<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Texas News]]> Copyright 2015 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 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 01:47:38 -0500 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 01:47:38 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Massive Fire at Texas Playground]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:25:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/KATY+PLAYGROUND+FIRE.jpg

Officials are investigating a massive fire at a Texas playground.

The playground equipment caught fire at Falcon Landing Boulevard and Falcon Drive in Katy Sunday, according to NBC affiliate KPRC.

The cause the of the fire has not been determined, but fireworks have been ruled out.

Fire officials told KPRC that no one was at the playground at the time of the fire.

There were no injuries.

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<![CDATA[Toddler Run Over by Big Rig in South Texas]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:47:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/111008+Ambulance+Generic.jpg

Investigators say a toddler has died after being run over by an 18-wheeler in the parking lot of a truck stop near San Antonio.

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office says the accident happened late Wednesday night as the boy ran through the lot.

Witnesses told authorities that a family from Laredo was in an 18-wheeler that stopped to get fuel. The family's 1-year-old boy ran through the parking lot toward the store.

Authorities say the driver of another big rig pulling out of a fueling bay did not see the boy and ran over him.

The toddler was dead at the scene. His name wasn't immediately released.

The sheriff's office says no charges are expected to be filed in the accident.

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<![CDATA[Texas Health Dept. Investigates Rise in Cyclosporiasis Cases]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:19:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cyclospora-produce.jpg

The number of illnesses from the parasite cyclospora is rising more rapidly, prompting the Texas Department of State Health Services to look for a common source.

Department officials said they received reports of 90 cases of cyclosporiasis in Texas this year, with 78 coming in the last two weeks. Five of the reported cases came in Dallas County. Collin County (3), Tarrant County (2) and Denton County (1) also reported cases.

Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness caused by consuming food or water contaminated with the cyclospora parasite. Symptoms include diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, abdominal cramps, nausea and a low fever.

Health department officials recommend washing fresh produce; Cooking food kills the parasite.

Texas had 200 reported cases in 2014, some of which were associated with cilantro from the Puebla region in Mexico.

Online: Texas Department of State Health Services

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<![CDATA[Joel Osteen Heckled During Sermon, 6 Arrested]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:55:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/osteen-thumb-GettyImages-456343062.jpg

Six people have been arrested after heckling Joel Osteen during his sermon at a Texas church, Houston Police said.

Each of them were escorted out of Lakewood Church Sunday morning after yelling, according to NBC affiliate KPRC in Houston.


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Church members said the protesters were quoting Scripture.

Anwar Richardson said his family and several other people left the service early because of the disturbance. He also posted video of the incident on Twitter.


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KPRC said Jacob Gardner, 26, Kevin Fessler, 27, Mark DeRouville, 25, Matthew Martinez, 27, Randall Valdez, 28 and Richard Trudeau, 32, are all charged with trespassing.

Houston Police said all people arrested were from the same church, which was identified as The Church of Wells in a statement released by Lakewood Church on Monday.


Lakewood Church said in the statement that it "plans to pursue criminal charges, as well as all other legal remedies, against these individuals and the Church of Wells."

It was not known if any of the people arrested had retained attorneys. An inquiry to the Church of Wells was not immediately returned. 

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<![CDATA[Texans Perpetually Plugged In]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:18:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/smart+phone+generic+.jpg

If you look to your left and to your right, there's a good chance someone is using their smartphone to text, email or play Candy Crush.

In a report released by Bank of America Monday, nearly 40 percent people in the United States never disconnect from their smartphones and only 7 percent shut off their mobile connections while on vacation.

That means you can expect to see smartphone screen lights alongside fireworks this Independence Day.

The second annual Bank of America Trends in Consumer Mobility Report added that, for many, smartphones are the first and last thing people see each day. In Texas alone, 79 percent of adults fall asleep with their cell phones next to them. One third actually fall asleep with their phone in their hands.

While the bedroom has become an acceptable place for smartphones, 78 percent of Americans still believe that there is a proper time and place for smartphone use despite it's prominence. Texans ranked movies theaters, religious institutions and restaurants as places where they're annoyed to see the devices being used.

That hasn't stopped 37 percent of Americans who use their phones during meals, though.

Nearly half of Americans said they couldn't last 24 hours without their phones according to the report.