<![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 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:22:31 -0500 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:22:31 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[3 Face Child Prostitution & Human Trafficking Charges]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:21:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DPD-Child-Prostitution-Arrests.jpg

A drug operation led to the arrest of three adults who forced a runaway girl from Houston into prostitution, police say.

Dallas police were in the middle of a narcotics operation when Robert Allen Winston, 24, Carvin Mariweather, 23, and Rhonda Winston, 20, were noticed by police at the Motel 6 at 13185 North Central Expressway.

A young girl, 14, was seen inside the car with Rhonda Winston and Mariweather, police said. Robert Winston was seen standing outside of the car, according to police.

Investigators with the Child Exploitation Unit believe the 14-year-old girl was a runaway from Houston and had been forced into a prostitution operation in the motel since early April.

The victim has since been placed with Child Protective Services. There is no word yet as to her condition.

All three adults have been charged with Compelling Prostitution of a Child and Trafficking in Persons/Child -- both being felony charges.

Mariweather and Rhonda Winston are held on $50,000 bonds, while Robert Winston is held on a $100,000 bond.

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<![CDATA[Man Steals Truck, Tries to Run Over Deputy: Police]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:10:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kyle-Green.jpg

Police across North Texas are searching for a man who almost ran over a sheriff's deputy with a stolen truck, police say.

Kyle Wayne Green, 39, was suspected of stealing a truck in Gregg County in East Texas on Thursday.

Police later found the stolen truck on Highway 64 near Tyler, Texas using the vehicle's GPS. When a sheriff's deputy arrived at the scene, Green jumped into the truck and drove straight at the deputy, according to police. The deputy jumped out of the way as Green drove off.

Green is believed to have abandoned the first truck, stole another, and abandoned the second vehicle in Kaufman County.

Police are still searching for Green, and there is no word where he may be heading.

A warrant was issued for Aggravate Assault on a Public Servant and anyone with information on Green is asked to call the Rusk County Crime Stoppers at 903-655-TIPP (8477).

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<![CDATA[Gov. Abbott Releases Tax Return]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:11:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/greg-abbott-tx-gov-AP574643806708.jpg

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has released his 2014 tax returns, revealing that he made about $135,000 as attorney general and paid about 40 percent of his income in federal, state and local taxes.

Abbott was attorney general for 12 years, becoming governor in January. He released his 2011-2013 tax returns while campaigning and made his 2014 filings public Friday. He gave nearly $5,000 to charity and paid about $52,000 in property taxes.

First lady Cecilia Abbott is listed as "homemaker." Previous returns listed her annual income from Harden Healthcare at $50,000.

The filings do not include tax-exempt settlement payments stemming from a 1984 accident that left Abbott paralyzed from the waist down.

As part of that, Abbott receives monthly deposits of about $14,400 and six-figure, lump-sum payments every three years.

Below is Governor Abbott's 2014 tax return in full:

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<![CDATA[Texas Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.2 Percent]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:55:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/203*120/72107381.jpg

The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 4.2 percent in March, marking the seventh straight month of declines due to continuing job growth, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday.

Statewide unemployment in February was 4.3 percent. The nationwide jobless rate was 5.5 percent in March, the commission said.

Last month's unemployment rate for Texas was the lowest since July 2007. Texas has added 327,500 jobs in the past year for an overall growth rate of 2.9 percent, outpacing the national growth rate of 2.3 percent, TWC said, in a statement.

"While the state of Texas has achieved enormous success in creating jobs and spurring economic growth, it's time to renew our focus on promoting smarter tax policies that energize our economy and empower entrepreneurs to reinvest their capital in the Lone Star State," Gov. Greg Abbott said, in response to the latest jobless figures.

Midland had the lowest average jobless rate for Texas during March at 2.9 percent. The state's highest unemployment rate was the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area at 7.5 percent, according to TWC figures.

The education and health services industry added 3,400 jobs in March. The financial activities industry increased by 2,400 positions. The mining and logging industry, which includes oil and gas employment, saw a decline in March with the loss of about 2,800 jobs statewide.

"Maintaining a diversity of employment opportunities has kept Texas strong for the past four years," said Andres Alcantar, TWC chairman. "We must continue to build and support partnerships that will help connect employers to a quality supply of skilled workers and equip job seekers with training that will help them succeed."

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<![CDATA[Gas Prices Go Up, Still Lower than Last Year]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:23:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gas_Prices_1200x675_395222595784.jpg

Drivers in Texas are now paying $2.23 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That's one cent more than last week and $1.25 less than last year.

Drivers in Dallas are paying the most on average at $2.30 per gallon while drivers in Beaumont are paying the least at $2.13 per gallon. Across the nation drivers are paying an average of $2.41, which is one penny more than one week ago and 18 cents more than the statewide average.

Gas prices remain heavily influenced by the global price of crude and the ability of domestic refineries to manage scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. Analysts say any changes in the global price of crude or refinery issues will cause gas prices to fluctuate. However, it is estimated that even with varying prices common during this time of year, drivers are expected see prices move lower leading up to the peak summer driving season in July and August.

Global supply continues to outpace demand, and news of sustained production from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries along with high-cost production countries like the U.S is expected to keep downward pressure on global crude prices.

<![CDATA[Church to Host Vigil for West Explosion Anniversary]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:04:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas_2.jpg

The West Ministerial Alliance and the City of West are hosting a memorial prayer vigil Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Mary's Church of the Assumption to commemorate those involved in the West explosion.

The event will include prayer, scripture readings, songs and a moment of silence at 7:51 p.m., the exact time of the 2013 explosion.

St. Mary's Church of the Assumption is located at 301 South Harrison Street in West.

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