<![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, 27 Jan 2015 00:12:06 -0600 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:12:06 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Guns on Campus Bill Has Votes to Pass TX Senate: GOP]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:59:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic+Handgun+722+x+406.jpg

Two Republican senators say a proposal that would allow college students to carry guns on campus already has enough support to pass the upper chamber.

Sens. Charles Schwertner and Brian Birdwell said Monday that 19 senators have endorsed their bill. It would allow students, faculty and staff members with concealed-handgun licenses to carry guns into campus buildings and classrooms.

The issue has sparked fierce debate in previous legislative sessions, but never became law.

However, a rules change championed by new Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick reduced the threshold to debate Senate bills from 21 to 19.

That means there is now enough support for the "Campus Personal Protection Act" to go to the floor -- and potentially pass.

The House would still need to take up the measure.

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<![CDATA[Power Service Restored in McKinney]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:50:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/powercrewgeneric.jpg

Power has been restored in McKinney after an outage Monday morning knocked out power in two schools, disabled traffic lights and cut service to thousands of customers.

The outage was reported shortly before 10 a.m. and service was restored before noon after affecting about 2,000 customers. Oncor officials say the cause of the outage was a disruption in a feeder line on the northwest side of the city.

McKinney police said the outage affected some traffic lights, but did not cause any issues.

McKinney North High School and Vega Elementary School were without power for a short time Monday, but school officials said they would not dismiss the students unless they knew the power would be out for an extended period of time.

The Collin County Sheriff's Office went dark for about 20 seconds before their backup generator kicked in. The Collin County Courthouse experienced a similar problem, though their power is back on.

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<![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."