<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usThu, 30 Mar 2017 20:15:04 -0500Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:15:04 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Northwest ISD Teacher Accused of Sex with Student: Affidavit]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:55:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nwisd+teacher+Katherine+Harper.jpg

A teacher in the Northwest Independent School District is facing charges for allegedly having sex with a student, according police.

A Denton County arrest warrant affidavit details the alleged relationship that developed between teacher Katherine Harper and a 15-year-old boy between June 1 and July 31, 2016.

The investigation started after an anonymous tip in December to Byron Nelson High School.

Harper was a former tennis coach and teacher of the student at Tidwell Middle School.

Investigators said they found Harper and the teenager exchanged multiple explicit text messages, including nude photos, during the months of June and July of last year.

According to the affidavit, the two had five sexual encounters and had sexual intercourse three times.

Harper was arrested by the Trophy Club Police Department and charged with a felony of improper relationship with a student.

The Northwest ISD released the following statement Thursday:

"Northwest ISD administration is aware of the investigation involving a Tidwell Middle School teacher. When the district learned of the allegations, an investigation was conducted, and the teacher was placed on administrative leave. The district notified authorities and cooperated with Trophy Club Police Department during their investigation.

"Northwest ISD and all campuses are committed to the safety of its students and staff. At the time of hiring, all teachers and staff undergo thorough state and national background checks, including fingerprinting."

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<![CDATA[Brothers Electrocuted by Downed Power Lines Identified]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:59:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/alex-isiah-lopez.jpg

Two brothers, ages 11 and 12-years-old, were electrocuted by downed power lines in Fort Worth Wednesday after strong winds tore through the area, fire officials said.

Family members have identified the boys as Alex and Isaiah Lopez.

The Fort Worth Fire Department was called to the 1500 block of Oakland Place at the Oakland Lake Park just after 6 p.m.

Firefighters said the children were in a heavily wooded area of the park when they encountered the live power lines on the ground. A third child who was with them was able to go call for help.

A grass fire was also ignited by the lines, and fire crews were able to extinguish the flames before they spread.

Oncor crews were not at the scene at the time the fire department first arrived, but the fire department issued an emergency request. The power company arrived soon after to help make the scene safe for fire crews to access.

Strong winds are likely the cause of the downed power lines. Thunderstorms that moved through North Texas early Wednesday caused widespread power outages in several communities, most notably across Tarrant County.

As of 8:30 p.m. there were still more than 26,000 Oncor customers affected by outages in Tarrant County.

"We can't talk about enough the need for safety around downed power lines. We're just starting the storm season and this is something we'll continue to deal with," said Fort Worth fire spokesman Lt. Kyle Falkner.

In a statement released Wednesday evening, Oncor said:

"A tragic accident has occurred. Oncor is currently working with authorities to determine the cause. The safety of our customers and employees is the foundation for everything we do. Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to the family. We urge all our customers to treat every power line as if it’s energized."

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<![CDATA[Flynn Asks for Immunity, 'Has a Story to Tell']]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:25:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17032690517092.jpg

Michael Flynn, former national security adviser in the Trump administration, told the Senate Intelligence Committee he is willing to be interviewed about the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia in exchange for immunity, a Congressional official told NBC News.

The committee focused squarely on Russia as it opened a hearing Thursday on attempts at undermining the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

A discussion between Flynn and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees has taken place but Flynn refuses to comment on the details, according to a statement from Flynn's counsel Robert Kelner.

"General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it," the statement said.

The Wall Street Journal was the first to report on the Flynn development.

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<![CDATA[NWS Confirms Third Tornado in Wednesday's Storms]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:59:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/674a286a035246fabcf63be0b33eb7d3.jpg

The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday afternoon they found evidence of a third tornado from Wednesday's storms, an EF-0 tornado in North Fort Worth.

The latest tornado was confirmed to have touched down near U.S. Highway 287 and W. Bonds Ranch Road and was tracked to Texas 170 and Alta Vista. NWS survey crews said they will release more information about this tornado soon.

On Wednesday, the NWS previously confirmed evidence of an EF-0 with wind gusts to 72 mph near the border of Watauga and Keller and an EF-1, with wind gusts up to 83 mph, in Lewisville.

NWS survey crews said they found no evidence of a tornado in Rockwall, but did find evidence of straight-line winds up to 95 mph — the equivalent of an EF-1 tornado.

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<![CDATA[Massive Fire Causes Bridge to Collapse on Atlanta Interstate]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:47:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/atl+fire.gif

A massive fire has caused a bridge to collapse on a busy interstate in Atlanta.

Flames are shooting out from underneath Interstate 85 near the Buford-Spring Connector.

The I-85 overpass near Piedmont Road has collapsed under the intense heat and flames, according to Atlanta Fire Rescue crews.

Traffic on both sides of I-85 are closed due to the fire.

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

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<![CDATA[Dallas Pastor Indicted for Misappropriating $300,000]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:33:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Munger+Ave+Baptist+Church.jpg

A grand jury has indicted Reverend Wade C. Davis of Munger Avenue Baptist Church in Dallas for misappropriating more than $300,000 of the church's money.

Former members of Davis's congregation are speaking out for the first time.

Part of the church's mission is to magnify God’s name.

Church member Erica Williams said the church has benefited her in many ways.

"It’s grounded me in my faith,” Williams said.

But over the last year, the church has also been the place of some uprooted concerns.

“I mean, just to think that the man of God could possibly have done something this heinous to his members,” said Richard Greagor, who said he’s speaking on behalf of the church’s deacons and trustees.

That “man of God” he mentioned is Reverend Wade C. Davis, who’s still listed on the church’s website as the current pastor.

But after a 2016 Dallas police investigation, a grand jury has now indicted Davis for misappropriating at least $300,000 of the church’s money.

“The members just don’t want to be here while there’s a cloud of suspicion,” Greagor said. “Two-thirds of the church decided that they no longer want to be here, so for the past year we’ve been worshiping at Black and Clark Funeral Home in Oak Cliff.”

Davis, however, continues to host services at Munger Avenue Baptist Church. And as the divided congregation awaits the pastor’s trial, those bible school lessons are also being tested.

“Forgiveness is essential, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not going to be outrage that it’s accompanied by,” Greagor said.

Davis is expected in court April 11.

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<![CDATA[TSA Reaches Out to Mother Outraged Over DFW Airport Pat Down]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:23:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tsa-patdown-thumb.jpg

The Transportation Security Administration says it has reached out to a mother "livid" after she said her young son was detained for more than an hour at D/FW International Airport.

Jennifer Williamson posted a video on Facebook Sunday that shows her son, Aaron, being patted down by a TSA agent in the security line.

In the post, Williamson writes that she asked TSA agents to screen her son in "other ways" because he has Sensory Processing Disorder. Those who suffer from the condition can be overly sensitive to environmental stimuli, such as sounds, lights and textures.

The video shows the TSA agent patting Aaron down thoroughly along his back from his neck to his knees. The agent then pats down the front of Aaron's body, including the front of his shorts, his waistband and in between his thighs. The agent is then seen checking the boy's waistband again and patting down the front of his shorts for a second time.

Williamson said that two DFW Airport police officers were also called in to pat down her son, "flanking him on each side."

"He set off NO alarms. He physically did not alarm at all during screening, he passed through the detector just fine," she said, adding that several hours later her son is still saying "I don't know what I did. What did I do?"

Williamson said her family was "treated like dogs" and that TSA agents "need to be reined in."

She noted that the video only shows a portion of the interaction with TSA agents, and wished she had recorded it from the beginning "because it was horrifying." The incident also caused them to miss their flight.

D/FW Airport tweeted it was notifying the TSA to Williamson's concerns and explained how to file a formal complaint about the incident.

The TSA released a statement shortly after the incident that said agents followed procedure.

On Thursday, the TSA released a statement saying the agency had talked to Williamson:

"TSA engaged in conversation with Ms. Williamson to learn more about her family’s screening experience at Dallas Fort Worth airport. While the proper procedures were followed, we appreciate her feedback and look forward to continued dialogue. TSA has a long standing partnership with a coalition of disability advocacy groups, community-based organizations and individuals, and we welcome Ms. Williamson’s input. TSA is committed to ensuring the security of travelers, while treating all with dignity and respect."

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<![CDATA[DFW Adoption Program Gives Animals a Second Chance]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:55:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/PHI+dogs+in+cages.jpg

An estimated six to eight million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year. Millions more are abandoned, only to suffer from illness or injury before dying according to the Doris Day animal league. But DFW Rescue Me wants to have a positive impact on these statistics through adoption programs. 

CLICK HERE for DFW Rescue Me's Kibble and Cocktails event information.

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<![CDATA[Trump to Appeal Hawaii's Ruling Blocking Revised Travel Ban]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:23:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_170887771223871.jpg

The Trump administration filed a notice with a federal court in Hawaii Thursday that it will appeal the judge's ruling which bars enforcement of the president's revised executive order on immigration and refugees.

The appeal will go to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco -- which upheld the ruling that barred enforcement of the first executive order, NBC News reported.

The administration filed another notice of appeal on the Maryland ruling against the new executive order last week. This appeal is pending before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia.

The Hawaii notice of appeal comes after the federal judge in Hawaii decided Wednesday to extend his order blocking the travel ban.

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<![CDATA[Rockwall Families Begin Cleaning Up from Damaging Storms]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:53:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rockwall+house+033017.jpg

As clean up continues across North Texas from this week's storms, reality is sinking in for several Rockwall families who lost everything.

Three homes on Panhandle Street were wrecked by 95 mph winds on Wednesday, rendering them unlivable. Roofs were blown off, exposing rafters. Soon, the houses will need to be torn down.

Inside the homes are memories and possessions that will be lost.

As the shock wore off, each of the three homeowners and families came by Thursday to see what they lost and salvage what they could.

Jerry Harwood lives next door, and the straight-line winds tore the mortar from the side of the house where he and his wife have lived for eight years. The strong wind gusts also broke 11 windows.

While the Harwood family waits for a structural engineer to decide whether their home can remain standing, Jerry and wife Janet Harwood cleaned up Thursday with the help of friends and co-workers. They picked up the pieces, brick by brick, and there is hope that they can rebuild.

"I think out of everything, the house can be rebuilt," Jerry Harwood said. "But when you lose those personal mementos and everything, you know, when you get as old as some of us are, that's a lot of memories you don't want to lose."

Jerry Harwood said that if the structural engineer decides the home can remain standing and be rebuilt, the builder, D.R. Horton, wants to use the mortar that was torn off so that it can match.

"We're just taking it step by step," Harwood said.

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<![CDATA[Surgery Changes Life of Orphaned Child]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:38:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-03-30-17h49m05s135.jpg

Major medical procedures happening in Dallas are changing the lives of children whose outlooks seemed bleak.

Children with disabilities born in China are often discarded by their parents, according to the surgical mission organization LEAP, but some of these kids are able to get a second chance here in the United States.

LEAP says children born with a cleft lip and cleft palate have little chance of getting adopted after their family sends them to an orphanage.

The birth condition of a cleft lip and palate is an opening of the lip and in the roof of the mouth.

It requires surgery, and now one special little boy is in Dallas from China for the surgery that will change his life.

Victor, 9, was abandoned by his family back home in China when he was one day old because of his cleft lip palate.

He was all smiles when NBC 5 visited him with his host family because he had cleft palate surgery two weeks ago.

"He lived a tough life. Other children were afraid of him because of the way he looked, and he didn't understand this. He just dreamed of the day he could look like other kids, and fortunately that day has come," said Dr. Craig Hobar, the board certified plastic surgeon who performed his surgery.

"It has just made my heart so full that they've been able to repair his face so that he has a chance to have a wonderful, beautiful life," said Melissa Howell, a volunteer with LEAP and Victor's host mother.

Victor will have to return to China, but the organization hopes that a family in the United States will adopt him.

LEAP says, to date, it has brought 45 children from 14 countries to the U.S. for life-changing surgeries.

MORE: LEAP surgical mission organization

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<![CDATA[Cat Missing From Denver For 9 Months Found In Dallas]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:13:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Harvey+the+Cat1.jpg

A cat missing from Denver since last June turned up at a construction site in Dallas this week. 

It's been a long journey for Harvey the cat. A total of 794 miles to be exact. 

Construction workers found Harvey stuck in a 25-foot hole at their site in Highland Park, according to a post from the city of Dallas. 

It took Dallas Animal Services about six hours to free the cat. He was caked in mud, but otherwise in good shape.

After being cleaned up, Animal Services found his microchip and located the owners in Denver.

No one knows how Harvey managed to travel so far, but his family is relieved to be reunited with him.

The owners are flying to Dallas this weekend to bring Harvey home. 

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<![CDATA[Rangers Roll-Out 2-Foot Tamale, Fried Brisket]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:48:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Snow-Balls-Close.jpg

With the Texas Rangers home opener just days away the team revealed new foods that will be available at Globe Life Park for the 2017 season.

Among the new items at the concession stand are:

  • The M.V.T. – “Most Valuable Tamale” inspired by the TamArlington Dog. We supersized it and created a 24” Tamale Filled with the legendary Boomstick Hot Dog. Topped with Texas chili, nacho cheese and sour cream.
    Located at Texas 24" Stand in Section 29.
  • Fritos Kimchi Chili Dog - A Texas chili all beef hot dog topped with a sweet and spicy kimchi chili, fresh cilantro, Texas teriyaki sauce and crunchy Fritos Corn Chips.
    Located at The American Dog stands in Sections 22 and 48.
  • Texas Snowballs – Classic ballpark shredded brisket rolled into balls and dipped in funnel cake batter. Deep fried to golden perfection covered in powdered sugar giving it that snowball look.
    Located at State Fare stand at Section 141
  • Crunch BBQ Burger - A juicy all beef patty with a mound of smoked pulled pork on top covered in Sweet Baby Ray's signature BBQ sauce, picked red onions, cilantro and don't forget the crunchy layer of Nacho Cheese Corn Chips.
    Located at The American Dog stand in Section 48.
  • Mediterranean Nachos - A vegan spin on the classic Ballpark Nachos. Stacy's Pita Chips topped with cool chickpea hummus and fresh garlic basil tomato and country olive salad.
    Located at the Ballpark Vegan stand in Section 16
  • Black Bean Tamales - Black beans and spices rolled in masa and steamed to create a delicious and healthy vegan treat.
    Located at the Ballpark Vegan stand in Section 16
  • Steak Salad - Ribeye steak grilled to perfection and fresh sliced over a bed of mixed greens with tomatoes and crutons.
    Located at the Butcher Block in Section 24
  • Two Step Texas Philly - A Texas-sized version of the Texas Philly sandwich. Sliced brisket, peppers and onions on a 24" roll topped with nacho cheese.
    Located at the Texas 24" stand in Section 29
  • Pretzel Pizza - Flatbread pretzel pizza crust topped with beer cheese, cheddar cheese and chopped bacon.
    Available at Sections 11 and 30
  • Chicken and Donut Sliders - Mini donuts sliced in half with a hand-breaded fried chicken breast. Served with waffle fries and a choice of dipping sauces.
    Located at Flew the Coop stand in Section 50

Available at Rebecca Creek Saloon

  • N.E.Q. - "Never Ever Quit" - Shaved ribeye steak, mozzarella sticks, fried jalapenos, waffle fries, onion rings and white queso. $16
  • Veggie Wrap - Gluten-free wrap filled with black beans, fresh greens, sweet peppers and served with salsa ranch dressing. $13.50
  • The Farm - The whole farm is on this one -- beef patty, breaded chicken breast, cheddar cheese, bacon, sriracha aioli. $16
  • 1/2 Rack Ribs - In-house smoked pork ribs served with waffle fries, coleslaw and onion rings. $16.25

Available in Suites

  • Strawberry Quinoa Summer Salad -Baby spinach, quinoa salad, couscous salad, sliced strawberries, toasted walnuts, queso fresco, raspberry vinagrette dressing. $57
  • Hot-Smoked Turkey Club -Sliced smoked turkey breasts, bacon, carmelized onions, white cheddar cheese sauce, tater tots, large baguette. $40
  • Roast Beef Borsin Ciabatta -Sliced roast beef, Borsin cheese, mixed greens, balsamic onions, Roma tomatoes, ciabatta rolls. $60
  • Ancho-Honey Roasted Rack of Pork -Pork loin, honey-ancho glaze, chipotle demi, seasonal vegetables. $60
  • Pasta Primavera - Penne pasta, marinara, roasted vegetables. $56.50

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<![CDATA[Judge Moves AG Paxton Trial Out of Collin County]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:44:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/paxton-in-court.jpg

A judge on Thursday agreed with a prosecution request to move the trial of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton from Collin County.

At the same time, Judge George Gallagher denied Paxton's motion for dismissal and denied prosecutors' request to delay the trial.

The decisions are a setback for Paxton and mean his trial will almost certainly take place as scheduled in May -- away from his hometown of McKinney and presumably in a county where he is less popular.

Prosecutors had argued that potential jurors in Collin County have been tainted by a public relations campaign mounted by Paxton supporters.

A new location has not been set.

Separately, prosecutors had asked the judge to delay the trial in a dispute over their pay, but Gallagher rejected that request.  

The charges against Paxton stem from his time as a state lawmaker in 2011, when he allegedly lined up money for a tech startup called Servergy Inc. without telling investors he was being paid by the company. Paxton has argued that he was under no obligation to do so.

If convicted, Paxton faces up to 99 years in prison.

Official Motions

Change of Venue






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<![CDATA[Final Four Comes to Dallas, But Concern Over Future Events]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:44:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+final+four+2017.jpg

The NCAA Women's Final Four tips off Friday in Dallas, and there is plenty of excitement among the fans for a great weekend.

"You get to see a new area, new city, meet people, and root for your team," said Debbie Yahne, who traveled to Texas from Connecticut.

It is also the end of a long journey for organizers.

"We have been working on this from a local organizing standpoint for a good two years," said Monica Paul, executive director of the Dallas Sports Commission.

But with all the excitement, there is also concern about future NCAA play in Texas.

"All we have to go on at this point is the precedent that has been set in North Carolina, and this is an important time for us. Obviously we want this week to be focused on women's basketball and the Final Four, but SB 6 is serious for us," Paul said.

Senate Bill 6 is the Texas Privacy Act, a so-called "bathroom bill." The legislation says students must use the bathrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates. The same rule would apply to Texans in public buildings.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is a proponent of the bill, which has already passed the Texas Senate.

"It is common courtesy, it is common decency, and it's public safety," Patrick said in a recent interview with NBC 5.

When North Carolina passed its version of a bathroom bill, the NCAA pulled its tournaments and other events from the state.

"I am concerned, based on the precedent that has been set in North Carolina, that should SB 6 pass we will not be considered for the next bid cycle and awarding of NCAA bids," Paul said.

Dallas is set to host the NCAA men's basketball tournament first and second round games next year, so the Dallas Sports Commission will be watching the legislature closely.

The bill is now in the House, but is not yet scheduled for a hearing.

NBC 5 reached out to the NCAA, and was told the NCAA does not comment on pending legislation.

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<![CDATA[Irving Mayor to Join Trump Administration]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:15:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IRVINGMEETINGGC04_42895829.jpg

Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne on Thursday said that she was going to work for the Trump administration.

Van Duyne did not say what her role would be, but told a gathering at the AT&T Bryon Nelson kickoff luncheon that an announcement could come next week.

"I keep saying next week because I've been told the paperwork is going to be done next week," Van Duyne told about 300 people at the Momentous Institute in north Oak Cliff. "But next week I'll actually be able to make an announcement."

Click here to read more about this report from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[White House Officials Aided Nunes in Getting Intel: Report]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:09:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/656523922-devin-nunes-trump-intelligence.jpg

Two White House official were involved in giving House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes access to intelligence reports that seemed to show that President Donald Trump and his associates were incidentally included in surveillance efforts, the New York Times reported Thursday.

Nunes went on to tell reporters that the president was surveilled in some capacity. He later went to the White House to brief them on his findings, ushering in a wave of criticism from Democrats, including Rep. Adam Schiff, the party's ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee.

The New York Times, citing several American officials, named Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who works on national security issues at the White House Counsel's Office, as the officials involved in liaising with Nunes.

NBC News has not independently confirmed the report in the New York Times.

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<![CDATA[Trooper Fatally Shoots Man After Chase in Fannin County]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:56:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fannin-county-chase1.jpg

Authorities said a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper fatally shot a man who tried to ram officers following a chase that ended in Fannin County late Wednesday night.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Mark Tackett said a DPS trooper tried to stop a 2015 Nissan Maxima for a traffic violation on U.S. 82 in Fannin County at 11:11 p.m. Wednesday. The male driver did not stop.

The man continued west on U.S. 82. and avoided "tire deflation tools," according to authorities. Meanwhile, authorities said they learned the Maxima had been reported stolen.

Authorities said the man continued driving on Farm-to-Market Road 1752 where he swerved and crashed into a trooper's patrol car between Farm-to-Market roads 898 and 4050 in Ector, about 50 miles north-northeast of Dallas.

Investigators said the man then drove toward a Bonham police officer who was assisting in the pursuit. The trooper fired his service weapon, striking the suspect.

The male was transported to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas by air ambulance, according to Tackett. He later died at the hospital.

The incident is under investigation by the Texas Rangers.

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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers Sign 2B Rougned Odor to 6-Year Extension]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:32:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-531807752.jpg

The Texas Rangers announced the signing of second baseman Rougned Odor to a six-year extension Thursday morning.

The deal is worth $49.5 million, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson and keeps the 23-year-old Odor in Texas through the 2022 season. The extension also includes a team option for the 2023 season worth $13.5 million and a buyout of $3 million.

In three years with the Rangers, Odor has hit .265 with 58 home runs and 24 stolen bases. His 33 home runs in 2016 led the team.

The team is scheduled to hold a news conference about the announcement live on Facebook at 2 p.m.


Odor has been in the Rangers organization since signing as an international free agent out of Venezuela in 2011.

The Rangers called Odor up to the major leagues in May of 2014. He became the team's starting second baseman in 2015.

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<![CDATA[NWS Confirms 2 Tornadoes Hit North Texas Overnight]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:15:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ftw-damage-apts.jpg


Severe thunderstorms moved through North Texas early Wednesday morning, bringing hail, lightning, dangerously strong straight-line winds and at least two confirmed tornadoes.

The National Weather Service said Wednesday afternoon they found evidence of an EF-0 tornado near the border of Watauga and Keller in North Tarrant County. An EF-0 tornado would have wind gusts up to 72 mph.

Shortly after 4 p.m., the NWS confirmed an EF-1, with wind gusts up to 83 mph, touched down in Lewisville. Swaths of tree, fence and roof damage were found in the area, the NWS said.


Earlier in the afternoon, NWS survey crews said they found no evidence of a tornado in Rockwall, but did find evidence of straight-line winds up to 95 mph — the equivalent of an EF-1 tornado.

The storms developed first in West Texas and marched east after midnight, dropping more than an inch of rain in Fort Worth and an average of a half-inch elsewhere. Penny-sized hail and wind gusts of up to 70 mph were also reported by the NWS.


Survey teams from the NWS are still evaluating damage in Rockwall, Arlington, Benbrook and the Keller area to determine the cause of the damage.

"We have a few people out performing storm surveys where some of the more significant wind damage occurred last night. There should be some updated information later this morning and this afternoon, though it may take several days to get out to all of the communities impacted," the NWS said Wednesday.


Power Outages

As of 4 a.m. Thursday, Oncor reported more than 14,000 North Texas customers were still without power, down from nearly 200,000 early Wednesday morning. Outages by county include:

• Tarrant - 9,398
• Dallas - 4,097
• Ellis - 545
• Johnson - 242
• Collin - 226

"We'll continue to work around the clock to restore power," Oncor Communications Director Geoff Bailey said.


Arlington Opens Level 2 EOC

Arlington opened its Emergency Operations Center Wednesday morning "to coordinate response efforts to damage caused by storms."

The city said most of the damage was minor, though widespread, and included downed power lines, trees and fences.


The city said power losses have left eight intersections without traffic lights and 19 schools in the district without electricity. All schools in the Mansfield ISD were closed Wednesday due to the loss of power.

Power was restored at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus in southeast Arlington at about 2:30 p.m. A school spokesperson said classes would resume at 4 p.m. and that all campus events will continue as scheduled.


Oncor reports about 27,000 Arlington households are without electricity.

NBC 5 meteorologists said sunshine should return Thursday and Friday, but another round of thunderstorms is possible during the weekend.


Keep up with the latest changes to the weather by downloading the NBC DFW smartphone app!

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<![CDATA[Tillerson Likely to Face Tough Questions at NATO: Experts]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:13:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tilGettyImages-633549570.jpg

At his first NATO meeting on Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be tasked with reassuring the organization’s member-nations that the United States remains committed to them, NBC News reported.

Tillerson initially planned to skip the summit and has done little to calm fears stirred by President Donald Trump having labeled NATO as “obsolete” and suggesting that the U.S. wouldn't protect its members against Russian aggression unless they increased their military spending.

Members are concerned about whether the Trump administration understands how NATO works, as well as what type of implications could arise if the U.S. doesn’t fulfill its role, said Keir Giles, an associate fellow at the London-based think tank Chatham House.

The U.S. is considered the de facto head of NATO, as it holds the world’s most powerful military. Its members pledge to defend each other in case of an attack, but most countries now spend less than suggested two percent of GDP.

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<![CDATA[Streaming Live TV]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:55:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/186*120/shutterstock_2623372258.jpg

Soon, YouTube TV will launch in major cities, offering 40 streaming cable channels, including Disney, ESPN, FOX News, even some regional sports networks for $35 per month.

Remember: there are channel trade-offs with these slimmer streaming services.

If you can’t live without a certain channel, make sure it’s offered before you sign up. For example, right now YouTube TV doesn’t offer Comedy Central, CNN, HBO, HGTV and a few other channels, though you can pay extra to get Showtime.

Sling TV starts at $20 per month, but its $40 “All Channels” package includes 50 channels. Add-ons for local broadcasts, sports, movies and premium channels range from five to $15 per month.

Direct TV Now has a promotional price of $35 per month for sixty channels, or $60 per month for more than 100 channels. Hulu is also expected to launch a streaming TV service called Hulu Live.

One thing to remember: All these streaming services require a smart TV or streaming media player, and a decent broadband connection.

If your Internet service isn’t fast enough, they might not be the best choice. And if you have a lot of TVs, you might have to limit how many people are watching at the same time since each service limits the number of simultaneous streams.

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    <![CDATA[No. 3 TCU Eyeing College World Series After Strong Start]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:59:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tcu+baseball+lupton+stadium.jpg

    If there’s any pressure resulting from being picked the preseason number team in the country before the first pitch of the season was ever thrown, No. 3 TCU isn’t showing it.

    After sweeping then No. 15 Oklahoma State over the weekend, the Horned Frogs swept a two-game series against UT Rio Grande Valley to run the current winning streak to five straight. The exclamation point of the series came in the 18-2 win when TCU erased a 2-0 deficit by scoring 11 runs in the second inning, highlighted by a grand slam from shortstop Mason Hesse — his first career collegiate home run.

    “I honestly did not think it was going out,” said Hesse. “Whenever I hit it, I thought it was a pop-up but the wind helped me a lot. Whenever I saw the guy on the track, I knew it was gone. It was an awesome feeling.”

    TCU has been on a roll during the early part of the season with the only rough spot being a trip to California where the Frogs lost three of four to UC Irvine and Long Beach State. It appears that all TCU needed was a little home cooking to bounce back, as the Frogs took two of three from Kansas before sweeping the Cowboys and Vaqueros at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth.

    “They’re confident and that’s the most important thing,” said head coach Jim Schlossnagle. “These guys are feeling pretty good about themselves. Even though we’ve been winnings games, there’s a pretty high standard here.”

    The one thing lacking from the accomplishment category is the national championship. TCU has made three straight trips to the College World Series, only to fall short of winning that elusive national title.

    Last season, the Frogs had a lot of new faces on the team. This season, those new faces now have the experience of playing on the big stage in Omaha.

    “We got to play baseball together for a long time last year and got really close, so all the returners have been to Omaha at least once and know what it’s like to win close ballgames,” said pitcher Brian Howard. “Last year, we had a bunch of new guys and a bunch of guys stepping into bigger roles. This year we are just kind of using that experience and relying on the leaders of this team.”

    The schedule always gets tougher this time of the year. TCU still has road games against No. 4 Texas Tech and No. 24 Oklahoma, as well as another trip to the west coast for a three-game series against California to close out the regular season. The Frogs also have a couple of more metroplex showdowns along the way against Dallas Baptist and UT Arlington.

    As the mid-way point of the season approaches, TCU is 19-5 overall with a 14-2 record at Lupton Stadium. The Frogs are showing the college baseball world they are reloaded and ready to make another run to the College World Series.

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    <![CDATA[Hacking for the Future in Frisco]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:24:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/icode-frisco-ihack.jpg

    Frisco is known as a hotbed for youth sports.

    This weekend, hundreds of kids will converge on the city for a different kind of competition.

    iHack is a Frisco company's creation and in just its second year, it's already growing exponentially.

    Abid Abedi is the co-founder of iCode, which is home to iHack. He’s excited about the event’s success.

    “Last year, the first hackathon had about 223 kids show up," said Abedi. "This year, we are expecting about 300 to 400 kids.”

    They're elementary to middle school students, and this competition gives them the venue to display their computing and problem solving skills. Individuals and teams are given different tasks, and problems to solve and their results are judged before winners are named.

    “Last year, one of the kids came up with a solution for how to stop internet bullying," said Abedi. "That's an example of how when kids come together they can solve real world problems.”

    Julianna Bishnyakova is a nine year old student working at iCode on a project that is helping her prepare for the competition: She’s making a robotic hand.

    “It's a working hand, and you press on these which are touch sensors and, um, the fingers go up,” Bishnyakova said. "We just made these out of like sticks.”

    Ben Stafford was a winner at last year's iHack. He said he had an open mind to programming, adding “I just am a big fan it's just an open door and I went through it.”

    “I had lots of fun at the hack and I'm looking forward to this year hopefully we'll do the same thing as last year and win,” he said.

    The competition is this Saturday and there are still spots available if you know any kids who might be interested.

    More online: iCode

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    <![CDATA[GOP, Dems Agree — Their Parties Are Deeply Divided: Poll]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:45:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/capitolbuildingfeuerherdIII.jpg

    Democrats and Republicans agree on at least one thing: both parties say in a new poll that they are deeply divided, NBC News reported. 

    About three-quarters of Republican and Republican-leaning Americans say their party is split, according to an NBC NewsSurveyMonkey poll conducted Friday. A majority of their counterparts on the left see the same division in the Democratic party, NBC News reported. 

    Just 24 percent of Republicans view the GOP as united, the poll found. 

    The poll was conducted just after congressional Republicans failed to whip up the votes needed to pass their health care bill in the House. The bill would have repealed former President Barack Obama's signature health care law, a campaign promise made by President Donald Trump. 

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