<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usWed, 28 Sep 2016 10:42:11 -0500Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:42:11 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Woman Finds Sister Shot Outside Dallas Apartments]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:45:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/royal-lane-shooting.jpg

A woman was found shot multiple times outside a Dallas apartment complex Wednesday morning, police say.

Dallas police said the woman was found by her sister in the parking lot of the Spanish Garden Apartments on the 2800 block of Royal Lane at 5:44 a.m.

At least six shots were fired, according to police.

The victim was transported to a hospital where she underwent surgery. Police said her condition is not known.

Police said the victim did not appear to be robbed. No motive or suspect information was released.

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<![CDATA[School Bus Involved in Crash in Dallas]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:39:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/daycare-bus-ax.jpg

Authorities said a private school bus was involved in a crash in Dallas Wednesday morning. [[395076761,C]]

Dallas Fire-Rescue officials said the Richland Academy Learning Center bus and another vehicle crashed near the intersection of Skillman Street and Audelia Road before 7 a.m.

Children were on the bus at the time of the crash, but none were injured.

A witness told NBC 5 the bus was turning left and failed to yield.

No further details have been released.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update. As this story is developing, elements may change.

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<![CDATA[Potential DART Line Endangers Downtown Buildings]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:35:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Downtown+DART.jpg

A second proposed rail line through downtown Dallas has neighbors worried that several historic buildings may be at risk.

The group Preserve Dallas released their 2016 Endangered Historic Buildings List this week that adds several locations along the proposed Dallas Area Rapid Transit D2 line.

The list includes the Aloft Hotel, SoCo Lofts, Lone Star Gas Lofts, Statler Hilton, Continental Building, First Presbyterian Church, Scottish Rite Temple and Knights of Pythias building among others in the area.

The group is worried that construction of the line could lead to partial or total demolitions on some of the buildings as well as damage from vibrations and noise.

"These will impact the use of these buildings,” said Preserve Dallas Executive Director David Preiosi. “There have been over $350 million in investments in historic buildings along this line."

Preserve Dallas is pushing for a subway-style design for the line, which would avoid the buildings but carry a much higher cost.

The DART board of directors approved their $976 million 2017 budget Tuesday, which includes $25 million for the proposed Cotton Belt rail from D/FW International Airport to Plano and $3.5 million for the D2 line.

The project does still require further action by the group and the city before it would become a reality.

The list also includes other buildings throughout Dallas including several at Fair Park, the Elbow Room in the Baylor District, the Penson House in Highland Park, the Polar Bear in Oak Cliff and the Williams House in University Park.

Each of the listings are in areas likely to see construction or eminent domain situations, and the group hopes by adding the buildings to the list, the properties will receive more advocacy and attention as the projects move forward.

<![CDATA[New Space to Play for Dallas Kids]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:12:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/willow-pond-playground.jpg Children at the Willow Pond Apartments now have a new, safe place to play, thanks to the work of hundreds of volunteers from Behind Every Door Ministries, a local nonprofit.]]> <![CDATA[Denton Police Invest in 'Virtual' Active Shooter Training]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:13:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/virtua1.jpg

The split-second decision whether to pull the trigger or not can change lives forever on both sides of the badge.

That is why the Denton Police Department continually trains for active shooter scenarios. Manpower to run manned drills is expensive and takes officers off the street, though, which is why they invested in Virtra three years ago.

Virtra is like a video game on steroids, providing a 300-degree view of what is happening around a police officer in some very tense situations.

"We can introduce them into situations that they might see on the street. It causes for the decision making shoot, don't shoot," Denton Police Department Sgt. Keith Olson said.

Training supervisors can choose from 80 different scenarios and a variety of weapons.

"These are actual functioning weapons that the barrel has been removed and has been replaced with a laser beam," Olson said.

The exercises are so effective other law enforcement agencies come to Denton to use Virtra. It saves time and manpower.

"I can pull somebody in for maybe 25 minutes and not short the shift, give them a little training and then send them back out there on the street," explained Olson.

Most officers in Denton have been through this training and one of the keys is to repeat the training as often as possible so they know exactly what to do if a threat ever rises.

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<![CDATA[Black-eyed Pea Restaurants Temporarily Close]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:46:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/black-eyed-pea-sign2.jpg

At least two Black-eyed Pea restaurants in North Texas have temporarily closed less than a year after the restaurants' ownership group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

A Black-eyed Pea location on Airport Freeway in Hurst had a sign that read the restaurant was "temporarily closed" Wednesday morning.

The sign stated they will "let you know when we are able to re-open.”

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the Black-eyed Pea on Camp Bowie Boulevard in Fort Worth had the same sign on the door Monday.

The Star-Telegram reported that calls to two Arlington locations and one Dallas location went unanswered Monday evening.

The restaurant's Facebook page was also unavailable, as of Wednesday morning.

Arlington-based Restaurants Acquisition I, LLC., which owns Black-eyed Pea restaurants in Texas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in December. The group closed 15 stores at the time due to shrinking profits.

It is not yet known if the recent temporary closures are related to the bankruptcy filing.

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<![CDATA[UNT Food Pantry Battles Student Hunger]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:33:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/UNT-Food-Pantry.jpg

Hunger impacts more than 45 million Americans — the problem is felt in every county throughout the country.

There is also an increased need on college campuses.

Advisors with the Dean of Students Office at University of North Texas noticed that there was an increased number of students who were homeless and in need of food.

Administrators developed a "homeless taskforce" to survey the scope of the problem, and it was determined that many students were food insecure.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, "food insecurity" refers to the lack of access by people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. Research shows approximately 12.7 percent of American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2015.

Any student can visit the Food Pantry, which is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. through 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Students can check in at the Dean of Students Office on the fourth floor of the Student Union.

The second Food Pantry is open at Discovery Park in the Engineering Library, next to the Career Center.

<![CDATA[Dallas Police Search for Critical Missing 40-Year-Old Man]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:12:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/adolfo-villagomez.jpg

Police asked for the public's help finding a 40-year-old man who went missing in Dallas Tuesday night.

Dallas police said Adolfo Villagomez was last seen walking in the 9700 block of Military Parkway at about 7 p.m.

Villagomez was described as 5 feet 11 inches tall and 220 pounds with black and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a green jacket, red T-shirt, black and white striped shorts and white tennis shoes.

Police said they consider Villagomez a danger to himself.

Dallas police asked anyone with information about Villagomez' disappearance to call their Missing Persons Unit at 214-671-4268 or 911.

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<![CDATA['Digital Pills' Help Patients, Doctors Track Their Meds]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:10:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/digital+pill.jpg

A modern medical marvel is helping revolutionize patient care in North Texas. The new pills are filled with more than just medicine. They also contain a tiny sensor with a very important role.

Izayah Neil, 15, takes a lot of pills.

"I've been taking meds almost all my life," he said.

He takes 10 a day, and he knows the drill. Keeping track of all that medicine is a necessity when you're living with a transplanted kidney.

"They're very important for your kidney. If you don't take them your kidney could get damaged and you could die," Izayah said.

Izayah was born with a syndrome that killed his kidneys. He doesn't want that to happen again, so he takes powerful drugs to prevent his body from rejecting the transplant.

"Even though he's very good at taking his medications on his own, mom's not always going to be there," said his mother, Tara Chamberlain.

Izayah's mom says it's been a tough year since the transplant. Her son started taking 30 pills a day. Doctors whittled it down but it's still a lot to remember.

So now they have some help.

"When he takes his medicines and it's absorbed into his system, we get a text message. I get one on my phone, he also gets one on his iPad that says, 'Hey, you've taken the medicine,'" Chamberlain said.

And just like that, Izayah, his mother and his doctors get a message every time Izayah takes his pills.

It's thanks to the tiny sensors added to Izayah's pills each time his prescriptions are filled at Children's Medical Center in Dallas.

"This is cutting-edge technology," said Dr. Dev Desai, chief of pediatric transplantation at Children's Health.

He says the sensors are becoming a vital part of post-transplant care, particularly for teenagers.

"The number one reason teenagers lose their transplanted organ is from medication non-adherence," Desai said. "In some cases (that) might require them to have a second transplant."

Desai tracks his patients' progress from his desktop.

As the pills Izayah takes dissolve, they send a message to a patch attached to his body. The device then forwards encrypted data to the doctor.

"We've been able to catch a patient taking the wrong dose and we're able to correct that right away," Desai said.

Izayah's mother says the device means fewer visits to the doctor, which helps keep her son in class.

But the benefits come with risks, especially if this technology were to become widely available.

"Every technology, itself, is neither good nor evil. It's how you use it," said Dr. Michael Rubin.

Rubin studies medical ethics issues and has some concerns, such as what if your insurance company can access your records?

"Could they then say, 'We have records that say you only take your blood pressure medicine half of the time, so we're going to put you in a higher-risk category and we may charge you a higher premium,'" Rubin said.

But that's a distant concern for Izayah and his mom.

For now, this technology is helping them focus on what's most important. And it helps him stay alive.

"These medications are basically what help the kidney stay alive. They help him stay alive," Chamberlain said.

Right now, Children's Health is fronting the costs for the digital pill program so there's no charge to families. About 20 children who've received transplanted organs are using the pill tracking system.

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<![CDATA[Fort Worth's Berry Street Continues Makeover]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:44:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/berry+street+fort+worth.jpg

Parts of Berry Street in Fort Worth used to be known as "Scary Berry."

But now, a long-term effort to spruce up the street from Texas Christian University to Interstate 35W has completely changed the image, say city leaders and residents.

"No more Scary Berry," said Councilwoman Ann Zadeh, whose district includes the Berry Street Corridor.

The Fort Worth City Council got an update on the project Tuesday night.

In 2007, Berry Street was one of 16 designated "urban villages" – neighborhoods the city has targeted for improvement.

The projects were slow to start because of the financial crisis that soon followed.

But in recent years, the city has invested in new streets, flower-filled medians, and brick-lined sidewalks along Berry Street.

As part of the urban village, the city also offers economic incentives to businesses.

"And when the private development comes alone, we participate in a partnership where we fund some of the public improvements, along with the private development, and you get more bang for your buck," Zadeh said.

Longtime Fort Worth resident Cherryl Williams likes what she sees.

"It kind of gives a nice friendly atmosphere to the city," she said.

A new bank is going up at the corner of Berry and University, and they're planning to build a new rail station at Berry and Cleburne Road, which could spur even more development.

There are still problems to be solved, like a drainage problem that causes flooding during heavy rains.

But the changes are a big improvement from the way Berry Street looked not that long ago.

"It looks nicer and it makes the city look prettier," Williams said.

Other urban villages include Magnolia Avenue and West 7th Street.

City leaders say they are models for future development.

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<![CDATA[Car Condo Business Breaking New Ground in North TX]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:12:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/car-condos.jpg

A relatively new business catering to car enthusiasts is taking off across North Texas.

On the outside, Garages of Texas looks like any other storage facility. But inside are classic and luxury cars with price-tags reaching millions.

Think of it as the ultimate man cave – with like-minded hobbyists nearby.

"It's like a boat marina for car guys," said Jack Griffin, partner with Garages of Texas. "We have Ferraris, Lamborghinis, McLarens, Porsches."

Garages of Texas sold out all 69 units of its Plano location before construction was even complete.

Soon, the company will break ground on three more locations across North Texas.

The Allen City Council recently approved plans to transform an empty lot across from the Allen Premium Outlets into homes for luxury cars.

"A lot of people collect cars because they love cars, but a lot of people collect them because they're a great investment. At least that's what the husband tells the wife," said Griffin, laughing.

Adding to that investment, the garage units are sold, not rented, and come with HOA fees. Griffin said the garages range in price from $60,000 to $600,000, depending on the size.

Once purchased, owners can renovate them in any way they want – they just can't live in them.

Other garage locations will open later this year in Lakeview and North Carrollton.

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<![CDATA[Businessman Fights for Survival in Reviving Neighborhood]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:04:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Scotts+Discount+Liquor.jpg

A Dallas businessman who lost most of his parking spaces to progress over the years is fighting to keep the few he has left to stay in business.

For 21 years, Scott Lim has run Scott’s Liquors on South Lamar Street at Cadiz Street.

“Right now, I just want to stay, make my living, put the money for my kids’ education. That’s the one thing,” he said.

The area was skid row when he opened, but he survived to see a revival that now features a new movie theater and apartments.

Many customers can walk to his store. And the proposed station location for high speed rail to Houston is blocks away on Cadiz Street, a potential source of business Lim only learned about from a reporter Tuesday.

“I didn’t know until today. Thank you sir,” he said.

In the meantime, Lim said he still needs parking spaces to serve customers and parking that once surrounded his store has been whittled away over the years.

The city replaced head in parking spaces in front of the store with a wide new sidewalk four years ago. A parking lot he used on the north side of his business was replaced with a park.

Now, Lim said city officials have told him two of his four remaining spaces on the south side of his business along Cadiz Street are too close to another new sidewalk and must be closed. Lim said the city plans to place huge rocks beside the sidewalk to block use of the spaces.

“If you take two more of my parking lot, I don’t know what will happen next,” Lim said.

Customer Michael Curtis said he found Lim’s store to be an oasis when he first started working in the area 13 years ago.

“You kind of came through here with your windows up and doors locked,” Curtis said. “And it’s cleaned up a lot. Scott’s always been a good businessman.”

Standing beside his car parked in one of Lim’s remaining spaces Tuesday, Curtis said Lim might not survive another reduction.

“Taking his spots is going to make it harder for people to get in here. They’re going to see there’s no spots and they’re going to take their business elsewhere,” Curtis said.

Lim said he offered to repaint stripes on the spaces at his expense to avoid the sidewalk. He said he will plead with city leaders for support at Wednesday’s Dallas City Council meeting.

“We can work together on this thing here, by not taking my parking lot,” Lim said.

NBC 5 messages for Dallas city officials were not returned Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Bystanders Help Arrest Man Accused of Stealing Charity Jar]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:11:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/charity+jar+suspect.jpg

A Plano police detective is thanking two men who helped him arrest a theft suspect last week.

As day laborers, Kirby Sample and Andre Harvey see their fair share of action.

But nothing like what happened Friday. As they stood on the sidewalk outside Plano's Day Labor Center, they watched a police detective try to arrest a man on the hood of his cruiser.

"I thought it was something out of a TV movie," Sample said.

Police say the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Majd Qewar, is seen on surveillance seconds earlier stealing a donation jar from a nearby 7-Eleven convenience store.

"That's pathetic. You don't steal from children and these are children with handicaps. You don't do that, you know," Sample said.

The suspect is then seen running out the door and down the street, where Plano Police Detective Jon Hoffman happened to be driving by.

"He come running this way carrying all that MDA money he'd just stolen," Hoffman explained.

Hoffman tried arresting the suspect, who he says begins to resist.

Harvey was recording the whole ordeal on his cell phone, including the moment Hoffman asks for help.

"For a police officer to ask me for help, that's compelling, you know," Sample said.

Sample and Harvey run over to help without thinking twice about helping the officer, even if it meant putting themselves in harm's way.

"Bullets have not names, no directional firing, anything could've happened if he got a hold of the officer's gun," Harvey said.

"Makes me feel good," Sample said. "Makes me feel good about myself that I could lend a hand in help."

"Certainly I have faith demonstrated by these two men that the community still has our back when we need it," Hoffman said.

Money from the donation jar was collected and the jar was returned to the store.

Qewar, a Jordanian national, remains in the Collin County Jail. He's charged with theft, resisting arrest, illegal possession of a controlled substance and possession of heroin.

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<![CDATA[Gas Leak Ignites in Arlington Neighborhood]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:30:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gas+leak+fire+092716.JPG

A gas leak that ignited with large flames Tuesday in an Arlington neighborhood has been capped, and the fire is out.

The Arlington Fire Department says a utility contractor, unrelated to Atmos Energy, struck a four-inch gas line just before noon along Crowley Road at the intersection with Verona Court.

By about 1 p.m. an Atmos Energy crew arrived and began work to control the leak.

Then, just after 4 p.m., the leak ignited for an undetermined reason. One worker had a minor, non-burn injury, fire officials said, and did not require a trip to the hospital.

Firefighters used three water hoses to contain the flames and protect nearby homes – none of which were occupied. No evacuations were ordered, and no other injuries were reported.

By about 7:30 p.m. the leak had stopped and the fire was out.

The city of Arlington's Hazardous Materials Response and Gas Well Response Team provided additional support and equipment to assist in stopping the leak and fire, officials said.

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<![CDATA[Some Newly Registered Voters Motivated by Debate]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:16:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/798393511.jpg

With just more than a month until Election Day, events and registration tables across North Texas helped mark National Voter Registration Day.

At the courthouse in Hurst, about 30 people had already registered by the early afternoon, and two Fort Worth residents said they were motivated to register because of Monday night's presidential debate.

Rudy Ayala has lived in Fort Worth for 64 years and is now officially a registered voter.

"I watched the debate last night, and it brought the urge to finally come and vote, register to vote," said Ayala.

The same goes for Robin Chandler, who has been in Fort Worth for 46 years. She came to the courthouse for an entirely different reason, and saw the registration table.

"When I came in here, that was a sign," said Chandler.

They both said they are more plugged-in this time around than ever before, and it is because of the candidates. Chandler is for Donald Trump, and Ayala is for Hillary Clinton.

But they are both in favor of registering earlier than they did.

"Don't wait until you are 46, do it when you turn 18," said Chandler.

And Ayala was just as emphatic.

"Get out and vote," he said.

Oct. 11 is the last day to register for the Nov. 8 general election.

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<![CDATA[#NBCDFWDebateWatch Panel Discusses Race Relations and Police]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:17:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-nighttime.jpg NBC 5 invited community members from diverse backgrounds to have a conversation about the state of the country. One topic that garnered a lot of discussion is race relations with police officers.

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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Man Accused of Stabbing His Mother to Death]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:13:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Paul-Robert-Labar.jpg

A Fort Worth man is in jail, accused of stabbing his mother to death.

Police say Paul Robert Labar, 26, was arrested Monday night after attacking his mother, Lauren Labar, in her home in the 7500 block of Gleneagles Way.

When officers arrived at the residence, they found Lauren lying on the floor, bleeding heavily.

When detectives interviewed Paul, he admitted to hitting his mother in the back of the head with a metal object. When she didn't die, he said he stabbed her more than 50 times, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Lauren was rushed to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, where she later died.

Paul Robert Labar has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. However, the charge is expected to be upgraded to murder. He is currently in the Mansfield Jail.

Labar's father told police his son suffers from mental disorders, including schizophrenia.

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<![CDATA[DPD: State Fair 'One of the Safest Places in Dallas']]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:00:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/State+Fair+Security.jpg

In light of recent attacks around the country and around the world, Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Dallas police are focused on creating a safe environment at the State Fair of Texas.

The people in charge of security at the fair say they aren't making a lot of changes.

DART will have an enhanced presence, they're encouraging everyone to ride DART to avoid traffic and get to the fair.

More officers will be inside Fair Park and along Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and even in Downtown Dallas.

Dallas police won't say how many officers will be on hand, just that there will be adequate security to keep everyone safe.

"It's absolutely a safe place, it's one of the safest places you'll find in Dallas," said DPD Deputy Chief William Humphrey. "Once you arrive at the fair or you're inside the fairgrounds, up until the time you leave, everything is covered."

NBC DFW asked about the weapons policy at Fair Park. You are not allowed to open carry inside the fairgrounds, but concealed carry is allowed.

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<![CDATA[SMU Marching Band Members, Students Kneel During Anthem]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:57:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/192*120/GettyImages-609996238.jpg

An image of an SMU marching band member is igniting more conversation about race and the right to protest our national anthem.

In all, five band members took a knee as they played The Star-Spangled Banner before last Friday's football game against TCU at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. The action was part of a protest that's gaining traction across the country.

About 40 fellow SMU students knelt on the sidelines to show their support, too

Student Naomi Samuel helped organize the protest and said the reaction has been mixed, and includes everything from congratulations to insults – both on campus and on social media.

The kneeling movement began earlier this month when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt before an NFL preseason game, protesting the oppression of African Americans.

Several other NFL players have joined the protest in recent weeks, and athletes at North Texas schools have been among those taking part, including the DeSoto High School volleyball team.

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<![CDATA[Nastia Liukin Talks Future of USA Women's Gymnastics]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:18:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nastia-liukin7.jpg Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Nastia Liukin joined NBC 5 live in studio to talk about the future of Team USA women's gymnastics after the hiring of her father, Valeri Luikin, as coach.

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<![CDATA[Juror Speaks Out, Judge to Decide Arochi's Punishment]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:20:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/205*120/arochi+guilty.JPG

Enrique Arochi's punishment is now in the hands of a judge, after he waived his right to have a jury choose his sentence.

The jury that convicted Arochi of kidnapping Christina Morris went home Tuesday morning after nearly three weeks spent on the case.

NBC 5 spoke with one of the jurors, who called it a serious responsibility and a hard and emotional process, but a responsibility he's convinced led to justice for Christina Morris.

"Twelve people working together is actually a very good thing," said William Newbill, known as ‘Juror Number One’ in the courtroom.

Newbill was one of 12 regular people who gave up three weeks to decide one very important question: What happened to Christina Morris?

"I'm absolutely convinced, I've never been more convinced in my life, that we got it right. But, that is still a very difficult process and one that you take extremely seriously," said Mr. Newbill.

He sat through more than 17 hours of deliberations with his fellow jurors, pouring over all the evidence they'd heard.

"We had a couple jurors who, I wouldn't say they held out, they were simply asking reasonable questions, trying to make sure that we got it right and at times things got emotional," said Newbill.

He said much of the evidence did appear circumstantial and he applauded the defense team's efforts but said in the end, it came down to Christina Morris' DNA found in the trunk of Arochi's car.

"The DNA evidence was very, very compelling," said Newbill.

Sitting in that courtroom day after day, the jurors got to know each other and got a sense for the people watching from the gallery, a family desperate for answers.

To Mr. Newbill, it was important to set emotion aside. Arochi was innocent until proven guilty.

"It is an awesome responsibility and you have somebody's life in your hands," said Newbill.

But with no sign of Christina Morris after two years, Newbill believes her life is over and though his part of justice is done, he won't forget.

"That's a very, very tragic thing," said Mr. Newbill.

Judge Mark Rusch will now decide Arochi's punishment after a sentencing hearing on Friday. He faces up to 99 years in prison for aggravated kidnapping.

Mr. Newbill believes Arochi chose that route because he thought, correctly, that the jury would have given him a harsher sentence than a judge will.

Morris was 23 when she was last seen on surveillance video walking with Arochi, now 26, through a parking garage at the Shops at Legacy in Plano early in the morning of Aug. 30, 2014.

Her DNA was later found in the trunk of Arochi's car.

Morris' mother, Jonni McElroy, said she is forbidden from speaking with the media until after the punishment phase, but she pumped her fist as she left the courthouse last week.

The punishment phase was set to begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, but was delayed because Judge Mark Rusch fell ill with a sinus and ear infection. He said the pain was so bad he couldn't put in his hearing aids and so couldn't hear anything happening in the courtroom.

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<![CDATA[Possible Bone, Blood Found at Home of Accused Killer]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:44:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bryant-vandagriff.jpg

Detectives said they found knives, guns and possible blood and bone evidence at the home of a man accused of killing and burning a Texas Woman's University student, according to a search warrant released by the City of Denton Tuesday.

Authorities executed the search warrant Sept. 18 at Charles Bryant's home near Haslet. Bryant has been charged with the killing of Jackie Vandagriff, whose burned body was found in a Grapevine park.

Items found in Bryant's home, according to the search warrant, include:

  • Possible bone fragment
  • Multiple possible blood samples
  • Firepit remains
  • A UNT criminal trespass warning

The staff at a Denton bar told police that Bryant and Vandagriff were drinking and talking there the night before Vandagriff went missing. They left together at 9:45 p.m., but police said Bryant "initially denied" leaving the bar with Vandagriff.

Police said Bryant took Vandagriff to his home near Haslet.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office still doesn't list a cause of death for Vandagriff, but the manner of death is ruled a homicide.

Bryant has been charged with capital murder.


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<![CDATA[Mission to Prepare Dallas Students for College]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:05:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cristo-Dallas.jpg A corporate work-study program is helping students at Cristo Rey Dallas Preparatory School prepare for college.]]> <![CDATA[Pope Names Dallas Native as New Bishop of Lubbock]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:21:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Robert-Coerver_Lubbock.jpg

Pope Francis has named a Dallas pastor as the new Bishop of Lubbock.

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the papal nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment of Reverend Monsignor Robert Coerver Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Coerver, currently the pastor of St. Rita Catholic Church in Dallas, will become the third bishop of the Diocese of Lubbock.

Coerver said he looks forward to serving Lubbock, but he'll miss Dallas. 

"I was born and raised here in Dallas," he said in a news release. "My family roots are here and my ancestors were among Dallas' first Catholics."

Coerver graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School in 1972 and the University of Dallas in 1976. He received his priestly formation at Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving.

"As a priest, I have always known that I must follow wherever the Lord leads me," he said. "I ask the prayers of the people of the Diocese of Dallas as I prepare to assume my new responsibilities."

The Catholic Diocese of Dallas will stream a news conference at 10 a.m. on their website at www.cathdal.org.

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<![CDATA[Local Startup Makes Business Easy for Holidays]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:43:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Teatro-sales-devices.jpg

Three months away from the holiday shopping season, retailers are already getting ready for the busiest time of year.

One local start-up company has developed a new technology they say will help make the shopping experience for customers easier.

“It's a really neat little device,” said Libby Oliver, a sales associate at The Container Store North Texas.

A little device Oliver wears while working is about the size of a pager worn at the hip and an earpiece to communicate with other employees.

“We've created this little wearable computer for associates to utilize while they’re out on the floor at a retail store doing their job,” said Chris Todd, CEO of Richardson-based Theatro.

Todd said six months ago, Theatro was in five stores. Today, Theatro is being used in 115 stores nationwide, including The Container Store.

“It allows us to have a better presence on the floor, make customers our top priority,” said Elizabeth Bracken with The Container Store. “We can really be more interactive with them rather than have to run off the floor when we need to investigate about inventory, because we can now check inventory on the device to know if we have something in stock or not.”

Sales associates are also able to command to speak directly to other associates, doing away with unnecessary chatter all employees had to hear on walkie-talkies and focus more on the customer, said Bracken.

<![CDATA[Crash, Sheet Metal Cause Traffic Delay on I-30 in Dallas]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:50:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sheet-metal-i30.jpg

A vehicle crash and sheet metal caused a traffic delay along Interstate 30 in Dallas Tuesday morning.

The crash happened in the westbound lanes of I-30 at Cadiz Street, near the sheet metal that was strewn across about 200 feet of the road.

There is no word if the sheet metal and the crash are related.

No further details have been released.

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<![CDATA[FW Company Holds Active Shooter Training for Public]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:47:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sim-house-training.jpg

A Fort Worth gun business is about to begin teaching the average person what do in an active shooter situation.

The Simunition House at Defender Outdoors is 2,000 square feet of different rooms that can be set up to look like a living room, restaurant or workplace.

This is one of the first places to give the average person the knowledge and skill to deal with an active shooter.

"There's different physiological and psychological things that happen to your body when you get into a fight of this situation," Director of Training Matt Lillis said. "What this type of training does is allow you to be and experience all of that in a safe training environment versus actually on the street or in  in your home."

For training with handguns, participants use a modified Glock 9mm that fires Simunition, a small round filled with paint.

"Lots of people go out and buy hand guns and rifles and stuff like that and they either sit in a closet or in a safe or they may come out to a static range every so often," Lillis said. "But that's not really training. That's not really preparing yourself for what could possibly happen."

The SIM Room at Defender Outdoors is going to open next month. The cost will be between $150 and $300 for the training.

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<![CDATA[1 Injured in Crash Involving 18-Wheeler on Texas 360]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:40:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/360-crash-092716.jpg

MedStar officials said one person was injured in a crash involving a car and an 18-wheeler on Texas 360 in Fort Worth early Tuesday morning.

Authorities said the car crashed into the 18-wheeler on Texas 360 near Trinity Boulevard just before 3:45 a.m.

One person was extracted from the car and transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in critical condition, according to MedStar.

Police said they shut down northbound Texas 360 while they investigated. As of 4:15 a.m., two lanes had been reopened.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Voters React to First Presidential Debate]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:45:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ntx-panel-voters.jpg

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met Monday for the first of three presidential debates, and NBC 5 is hearing the opinions of voters in North Texas.

We invited a panel of nine North Texans with different backgrounds and experiences to watch the debate at our studios and share their reactions to the debate and what each of the candidates said.

The debate covered three big topics: securing America, America's direction and achieving prosperity.

Many of the voters on the panel said they did not hear the answers they wanted from this debate, and they will be looking to the upcoming debates to help decide their choice for president.

Follow the discussion and share your thoughts by using the hashtag #NBCDFWDebateWatch on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Takeaways From First '16 Presidential Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:39:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump+clinton1.png Ben Voth, Associate Professor and Director of Debate at Southern Methodist University, discussed the major takeaways for North Texans after Monday night's general election debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.]]> <![CDATA[Former Cowboys DE Greg Hardy Arrested on Drug Charge: Police]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:27:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Greg-Hardy-mug-shot.jpg

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy faces a felony drug charge after he was arrested Sunday night in Richardson, police say.

Hardy, who is an NFL free agent after playing for the Cowboys in 2015, allegedly had 0.7 grams of cocaine in a wallet in his car. It was discovered after a traffic stop for failing to use a turn signal, a police affidavit states.

Hardy was stopped about 11:22 p.m. after turning onto Midway Drive from the 300 block of North Glenville Drive. The officer gave Hardy a verbal warning for the traffic violation but asked for his consent to search his 2010 white Dodge Challenger, the police report says.

He told the officer that he didn't know what the substance was and said he believed he got it while he was at a party Saturday night, according to police. Hardy said he passed his wallet around at the party because he was paying for everybody, and he said that must have been when someone put the substance in his wallet.

Hardy was booked into the Richardson City Jail, where he remained Monday afternoon. Bond was set at $5,000.

Hardy spent the first five years of his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers, before joining the Cowboys in 2015.

Hardy hasn't garnered much attention in free agency since he and the Cowboys parted ways after the 2015 season. He recorded six sacks in 12 games while playing for Dallas.

The defensive end made news stemming from a 2014 arrest for assaulting an ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her. The charges were eventually expunged from Hardy's record.

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<![CDATA[Frisco Teen Sentenced to Life for Murdering Parents]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:27:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/callen-family-mug.jpg

A Frisco man convicted of killing his parents has been sentenced to life in prison.

Zachary Elliot Callens, 18, was sentenced on Monday, according to Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.

The bodies of Ryan and Maria Callens were found in a bedroom of their Frisco home on August 11, 2014. Both were shot to death.

Their son, who was 16-year-old at the time, was located outside the home that evening.

Police overheard Zachary explain to his sister that "he did it."

When she asked him if the murders were his plan, he indicated to her that it was, police said.

A jury found Callens guilty of both murders and assessed punishment at life in prison for each.

Callens' attorney, Mary Scanlon, said the teen was very isolated socially because his parents withdrew privileges when he refused to do his homework and chores, according to a report from The Dallas Morning News. Scanlon said Callens chose to be home-schooled after the fifth grade, but that his parents were thinking about sending him to public school.

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<![CDATA[City of Frisco Helps Small Businesses Grow, Prosper]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:23:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Frisco+small+businesses.jpg

As the presidential candidates debate on how best to help millions of Americans achieve prosperity, there are lessons to be learned in North Texas.

In a small office in Frisco, Joshua Futrell is trying to grow his small business.

Futrell, an Air Force veteran, started ComHome Technology Solutions in the city four years ago – an IT consulting company growing year by year.

He now has nine employees and a permanent home base in North Texas.

Futrell said he chose the area because the city made it easy.

"Instead of putting up barriers, they like to remove barriers for small business," Futrell said.

New businesses – big and small – provide clear evidence Frisco knows a thing or two about growth.

"There is so much opportunity here," said Tony Felker, president of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. "The one thing we're adamant about is making sure business can do business and as much as possible, try to keep government out of business."

Now home to Dallas Cowboys' headquarters at The Star and the "$5 Billion Mile," Frisco's momentum seems to continue.

But with all of that comes challenges. Construction cranes and orange barrels dot city streets as infrastructure grows to meet demand.

"It's great to have that growth, but you need to be able to keep up with it or it starts to implode on itself," Felker said.

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<![CDATA[Voters Weigh In On the Direction of America]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:20:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dealey+voters.jpg

The presidential debate Monday at Hofstra University touched on the direction the country is headed. Socially, there have been several issues debated in the news and on the streets across America. NBC 5 went to Dallas' Dealey Plaza and asked voters, "Is the country on the right track?"

"I'm scared," said Jacob Johnson, who was in Dallas on business from New Jersey. "People aren't tolerant of other people. People aren't willing to allow you to be you, me to be me, and work together, and it scares me."

Protests in the streets across America show there is frustration and discontent.

"I think we've gone off course," remarked Shannon Klug as he and his son, Andre, strolled around Dealey Plaza. "I think it starts with the very small details, like common respect for our elderly and talking kindly to people."

But debate isn't always kind. Social issues, like the transgender bathroom controversy, have shown that. 

"Those issues were always here," said Jennifer Milton, of Chicago. "It's making more people uncomfortable, but we're going to have to talk about it." 

"Everything – race, religion, marital status," Mary Mamrar of New Jersey said. "I wish people would be tolerant of one another."

"The president can set the tone," said Johnson.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Police and Fire Pension Withdrawals Continue]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:18:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+police+fire+pension.jpg

Dallas Police and Fire Pension System trustees Monday refused to impose new restrictions on withdrawals, even as fear grows among members over the fund's financial problems.

"They continued to tell us everything was sound and it wasn't," said Retired Police Lt. David Payne.

With a room full of worried employees and retirees waiting for the announcement, trustees spent nearly four hours behind closed doors with lawyers discussing possible limits to reduce the flow of money out of the system. They released a statement instead encouraging members to be patient.

"As more people withdraw funds from the System, our long term solvency will become much more challenging," the statement said.

A major issue for the Police and Fire Pension System is a very generous Deferred Retirement Option Program or "DROP." It was intended to encourage veteran police officers and firefighters to stay with the city longer. The program allows employees to continue working after their normal retirement date and transfer pension payments to the DROP account where they receive a guaranteed rate of return, tax deferred. Effective Oct. 1, the rate drops from 7 percent to 6 percent. It was 8 percent prior to Oct. 1.

The Pension Fund statement Monday said approximately $220 million in DROP payments have been distributed since Aug. 11 and another $82 million have been requested since Sept. 21.

"People are in fear, and they could be jeopardized, if the pension system will need to spend that money and they won't have the cash on hand," Payne said.

DROP money was mixed with other pension funds in risky real estate investments that turned out to return far less than past fund administrators hoped.

"A lot of bad real estate investments were made 10, 12 years ago, and that's what we're feeling now," said Dan Wojcik, a former pension fund trustee. The former police sergeant recently retired, himself, and intends to withdraw his DROP money soon. But Wojcik said the fund can still be saved with better management.

"It's going to take approximately 10 years to turn this ship around. But they've got to be patient. I believe this board is being too drastic in their approach, in their strategies. They need to slow things down a little bit. They created this panic," Wojcik said.

A restriction was recently imposed on previously allowed DROP transfers to the city's 401(k) plan.

Police Chief David Brown and Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston have both announced they will retire from the force in October.

Over the past year, the fund was reported to have around $3 billion in liabilities and only $2 billion in assets with a possible crisis coming by 2030.

But last week, Councilman Scott Griggs, also a pension board member, said the fund may be as much as $5 billion in the hole.

"We retirees were quite appalled to see that number," Payne said. "You don't know who to believe any more. They tell us one number here and then you read another number in the newspaper from city hall. And that's why everybody wants to know what the game rules are."

Chairman Sam Friar said the Police and Fire Pension Board is committed to doing everything in its power to solve the problems.

"We will soon be voting on the proposed changes to our plan that include significant sacrifices for our current members as well as our retirees. These changes are not something we necessarily want to do. This is something that we have to do," Friar said.

It's not just about employees and their retirement money. Dallas taxpayers could be on the hook to solve the problem, too. One proposal would infuse $650 million from the city into the Police and Fire Pension fund. City Hall does not have that kind of spare change and a source for the money has not been identified.

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<![CDATA[Pat Smith Talks Life With Emmitt, Her Past and New Book]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:44:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pat+Smith.jpg Pat Smith, the wife of Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith, sat down with NBC 5's Meredith Land to talk about her life with Emmitt, her emotionally abusive past and her new book.

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<![CDATA[TCU Backup Player Earns Big 12 Honor]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:44:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/2009-tcu-helmet.jpg

No KaVontae Turpin...no problem.

The Horned Frogs still keep coming up with great special teams play.

The Big 12 Conference has announced TCU's Desmon White as its Co-Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in Friday's 33-3 win at SMU.

Filling in for an injured Turpin, White had a career long 31-yard punt return on his first attempt. He totaled three returns for a career-best 74 yards (24.7 average).

White added a career-high six receptions for 49 yards to give him 123 all-purpose yards on the night.

White, a junior from DeSoto, is 12th nationally in punt returns with a 17.2 average, making TCU the only school in the country with two players in the top 12.

Turpin leads the nation at 28.8 yards.

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<![CDATA[Defamation Lawsuit Filed for 'Clock Teen' Ahmed Mohamed]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:25:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLMD-001-reloj-irving-texas.jpg

The family of a Muslim boy who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school filed a defamation lawsuit late last week that names eight defendants including Glenn Beck and Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested at his high school in Irving last September and charged with having a "hoax bomb." He says he brought the homemade digital clock to school to show his teacher.

Irving police later dropped the charge, but he was still suspended for three days. Mohamed never returned to the school; his family opted to have him take classes elsewhere.

The 21-page lawsuit claims defamation and demands an apology and retraction for statements made during coverage of the story.

The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Center for Security Policy, Jim Hanson, Fox Television Stations, LLC, Ben Ferguson, Ben Shapiro and Beth Van Duyne are named in the suit filed in Dallas County court.

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<![CDATA[North Texans Talk Politics With NBC 5]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:33:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ntx+talks+politics.jpg

Our tour of opinions started in Grand Prairie, where “Momma C” (also known as Cynthia Lock) forced NBC 5’s Kristin Dickerson to eat a bite of her chocolate pie before agreeing to an interview.

“I love that you force-fed me a bite of your pie,” Dickerson told Lock.

“You like that?” said Lock with a laugh.

The Brass Bean coffee shop does have fantastic pie.

Lock and her friend, Gregory Johnson, explained that they used to date, but now they’re roommates.

It’s a joyful friendship, but when it comes to the presidential election, the tone of their conversations change.

“I’m worried about America, I’m worried about our country,” said Lock. “Because this is a really important decision, and it’s important that everybody vote.”

In the Bishop Arts District, NBC 5 set up a table and chairs to provide an open-platform to just talk.

“Well, come on over, Evan. Have a seat!” said Dickerson to 23-year-old Evan Hunter.

“I think this is probably one of the most important elections,” said Hunter. “I mean everyone is important, but this one especially.”

"I guess the thing that came to my mind is just kindness,” when asked what she thinks our country needs more of.

For Calvin Roberts, he said we need to do less talking and more listening.

“Listening to another person— that creates conversation and creates empathy and understanding,” said Roberts.

While NBC 5 listened, we also heard frustration from Jessica Phillips.

She said she isn’t a fan of either presidential candidate.

“So it’s very frustrating to think that potentially the next four or eight years of my life are going to be run by either one of these two people,” Phillips said.

In Fort Worth at Paris coffee shop, we learned from Larry behind the bar that most conversations don’t involve politics.

“We just talk about sports,” Larry said. “No politics?” Dickerson questioned. “Nah, we don’t talk about anything like that.”

A different Larry, sitting at a table next to the diner’s bar, answered Dickerson’s questions about what’s “appropriate” conversation.

“Is it dangerous to talk politics with people who you aren’t close with?” Dickerson asked Larry Griffin.

“Yes,” he answered with a smile.

It’s a topic that evokes passion, and when it’s safer not to talk about it, we were grateful that these people did.

“It means a great deal now days that so much is on the line,” said Griffin.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Open Stadium Club Restaurant at AT&T Stadium]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:59:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/204*120/cowboys-stadium-club-render.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys and Legends Hospitality opened the doors to a restaurant inside AT&T Stadium.

A grand opening event for the 19,000 square foot restaurant was held at 11 a.m. Monday.

"Stadium Club at Texas Stadium was always a fan favorite, and we're excited to welcome guests to a revamped version that will offer a game day atmosphere any day of the week for all occasions," Cowboys executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer Stephen Jones said.

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and Dallas Cowboys alumni attended the grand opening. Visitors are welcome to stay to watch the Monday night game.

The restaurant will be open to the public seven days a week for lunch and dinner. During Cowboys home games, the restaurant will only be open to Stadium Club members.

For more information on Stadium Club, visit attstadium.com/stadiumclub or call 817-892-4000.

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<![CDATA[A 'Sprinkl' For Your Sprinkler]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:13:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sprinkl.jpg

From a small shed in a typical Texas backyard, two entrepreneurs have constructed a "factory" where they are building their future: The Sprinkl.

In the shed, Daniel Pruessner and Noel Geren developed a state-of-the-art watering system. It's where they did the research and manufacturing — they even used a microwave to help heat the wiring in the product.

"We literally built all of our prototypes in that," Pruessner said. "People that have an existing sprinkler system can use our product to make their system smarter.

The product replaces your sprinkler's rain sensor with one that is more reliable. It talks to blue tooth, it connects to Wi-Fi and it’s code compliant — maybe what sets it apart.

“We can also subscribe to municipal conservation systems as well,"Pruessner gushed. "For instance, here in Richardson, even houses can water certain days, odd other days. We can automatically determine when to water.”

And Sprinkl also knows the forecast.

"If it's down pouring outside and I look at my neighbors and their sprinklers are on, I just want to walk up and hand them our product," Geren, company CEO and co-founder, said. "We can look at the forecast information and know whether to water or not.”

So basically, if it rained yesterday or it's going to rain tomorrow, your system will know not to water today. And it's easy to install.

“It’s four wires," Geren said. "Two go into power and two go into rain sensor terminal, and that’s it.”

And the kicker here is ultimately, this is going to save you money. Traditional rain sensors alone can offer savings, but Pruessner and Geren say their sensor can take the savings to another level.

The Sprinkl costs $99 and it's already available in Home Depots all throughout the Southwest, and online at Amazon and sprinkl.io. And this is a company definitely connected to Texas.

“We are trying to be a true Texas company," Geren said. "That was something that was really important to us starting out.”

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<![CDATA[Wylie to Honor Olympic Medalist]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:38:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-592610488.jpg

The City of Wylie and the Wylie Independent School District are set to honor taekwondo bronze medalist Jackie Galloway.

Officials will declare Sept. 26 Jackie Galloway Day in honor of the Wylie High School graduate.

Wylie community will then line the streets of downtown to honor Galloway during the homecoming parade at 6:30 p.m.

Galloway will be available to sign autographs and pose for photos afterward.

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<![CDATA[Local Business Gets Political With Piñatas]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:20:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Clinton-Trump-Pinata.jpg

Presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are not alone when it comes to preparing for Monday's debate.

Carlos DeLafuente, the owner of ABC Party Headquarters, has been working overtime filling orders for piñatas resembling both presidential candidates.

Last year, when the presidential campaigns began heating up, so did DeLafuente's business.

"My phone was ringing off the hook, said DeLafuente. "I didn't start out trying to be political. People started asking for Trump piñatas last year and now we're on a two week waiting lists. People want them for parties, events, company parties, or for a costume. People fill them with all kinds of things: candy, money, baloney," he said.

In the past, DeLafuente has made Hillary and Obama piñatas.

"I would make them now if people were ordering them. Right now I only get calls for Trump," he said.

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<![CDATA[American Eagle Jet Makes Emergency Landing in Kentucky]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:05:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/American-eagle-landing-debbie.jpg

An American Eagle flight from Dayton, Ohio to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was forced to land Sunday after a mechanical issue, the Fort Worth-based airline said.

American Eagle flight 5946 landed in Louisville, Kentucky Sunday night with 51 passengers and four crew on board.

Debbie Wilson, a passenger on the plane, shared a photo on Facebook and wrote that the aircraft lost pressure at 34,000 feet. American Airlines officials did not elaborate on the mechanical issue, but said no one was hurt.

The airline was expected to bring in a replacement aircraft for a Monday morning departure.

No further information was released.

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