<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Texas News]]>Copyright 2016http://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.comen-usTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:37:25 -0500Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:37:25 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Helicopter Cop Runs Down Suspected Burglar]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:34:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/helicopter-chase.jpg After being hit by a police vehicle during a chase, a suspected burglar is taken to the ground by a member of the flight crew.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Deputy Gets 3 Life Terms For Sexually Assaulting Girl, 12]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:45:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gavel144096337.jpg

A former Texas law enforcement officer whose career ended when he was accused and convicted of sexually abusing a young girl almost 30 years ago has now been sentenced to three life prison sentences for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in 2009.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports a Hill County jury convicted 68-year-old Thomas Johnny Wilkins of aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child. District Attorney Mark Pratt told The Associated Press that the life sentences are to be served concurrently but that Wilkins won't be eligible for parole for 30 years.

Wilkins was a Dallas County sheriff's deputy in 1976-82 and a deputy constable in Dallas County in 1982-87 when he was charged with his first sexual abuse case and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

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<![CDATA["Remember the Alamo" With Specialty License Plate]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:30:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/241*120/allalllaaamooo.jpg

"Remember the Alamo" is taking on a whole new meaning for Texas drivers.

Drivers won't soon forget the symbol of Texas independence with the new Alamo-themed license plate rolled out by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Texas State Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, Thursday.

The license plate celebrating Texas pride comes at a price of $30 — but $22 of that goes straight to the Alamo to pay for preservation efforts and historical educational programs, according to a press release.

"Not only will this license plate enable Texans across the state to show their pride for the Alamo," Bush said, "It will also provide valuable funds for continuing preservation work and valuable educational resources so that we can continue to teach visitors about the historic events that occurred on this sacred site."

The license plate is a celebration of Texas pride and the rich history that the state has.

"There are a lot of folks who take pride in Texas' heritage, and the Alamo is the cradle of Texas independence," said Larson.

You can celebrate your love of the Lone Star State and order the specialty license plate here.

<![CDATA['American Sniper' Legal Fight Resurfaces]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:42:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kyle-ventura.jpg The battle over "American Sniper," Chris Kyle's best-selling book may be heading back to court. ]]> <![CDATA[Texans Battling HOA Over American Flags]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:39:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/American_Flag_Hutto.jpg Residents in the Central Texas town of Hutto, northeast of Austin, say they've received violation notices for flying the American flag without permission from their homeowner's association.

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<![CDATA[Unruly Plane Passenger Leads to Emergency Landing in Tucson]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:02:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/vuelo_turbulencias_jet.jpg

Authorities say a Delta flight headed to Los Angeles had to make an emergency landing in Tucson after a passenger made a threat to the flight crew.

The plane, operated by Compass Airlines, landed at Tucson International Airport Wednesday afternoon and was met by a group of law enforcement officers including the FBI, U.S. Border Patrol and airport police.

Tucson Airport Authority officials said a male passenger was taken off the plane and detained.

The Arizona Daily Star reported that the man was unruly on the flight and would not sit down.

They said 80 passengers were aboard the flight that originally took off from San Antonio, Texas. They were taken off the plane, re-screened and then allowed to re-board the plane and continue to Los Angeles.

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<![CDATA[Texas Mayor Ignites Firestorm Over Sign]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:17:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gods_country_Hondo_Sign.jpg A South Texas mayor says he's ready to put up a fight to keep a popular sign in his town. The sign, which reads "this is God's country please don't drive through it like hell," is drawing fire from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

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<![CDATA[Starbucks Sued Over Hand Burn]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:41:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Starbucks_lawsuit.jpg A Houston attorney is taking Starbucks to court over accusations she was burned by hot coffee at a drive-through.

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<![CDATA[Texas Businesses Pressing for Cuba ]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:23:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cuba-GettyImages-516831134.jpg CNBC's Landon Dowdy joins NBC 5 with a look ahead in business news for Wednesday, June 21.

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<![CDATA[Austin Rock Thrower Faces New Charge]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:21:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Patrick_johnson_Austin.jpg A man accused of throwing rocks at cars in Austin faces a second charge of aggravated assault. Patrick Johnson was charged Monday for an attack from 2014 when the victim, Kenneth Johnson, suffered brain damage that resulted from a rock crashing through his windshield. Police believed Patrick Johnson is responsible for most of the 94 incidents reported over two years around the I-35 corridor.]]> <![CDATA[TX Lawmakers Pen Letter to CDC, Kerry About Zika]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 19:27:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLMD-zancudo-mosquito-zancudo-Zika-EFE-11764687w.jpg

The Texas lawmakers penned a letter about the Zika virus to both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday.

Just six weeks before thousands of Americans head to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics, they’re asking for stronger travel warnings when it comes to Zika.

Letter to CDC and Sec. of State John Kerry


Burgess has been outspoken for months, he even appeared on Lone Star Politics and said if asked for advice, he would say do not go to the Olympics.

Burgess and Cornyn are concerned that people visiting the CDC’s travel alert page can’t easily find information about Zika.

Burgess also said he believes Zika should have a Level 3 designation when it comes to travel, instead of the current Level 2. Level 2 calls for practicing enhanced precautions, while Level 3 calls for avoiding non-essential travel.

“Here is the problem. No one gets this illness in the continental United States today unless they get it and bring it home. So we are looking at a situation with summer travel where people are going to be going to a place where a lot of people are congregating, half a million people are coming to Brazil in the month of August for the Olympics and then they are going to go back to their respective countries. The worst case scenario they are carrying this virus to their populations,” said Burgess.

NBC 5 reached out to the CDC, it has not offered a response.

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