<![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 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:17:19 -0600 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:17:19 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[State Rep. Cites God in Push for Legal Pot]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:15:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/marijuana-plants-generic.jpg

A state lawmaker from East Texas says God didn't create marijuana by mistake and is pushing to remove all offenses related to the plant from Texas statutes.

Texas State Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) filed a bill Monday that would repeal the state's ban on growing, possessing and selling marijuana.

"I don't believe that when God made marijuana he made a mistake that government needs to fix," Simpson wrote in an editorial on Trib Talk. "Civil government should value everything God made and leave people alone unless they meddle with their neighbor."

Under Simpson's bill, the government would not regulate the drug and all penalties currently in place would be removed beginning Sept. 1.

In addition to religion, Simpson said the "well-intended" war on drugs has only created a culture of "no-knock warrants," "stop-and-frisk" and "billionaire drug lords" and that existing drug laws are as big a failure as prohibition.

"You would think that our country's history with alcohol prohibition — an era marked by bootlegging, organized crime, government corruption and a rise in crime in general — would have prevented us from making the same mistake again," Simpson wrote. "The time has come for a thoughtful discussion on the prudence of the prohibition approach to drug abuse."

Four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington; 23 states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing marijuana in some form, medical or otherwise.

Full House Bill No. 2165:



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<![CDATA[It's Texas Independence Day]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:09:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas-flag-wind-722.jpg

A handwritten document proclaiming Texas was freeing itself from rule by Mexico is 179 years old Monday.

It was March 2, 1836, Texas Independence Day, when historians believe the original and five copies of the declaration were made and signed by 59 men at Washington-on-the-Brazos.

With the creation of the revolutionary document, settlers broke away from Mexico to create the Republic of Texas.

The new republic was led by interim-President David G. Burnet until the election of President Sam Houston later that year.

Only the original document remains.

Texas remained a republic for nine years until being annexed by the United States 1845, making it the 28th state admitted to the Union.



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<![CDATA[DMV Registration Changes in Effect]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:38:42 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Inspection+Sticker+022815.jpg

A few changes for drivers registering their vehicles in Texas began Sunday, March 1.

Vehicles will need to pass a state vehicle inspection before registration renewal. Drivers will need Verification of a Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) from a vehicle inspection station along with other required documents to complete Texas vehicle renewal registration of cars and trucks, as well as motorcycles, RV's and trailers.

Second, vehicle inspection stations will no longer collect the state's portion of the inspection fee. Instead, the state's portion will be collected at the time of registration or renewal. Registration renewals will now have that fee printed on the renewal notice.

With these changes a vehicle's registration sticker will serve as a combined proof of registration and inspection.

For more information about the state's registration renewal process changes, visit the Texas DMV website. You can also see a list of AAA Texas branch offices that provide DMV services here.

To renew registration at AAA Texas branch offices, make sure to bring these with you:

  • Registration renewal notice
  • proof of current liability insurance
  • vehicle registration fee
  • Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR)



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<![CDATA[Texas Mother Arrested for Pulling Gun on Student]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:27:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/alvarez1.jpg

A Texas mother has been arrested after police say she pulled a gun on a student.

According to officials with the Pasadena Independent School District, two female students were fighting at a park near Pasadena High School Tuesday when one of the girl's mothers took out a gun.

Pasadena ISD police arrived at the scene and arrested Viridiana Alvarez, charging her with aggravated assault.

The district sent out a letter to parents Wednesday regarding the incident.

The fight was recorded on someone's cell phone.

Houston NBC affiliate, KPRC, contributed to this report.



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