<![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 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:06:26 -0500 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:06:26 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Teen Arrested for Sexual Assault ]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:38:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/opportunity-park-scene.jpg

A teen has been arrested in connection to a severe overnight attack that left a woman naked and beaten nearly six months ago.

The 16 year-old was linked by DNA evidence to a September 3, 2014 beating of a woman in Opportunity Park in the 3100 block of Pine Street, police said in a statement.

A 54 year-old woman was seen walking in the area before she was beaten at approximately 11:30 pm last September.

The teen was transported from a juvenile facility in Brazos County to the Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center in Dallas. He was charged with aggravated assault and held on a $500,000 bond.

His name was not released.

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<![CDATA[New Bill Introduced in TX to Stop Recording Police ]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:25:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police+watcher+bill.jpg

A committee hearing has been postponed regarding a controversial bill authored by a North Texas State Representative.

Representative Jason Villalba introduced a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to record police within 15 feet.

Villalba said the bill was “primarily for independent bloggers who are focused on keeping law enforcement accountable.”

His office adds it is for protection of both sides.

This bill has become controversial and Villalba’s spokesperson says he has received threats. The Department of Public safety is on watch, and Dallas police are checking on him and his family.

Governor Greg Abbott was in Dallas on Thursday, and NBC 5 asked him about the bill.

“I think it’s important not to put public limitations on public access, including viewing like that. I don’t know where it stands in the legislative process. I have a perception that it may not gain much traction,” said Abbott.

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<![CDATA[Privatization Deal for Terrell State Hospital Canceled]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:53:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/heat-elderly-hospital-generic.jpg

A multimillion dollar deal to privatize a public psychiatric hospital in Terrell has been killed after a state audit revealed contract irregularities by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

According to the Austin American-Statesman the State Auditor's Office released a report Wednesday detailing how the process to privatize Terrell State Hospital bypassed procurement laws, used a flawed scoring system and did not consider if the state was receiving the most cost-effective deal.

The report says that Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek played a role in some of the contract problems.

The tentative contract was approved last October, but Janek stopped talks with Correct Care Solutions in late February about six weeks after the audit began.

Janek says that he halted the contracted because he felt that a deal that would be good for taxpayer's could not be reached.

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<![CDATA[Report: $243M to Turn Astrodome Into Park, Civic Space]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:07:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_noticias13_astrodome1.jpg

A proposal to turn the iconic but shuttered Houston Astrodome into a massive indoor park and build a tree-lined green space around the structure could cost nearly $243 million, according to a report released Monday by a nonprofit research group focused on land use.

The report by the Urban Land Institute is part of an effort by officials in Houston's Harris County as well as preservation groups and local residents to save the Astrodome from potential demolition.

A panel from the Washington, D.C.-based land institute had visited Houston and previously released some of the details of its plan in December.

"The panel concluded that the Astrodome can and should live on," the land institute said in its final report.

The group's report calls for creating a massive indoor park within the stadium, with spaces for exercise and biking trails and indoor rock climbing, as well as new underground parking. The outside areas around the stadium would be converted into tree-lined green spaces.

The land institute also said its plan would provide space that could be used by the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, both of which use NRG Stadium next door.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett -- who first proposed the idea for the indoor park last year -- said county commissioners will review the report at its March 31 meeting.

"What is heartening about this is (the land institute) recognized the iconic nature of the building. They identified it as having the potential to be a grand space for the community," Emmett said.

Emmett and other county officials in May plan to visit an airship hangar in Brandenburg, Germany, that has been converted into a giant indoor tropical theme park. Emmett said county officials hope to get some tips from their German counterparts.

The future of the structure has been in limbo since voters in 2013 didn't authorize $217 million in bonds to turn it into a multipurpose special events center. While the Astrodome is not in any immediate danger of being demolished, local officials have struggled to find an alternative use. Over the years, some proposals -- including a water park and a sports memorabilia museum -- have not gained much traction, while others proposals have sought to demolish the stadium, which had become an eyesore in recent years but is now being cleaned up.

The land institute said its proposal would need to be paid through a private-public partnership.

Tom Eitler, vice president of advisory services for the land institute, said the $243 million price tag is just an estimate but "it gives a feel for the kind of money they will need to do these changes."

Opened in 1965, the so-called Eighth Wonder of the World once housed MLB's Astros and the NFL's former Oilers, but hasn't been home to a sports team since 1999 and has been closed to all events since 2009.

The world's first multipurpose domed stadium is also under consideration for a "state antiquities landmark" designation from the Texas Historical Commission that would make it more difficult to tear it down.

The stadium's most prominent use in recent years was as a shelter for Louisiana residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The National Park Service has added the Astrodome to its National Register of Historic Places.

<![CDATA[Cow Defies Odds, Gives Birth to 4 Calves]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:43:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/quad-calves.jpg

A cow in Northeast Texas has apparently defied great odds and given birth to four calves that have been named Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moo.

Jimmy Barling said Monday that DNA tests will be done on tissue samples from the three bull calves and the one heifer calf to satisfy those who may question the births from one mother.

"We knew she was pregnant, but we didn't know she was going to do this," the 76-year-old Barling said. "This was a shock. This blew our minds."

Barling's wife, Dora Rumsey-Barling, owns the couple's 20 or so cattle outside of DeKalb, near the Arkansas and Oklahoma borders. Rumsey-Barling's granddaughter named the four black calves Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moo, Barling said.

Local veterinarian Mike Baird called the March 16 births "extremely rare." He said the odds of four live births from one cow are 1 in 11.2 million. Baird knows the couple well and is nearly certain the four came from one mother, rather than a nearby cow perhaps birthing one or two and then moving along so that it appeared the four came from the Barling's cow.

"In the interest of science and the animal world, it's one of those things that need to be verified beyond a shadow of a doubt," he said.

The couple watched the birth of the fourth calf after going to check on her when they saw buzzards circling above a field.

Because the mother cow is unable to nurse all four calves, the couple are relying on neighbors to help. Moo has stayed with her mother, while Eeny, Meeny and Miny are with two different caretakers.

Meeny is the smallest of the calves, weighing in at about 25 pounds.

A typical healthy birth weight for a calf is 75 pounds. Standing has also been difficult for some of the quadruplets.

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