<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Texas News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/feature/texas-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usSun, 28 May 2017 19:40:49 -0500Sun, 28 May 2017 19:40:49 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[George W. Bush and Bono Hang Out at the Crawford Ranch]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 22:08:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bush-and-Bono.jpg

Before he performs with his band Friday night in Arlington, the lead singer of U2 was busy visiting a former president earlier in the day.

President George W. Bush posted a photo of himself with Bono at his ranch in Crawford.

Bush said Bono came to his Prairie Chapel Ranch to talk about the work of the Bush Center and their shared commitment to saving lives in Africa.

Friday night's sold out U2 concert -- The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 -- is set to begin at 7 p.m. at AT&T Stadium, with opening act The Lumineers.

Photo Credit: George W. Bush via Instagram
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<![CDATA[Texas Legislature Passes Letting First Responders Carry Guns]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 14:37:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic-Ambulance-Cropped.jpg

A bill allowing volunteer firefighters and first responders to bring their guns into restricted areas has cleared the state Legislature.

It pertains to volunteer emergency personnel who have concealed carry licenses, and passed the House on a final, 136-9 vote Friday.

The proposal now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott. He's expected to sign it, though it will become law automatically without his approval, unless he vetoes it.

Proponents say the legislation protects first responders arriving to potentially dangerous scenes, and lets them get there faster since they won't have to worry about stashing their guns beforehand.

But opponents noted that first responders don't receive extra training to carry their guns and worried about unintended consequences.

The bill is one of several loosening firearms restrictions this legislative session in Texas.

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<![CDATA[Texas OKs Bill Allowing Donations to Help Analyze Rape Kits]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 13:39:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rape+kit.jpg

The Texas Legislature has approved a bill allowing drivers to offer donations to help the state clear its backlog of untested rape kits, sending it to Gov. Greg Abbott.

Texas has about 3,800 untested kits at state labs, and thousands more in cities such as Dallas and Austin. Processing a single one can cost up to $2,000.

The bipartisan proposal asks Texans renewing their driver licenses to donate $1 or more for rape kits awaiting analysis.

Advocates say that while this particular donation approach is new, crowdfunding isn't.

In 2007, Texas enacted a $5 fee from sexually oriented businesses to help finance initiatives like rape crisis centers and programs for sexual assault survivors.

Abbott hasn't said if he'll sign the bill, but it becomes law automatically unless he vetoes it.

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<![CDATA[2 Arrests in DC in Conspiracy to Sell Trade Secrets to China]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 19:24:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Shan+Shi+and+Gang+Liu.jpg

Two men accused of conspiring to sell U.S. trade secrets to a major Chinese military contractor appeared in a Washington, D.C., courtroom Wednesday.

They are among seven men under arrest in the case.

Federal authorities arrested 52-year-old Shan Shi and 31-year-old Gang Liu along Connecticut Avenue NW.

They were accused of a scheme to sell trade secrets about a type of military equipment from a company based in Houston to the Chinese contractor. Court filings indicate the secrets involved a type of foam material frequently used for military projects.

The FBI raided a Houston home connected to Shi Tuesday, sources told the News4 I-Team.

Shi and Liu, a Chinese national who lives in Houston, are charged with conspiracy. They each face 10 years in prison. They were released Wednesday and will be under GPS monitoring in Houston until trial.

Neither entered a plea. They are expected back in court for a preliminary hearing June 12.

Also charged were 35-year-old Uka Kalu Uche, of Spring, Texas; 74-year-old Samuel Abotar Ogoe, of Missouri City, Texas; 48-year-old Johnny Wade Randall, of Conroe, Texas; 40-year-old Kui Bo, a Canadian citizen who also lives in Houston; and 32-year-old Hui Huang of China, who works for the Chinese manufacturer implicated in the conspiracy.

Bo was arrested in Massachusetts; Ogoe, Uche and Randall were arrested in Texas; and Huang remains at large.

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<![CDATA[United, American Planes Collide At Austin Airport ]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 00:22:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ATX+PLANE+AX.jpg

A United Airlines plane collided with an American Airlines plane at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Wednesday night near the terminal gates. 

The American Airlines plane was stationary at the time, waiting to taxi to the gate, when the wing of a United plane clipped the aircraft.

No crew members or passengers aboard American Airlines flight 2675 were injured, according to a spokesperson for American Airlines. 

United Airlines flight 898 was traveling from Austin to Houston at the time. 

All customers were deplaned via air stairs and returned to the terminal. Passengers have been re-booked on United flight 630 and are scheduled to depart Austin later tonight, said a spokesperson for United Airlines.

No crew members or passengers on the United flight were injured during the incident. 

Photo Credit: Ashton Ainsworth]]>
<![CDATA[TX Senate Revives Full Bathroom Bill With Late-Night Move]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 17:10:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+state+capitol.jpg

Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature is tying itself in knots over a transgender "bathroom bill."

The state Senate voted 21-10 vote after 1 a.m. Wednesday to attach rules requiring transgender Texans to use public restrooms corresponding to their birth-certificate gender onto an otherwise unrelated proposal on county governments.

A full bill doing the same thing cleared the Senate in March but stalled in the House, which instead passed a scaled-back version on Sunday applying only to public schools.

The late-night maneuver brings the wider bill back for now -- but it's on a bill by a Democrat who won't accept the changes.

Meanwhile, the House's bathroom bill rules were attached to a separate Senate bill whose author is rejecting them as too watered-down.

Compromise must be reached before Texas' legislative session ends Monday.

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<![CDATA[Strange Virus Threatens Texas Sea Turtles]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 04:33:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas-sea-turtle-fb-lede.jpg

A strange virus is attacking endangered sea turtles along the Texas Gulf Coast, leaving some unable to see and eat and putting them at risk of starving to death.

"They're essentially the canaries in the coalmine for our ocean health," said Dr. Tim Tristan, a veterinarian and director of the Texas Sealife Center in Corpus Christi.

The herpes virus, called fibropapillomatosis, causes large tumors to grow on green sea turtles, one of five species of sea turtles that live along the Texas coast.

"Some of those external masses will grow to the size of softball size," said Tristan. "They can be under the flippers which may cause them difficulty in swimming."

"They can also grow on the eyes, so they'll grow to a size where they'll essentially make the sea turtle blind so they can't see and so they can't eat," said Tristan. "As a result, they slowly starve to death."

Already this year, Tristan and his team have operated on 20 sea turtles to surgically remove tumors caused by the FP virus.

Another 30 green sea turtles are being kept in holding tanks until their operations can be performed.

"There's been decades of research into this and we're still not to the point of being able to solve mysteries of exactly why its caused and exactly how to deal with it other than surgical removal," said Donna Shaver, chief of the division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery at the Padre Island National Seashore.

Prevalent in both Florida and Hawaii for decades, the FP virus started to appear in Texas less than seven years ago.

"Unfortunately it's getting worse and not better," said Tristan.

The FP virus does not affect people, but the rapid spread of the disease among turtles adds to concerns about other potential health threats.
"We always recommend [people] wear footwear when you're going either into the Gulf of Mexico, or the bay, so that you don't cut your foot and have an open wound," said Shaver. "There are other types of viruses and things that do occur in the water and if people have a compromised immune system it can become a problem."

Beach patrols are now on watch for the green sea turtles to begin nesting any day now, carrying with them a possible warning as they come ashore.
"They're giving us a signal that there is something wrong with the oceans out there, that somethings changing that we need to be aware of and we need to take notice of," said Tristan.

The Texas Sealife Center is funded and operated from public donations. For more information, visit TexasSealifeCenter.org. The website for the Padre Island National Seashore is nps.gov/pais/index.htm

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<![CDATA[Efforts to End 'Lunch Shaming' Move Forward in Texas]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 16:19:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/School-Lunch-generic.jpg

A bill to stop "lunch shaming" is dead, but a Dallas representative's fight to help hungry kids continues.

On Tuesday, Representative Helen Giddings announced in Austin she's partnering with "Feeding Texas" to raise money for kids whose parents can't afford their school lunches.

"We have communicated with over 200 individuals and associations who are committed to doing their part for our children," Giddings said in a statement. "As a result, I am delighted to partner with Feeding Texas to launch an extraordinary campaign to raise money for unpaid lunch accounts of children in need. Research indicates one of the primary impediments to learning is hunger. We can eliminate the pain of hunger in our schools. Our children do not need heroes… they just need compassion."

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<![CDATA[Cattle Thief Faked Kidnapping, Fled to Mexico]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 11:16:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ronald-ryan-shepard-jr.jpg

A convicted Texas cattle thief who faked his own kidnapping and fled to Mexico has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison, officials say.

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association announced Tuesday that 41-year-old Ronald Ryan Shepard Junior plead guilty May 18 to three felony counts of livestock theft in the Eighth District Court of Rains County.

In a news release, a TSCRA spokesman said Shepard first caught the attention of Texas authorities in August of 2011 after failing to pay for cattle purchased from seven East Texas auction markets.

After being indicted, Shepard faked his own kidnapping and went on the run, officials said. He fled to Mazatlan, Mexico, where he was arrested and extradited by U.S. Marshals in July 2012, according to the TSCRA.

Shepard, who's been serving sentences for livestock-related charges in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Texas, was sentenced to 10 years of prison and ordered to pay court costs, attorney's fees and more than $125,000 in restitution to his victim in Texas, officials said.

He also agreed to pay $200,000 in restitution to a victim in Florida in lieu of extradition and criminal prosecution there.