<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Texas News]]> Copyright 2016 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 Sun, 07 Feb 2016 15:46:01 -0600 Sun, 07 Feb 2016 15:46:01 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Gov. Abbott Supports Cross on Patrol Vehicles ]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:12:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Greg_abbott_announcement.jpg

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott supports Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson’s decision to allow his officer’s to display a cross with a thin blue line on their patrol vehicles.

Abbott sent a brief to Attorney General Ken Paxton Friday saying that he supported Dodson on his decision.

Abbott, the state's former attorney general, said in his brief that the U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t prohibit public officials from recognizing their religion.

“To the contrary, the U.S. Supreme Court has long recognized the demographic and historical reality that Americans are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.”

Abbott released his statement about the Brewster County crosses when a district attorney serving Brewster County asked Paxton for his opinion on whether the blue cross was allowed. The Governor’s Office agreed with the district attorney that the blue cross was legal and consistent with the First Amendment.

“The Brewster County deputies’ crosses neither establish a religion nor threaten any person’s ability to worship God, or decline to worship God, in his own way,” Abbott wrote. “The symbol of the cross appropriately conveys the solemn respect all Texans should have for the courage and sacrifice of our peace officers.”

To view Abbott’s brief visit http://gov.texas.gov/.

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<![CDATA[Task Force Wants to Require Depression Screening]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 08:37:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Exam+Room+010814.jpg

New U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations call for mandatory screening for depression for everyone over the age of 18.

Texas doctors are encouraged to screen patients for depression, but it’s not required.

"From a national standpoint, to say that we do need to screen this, gives it a little bit extra emphasis,” University of North Texas Health Science Center's Dr. Shanna Combs said.

When it comes to postpartum depression, Texas has a law that sets it apart from other states.

The "Andrea Yates Bill" — named after the Houston mother who admitted to drowning her five children in a bathtub and was diagnosed with postpartum depression — requires doctors to tell pregnant women about postpartum depression.

Some doctors, like Combs, screen all their patients for postpartum depression anyway.

"It’s such a common problem," she said.

Combs said studies show 1 in 7 women will have postpartum depression, and it’s becoming even more common.

"I think the biggest concern in Texas is resources," Combs said. "Having good counseling resources."

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<![CDATA[Texas Man's Massive Beer Can Collection]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:14:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/beers6.JPG

A man in Texas has turned his old barn into a museum of beer cans of all shapes, ages and sizes.

Patrick Costigan of Buda has a hobby that began years ago.

"Originally cleaning up after my folks [they] had a party and noticing how many beer cans there were and setting them up on this shelf in the patio and it started growing," Costigan said.

Costigan's hobby has since grown into tens of thousands of cans that he proudly displays on shelves in his barn.

"I just like the way they look, the different labels and everything," he said.

And he found most of his collection on Craigslist.

"He's a Craigslist junky, yeah," Costigan's wife, Lisa, said.

His collection really grew approximately five years ago. Costigan hit the jackpot when he saw that someone listed 28,000 beer cans for sale on the website.

"I couldn't believe it," Lisa said. "First of all, he had to go buy a trailer to get the cans."

Costigan won't reveal how much that collection cost him, but said he bought it from an older man in Oklahoma.

"The family was cleaning out his house," said Costigan.

Costigan has beer cans that date back to the 1930s.




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<![CDATA[1 Killed in Double Shooting in Fort Worth Thursday Night]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:38:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/01generic-police-lights131.jpg

One person was killed and another is in critical condition after a double shooting in South Fort Worth Thursday night, police say.

Officers were called to a shooting on the 7600 block of Patsy Circle at about 8:45 p.m.  

When they arrived they found a man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. That man, whose name has not been released, was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.

Soon after, police officers reported they were flagged down by a second man who had also been shot. That man was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital where he later died.

Police have released no motive or named any suspects. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

<![CDATA[Teacher No Longer Employed After Duct Tape Incident: WFISD]]> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:25:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zundy+elementary+school.jpg

A first grade teacher who allegedly put duct tape on her students' mouths all day was suspended and is no longer employed by her former North Texas school district, officials said.

"As soon as the incident was brought to administration's attention, she was placed on administrative leave in order for us to do the investigation into the allegations and as of this morning, she is no longer employed with the district," Ashley Thomas, communications officer for Wichita Falls Independent School District, said Monday.

After parents filed police reports, juvenile detectives and Child Protective Services began investigating the incident at Zundy Elementary School to determine what, if any, criminal charges may be warranted.

School counselors gave all 22 students in the class a questionnaire with a series of 10 questions. In the questionnaire, students said they were told it was a game and that the duct tape was put on so they would be good.

"According to our children, they've told us that she said it was for fun and that they shouldn't tell their mom and dad because she didn't want to get fired," said Tamilyn Love, a parent of one of the students. "I've asked her what happened if they went to the bathroom, something like that. She said they took the tape off, put it on their desk, and when they returned it was put back on. So obviously she knew it was wrong, otherwise she would have let them be in the hallway like that."

While authorities handle the investigation, extra counseling is being made available to students who may need it. Love said her daughter is having problems.

"We decided to put her into counseling. Saturday night she woke up and told me that she had a bad dream, that she was choking and couldn't breathe because she had duct tape over her mouth," Love said.

Love said she's relieved to hear the teacher is no longer employed. However, Love said she has contacted an attorney and plans to file a lawsuit because of the impact on her daughter.

"It's a disturbing incident and it is no way indicative of the behavior that we expect out of teachers in our district. So we want students to know that they can feel safe at school that this is not something that they should fear happening again," Thomas said.

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<![CDATA[New Mandrill Ape at the Gladys Porter Zoo]]> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:45:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mandrill-Ape-012616.jpg The Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville introduced a new alpha male monkey to its mandrill collection. Sugriva joined two females and a young male.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Sign Book for Pope Francis]]> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:15:56 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pope_Book_KTSM_1200x675_609153091761.jpg A look at a very special book where people can write well-wishes and prayers to the Pope that will be given to him during his visit to Juarez in February. ]]> <![CDATA[Austin Road Rage Fight Caught on Camera]]> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:14:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/RR21.JPG

Austin police are searching for two men involved in an apparent road rage fight that was caught on camera.

The brawl broke out at about 10:45 Monday morning, according to the individual who posted video of it to YouTube. A version was also posted on Twitter, seen above with muted audio due to profanity.

The video shows a man walk up to a pickup truck with a bat to confront the driver. The driver of the truck jumps out and grabs a weapon, possibly a piece of lumber, from the bed of his pickup.

The men proceed to hit one another several times with their weapons for about 20 seconds. It is unclear from the video what caused the confrontation.

I would urge citizens not to get involved in a disturbance,” Officer William Costello told NBC affiliate KXAN. “Just be the best witness you can. Instead of filming, call 9-1-1.”

Neither of the men have been identified. Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them.

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