<![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 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:12:14 -0500 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:12:14 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Dove Season Opens Labor Day]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:50:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/frisco_dove_hunting_season.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Tweets from @TexasGameWarden's tweetalong on opening day have been added to the post.  

Most folks don't usually look forward to Mondays, but Texas dove hunters will be making an exception this year. The traditional September 1 dove season opening day in the North and Central Zones falls on Labor Day Monday.

Dove hunting this season should be good, according to wildlife biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, as both mourning and white-winged dove populations are seeing an increase over last year.

In any given year, Texans shoot between 4-5 million mourning doves and Shaun Oldenburger, TPWD Dove Program Leader, doesn't expect that to change during the 2014-15 season.

"Based on rural and urban dove surveys by TPWD, the 2014 estimated breeding mourning dove population is about 26.55 million birds, which is a 5 percent increase over 2013 and nearly 8 percent above the long-term average (2004-2014)," said Oldenburger. "More than 90 percent of all mourning doves occupy rural habitats."

The 2014 combined white-winged dove breeding population is estimated at 6.61 million birds, which is also a 5 percent increase over 2013 and more than 12 percent above the long-term average (2008 - 2014). However, 80 percent of white-winged doves live in urban areas.

Texas harvests more mourning and white-winged doves than any other state in the country. From 2003 - 2013, Texas hunters bagged 1 out of every 4 mourning doves taken nationwide and more than 80 percent of all white-winged doves. With that level of activity, Texas dove hunting also carries a hefty contribution to the state's economy, with an economic output of roughly $316 million.

Texas dove season is divided into three hunting zones to take advantage of migration trends across the state, and the season is split over two segments to maximize hunting opportunity. The first segment closes statewide this year on Monday, Oct. 20. The season will reopen Friday, Dec. 19 and run through Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 in the North and Central Zones.

The South Zone opens Friday, Sept. 19 and runs through Monday, Oct. 20. The second segment will run Friday, Dec. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.

The Special White-winged Dove Area is restricted to afternoon only (noon to sunset) hunting the first two weekends of September. Hunting in this area will reopen concurrent with the South Zone on Friday, Sept. 19 and continue through Monday, Oct. 20, and then reopen Friday, Dec. 19 through Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. During the early two weekends, the daily bag limit is 15 birds, to include not more than two mourning doves and two white-tipped doves. Once the general season opens, the aggregate bag limit will be 15 with no more than two white-tipped doves.

The daily bag limit for doves statewide is 15 and the possession limit is 45.

All hunters are reminded that licenses expire each year on Aug. 31, so a new license for 2014-15 is needed prior to going dove hunting. Licenses may be purchased at most local sporting goods retailers, TPWD Law Enforcement offices, online through the TPWD website at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/buy or by phone at 1-800-895-4248. Call center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. and there is a required $5 convenience fee for each phone or online transaction. The online transaction system is available 24/7. For online and phone orders, a physical license will be mailed within three business days. During that time period, a transaction receipt will be provided via email that will be sufficient proof of hunting license that can be used for dove hunting, though it will not be allowed for the take of fish or wildlife that require a tag.

Hunting and fishing regulations for the new season can be found in the 2014-2015 Outdoor Annual, available at license retailers and online at www.txoutdoorannual.com. A new app now available enables hunters to carry the Outdoor Annual with them on their mobile devices. To download the free app, visit http://www.txoutdoorannual.com/app or search the iTunes App Store, Amazon AppStore or Google Play for Outdoor Annual - Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations. The new app was developed by Texas Monthly Custom Publishing in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is compatible with iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets.

Texas Game Wardens will be conducting their third virtual patrol ride-along via Twitter on opening day of dove season, Monday, Sept. 1. The wardens will give the public a first-hand look at what it's like to be a warden on one of the busiest days of the year. Throughout that day, the agency's technology warden, also a commissioned Texas Game Warden will join wardens in Central Texas and tweet continuously what happens.  The public is invited to follow along at twitter.com/TexasGameWarden or @TexasGameWarden.

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<![CDATA[Police: UT Student Flew Drone Over Stadium]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:16:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ut-student-drone.jpg

Police said they arrested a University of Texas student after he flew a drone over Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium during the Longhorns game Saturday night.

Police said they began investigating after they noticed the drone during the second half of the game against the University of North Texas.

Officials found the student and arrested him shortly after.

UTPD spokeswoman Cindy Posey released the following statement to KXAN in Austin on Sunday:

“UTPD observed an unauthorized drone in and around the Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium and watched as it maneuvered and landed on San Jacinto. Officers located the operator, a UT student, who was detained and transported to the police station. The drone was seized, the student identified, questioned and released pending further investigation.

Our top priority is the safety our students, employees, fans and visitors. UTPD Chief David Carter stresses that we are concerned about the use of drones and are investigating the incident thoroughly. The university continually works with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to maintain the highest levels of safety on our campus.”

The student was released, according to police, but he could face fines of up to $1,000 per image taken.

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<![CDATA[2 Teens Injured in Carnival Ride Fall]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:53:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/elpas-ride-michaela-roman.jpg

Two teens were sent to a hospital after falling off a carnival ride at a church festival in El Paso Sunday night.

The two teens fell more than 12 feet from the ride at the Bazaar at Saint Anthony's Seminary after it became stuck, officials said.

Responders had to rescue another person from the ride.

Check back here for updates.

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<![CDATA[New Longhorns License Plates]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:09:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ut-plates.jpg

Longhorns fans, there's a new way to flaunt your "Hook 'em Horns" loyalty.

The new University of Texas at Austin official license plates have been unveiled.

The new plates were redesigned to improve legibility, as well as add key characteristics of the University, such as the UT Tower, the Longhorns and the very popular UT burnt orange color.

"We are pleased with these new designs, as they carry a unique attribute of our University and allow fans and supporters to show their pride in the Longhorns," Steve Patterson, University of Texas men's athletic director said in a statement.

The new designs are available Sept. 2 on MyPlates.com.

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<![CDATA[KXAS to Carry Live Governor's Debate]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:17:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Davis-Abbott1.jpg

After backing out of a statewide televised debate with Democrat Wendy Davis that was set to air live on WFAA, Abbott accepted an invitation from KERA, NBC 5/KXAS-TV, Telemundo 39 and The Dallas Morning News to participate in a debate on Sept. 30.

But, Davis spokesman Zac Petkanas issued the following statement on debates:

"There have been reports that the Abbott campaign has 'committed' to another debate, but as we learned today Greg Abbott's commitments don't mean very much. Wendy Davis has already committed the evening of September 30th to a debate on WFAA. The station has asked to have a discussion on Tuesday, September 2nd to discuss options given the recent developments and, as Wendy Davis is someone who honors her commitments, the campaign looks forward to having that discussion."

Both campaigns have agreed to a debate in the Rio Grande Valley on September 19, 6 p.m. that will be seen live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

This debate, taking place in South Texas, is a partnership between the NBC-Owned Telemundo station, KTLM and CBS affiliate, KGBT.

This debate is being distributed to many other television stations across the state to carry live.

NBC 5 / KXAS-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, will carry this debate live on Channel 5.2, COZI-TV.

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<![CDATA[Human Skull Donated to Thrift Store]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:34:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/013012+human+skull+generic.jpg

Police asked for the public's help to locate whoever donated a human skull to an Austin, Texas, thrift store.

Homicide Detective Derek Israel said Wednesday that foul play was not suspected in the person's death. He said he just wants to know how the skull came to be in an unspecified container left at the store.

Goodwill staff discovered the skull while sifting through donations July 16. A spokeswoman said it could have been gifted up to a week prior to its discovery.

Israel said the skull is from an adult. No other details about it have been released.

This is at least the fourth skull to be donated to the international nonprofit this summer. Three were donated in July to a Goodwill store in Bellevue, Wash.

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<![CDATA[Texas Sec. of State Getting Out the Vote]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:16:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nandita-berry-capitol.jpg

There may be a higher turn out at the polls this fall due to a tour taken by Secretary of State Nandita Berry.

Berry is touring 11 universities across Texas this week to encourage young voters to get to the polls on Election Day.

Berry, who kicked off her tour Monday in Lubbock, said tdhe primary focus is to make sure young voters understand the voting process so that they aren't intimidated or afraid to voice their opinion.

The next statewide election, which includes the race for governor between Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis, will be held Nov. 4.

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