<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Texas News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/feature/texas-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Fri, 29 May 2015 19:23:48 -0500 Fri, 29 May 2015 19:23:48 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Texting and Driving Ban Dies in Texas Senate]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 18:39:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texting-driving1.jpg

There will not be a texting and driving ban this legislative session. A bill that would have outlawed texting and driving statewide never made it for a vote in the Texas Senate.

The bill passed in the House but did not have the votes in the Senate.

It's devastating news to Jennifer Zamora-Jamison, who lost her husband in 2007.

He fought in Iraq but came home and was killed by a distracted driver. Their daughter, Maxine, was in the car, but survived.

"Nobody should have to lose their loved ones," said Zamora-Jamison.

She fought back tears when NBC 5 spoke to her Thursday. She has spent the past seven years going back and forth to Austin, pleading with lawmakers to pass this measure.

This session, it was even harder. Maxine had been making the trip to Austin with her mother, but Maxine took her own life this past October, never getting over the loss of her father.

"I just wish I could have gone to her grave and said, 'We did it this time. We did it baby,' but we didn't,'" said Zamora-Jamison.

In 2011, a similar bill made it to the governor's desk, but it was vetoed by then-Gov. Rick Perry. In 2013, a proposed text and driving ban didn't make it to the governor.

This round, in the end, the Senate was one vote shy of passing it. Lawmakers have said in the past it infringed on personal liberties.

Zamora-Jamison said she will continue to fight for a bill, and has a message for the senators who did not want to vote for it.

"In the next two years when we meet again in the next session, how many more lives are you going to have to answer for? Really it is on them," said Zamora-Jamison.

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<![CDATA[Houston Man Charged With Planning to Join ISIS]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:40:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ISIS-stock-breaking-AP44739478800.jpg

A Houston-area man has been charged with planning to travel to Syria to wage jihad on behalf of ISIS, NBC News' Pete Williams has learned.

Asher Abid Khan, 20, of Spring, was arrested Tuesday morning, Williams reported.

Prosecutors said and a friend devised a plan to travel to Turkey and then on into Syria. Court documents said he asked a "foreign terrorist fighter facilitator" in Turkey, "I wana join ISIS can you help?" and told someone else, "I wana die as a Shaheed [martyr]."

Prosecutors said his friend did make it from Texas to Syria with the help of Khan and the facilitator in Turkey.

Court documents said Khan, who was living in Australia, got as far as Turkey. But his family told him, falsely, that his mother's health was deteriorating, deceiving him into returning to Texas.

The FBI got onto the two after seeing Facebook postings by the friend, referred to in court documents only as SRG.

Earlier this month, a U.S. Magistrate ordered a Mesquite man who is accused of lying to the FBI about his allegiance to a terrorist group held without bond until his trial.

The judge decided Bilal Abood, 37, was a flight risk after an FBI agent testified that Abood was effectively a recruiter for the Islamic State because he sent graphic videos of beheadings and other atrocities to potential sympathizers.

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