<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usFri, 24 Jun 2016 17:18:28 -0500Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:18:28 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Driver Hits Pedestrian, Crashes into Lewisville Hotel]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:50:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/best-western-crash.jpg

One person was critically wounded Friday after being hit by a car that crashed into a Lewisville hotel.

According to the Lewisville police, officers were called at about 2 p.m. after a driver crashed into a Best Western hotel on the 300 block of E. Corporate Drive near Interstate 35E.

The driver struck a pedestrian who was transported by air ambulance to a nearby hospital, police said.

The condition of the victim is not yet known.

The driver, whose name has not been released, remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators who are trying to determine what led to the crash.

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



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<![CDATA[Tarrant County Back-to-School Event Pre-Registration]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:08:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CR-School-Supplies-Image.jpg

Families wanting to attend the Tarrant County Back-To-School Roundup must pre-register, organizers say.

The Roundup, which is set for Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, will provide approximately 10,000 qualifying Tarrant County children with free school supplies, plus dental, health and vision screenings, immunizations, haircuts and more.

Walk-ups will not be allowed at the event, so pre-register by Aug. 3.

Pre-registration is open to public school students in pre-K through 12th grade who reside in Tarrant County and meet other eligibilty requirements. Families wishing to participate should bring a valid picture ID, proof of residency and proof of income.

The pre-registration events are as follows:

  • Eastern Hills High School
    Monday, June 27, 4-6 p.m.
    5701 Shelton Street
    Fort Worth, TX 76112
  • Stripling Middle School
    Tuesday, June 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    2100 Clover Lane
    Fort Worth, TX 76107
  • Southwest High School
    Tuesday, June 28, noon-2 p.m.
    4100 Altamesa Boulevard
    Fort Worth, TX 76133
  • La Gran Plaza - Entrance #2
    Thursday, June 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    4200 S. Freeway, Ste. 2500
    Fort Worth, TX  76115

For more information, call 211 or visit the Back-To-School Roundup website.



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<![CDATA[Bicyclist Dies After Being Hit by Car Along Texas 360]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:21:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington+police+car.jpg

A bicyclist hit by a driver early Tuesday morning along a busy North Texas highway has died, Arlington police say.

The crash took place at about 4 a.m. on the 3800 block of northbound Texas 360 where police said a driver attempting to change lanes hit a man riding a bicycle along the highway.

Police said the driver of the vehicle, who stopped and tried to provide aid to the injured cyclist, said other vehicles may have also hit the man.

The cyclist, later identified by police as 34-year-old Gregory Williams, of Grand Prairie, died Thursday.

Crash investigators described the area as dark and difficult to see and said the driver of the car is not expected to face any charges.



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<![CDATA[Rockwall Co. Judge Arrested on DWI Charge: Police]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:19:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/david-sweet.jpg

A Rockwall County judge was arrested early Friday for allegedly driving while intoxicated, police say.

An officer stopped 42-year-old David Sweet for a traffic violation at about 12:20 a.m. on the 2900 block of Ridge Road in Rockwall. After a series of field sobriety tests, Sweet was taken into custody for DWI.

He was booked and released after posting a $1,000 bond.



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<![CDATA[Grand Jury Indicts Mother, Her Boyfriend in Child's Death]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:22:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/leiliana-wright.jpg

A Dallas County grand jury has indicted a mother and her boyfriend accused of beating the woman's 4-year-old daughter to death in March, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Jeri Quezada, 30, and Charles Phifer, 34, were arrested and charged with felony injury to a child after Quezada's daughter Leiliana Wright died at a North Texas hospital.

The indictment was returned Monday; a trial date has not yet been set.

Police allege the couple used heroin and repeatedly beat and restrained the girl before she stopped breathing, after which the child was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The child's paternal grandmother, Alisa Clakey, said her son was not capable of caring for the girl and that Quezada was in prison for the first two years of the girl's life.

Clakely said she noticed her granddaughter had bruising when she would pick her up from Quezada's home. On several occasions, she said Quezada would skip scheduled meetings Leiliana was supposed to have with her grandparents. Eventually, Clakely began calling Child Protective Services to report her concerns.

"If we had done something sooner, I don't know," Clakely said. "I don't know."

During the investigation, police released an detailed affidavit that outlined the brutal final hours of the child's life.

"I've never seen such a crime of evil in my entire career," said Lyle Gensler, spokesman for the Grand Prairie Police Department. "The images were terrible, extremely explicit."

At last check, Quezada was being held on $500,000 bond while Phifer was being held on $1 million bond.


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<![CDATA[Anti-Opioid Overdose Medication Now Over the Counter]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:03:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/naloxone.jpg

More than 1,000 people a day are rushed to the emergency room for opioid abuse, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Prescription drug abuse is wide spread, and an epidemic that is widespread throughout the country.

"Every day 45 people will die from an opioid overdose," said Christina Hareison, pharmacist at a Walgreens in Dallas.

"That is why Walgreens wants to combat this issue. It's impacting a lot of people and a lot of households," she added.

Prescription opioids are classified as painkillers, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, codeine, methadone and fentanyl. Heroin is also classified as an opioid.

People who suffer from chronic pain, or are struggle with an opioid addiction have the greatest risk of overdosing.

"When someone has overdosed, their breathing response gets less and less, and as their breathing gets less and less it has an effect on their cardio vascular system overall," said Dr. Jim D'Etienne, chair of emergency medicine at Baylor University Medical Center.

"When those patients come to the emergency rooms, doctors use Naloxone to reverse those effects and start their breathing again," he said.

Emergency room doctors have used the anti-opioid overdose medication Naloxone for years, but now the medication will be available for purchase without a prescription in 700 Walgreens stores across Texas.

"The medication can come in three different forms. The vile – that you use with a syringe – the auto-injector, or a nasal spray," said Hareison.

The "auto-injector," which is administered like an EpiPen, is easier to inject, and Naloxone will react within two minutes. The nasal spray will take 8-11 minutes to take an effect.

"Naloxone still doesn't take the place of medical help. Just because the person starts breathing again, that doesn't mean they are in the clear. It will just buy you time to get them to the hospital. Anyone who knows someone struggle with opioid abuse should have Naloxone on hand," said D'Etienne.

"My concern is saving lives. If someone has this and they are aware enough and are a potential risk, then it's good for them to have it available. This could save their life," he said.

Walgreens stores in 35 states will soon have Naloxone behind the pharmacy counter for purchase without a prescription.



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<![CDATA[Gay Marriage Plaintiff Shames Senate GOP on SCOTUS Stance]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:42:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JimObergefell-AP_16175585049930.jpg

The lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case to legalize marriage equality nationwide is calling on Senate Republicans to “do their job” and hold a confirmation hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, NBC News reported. 

Jim Obergefell said the 4-4 split to keep frozen President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration underscores the importance of having a full panel of justices to decide the most pressing legal issues. 

"If that had happened a year ago, and if it were a different justice who passed away, a 4-4 split could have meant we would have been denied the right to marry and have our lawful marriages recognized," Obergefell said. "It is unconscionable that these Republicans continue to obstruct." 

Obergefell won the right to have his marriage to his late partner, John Arthur, recognized by their home state of Ohio in last year’s Supreme Court case. The 5-4 decision, handed down on June 26, 2015, led the way for thousands of other same-sex couples to marry in any state.



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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Give a Pet a Loving Home]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:33:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Puppy-Kitten-GettyImages-78739772.jpg

Animal shelters across the country are once again joining NBC 5 in an effort to Clear the Shelters and find loving homes for thousands of pets in need.

NBC 5 launched the first adoption event in 2014. It was such a resounding success it was rolled out nationwide in its second year. Now entering its third year, we're being joined by even more television stations and animal shelters.

The nationwide pet adoption initiative will be held July 23. Currently more than 400 shelters in 20 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico will waive or discount adoption fees as part of the one-day drive to put pets in forever homes and #ClearTheShelters.

More than 19,000 pets were adopted during last year' event, but millions more remain homeless. Every year, 7.6 million animals end up in shelters nationwide — and only 2.7 million are adopted, according to the ASPCA.

Dozens of local shelters will take part this year in Clear the Shelters. Refer to the interactive map above to identify a participating shelter near you.



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<![CDATA[Trump Fined $10K for Missing Public Space Hearing in NYC]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:16:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump-scotland.jpg

Donald Trump was fined $10,000 by New York City after his attorneys missed a hearing to determine if the company that manages his midtown tower violated an agreement with the city over a bench in the lobby.

Attorneys for the businessmen didn't show up at the hearing Thursday with the city's Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings to determine whether he violated the public space agreement in Trump Tower in midtown, according to the city. 

The City's Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings said Trump and his counsel has 45 days to request a new hearing. If they don't, Trump will have to pay the fine within 60 days or risk being sent to collections.

Michael Cohen, an attorney for Trump, attributed the missed hearing to a "scheduling error."

"A rehearing will be immediately sought where evidence of compliance will be demonstrated," he said. 

The Wall Street Journal said the hearing stemmed from a series of citations from the city dating back to last summer, when a pair of 40-foot counters selling Trump-branded merchandise — including "Make America Great Again" hats — were installed.

The city ordered Trump to remove the kiosks and install a 22-foot bench that was part of a 1979 agreement to make Trump Tower bigger in January, the Journal reports. In March, Trump was cited again for not immediately removing the stores and installing the bench. 



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<![CDATA['Free State of Jones' a Good History Lesson, Poor Movie]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:22:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/free-state-of-jones.jpg

"Free State of Jones" is based on a little-known story that took place during the Civil War and, as a history lesson, it's terrific, as a film-going experience, it's not.

"Free State Of Jones" is an uneven film starring Texas actor Matthew McConaughey. He plays Newton Knight, a poor Mississippi farmer fighting for the South in 1862 who eventually deserts and forms his own multi-cultural militia to fight "against" the rebels.

It's an amazing story about a man who has seen enough and he's not going to take it any more.

McConaughey is quite good in "Free State of Jones," he is the centerpiece, but there are so many others around him deserving of equal attention and the film only skims their surface.

There is also a complicated sadness to this film and it's like watching the Cliff Notes version instead of the real thing.

"Free State Of Jones" is written and directed by Gary Ross. He directed "Seabiscuit" and "The Hunger Games," both better films.

His latest begs to be a smartened-up mini series rather than a feature film because it takes time to develop quality characters. His movie is earnest, but there is an obvious emotional disconnect.

"Free State Of Jones" is rated R and runs a surprisingly slow two hours and 19 minutes. As a history lesson it has my attention and makes me want to learn more. As a movie, I expected more.



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<![CDATA[High-Rise Slide Opens at US Bank Tower]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:24:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/High_Rise_Slide_Opens_at_US_Bank_Tower_1200x675_712079427867.jpg A slide installed on the 69th floor of the US Bank Tower was set to open to the public. Toni Guinyard reports for NBC4 Today in LA on Friday, June 24, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Britain's Brexit: How Baby Boomers Defeated Millennials in Historic Vote]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:10:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-542742502.jpg

The United Kingdom's decision to sever itself from the European Union on Friday exposed something approaching an intergenerational war of ideas.

While the "leave" campaign won the referendum with 51.9 percent of the vote, young people — the ones who will likely grapple with the decision for decades — overwhelmingly wanted to remain part of the EU, NBC News reported.

According to data gathered by British pollster YouGov on election day, a staggering 75 percent of people between 18 to 24 voted for "remain."

What pushed the country toward Brexit, according to pollsters, was a remarkably high turnout among white, working-class older people — most of whom voted leave. Sixty-one percent of people over the age of 65 voted Leave, according to YouGov's data.



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<![CDATA[Southbound I-35E to Close Friday Night]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:57:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-horseshoe-project.jpg

Construction on the Dallas Horseshoe Project is scheduled to continue Friday night with a full closure of Interstate 35E.

The closure begins at 10 p.m. Friday and wraps up 12 hours later on Saturday morning.

The shutdown is required to construct new bridges as part of the $798 million project to rebuild the interchange between I-35E and Interstate 30.

During the closure, southbound traffic on I-35E will be forced to take a detour using the Woodall Rodgers Freeway toward U.S. 75 and Interstate 45. Traffic on eastbound I-30 will also have to use that detour.

Southbound traffic looking to head toward Fort Worth on I-30 will not be impacted, as those lanes will remain open.

Traffic looking to continue south on I-35E will have to go west on I-30 from I-45.
Northbound traffic will not be impacted.

All work should be wrapped up by 10 a.m. Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Thousands Injured on Playgrounds Each Year]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:46:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/playground.PNG Experts give tips on how to avoid playground-related injuries, for which thousands of kids and teens are treated every year.

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<![CDATA[Supreme Court Deadlocked on Immigration Plan]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:45:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SCOTUS_Immigration_11a_062416_1200x675_712201795856.jpg With the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked on President Obama's immigration plan, millions of undocumented immigrants wonder if they'll be deported soon.]]> <![CDATA[At Least 3 Dead in West Virginia Floods]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:05:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/west-virginia-flooding.jpg The governor of West Virginia declares a state of emergency in dozens of counties amid flooding that has left at least three people dead.

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<![CDATA[Dallas ISD Approves $1.4B Budget for 2016-2017]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:39:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DISD+logo+board+room.jpg

Pay raises and job cuts are in the Dallas Independent School District's new $1.4 billion spending plan for the upcoming school year.

The district expects the 2016-2017 year will serve more than 159,000 students, up from 158,000 the year before.

Hourly workers will get a 2 percent bump in their salary, but the new budget also means 260 job cuts.

The district said 175 salaried guest teachers will lose their one-year contracts as a substitute and 50 assistant principal positions are also being cut.

The budget proposal can be seen here.

During the 2015-2016 school year, the DISD budget was $1.7 billion.



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<![CDATA[First Man to Get Same-Sex Marriage License in Dallas Dies]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:50:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/george-harris-jack-evans-marriage-kiss-dmn.jpg

Gay rights activist Jack Evans died Thursday night, just shy of his first wedding anniversary with George Harris, who he'd been with for over 50 years. They were the first same-sex couple legally married in Dallas County last year.

The two were together for 56 years, Rev. Eric Folkerth of Northaven United Methodist Church, said in a Facebook post.

Read more on this story from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Parents Win $142M Verdict After Child Suffocates at Day Care]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:06:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gavel-generic-stock.jpg

A Dallas County jury on Thursday awarded $142 million to the parents of a baby who suffocated after being swaddled for a nap at day care. Experts called the verdict one of the largest of its kind in the county, if not the United States.

Zac and Heather Lytle sued after their 7-month-old son, Roger, was found face down and unresponsive at a home child care facility in north Oak Cliff in 2014. They accused All In The Family Child Care Services of negligence, in part because Texas day care facilities are prohibited from swaddling infants, or wrapping them snugly in cloth, for naps.

Read more on this story from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[WADA Suspends Accreditation of Rio Olympic Lab]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:45:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/189*120/GettyImages-481591670.jpg

The World Anti-Doping Agency has stopped its accredited laboratory in Rio de Janeiro from conducting tests just weeks before the Olympic Games open in the city.

WADA says the lab's accreditation has been suspended due to "non-conformity with the International Standard for Laboratories." The suspension prohibits the laboratory from carrying out all anti-doping analyses on urine and blood samples, the world doping watchdog said in a statement.

No details of the laboratory's failings were specified. It may appeal the decision to the Court for Arbitration for sports within 21 days.

WADA's incoming director general Olivier Niggli says the agency "will work closely with the Rio Laboratory to resolve the identified issue."



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<![CDATA[Stars Sign Jordie Benn to New 3-Year Deal]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:20:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/456384318.jpg

(Dallas Stars) - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced Friday that the club has signed defenseman Jordie Benn to a three-year contract.

Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Benn, 28, finished the 2015-16 season with 12 points (3-9=12) in 64 regular-season games. His three goals on the season tied a career-high. The blueliner finished third on the team with 94 blocked shots. He played one game during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, registering four penalty minutes and two blocked shots.

In 244 career regular-season games, all with Dallas, he has earned 56 points (9-47=56). In parts of five seasons, he has accumulated 327 hits and 369 blocks. The defenseman has made two Stanley Cup Playoffs appearances, recording three assists (0-3=3) in seven games.

"Jordie has earned the trust of his teammates and the coaching staff, and he's taken advantage of every opportunity put in front of him during his career," said Nill. "His ability to play in a variety of roles make him valuable to our defensive depth and flexibility, and we're happy to have him locked up for the next three seasons."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Victoria, British Columbia was originally signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2011.



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<![CDATA[Injured Army Veteran Given New Home]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:59:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vet-new-home.jpg

Nearly two years after retiring from the U.S. Army due to medical issues, Sgt. First Class Jerry Holcomb is finally home in North Texas.

Holcomb only recently moved to the area with his wife and two sons, but, thanks to Operation Finally Home, they now have a new place to call home in Rockwall County.

Holcomb served two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan in 2010, he suffered numerous injuries, including severe head injuries and several shrapnel wounds, during multiple grenade attacks.

Last July 4, Holcomb and his family were invited to the holiday festivities at the FC Dallas game in Frisco. He knew his family would be honored at the game, but not with a mortgage-free home.

That’s exactly what happened thanks to Operation Finally Home, the organizations 107th such home donations, the Dallas Builders Association and Mishler Builders.

“I said I wasn’t going to get up here and cry but when Ronnie [Lyles of Operation Finally Home] got up, here it really touched me,” Holcomb said. “If you’re ever at Walmart or a grocery store or something and see someone with a hat that says veteran, stop and thank that person.”

After a short ceremony, the Holcomb’s were given the keys to their new home, just in time to start new Independence Day traditions.



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<![CDATA[Stadium Club to Open at AT&T Stadium]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:07:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/204*120/cowboys-stadium-club-render.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys will open a familiar restaurant with an updated look inside AT&T Stadium this fall.

In a news release Friday, the team said the Stadium Club, a restaurant that combines first-class dining with the comfort of a sports bar, will begin serving daily lunch and dinner in the fall.

“We’re thrilled to bring our fans the ultimate Dallas Cowboys dining experience right inside our team’s home at AT&T Stadium,” said Cowboys Chief Operating Officer Stephen Jones. “The Stadium Club will not only provide great dining experience, but it will also offer a game day atmosphere, that can only be captured at the stadium, every day of the week.”

The 19,000 square-foot restaurant is located immediately inside the doors at Entrance A, adjacent to the Pro Shop, and can seat 650 guests.

For longtime fans, the Stadium Club is a familiar name going back to Texas Stadium in Irving.

"Like the “hole in the roof,” that made the transformation from Texas Stadium to the retractable roof at AT&T Stadium, the Stadium Club is a name that has historic origins from the Cowboys former home. The Stadium Club at Texas Stadium was a popular dining and gathering place on game days, while the new Stadium Club at AT&T Stadium will be a destination for members on game days and the general public throughout the week. The inspiration for the new Stadium Club was a direct result of fans requesting an upscale and up-to-date version of its Texas Stadium predecessor as an AT&T Stadium gathering place.

Leading the kitchen will be Chef Anthony Van Camp, who said the heart of the kitchen will be the wood-fired grill and pizza oven.

"The menu will highlight classic fare with a sophisticated touch and a focus on local and seasonal ingredients all while remaining true to our Texas roots," Van Camp said.

During game days, the restaurant will be open to season ticket and suite holders only.

The Cowboys have not said specifically when the restaurant will open.



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<![CDATA[4 Rescued from Capsized Boat]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:23:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas_Fire_Rescue_Boat.jpg

Four people were pulled from Lake Ray Hubbard after their fishing boat capsized Friday morning, authorities said.

Rescue crews were called to an area near the Bayview Marina, on the west side of the lake at about 9:40 a.m., said Jason Evans, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman.

Evans said The four men were found clinging to the side of the small, capsized vessel. The rescue team pulled the group from the water and towed the boat back to the marina.

No one was hurt.


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<![CDATA[NYPD Rolls Out Rainbow SUV to Support Orlando Victims]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:26:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rainbow-NYPD-SUV-0623.jpg

The NYPD has rolled out a rainbow-colored SUV in support of the LGBTQ community and the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando last week.

One of the department's patrol SUVs was re-outfitted with lights, decals and NYPD logos in rainbow colors.

The department's usual "Courtesy Professionalism Respect" decal was replaced with ones that said "Pride Equality Peace," and another one was placed on a rear window that said "Our (heart) goes out to Orlando." 

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A photo of the vehicle first surfaced on the Orlando Police Department's Twitter feed Tuesday morning, along with the caption "Some love from the NYPD. Thank you All!"

The department's Gay Officers Action League posted a video of the SUV Thursday morning. In the video, an LED ticker in the vehicle's back compartment lights up the phrases "Our hearts go out to Orlando" and "NYPD out and proud."

An NYPD spokesman told amNewYork that the SUV was outfitted with the unique decals in support of the city's LGBTQ community and in solidarity with victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. 

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The vehicle is expected to make an appearance at Sunday's Pride March, which Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton estimate could be the biggest one ever.

They say police security will be tight, with increased detail and measures both visible and non-visible.

"This year is going to be a bit more somber, obviously, but I think more people will come out, they want to be together," said Dan Crowley, bartender at The Duplex, a popular cabaret and piano bar in Greenwich Village. 

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<![CDATA[Independence Vote 'Highly Likely': Scottish FM]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:14:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/AP_16144496448401.jpg

Scotland's government began moves Friday to hold a new referendum on independence from the U.K. after the "Brexit" vote, saying it was forced out of the European Union against its will.

Scots voted by 62 percent to 38 percent to remain in the EU, according to Friday's results, in contrast to the overall U.K.-wide result of 52 percent to 48 percent in favor of quitting the bloc.

First Minister and Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon said officials would plan for a "highly likely" vote on separation from the rest of the U.K.

The issue raises concerns in Washington because Scotland, which is home to 58 U.S. Trident II D-5 missiles, wants to ban nuclear weapons in on moral grounds within four years of gaining independence. This would force London to relocate the weapons to alternative bases in England or return the weapons to the U.S. at a time of heightened regional security concerns.



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<![CDATA['Slide the City' Comes to Dallas]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:14:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/219*120/slide+the+city+youtube.PNG Remember that massive water slide last year in Fort Worth? It's back in town this weekend; this time in Downtown Dallas.

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<![CDATA[US to Report 100 Civilians Killed in 500 Drone Strikes]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:32:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_143925783768.jpg

The Obama administration is poised to announce it believes around 100 civilians have died in nearly 500 U.S. drone strikes since 2009, U.S. officials tell NBC News.

The number is a far lower estimate than those of three independent human rights groups that seek to track the secret operations in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, which puts civilian casualties from drones at over 1,000.

In the latest attempt by the president to fulfill his promises to be more transparent about the controversial secret killing program, Obama is also expected to issue an executive order requiring annual disclosures of civilians killed in counter-terrorism strikes, officials say, a development first reported by the Daily Beast.

The disparity in the civilian casualty numbers, however, is likely to fuel the debate about whether U.S. officials can be trusted to grade their own work based on evidence no one else can see.



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<![CDATA[Senator Sues Dez Bryant Over Rental Home Damage]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:11:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dez-lead.gif

A Texas state senator has sued Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Dez Bryant, claiming that he caused more than $60,000 in damages to his DeSoto rental home.

The lawsuit filed by Sen. Royce West described Bryant's treatment of the home in the 1200 block of Regents Park Court from September 2013 through January as "negligent and abusive."

West stated a walk-through of the 6,400-square-foot home "revealed irreparable damage to carpeting, flooring, windows, shutters, and blinds; the presence of animal feces, trash, debris, and personal property inside the residence; and distinct and pervasive odors throughout."

The lease Bryant signed Aug. 31, 2013, stated that pets were not permitted on the property, according to the lawsuit.

West's attorneys stated that Bryant asked to terminate the lease in January. West asked Bryant to appear at the walk-through of the home in February, but Bryant did not show up. The lawsuit stated that the house was "littered with trash and feces, missing blinds and shutters, with cracked windows and blackened carpeting."

Attorneys for West stated that reparations to the home included painting, landscape and removal of carpet. He also claims he had to replace ceiling fans, lighting, windows, doors and the home security system.

West said he sent photographs taken at the walk-through and repair invoices to Bryant in April, requesting reimbursement, but that Bryant did not respond. The lawsuit states that West tried to collect again in May, and was told that Bryant would sue if he made further attempts.

NBC 5 has reached out to the Dallas Cowboys for a comment from Bryant and are awaiting a response.

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<![CDATA[Small Fire Reported at Children's Medical Center Dallas]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:18:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cmc-dallas-fire-062316.jpg

A small fire Thursday at Children's Medical Center of Dallas began during welding work on an air handling unit, Dallas Fire-Rescue officials confirm.

DFR said the fire was contained to the fourth floor of the hospital, located along the 1900 block of Medical District Drive, though a large amount of smoke spread down to the third floor.

Some patients were evacuated from the area for their safety, a hospital spokesman said, and no injuries were reported.



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<![CDATA[Hometown Hopefuls: Gold Medalist Swimmer on Road to Rio]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:48:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Swimmer-dfw.jpg Dana Vollmer calls herself a "Momma on a Mission." The Granbury native already has four Olympic gold medals. Dana retired from swimming after the London Games in 2012. Then she and her husband had a baby boy named Arlen. Now Dana is back in the pool on the Road to Rio. "Moms have so much strength," she says. Rio would be Dana Vollmer's third Olympics.

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<![CDATA[Democrats End Sit-In with No Vote on Gun Legislation]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:03:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/AP_16174600149411-news.jpg

After a sit-in that lasted more than a day, House Democrats walked out of the Capitol on Thursday without any scheduled votes on gun control, which had been their goal in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida nightclub.

"It's a new dawn and a new day in our fight," said Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

The Democrats sat on the floor of the House, and members spoke for more than 24 hours. They are calling for background checks on every gun sale and banning gun sales to anyone on a no-fly or terror watch list.

In a very chaotic scene that broke protocol on the floor, Democrats screamed as House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called for a vote on a matter unrelated to the gun issue during the sit-in.

Ryan called the sit-in a publicity stunt, but U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, who was on the floor for the demonstration, disagrees.

"I think this is awful to call this a publicity stunt when you talk about the lives that have been lost, when you are talking about the public safety of America," said Veasey.

Lawmakers pleaded with the public to call their representatives to ask for a vote. NBC 5 political reporter Julie Fine checked with members of the Texas delegation about this.

Veasey's office said their phone was ringing off the hook. Most other representatives said they have heard from voters, too, but some say they have heard more from voters who are against more gun regulation.

"We have never seen this takeover of the floor. It reminded me of what other countries, third-world countries, do in their legislative bodies, not the United States. A true disappointment," said U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas.

Cal Jillson, professor of politics at Southern Methodist University, believes the Democrats did accomplish something.

"Well, at the end of the day it increases the visibility of these gun issues, and to the Democrats' benefit and the Republicans' detriment, because about 85 percent of the American public believe it makes sense to have gun control – stop someone on a terrorist watch list who couldn't get on an airplane from buying a gun," Jillson said. "The Republicans are saying, 'No, that's too strict,' the public is saying, 'What, that's too strict? These are potential terrorists.'"

"The Republican argument is that people can get on the watch list wrongly, but a lot of people are on there are on there rightly rather than wrongly. And so the Republicans are in a very difficult position on the terrorist watch list issue and the greater scrutiny of guns bought at gun shows," Jillson added.



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<![CDATA[$25,000 Reward Offered in Slain Attorney Investigation]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:26:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tobolowsky-fire051616.jpg

A reward is now being offered in the murder of prominent Dallas attorney killed in his home last May.

The family of Ira Tobolowsky is offering a reward of $20,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. North Texas Crime Stoppers has added an additional $5,000, bringing the total reward offered to $25,000.

Anyone with information can call 877-373-TIPS or leave a message online at the North Texas Crime Commission's website. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

Firefighters discovered Tobolowsky's body in his garage after putting out a suspicious fire at his home on May 13. It's unclear exactly how Tobolowsky died, but his death is being investigated as a homicide by the Dallas Police Department.

At the time of his death Tobolowsky was involved in a high-profile, emotionally charged civil case. While it's unclear if the case is related to Tobolowsky's death, the presiding judge, Eric Moye, recused himself after saying he was concerned for his personal safety.

The defendant in the civil case, Steven Aubrey, asked for more than $500,000 from Tobolowsky and wrote that: “Tobolowsky must be punished with sanctions for his outrageous abuse of the judicial system and his violation of statutes, codes and rules.”

Police previously said that Aubrey is not a suspect in the murder investigation.



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