<![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 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:08:42 -0500 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:08:42 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Texas State Student Drives Barbie Jeep After DWI Arrest]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 07:59:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tara-Barbie-Jeep-090315.jpg

A Texas State University student is taking social media by storm with the way she's responded to losing her license and car after a DWI.

According to MySanAntonio.com, Tara Monroe's license was automatically suspended after she refused a breathalyzer test when she was pulled over after a concert.

The 20-year-old's father was none too pleased with the DWI and took away her car, according to the report.


Monroe didn't want to ride a bike around campus, so she found a battery-powered Barbie Jeep for sale on Craigslist. She bought it for $60 from a little girl named Charlene and aptly named her pink Barbie Jeep "Charlene."

Students have since taken to social media posting photos and videos of Monroe driving around the campus.

Monroe, who was arrested March 4 with a $3,000 bond, said she wasn't surprised by the attention. In fact, she welcomed it. 

“This is the best way I could have gotten my 15 minutes of fame,” she told MySanAntonio.com. “Basically, it was the best decision I’ve made in college, yet…”

While Monroe is getting her "15 minutes" others are just happy her drunk driving didn't end in "tragedy." 

“We’re glad that she’s ok and her parents are taking the issue seriously. This is an example of some of the consequences that come with drinking under the legal age of 21. Fortunately it didn’t end in tragedy.” Amy George, Mothers Against Drunk Driving senior vice president of marketing & communications, told NBC Owned Television Stations in a statement. 

The San Marcos Police Department wasn't immediately available for comment. 

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct the name of the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy Tara Monroe
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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Bringing Back Buttered Pecan]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:32:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/blue-bell-buttered-pecan.jpg

Just days after Blue Bell's return to grocery stores in Houston and Austin, Blue Bell has announced another flavor returning this week.

Blue Bell will now bring back the flavor Buttered Pecan in a limited supply.

The iconic ice cream maker has not had a difficult time selling their ice cream as it has been flying off the shelves rather quickly from where it is available.

On Tuesday the company said they had resumed production at their facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, though they did not say when ice cream produced at that facility would be available in stores.

Additionally, the company has not said when ice cream will be available in North Texas.

Photo Credit: Blue Bell
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<![CDATA[Nearly 700 New Texas Laws Go Into Effect Tuesday]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:35:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/drone+generic.jpg

From the classroom to the airspace, Texans have nearly 700 new laws going into effect Tuesday.

There are new laws involving drones, including expanding allowances for when drone pilots can take pictures to include academic, engineering and surveying purposes. Drones must also stay above an altitude of 400 feet around buildings deemed critical infrastructure, such as power and gas processing plants. Finally, a third law allows the Texas Department of Public Safety to enact a "no-fly zone" around the Texas capitol complex.

In the classroom, there are big changes when it comes to high school Advanced Placement exam scores. To obtain college credit at many public universities, students now need only an AP score of 3 or above to gain credit -- previously, a score of 4 was required for college credit.

In law enforcement, Texas will likely have more body cameras for police officers. A bill from State Sen. Royce West, (D-Dallas), makes $10 million in grants available to local police departments.

There is also a change when it comes to airport security. A person who accidentally carries his or her handgun through security will get a break if he or she has the proper concealed handgun license. Once the traveler is deemed OK by police, he or she will be allowed to take the gun back out of the secured area.

"People are not wanting to commit a crime. They are not trying to sneak a gun into the airport. They just forgot," said David Prince, the owner of the Eagle Gun Range in Lewisville.

Prince said he hears these stories more frequently. And, according to the Transportation Security Administration, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport lead the nation's airports in 2014 with 120 weapons discovered at security checkpoints. Dallas Love Field came in 18th, with 43 weapons.

Those with CHLs will also be allowed to use that license as a valid form of identification.

A measure allowing some epilepsy patients to get low-THC cannabis oil, Texas' first concession on medical marijuana, is now allowed. Also kicking in are laws strengthening restrictions on synthetic marijuana.

So are laws scrapping criminal penalties for skipping school and ending the "pick-a-pal" grand jury system, which critics said created conflicts of interest.

Elected officials accused of ethics crimes will now be tried in their home counties and "revenge porn," or posting explicit pictures of ex-lovers online, becomes a crime.

The Texas Legislature website allows you to look up any bill on the books in the state.

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<![CDATA[Service Friday for Boy Killed by Brain Infection]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:30:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-08-31-16h58m19s64.jpg

A service will be held at a Houston-area church to remember a 14-year-old swimmer who died after contracting a brain infection linked to a rare amoeba.

Michael Riley Jr. died Sunday. A memorial service was scheduled Friday night at Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugar Land.

Relatives said the boy developed a headache and became disoriented after swimming with his cross country team Aug. 13 at a lake north of Houston.

He was diagnosed with a rare type of encephalitis, called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), caused by the Naegleria fowleri amoeba.

Associate Pastor Clif Cummings said Tuesday that Riley was not a Sugar Creek Baptist Church member but earlier attended church camp and made lots of friends.

Cummings said the teen took part in church activities several weeks before the unrelated outing in which he became sick.

More on Naegleria fowleri from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Naegleria fowleri (commonly referred to as the "brain-eating amoeba" or "brain-eating ameba"), is a free-living microscopic ameba*, (single-celled living organism). It can cause a rare** and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). The amoeba is commonly found in warm freshwater (e.g. lakes, rivers, and hot springs) and soil. Naegleria fowleri usually infects people when contaminated water enters the body through the nose. Once the ameba enters the nose, it travels to the brain where it causes PAM, which is usually fatal. Infection typically occurs when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater places, like lakes and rivers. In very rare instances, Naegleria infections may also occur when contaminated water from other sources (such as inadequately chlorinated swimming pool water or heated and contaminated tap water) enters the nose. You cannot get infected from drinking water contaminated with Naegleria.

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<![CDATA[New Laws Go Into Effect Sept. 1]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:50:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas_Capitol_Building_34.jpg More than 600 bills become law on Sept. 1, from drones and guns at airports to advanced placement scores and money for police body cameras, NBC 5's Julie Fine highlights a few.

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