<![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 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:18:11 -0600 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:18:11 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[TX Legislation Would Allow Guns Without Licenses]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:57:35 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+gun+open+carry.jpg

A Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill that does away with the need for Texans to have licenses to carry guns.

Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, said he thinks his bill, which can be read here, has a good chance of passing.

“It’s our version of open carry, and it goes a step further and we say it restores our Second Amendment to what our constitutional fathers intended it for it to be,” said Stickland.

There are still exceptions that would prevent guns at school events and places like amusement parks, but in most cases the bill would make open carry without a permit legal.

Some Texans on Thursday said while they agree with Stickland on the right to own a gun, they were still concerned about gun owners having no training or permit.

"To be able to drive a 2,000- to 3,000-pound vehicle, you have to be able to show you have the ability to drive, that you have passed a written test understanding the laws of the road. And I feel like having a gun is the same thing,” said David Prince, owner of Eagle Gun Range Inc.

“I believe the average person off the street should be trained on how to shoot their gun,” said Paul Harris, of Coppell.

Gov. Greg Abbott said throughout his campaign he was in favor of open carry. When asked about Stickland’s legislation, since he can decide whether it reaches his desk, Abbott had the following to say.

“The most important thing for people to understand is, some are concerned, 'Gosh, what is going to happen of we have open carry come to Texas?' We have seen the same thing happen across the entire country, where you have open carry laws in places like Massachusetts and Vermont. You don’t have people breaking out guns and shooting each other. The same concerns were raised at the time when Texas adopted the concealed handgun law here in the state of Texas. We didn’t have the breaking out of the O.K. Corral. I think it’s going to work out fine whichever way the law passes,” said Abbott.

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<![CDATA[Dorm Room Ball Pit Draws Customs Attention]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:10:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ball+Pit+at+Rice+Univ.jpg

U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigated boxes imported from China sent to a Texas college student because of their unusual contents.

Rice University senior David Nichol imported 26 boxes containing 13,000 plastic colored balls to convert his dorm room into a ball pit, according to NBC affiliate KPRC Houston.

"They were taken [by customs officials] to be tested to make sure they were certified balls and not something else,” Nichol said to KPRC. “I’m sure it was kind of sketchy to have 13,000 plastic balls shipped to Texas."

Nichol said he made space for the balls by removing items from his room and placing them into the dorm’s common space, which he shares with his three roommates.

“I think when you have an idea you should just go for it. You shouldn't worry about what's going to happen next or what's going to happen after that,” Nichol said to KPRC. “If you're going to keep doing that, you're never going to be able to do cool things like have a ball pit room.”

Nevertheless, Nichol said that he learned from his ordeal with customs.

"There are a lot of things about importing I didn't know that I do now - about how you need to fill out certain forms and how you need to pick them up from the Houston ship channel," Nichol said to KPRC.

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<![CDATA[Texas Man Cashes in Over 80,000 Pennies]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:12:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_pennies_1500x845.jpg

An 81-year-old man in Texas is $816 richer because he saved pennies for over six decades.

Ira Keys, of Slaton, made a deposit of 80,000 pennies that he had been saving for 65 years, according to NBC affiliate KCBD of Lubbock. Keys' collection weighed in at about 500 pounds.

Employees at Prosperity Bank took over an hour to count the collection of 81,600 pennies, KCBD reported.

Keys said that he hasn't spent a penny since 1952 because of advice his father gave him.

"He says, 'Whatever you do son, save your money,'" Keys told KCBD. "Back when I started in '52, I didn't have a lot of money, so I saved pennies and I just kept saving them."

A personal banker at Prosperity Bank said she had never before seen so many pennies being deposited.

"We take pennies for granted," Kari Lewis told KCBD. "You see them on the ground and you're kind of like, 'Oh, I'm not picking that up,' but for him to collect it for years and years was pretty amazing."

<![CDATA[TX Man Used Cleaver in Break-In Attempt]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:10:13 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/generic+meat+cleaver+generic.jpg

A Texas Panhandle man has been arrested after police allege he used a meat cleaver to try and hack his way into an apartment.

The Amarillo Globe-News reports police responded to the apartment shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, finding Naisikenyan Pha crouched in the yard after he had allegedly used the meat cleaver to try and enter the apartment.

Police say the 41-year-old refused to put down the knife and officers used a Taser on him, which had no effect. Pha was eventually handcuffed by officers.

Pha remained jailed Monday on charges of attempted burglary of a habitation, resisting arrest with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault against a public servant. Jail records did not list an attorney for him.

The apartment's residents said they did not know Pha.

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<![CDATA[State of Texas is Set for Inauguration Tuesday]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:35:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas_Capitol_Building_34.jpg

Tuesday, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Gov.-elect Dan Patrick will be sworn-in in Austin.

About 30,000 people are expected for the events during the next two days, kicking off Monday night with the Young Texans Celebration at the Moody Theater.

Abbott and Patrick will be sworn-in near the steps on the south side.  After which, thousands will feast on barbecue prepared by Eddie Dean and Company from Terrell. After lunch, at 2 p.m., will be the inaugural parade.

Patrick told NBC 5 that the last months have been a whirlwind and that everything will really sink in at the swearing in.

NBC 5 spoke to Abbott as well.

“The eve of a new era in the state of Texas. It is very exciting and hopefully exciting for Texans, too," Abbott said. "We as a state and as a people have been in a constant state of advancement, and we want to ensure that we continue to advance in the state of Texas.”

After the daytime events, there will be the Future of Texas Ball at the convention center, where both Pat Green and Lady Antebellum will perform.

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