<![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 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:37:38 -0600 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:37:38 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Icy Roads Blamed Amarillo Steakhouse Crash]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:31:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/207*120/truck58.JPG

Icy roads are to blame after a tractor-trailer slammed into a restaurant in Amarillo Saturday night.

Police said a Ford pick-up truck was on Interstate 40 when the driver lost control and hit a semi-truck.

The driver of the semi-truck then lost control and crashed into an Outback Steakhouse.

Police say at least six cars in the restaurant parking lot were damaged and two passengers inside the tractor-trailer were hurt.

No one inside the restaurant was injured.

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<![CDATA[Suicides and Attempts on the Rise in Texas Prisons]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:33:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/227*120/Suicide.jpg

Bruce Harrington was 29 the first time he tried to kill himself. It was just before Christmas in 2008, his sixth year in prison. He slashed his left arm and fashioned a noose from the sheets in his cell.

Correctional officers at the Allred Unit found him before it was too late. He ended up in a medically induced coma and needed 12 staples to close the gashes in his arm.

About a month later, he survived a second attempt to hang himself. Then last January, Harrington, who had been convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child, made another noose. He tied one end of a bed sheet to the bars on the window of his cell and slipped the fabric around his neck. This time, officers at the Skyview Unit, a prison specially designed to provide psychiatric care, didn’t arrive quickly enough.

Harrington was among an increasing number of Texas inmates who have taken their own lives. From 2008 to 2014, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported a 40 percent increase in suicides, and data from 2015 indicate the system is on track to meet those numbers this year

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<![CDATA[Dell Reports Security Hole in Recently Shipped PCs]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:40:28 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-181792558.jpg

If you have a new Dell personal computer, chances are it already needs a fix for a hole in security.

Round Rock-based Dell Inc. said a program, called eDellRoot, installed on recently sold computers that was meant to help Dell online support give you faster service may actually increase your security risk.

"Customer security and privacy is a top concern and priority for Dell; we deeply regret that this has happened and are taking steps to address it," Dell said in a statement on its website.

The problem certificate began getting installed on computers in August, a Dell spokeswoman told NBC News. No word on which computers or even how many computers are affected.

Dell said the certificate is not malware or adware but may make it easy for hackers to get access to your private data.

Dell has posted instructions detailing how to fix it on your own (found below or click here).

The company also said it is pushing a software update starting Tuesday that will check for the certificate and if detected remove it.

Once removed it will not be reinstalled.

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<![CDATA[Texas Ag Commissioner Stands By Refugees Comments]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:54:16 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sid+miller.jpg

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is not backing down from his comments on social media this week comparing Syrian refugees to rattlesnakes.

Miller, of Stephenville, posted a note Wednesday on his Facebook page that asked, "Can you tell me which of these rattlers won't bite you? Sure some of them won't, but tell me which ones so we can bring them into the house." It was accompanied by an image of refugees and an image of rattlesnakes.

Miller said Friday that not only does he stand by what he says, but he has gotten great reaction from it.

"I compared rattlesnakes to Syrian jihadist refugees, which is kind of an insult to the rattlesnakes actually," Miller told NBC 5.

The Texas Democratic Party jumped on the comments, saying Miller is just fueling fear.

Miller, 60, was elected agriculture commissioner last November after serving many years in the Texas House.


Texas is among dozens of states whose governors have declared they will not take in Syrian refugees, citing security concerns.

On Friday, Texas instructed volunteer organizations that settle international refugees to immediately stop helping Syrians.

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