<![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-usFri, 24 Feb 2017 02:46:55 -0600Fri, 24 Feb 2017 02:46:55 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Cannabis Oil Licensing Set to Begin in Texas]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:13:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/marijuana+cannabis.jpg

Medicine made from cannabis could soon be within reach in North Texas.

The Texas Department of Public Safety will begin accepting applications Thursday for companies that want to produce cannabis oil.

The Compassionate Care Act, now the Compassionate Care Program, was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott and became effective June 1, 2015.

The bill requires the DPS to create a secure registry of physicians who treat epilepsy for the purpose of prescribing low-THC cannabis to patients who have been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy.

The license will authorize the organizations to cultivate, process and dispense low-THC cannabis to prescribed patients.

At least three licenses will be issued statewide.

A McKinney-based company called Acquiflow could be one of them. Acquiflow is planning to convert an old cotton gin in Gunter into a cannabis oil dispensary.

Despite some controversy early on, Gunter Mayor Pro-Tem Larry Peters said he's always welcomed the business.

"I'm glad to see it coming. If it's going to come some place, I'm glad it's coming to Gunter, because the revenue and the sales tax of it is really going to help us out," Peters said.

Peters was there last March for a heated town hall meeting when dozens turned out to oppose and support the business.

Jeff Davis, of Haslet, spoke at the meeting. He led the fight to legalize cannabis oil in 2015.

It could help his daughter, Karley, who sometimes suffers from 100 seizures per day.

"Of all the places in Texas, I wouldn't have picked Gunter to be the first location, but that's OK," Davis said in March.

The inside of cotton gin is in the process of being converted.

The plan is to build a store and cultivate cannabis strictly for the oil.

Patients will have to go through a strict prescription process before they can buy cannabis oil.

By law, the state must license at least three dispensaries by Sept. 1.

MORE: Texas DPS Compassionate Use Program

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<![CDATA[Harris County Sheriff's Deputies Find Body in Woods]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:32:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/crosby-body-found.jpg

Sheriff's deputies said they found a body in a wooded area in Crosby Wednesday evening.

Harris County Sheriff's deputies were called to the area near the intersection of North Diamondhead Boulevard and Port O'Call Street at about 6 p.m.

After a brief search, authorities said they found a decomposing body.

No further information has been released.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Skyline Painted Red for World Encephalitis Day]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:29:35 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+skyline+night.jpg

The Dallas skyline will be lit up in red Wednesday night to honor World Encephalitis Day. 

The Bank of America building, Omni Hotel and Magnolia Hotels, among others, will shine red lights to highlight the complicated brain injury associated with West Nile virus. 

Encephalitis affects 500,000 people worldwide and 20,000 Americans and is caused by swelling of the brain. 

In less than two decades, over 3,000 people in Texas suffered from neurovasive West Nile, a leading cause of Encephalitis. Lasting effects of the disease include problems with memory, mobility, speech, sleep and personality disorders.

Buildings across the globe have committed to lighting up in red, including Canada's Peace Bridge and Trafalgar Square in London, according to the World Encephalitis Day website

The Encephalitis Society launched this initiative to 'Illuminate Encephalitis' in 2014 in hopes it would shine a light on the disease itself and the need for more treatment solutions and to honor those impacted by the disease. 

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<![CDATA[Kansas State Trolls State of Texas With 'State Champs' Shirt]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:32:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ksu-shirt.jpg

Kansas State is trolling the state of Texas with "state champs" T-shirt after beating all four Texas teams they played in football in 2016.

The school's athletic director John Currie tweeted pictures of the shirt Tuesday.

The Wildcats finished the 2016 season with a 9-4 record, but went 5-0 against teams from Texas.

Kansas State beat Texas Tech 44-38 and Texas 24-21 in October, then traveled to Waco and beat Baylor 42-21 Nov. 19. They finished the regular season by beating TCU 30-6 in Fort Worth Dec. 3.

The Wildcats then drew a matchup with Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl Dec. 28 and beat the Aggies 33-28.

The school made a similar shirt after beating Baylor, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Texas in 2011.

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<![CDATA[Grand Prairie Domestic Violence Dispute Turns Deadly]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:33:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Police+Generic+Tape+Police+Tape+Emily+Street.JPG

A woman is dead and a man is critically injured after suspected domestic violence dispute in Grand Praire turned deadly Monday night. 

Officers responded to multiple calls at about 9 p.m. reporting the sounds of gunshots and a female screaming outside the Grand Manor Apartments. 

When officers arrived they found a woman's body in the stairwell near her apartment. Police said the woman had an apparent gunshot wound, but that the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office will determine her official cause of death.

Officers also found a man with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was transported in critical condition to a nearby hospital and is not expected to survive.

Preliminary findings in the investigation indicate a domestic violence murder-suicide. The Dallas County Medical Examiner will release the names and causes of death once the victim's families have been notified.

Grand Prairie police said they are not looking for any additional suspects at this time.

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<![CDATA[Princeton Man Sentenced to 35 Years for Sexual Assault ]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:50:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ps-matthew-allen.jpg

A Princeton man will serve prison time for the continuous sexual abuse of a child and indecency with a child, according to Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis. 

A jury sentenced 32-year-old Matthew Allen from Princeton, Texas, just east of McKinney, to 35 years in the Texas Department of Corrections without the possibility of parole for molesting a girl over a period of five years, beginning when she was nine years old. 

A jury on Thursday handed over a guilty verdict on one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child and two counts of indecency with a child. Judge Ray Wheless presided over the case. 

Investigation into this case began when the child's father found out about the abuse and contacted Child Protective Services, who worked simultaneously with the Collin County Sheriff's Office.

CPS Investigator Kalyn Rosser set up a forensic interview allowing the victim to descibe the progression and location of sexual abuse. Investigators learned it began in Texas, continued in another state, and ended back in Texas. 

Assistant District Attorneys Shannon Miller and Peter Ganyard prosecuted the case. District Attorney Investigators Greg Bowers, Oscar Perez and Matt Mayes and District Attorney Victim Assistance Coordinator Susanne Riggs helped with the case. 

<![CDATA[Texas Wildflower Forecast: Hold onto Your Hats!]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:35:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bluebonnets-generic.jpg

It's nearly March, which means Texas' annual bluebonnet/wildflower season is right around the corner.

Experts at the University of Texas at Austin's Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center say you should hold onto your hats -- this year's show may come earlier than normal in Central Texas and may last for several months after abundant showers in the fall and winter.

North Texas also enjoyed ample rainfall in the fall and winter and currently sits about 2.4 inches over normal for this time of the year.

In a statement released Tuesday, the wildflower center said "most of the wildflowers that bloom in the spring are dependent on fall precipitation followed by sustaining winter rains. Such iconic spring-bloomers include the beloved Texas bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis), Indian paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa), phlox, verbena and a rainbow of other colorful flowers."

A warm winter pushed some plants to bloom early -- the wildflower center noting that in Austin some bluebonnet and Texas mountain laurel plants are already showing spring blooms.

While wildflower season fluctuates each year, bluebonnets generally peak in North Texas in mid-April. Terrain, precipitation and other factors can all influence the wildflower season in North Texas.

Read the statewide wildflower forecast from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center here -- and find out what a late freeze in February or March may do to springtime blooms.

As always, NBC 5 looks forward to sharing your bluebonnet photos on our website. Email your photos to iSee@nbcdfw.com. And remember, though it may be frowned upon, picking bluebonnets is not illegal.

More: 2017 Wildflower Forecast from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin

<![CDATA[Stolen Tom Brady Jersey Valued at $500,000: Report]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:16:30 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-634604296.jpg

Houston police have released an official report for the theft of the jersey New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wore during Super Bowl LI.

The jersey — valued at $500,000, according to the report — was reportedly stolen after the Patriots' 34-28 comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons in overtime on Feb. 5.

Brady, who was named the game's MVP, noticed his No. 12 jersey was missing from his bag in the team’s designated locker room inside NRG Stadium after the game. He told a team equipment manager he remembered putting it in his locker and that "someone stole it."

After searching, Brady told the team's owner Robert Kraft that the jersey had been stolen. Kraft replied, "You'd better look online."

While Brady walked to the team bus, a reporter asked the quarterback if he had recovered the jersey. Brady later joked with a reporter that it would "be on eBay at some point."

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asked the Texas Rangers to help the Houston Police Department locate the jersey.

"Tom Brady's jersey has great historical value," Patrick said in a statement. "It will likely go into the Hall of Fame one day. It is important that history does not record that it was stolen in Texas."

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<![CDATA[Traffic Stop Leads to Marijuana Bust Near Amarillo]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:22:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/marijuana-bust-dps-022117.jpg

A woman was arrested and more than 145 pounds of marijuana seized after a recent traffic stop near Amarillo, authorities say.

A trooper made the discovery after stopping a Pontiac G6 heading east on Interstate 40 in Carson County for a traffic violation, according to a post on the Texas Department of Public Safety's official Facebook.

Tape-wrapped bundles of marijuana, worth about $880,000, were in the trunk, officials said.

Stephanie Barron, 23, of El Paso, was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana. She was booked into the Carson County jail, according to the post.

Troopers believed the drugs were being taken from El Paso to Oklahoma City.

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<![CDATA[Video Shows Man Strike Child With Belt 62 Times]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:19:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Childs_Brutal_Beating_Caught_on_Camera_1200x675_881229891597.jpg

A Texas man has been charged with child abuse after investigators said he hit a 7-year-old boy 62 times within five minutes.

The incident was witnessed by a bystander who called police, and was captured by a surveillance camera near the man's Houston apartment.

The incident was witnessed by a bystander who called police, and was captured by a surveillance camera near the man's Houston apartment, NBC affiliate KPRC reported

"He saw a vehicle pull up at one of our illegal dumping sites and saw a man get out of a car and take a young child out of the car and proceed to just beat him senselessly," said Harris County Constable Alan Rosen.

Investigators said Kordarell Williams, 27, used his hands and a belt to hit his girlfriend's 7-year-old son all over his body.

"He struck this child 62 times, put him in a headlock and knocked him over on numerous occasions with the blows," said Rosen.

Read more from KPRC

<![CDATA[Contentious Union Dues Bill Heads to Full Texas Senate]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:31:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+capitol+building2.jpg

A hotly debated bill barring voluntary payroll deductions of union dues from state employee paychecks is going to the full Texas Senate.

Republican Sen. Joan Huffman heads the powerful State Affairs Committee, which approved her proposal Thursday.

It doesn't weaken union collective bargaining abilities like the much-watched proposal advancing in Iowa's Legislature, or Wisconsin's 2011 bill, which was approved amid sweeping protests.

Still, Texas labor groups bitterly oppose Huffman's proposal. Even some Republicans have questioned its exemption of police and firefighter pay, as well as its singling out unions while still allowing payroll deductions for charities.

Huffman counters that business groups support her bill, though it only applies to public sector employees.

A similar measure cleared the Texas Senate last session, but died in House committee.

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<![CDATA[Austin Agrees to $3.25M Settlement With Family of Slain Teen]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:32:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police+lights13.jpg

Officials in Austin have approved a $3.25 million settlement for the family of a teenager who was running naked along a street when he was fatally shot by a police officer.

The city council approved the settlement Thursday with the family of David Joseph, who was killed in February 2016 by officer Geoffrey Freeman.

Freeman had responded to reports of a naked man disturbing neighbors and running in the street. The 17-year-old Joseph sprinted toward Freeman when he exited his patrol car.

Freeman has said he feared for his life when he fired at the teen. Joseph was neither clothed nor armed.

A Travis County grand jury declined to indict Freeman, but he was fired from the force.

Late last year, the city reached a $35,000 settlement with Freeman.