aren't interested in what he has to say on the platform. "Trump Twitter" was the second most popular Google search.

The times where "Trump news" and "Trump twitter" searches peaked often came in the wake of blockbuster news stories, such as the aftermath of the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May. 

Along with searches like "approval rating" and "inauguration speech," some celebrity searches also made it into the top 10.

"George Clooney Trump" appeared third on the top Google searches in English and even beat out "Trump Twitter" for Spanish searches, a reference to the actor's interview with French outlet Canal+ where he called the president a "Hollywood elitist" in February. "Kathy Griffin Trump" came sixth on the English list, perhaps due to people's curiosity about the comedian's controversial photo shoot where she held a mock decapitated head of the president.

"Trump impeachment" appears in the top five English searches in most major cities in the U.S., while Spanish lists do not include searches for impeachment. And in certain places, the searches cross a line into the unusual.

Dover, Delaware's, list includes a "Trump moves things" English search in its top five. "Snoop dogg Trump," came in third on Atlantic City, New Jersey's, list of top English searches, referring to the controversy over a Snoop Dogg music video that shows the rapper pointing a fake pistol at a Trump-like clown.

For Spanish speakers, searches on the president often included the names of Spanish-speaking countries, such as Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela. While both English and Spanish searchers sought information on immigration, Spanish searches had more specific inquiries rise to the top that were not present on the English lists, such as searches on D.A.C.A., sanctuary cities, the travel ban, and mass deportations.

Searches related to President Trump and an immediate family member were virtually absent from the English search lists, while Spanish speakers searched for first lady Melania Trump and the president's son, Barron in places like Chicago, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (For the purpose of this exercise, a search on a family member like Donald Trump Jr. would be filtered out of the lists unless the search also included the word "son.")

With news about possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia a fixture in national media, a relatively small number of American cities included in Google's search roundup appear to be looking for information on the subject the same way. Russia-related Trump searches were among top searches in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Boston and Salt Lake City. The issue did not make the national Top 10 list in either language. 

Some Google users are looking for humor amid the Trump presidency.

"SNL Trump" appears in the top searches for English users in America, while "memes" related to the president are among the most popular searches for Spanish speakers.

Photo Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
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<![CDATA[Baby Elephant Makes Debut at Houston Zoo]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:19:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Baby_Elephant_Makes_Debut_at_Houston_Zoo_1200x675_1002044995743.jpg

The newest resident at the Houston Zoo made its public debut Monday. Crowds gathered to see the baby elephant named Joy. The 300 lbs. Asian elephant was born July 12.

<![CDATA[Gov. Abbott Addresses Special Session Key Issues]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:03:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/greg+abbott+texas.jpg

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott spoke Monday, a day before the Legislative Special Session kicks off in Austin.

Abbott spoke at the Policy Orientation for the upcoming Special Session and is expected to address the 20 issues he's laid out before lawmakers.

The orientation began at 11 a.m. and will run to 5 p.m.; Abbott spoke at about 12:30 p.m. in a discussion with Texas Public Policy Foundation Executive Director Kevin Roberts.

Abbott, who has roughly $41 million in his campaign chest, announced Friday he intends to run for re-election in 2018.

<![CDATA[Swords, Daggers and Machetes Soon Legal to Carry in Texas]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 22:58:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bowie+knife.jpg

A new law on knives in Texas means long knives like swords, daggers and even machetes soon will be legal to carry in public.

Double-edged knives and blades longer than five-and-a-half inches also will be allowed starting Sept. 1.

State Rep. John Frullo, R-Lubbock, introduced the bill during the last legislative session, arguing the current rules are outdated and confusing.

Exceptions include places like schools, bars and churches.

At the House of Blades, Fort Worth's largest knife store, manager Matt Salazar said he expected a jump in business.

"Lately there's been a lot of fuss about the new law," Salazar said.

Customers welcomed the change.

"I don't see any problem with it," said Jason Hoch, a visitor from Pennsylvania. "I mean, a lot of hunting and stuff down here, outdoor sports."

Another customer, Dee Dean, of Lake Worth, agreed.

"If someone wanted to do something wrong they can do it with a little (knife) or a long one, so I don't think it matters," he said.

Switchblades – also known as automatic knives – were made legal in Texas in 2013.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>