<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Texas News]]> Copyright 2014 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, 30 Jul 2014 18:17:59 -0500 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:17:59 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Woman Appeals Ruling on Texas Affirmative Action]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:37:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/071114gavel.jpg

Attorneys for a woman is renewing her appeal of a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the use of race in University of Texas undergraduate admissions.

Abigail Fisher's attorneys filed their appeal Tuesday with the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, asking that it overturn the three-judge 5th Circuit Court panel's ruling. That 2-1 ruling July 15th held that barring the university's "limited use of race" would hurt diversity on the Austin campus.

Fisher, who is white, sued the university in 2008 after she was denied admission. The case went to the U.S. Supreme Court last year, but justices voted 7-1 to tell the lower appeals court to re-examine Fisher's arguments.

The university said at the time that the justices' decision would not affect its admissions policies.

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<![CDATA['Gone with the Wind' Museum Opens in Cleburne]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:04:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/tlmd_17160049.jpg

Vicky Rogers was in high school when she first read Margaret Mitchell's tale of the Civil War South, "Gone with the Wind."

It changed her life forever.

After 30 years of amassing a 6,000-piece collection including a rare signed first printing of the novel, Rogers began to share her treasures this month with the grand opening of the Gone with the Wind Remembered Museum and gift shop.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Rogers said she wasn't sure what to expect when her museum opened two weeks ago, but people have been coming in a steady stream.

"People kept asking, 'Why Cleburne?' " she said. "We live here, and we wanted this to be in the community."

Over the years, Rogers' collection outgrew her house, and she began planning and designing the nonprofit museum, which is housed in a 3,000-square-foot building.

"When I read the book, I fell in love with Tara. The theme was survival from the woman's point of view. That intrigued me," she said. Tara was the fictional plantation where the novel was set and home of the main character, Scarlett O'Hara.

Rogers bought her first O'Hara doll after she read the book, and the collection grew over the years.

Her husband, Mike, said he always gave his wife gifts related to the novel for Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries.

Rogers and her husband, an attorney in Cleburne, converted the former Givens Grocery Store into the climate-controlled museum.

The journey back in time begins outside the building, where visitors see three large murals painted by Stylle Read showing the burning of Atlanta, Tara after the Civil War and various characters from the movie. Read has also painted murals in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

The entrance to the museum is a replica of Tara's front door. Inside, visitors are surrounded by floor-to-ceiling exhibits of costumes from the movie, programs from the film's 1939 premiere in Atlanta and products that were licensed for sale after the film was released.

Among the highlights are 600 dolls and the riding outfit worn by Bonnie Blue, the daughter of O'Hara and one of her husbands, Rhett Butler.

Rogers also owns a replica of the wedding dress that O'Hara wore when she married her first husband, Charles Hamilton.

But her prize possession is the ornate armchair O'Hara stood near when Rhett Butler said probably the most famous words in the movie, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."

Rogers' knowledge of "Gone with the Wind" is vast. She spent years visiting other museums and building relationships with other fans, who are called "windies," and other collectors.

Rogers said she is grateful she got to meet some of the original cast members and "Gone with the Wind" experts before they died.

Besides "Gone with the Wind" artifacts, the museum showcases Civil War memorability, including a rare signature from Confederate Gen. Pat Cleburne and documents signed by Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln.

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<![CDATA[Border Patrol Rescues 2 Men from Texas Heat]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:40:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_border_patrol_agente_fronte.png

The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have rescued two men near the Texas border who were in danger because of extreme heat.

Agents say that on Sunday they rescued a man who was abandoned by a human smuggler and got lost in the brush near La Grulla. He called 911 and Starr County dispatchers told agents where to find him. They dropped water and took him to another location to be treated for dehydration.

On Monday, 911 dispatchers in Brooks County told agents where to find a man who was in distress.

Agents used a search-and-rescue K-9 to find the man, who was severely dehydrated.

Border patrol agents say that since Oct. 1, agents from the Rio Valley Grande Sector have rescued more than 300 people who had medical issues while trying to cross the border.

<![CDATA[Gas Station Clerk Uses MMA to Surprise Robbers ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:10:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MMA-Clerk.jpg

A group of robbers got more than they bargained for when they messed with the wrong clerk at a Houston gas station.

Mayura Dissanayake was behind the counter when he noticed several men trying to rob a co-worker outside.

Surveillance video shows him going to the rescue with a flurry of punches and kicks--that's because he's a semi-professional mixed martial arts fighter.

Two of the men drove off without the third man. Mayura managed to pin him down until the police arrived and arrested him.

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