<![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 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:47:13 -0500 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:47:13 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Texas Trade Group Sees Hope in Cuba]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:53:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cuba+trade.jpg

When a delegation from Texas lands in Havana on Sunday, it will become the first business group from the Lone Star State to seek potential deals in the communist nation since the U.S. and Cuba agreed to restore diplomatic relations - a political milestone that the Texas group hopes to capitalize on economically.

"I'd rather stay out of the political conversation," said Ben Scholz, a wheat farmer from the Dallas suburb of Lavon. "I just want to focus on selling wheat, and this is a great opportunity to do that."

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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Embraced in Prayer Vigil]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:55:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Blue_Bell_HQ.jpg

As Blue Bell prepares to undergo a massive cleanup, many Texans continue to show their support for the troubled creamery.

That support includes a special community prayer vigil in downtown Brenham's courthouse square.

Hosted by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and local faith missions, the vigil is set to bring together the community that holds the creamery at heart on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

The company invited supporters to dawn their best Blue Bell shirts and caps in "Support Blue Bell Day" on Friday. The flow of messages came the weekend before the Blue Bell factory in Brenham undergoes a major cleaning operation.

The company recalled all of its products Monday after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria in March.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday the number of listeria illnesses nationwide linked to Blue Bell products has risen to 10.



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<![CDATA[Amendment Tosses Fetal Abnormality Exception]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:24:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Abortion-Debate-Gallery-070.jpg

Republican Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, has filed an amendment that would eliminate a woman’s right to have an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy if it is determined that the fetus has severe abnormalities.

In 2013, lawmakers approved a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy but provided exceptions for circumstances where severe fetal abnormalities are detected or if an abortion will prevent a woman’s death or prevent a “serious impairment” to her physical or mental health.

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<![CDATA[Searchers Find Body of Missing Girl, 5]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:23:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic-Lake-Water.jpg

The body of a missing 5-year-old girl has been found in the water near the boardwalk in Kemah.

Kemah police say searchers on Thursday morning located the body of Fiona "Kitty" Carroll near a dock.

The girl was last seen late Wednesday afternoon playing on the marina dock as her father did maintenance on his nearby boat.

Police did not immediately provide a suspected cause of death. Further details weren't immediately released.

Kemah is 25 miles southeast of Houston.



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<![CDATA[Baby Survives After Man Accidentally Kills Pregnant Wife]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:01:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-pregnant-truck.jpg

Doctors saved the life of a nearly-full term baby whose mother died when she was run over by her husband's truck, Houston police say. 

Police said no charges were filed over Monday's accident. KPRC-TV reports authorities said the baby was delivered at 36 weeks and was hospitalized in stable condition.

Police said the couple apparently argued over repairs for her car.

Investigator Rolando Saenz said the husband said he didn't have the money to get her car fixed. Saenz said the pregnant woman was holding on to the driver's door when her husband began to pull away.

Police said the woman slipped, fell and accidentally was run over by the truck. She died at a hospital, where doctors delivered her baby.

Further details on the family weren't immediately released.



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<![CDATA[Man Recorded Tossing 5 Puppies Over Fence]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:11:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/puppies-tossed-over-fence.jpg

An employee of an East Texas school district is facing animal cruelty charges after police say he was recorded on video Saturday tossing five puppies over a fence at the Humane Society.

Video cameras outside The Humane Society of Harrison County's The Pet Place in Marshall recorded a man in a Marshall Independent School District vehicle taking the puppies one-by-one from a large cardboard box and tossing them over a high chain-link fence.

That man was later identified as 61-year-old school district employee Paul Warren Smith.

"MISD officials are aware of the incident. MISD will provide full cooperation with the Marshall Police Department. The employee has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation," the district said in a statement.

Kay Hill, the director for The Pet Place, told NBC 5 Tuesday a caretaker found four of the puppies in the yard Saturday afternoon and that the fifth was located Monday after a review of the surveillance video showed five being dropped into the yard.

Hill said all of the dogs are healthy and were uninjured, including the fifth who sought shelter under a porch from weekend thunderstorms that dropped several inches of rain and large hail on much of the state.

The puppies are approximately 3-weeks-old and appear to be a Labrador mix, Hill said. All five of the puppies are being cared for and will be put up for adoption when they reach 8 weeks old.

Hill added that rather than tossing the puppies over the fence, Smith could have left them in the cardboard box on the porch or could have taken them to a city-run animal shelter where there were caretakers present.

Smith, who now faces animal cruelty charges, is reportedly cooperating with investigators.



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<![CDATA[Garbage Trucks Found on Fire at Bryan Service Yard]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:59:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Firetruck-generic.jpg

Bryan authorities are investigating after several garbage trucks were found engulfed in flames at the city's service yard.

Bryan Fire Department Battalion Chief Jason Nored told the (Bryan-College Station) Eagle that four trucks are likely a total loss and a fifth truck was damaged from exposure to the fire.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, and the cause remains under investigation.

Nored said a series of explosions heard by residents in the surrounding area Monday night were probably caused by the truck's air, fuel or hydraulic tanks.

Nored said the building wasn't damaged and no one was at the facility when firefighters arrived.

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