<![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-usMon, 30 May 2016 15:34:51 -0500Mon, 30 May 2016 15:34:51 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Court Blocks Texas Execution Set For This Week]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 12:52:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-463402010.jpg

A man set for execution this week for the slaying of a 64-year-old suburban Dallas grandmother during a burglary of her home more than 18 years ago has won a reprieve.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stopped the scheduled Thursday lethal injection of 46-year-old Charles Don Flores.

Flores was condemned for the January 1998 fatal shooting of Elizabeth Black at her home in Farmers Branch.

The court says Flores' attorneys should have more time to develop a claim challenging the testimony of a witness who identified Flores at the scene after undergoing hypnosis.  In the ruling Friday, two of the court's nine judges would have rejected the appeal.

Flores is one of two men convicted of the slaying. A partner received 35 years in prison and has been paroled.

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<![CDATA[Texas School District Uses Stadium Lights To Deter Vandals]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 11:02:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/219*120/stadium-lights.jpg

School officials in an El Paso district where high school stadiums are getting new artificial turf are keeping the stadium lights on at night to deter thieves and vandals.

The action is a response to a fire set May 18 to a patch of newly installed turf at Hanks High School. The district's security chief, J.R. Martinez, tells the El Paso Times the lights make it easier for security guards and provide better images for security cameras.

Images showed two boys on the Hanks field that night setting the fire.  They got away as an officer tried to put out the blaze.

It's among seven Ysleta high schools getting artificial turf -- at a cost of $14 million -- as part of a bond issue voters approved last November.

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<![CDATA[Boil-Water Alerts On The Rise For Many Reasons]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 10:55:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/031816+water+faucet+glass.jpg

A glass of drinking water hasn't been easy to come by lately for the 320,000 people in Corpus Christi.

The Texas Gulf Coast city has issued three orders in less than a year telling residents to boil their water to ensure it's safe to consume, including a two-week order this month that sparked outrage, contributed to the city manager's resignation and renewed questions about how to fix the problem.

Corpus Christi is one of many U.S. communities coping with water problems caused by aging infrastructure. With costly upgrades unrealistic for many cash-strapped cities, including Corpus Christi, the water problems seem likely to persist.

"We're talking about supplying water in the year 2016, and we're having these problems over and over again," dentist Rene Vela told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. "It's starting to affect my family, my employees and I'm sure the rest of the city. It's ridiculous."

The issues of safe drinking water and eroding infrastructure gained widespread attention in recent months due to the crisis in Flint, Michigan, where lead pipes contaminated the water supply after the city switched from a metropolitan Detroit system to improperly treated Flint River water in 2014 while under state management.

In Texas alone, there were 1,550 boil-water advisories last year, up from about 1,100 in 2012 and 650 in 2008, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Fourteen Texas cities with populations exceeding 100,000 have issued at least one boil-water advisory in the last five years. Other U.S. metro areas have had similar problems: In recent years the residents of Toledo, Ohio, a city of 400,000, were told not to drink the water after toxins penetrated the system, and the Seattle suburb of Mercer Island avoided tap water for nearly a week after elevated levels of E. coli were found.

Greg DiLoreto, past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, said an additional $105 billion must be spent to modernize water and wastewater treatment facilities in a country that sees 240,000 water main breaks a year. But it's a tall order in light of how the upgrade burden falls largely on local water utilities, many of which serve only a few hundred or even a few dozen customers.

"If you want fewer incidents and you want quality water, you're going to have to increase water rates," DiLoreto said. "We're not understanding the true cost of operating, maintaining and replacing a full water utility."

DiLoreto and other water quality experts say that while the increase in boil-water notices in many states reflects problems with failing public utility systems, they also speak to new rules and greater transparency in notifying the public when water quality may be undermined.

As Steve Via with the American Water Works Association explains, "It does eventually work its way back to an aging infrastructure because if the public isn't aware of the consequences of not taking care of our drinking water then they're not supporting the investment to keep it up to date and improving on it."

There are many reasons a city's water quality can be compromised, among them broken water mains, loss of pressure, high bacteria levels and weather-related causes. Several appear to apply to Corpus Christi.

The city's latest advisory, which ended Wednesday, was largely a precautionary measure taken after nitrogen-rich runoff from rain flowed into the water system, resulting in low chlorine disinfectant levels in the water supply. Corpus Christi typically receives about 10 inches of rain by this time of year, but 2016 has been unusually wet with more than 18 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Previous boil-water notices were issued in July and September, the first for elevated levels of E. coli and the second for low chlorine levels, the Caller-Times reported. The notices mirror two others that were issued in 2007. In some cases, various parts of the city were affected, and in others, such as the most recent one, the notice was citywide.

City crews have worked to reconfigure some mains to ensure that water keeps circulating and to prevent bacteria growth. But an overarching concern is an old water system where more than half of 225 miles of cast-iron pipe needs to be upgraded, according to the newspaper. Many of the pipes were installed in the 1950s and when they decay they're prone to collapse or to slow water flow, allowing bacteria to fester.

A fear for civic leaders is that the recurring advisories could cause long-term harm to the area's vibrant tourism business for its miles of sun-splashed beaches and protected coastline brimming with wildlife.

Mayor Nelda Martinez said at a news conference Wednesday that city staff must do better at identifying problems before they lead to a public health hazard.

"This is a symptom of our significant deferred maintenance challenge -- it tells us how much work we have in front of us and where we need to prioritize our resources," Martinez said. "And it's not just about addressing structural needs but looking at how we handle the operational aspects as well."

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<![CDATA[Deadly Floods Overwhelm Southeast Texas]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 02:19:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Flooding+2.jpg In Texas, at least four people were killed and two others missing after downpours, with the state expecting more rain through Memorial Day.

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<![CDATA[Kids Compete in Eighth Annual Soapbox Derby]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 11:11:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Soapbox+Derby.jpg Kids compete in the eighth annual Amarillo Soapbox Derby. The winner, 17-year-old Linzie Nichols, will go on to Ohio to compete in the International Soapbox Derby.]]> <![CDATA[Pro-LGBT Shirt Lands Texas Student In Hot Water]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 13:48:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_gayshirt0525_1920x1080.jpg An eighth grade student in Copperas Cove was told to change her pro-LGBT shirt because school officials said it violated the dress code.

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<![CDATA[Tornado Touches Down in Northern Texas]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 18:56:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ezgif.com-optimize1.gif Severe weather in Northern Texas on Sunday, May 22, 2016 spawned a tornado in Spearman that was caught on camera by Blake Brown.]]> <![CDATA[Tornadoes, Heavy Rain Batter Texas]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 07:54:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/big-spring-tornado.jpg

Severe storms are bringing heavy rain, hail and reports of tornadoes to West Texas and the Panhandle.

John Cockrell, a meteorologist in the Amarillo office of the National Weather Service, said multiple tornadoes were reported in the Panhandle's Donley and Ochiltree counties.

Cockrell said the weather service hadn't received any reports of significant damage or injuries. Crews will likely survey the area Monday.

Tornados were also reported further south in Hall and Glasscock counties, where there were no immediate reports of damage.

A tornado watch was in effect until 10 p.m. Sunday for 46 Texas counties across a swath of the state from the Panhandle to the Mexico border. The watch also extended into parts of Oklahoma and Kansas.

The Storm Prediction Center warned severe thunderstorms were expected to continue Sunday night across a broad portion of the Plains.

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<![CDATA[Cuban Open to Being Clinton's or Trump's VP]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 14:17:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark+Cuban+MTP.png

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he'd "absolutely" consider being Hillary Clinton's running mate if she's willing to move to the center of the political spectrum.

In an interview with "Meet the Press" Sunday, Cuban praised Clinton for her thought-out proposals "because at least we get to see exactly where she stands." 

"But I think Sen. Sanders has dragged her too far to the left,” Cuban said, citing her college tuition plan and "other business elements" he believes could hurt the economy. "If she’s willing to listen, if she’s willing to, you know, hear other sides of things, then I’m wide open to discussing it."

Asked about joining a Donald Trump ticket, Cuban said "Same."

"You know, I'm an independent. And I'm fiercely independent and think for myself. And I'd have the same conversation for Donald," Cuban said. "I think Donald has a real chance to win, and that's scary to a lot of people."

Cuban said one of his biggest concerns is the Trump is "listening to everybody, which is fine on the surface" but "it's coming across as if he's proposing things based off the last person he talks to." 

Clinton responded to Cuban's comments in a separate interview Sunday, saying she "appreciated his openness to it" and plans to look "far and wide" for a potential vice president.

"I think that is the best way to find somebody who can really capture what's needed in the country, and business people have, especially successful business people who are really successful as opposed to pretend successful, I think have a lot to offer," Clinton said, apparently hitting Trump.

The "Shark Tank" investor also revealed who he thinks will win the NBA Championship.

Todd asked Cuban if he was picking Cleveland, Golden State or Oklahoma City, notably leaving out the Toronto Raptors.

"You know, I'm going to take a little bit of a long shot here and go with the Thunder," Cuban said.

"I've already eliminated the Raptors," Todd responded, though it bears noting that the interview with Cuban was taped before Toronto's win over Cleveland in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night. The Cavs still lead that series, 2-1.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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