<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Texas News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcdfw.com/feature/texas-newshttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.pngNBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worthhttps://www.nbcdfw.comen-usTue, 23 Jan 2018 20:05:54 -0600Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:05:54 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[More Texas Women are Running for Higher Office]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:06:51 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/women-running-for-office-texas.jpg

A growing number of Texas women have filed paperwork to run for higher office – in particular, seats in Washington, D.C. and in Austin.

About 50 women have filed paperwork to run for Congressional seats ahead of the March primary, and as many as 100 women have filed for seats in the Texas Legislature, according to Annie’s List, an organization that “has recruited, trained and supported progressive women running for office in Texas.”

“When women run for office, women win. And as we see more women win, more will run. It is an exciting time!” said Patsy Woods Martin, Executive Director of Annie’s List.

There are 38 members of the Texas Congressional delegation – 36 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 2 United States Senators – and only three of them are women.

Those women – U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, (R) 12th District, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, (D) 18th District and U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, (D) 30th District – were all elected between 1992 and 1996. And Kay Granger, of Fort Worth, was the female freshman elected to a full term to represent Texas in Congress, and that was 22 years ago.

“I am very aware that I was the first Republican woman to be elected to serve In the House of Representatives from Texas,” Rep. Granger told NBC DFW. “I didn’t expect after 22 years to still be the only Republican woman to serve in that capacity. I am fully ready to share that place in Texas.”

Deborah Gagliardi, of Arlington, very much wants to join Rep. Granger as a Republican Congresswoman from Texas. Gagliardi is among a group of contenders campaigning to replace U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, who is stepping down amid scandal from the seat he has held in the Texas 6th District for the past 30-plus years.

“I'm not saying anyone should vote for me just because I am a woman. I would be offended by that, but we are very, very under represented,” Gagliardi said.

Gagliardi is a business owner and an engineer who has worked for decades in the construction industry.

She has been involved in Republican politics in Tarrant County for years, and even previously sought a city council seat in Arlington once before. But Gagliardi was not motivated to run for Congress until Barton’s sexting scandal came to light and she said she was rebuffed by the Republican “Good old boys network” when she inquired about how the party was planning to respond.

“I have four daughters and I don't want them working in that environment,” Gagliardi said. “Texas women have been in the background doing the work and whenever I, every time I would speak up I was told to sit down and shut up.”

In Dallas County, Lillian Salerno has also mounted a first-time Congressional campaign. Salerno is a Democrat who is campaigning to replace U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, (R) 32nd District.

Like Gagliardi, Salerno is also a businesswoman. But politics became a second career, of sorts, for Salerno following an appointment to serve under President Barack Obama in the United States Department of Agriculture. For parts of 6 years, from 2012 to 2017, Salerno served as the Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development, to ensure “rural communities had access to safe drinking water, affordable housing, and high-speed broadband,” according to her campaign website.

Although Salerno has been involved in politics, it was not until the era of President Donald Trump that she decided to put her name on a ballot.

“That this country could elect someone like that and that we all sit by I think that is where you get women [running for office in increased numbers.] They are outraged,” Salerno said. “And they are so sick of a bunch of good old boys deciding how to live their lives in Washington, D.C. and Austin, and they want power. And I know they deserve power.”

Salerno noted that Texas women are “woefully underrepresented” in Washington, and that “we are not going to take it anymore.”

The Texas Primary will be held on Tuesday, March 6.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Abbott Names New TPWD Chairman]]>Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:00:24 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ralph-duggins-inset.jpg

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday Fort Worth's Ralph Duggins has been named presiding officer of the Parks and Wildlife Commission.

Duggins was first appointed to the commission in 2008 and reappointed in 2013. The commission manages and conserves the natural and cultural resources of Texas and provides hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Here's more from the governor's office on Duggins:

Ralph Duggins of Fort Worth is partner of the Fort Worth-Dallas law firm of Cantey Hanger LLP. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Colorado Bar Association. He is also a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a master of the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, and former member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee. He serves as a director of The Peregrine Fund and the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. Additionally, he is former chairman of Cook Children's Healthcare System and Cook Children's Healthcare Foundation, a former advisory director for J.P. Morgan Chase - Tarrant County, and a former director of Lena Pope Home, Inc. and Lena Pope Foundation. Duggins received a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri.

Photo Credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department]]>
<![CDATA[Dr Pepper-Drinking Texas Donkey Returns Home After 2 Years]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:39:10 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/192*120/Dr-Pepper-Drinking-Donkey.png

Where did Oscar, the Dr Pepper-drinking donkey go for two years? That's what his owners in Paradise, Texas, would like to find out.

Hershel Pearson submitted a photo to NBC 5 this week, showing a donkey named "Oscar" drinking happily from a Dr Pepper can.

The caption read, "Oscar, our Dr Pepper drinking donkey suddenly disappeared over two years ago, and suddenly reappeared this week."

Of course, we wanted to know more.

Pearson told us Oscar, whose job on the ranch was keeping wild hogs away, vanished without a trace more than two years ago from their farm located on County Road 3690, about eight miles outside Springtown, in Wise County.

Pearson checked with his neighboring ranchers, called the Wise County pound, and combed the area for Oscar, but no luck.

"I don't know if he was on a space mission or went to the moon or what," Pearson said. "There ain't no explanation that I can come up with."

It wasn't until this week that Oscar reappeared, apparently unharmed and — besides needing his hooves trimmed — in good health.

Pearson wasn't positive it was really him, until he opened a fresh can of Dr Pepper.

The donkey immediately began drinking it, just like old times, according to Pearson.

"I just felt like I was going to faint. I couldn't believe he showed back up," Pearson said.

We asked how Oscar became such a fan of the Texas-made drink. 

When Oscar was a foal, Pearson said, he placed his open Dr Pepper on a bench, and Oscar knocked it over and began drinking it. 

After that, Pearson gave him sips of his drink every now and then, until it eventually became routine, and grew to be Oscar's favorite beverage.

Pearson said he wonders if someone was involved with Oscar's disappearance years ago, but for now, he's just happy to have him back home.

As to why Oscar came home?

"Oh, I don't know. He probably missed the Dr Pepper," Pearson said.

Photo Credit: Hershel Pearson]]>
<![CDATA[Video Shows Texas Jewelry Heist]]>Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:50:31 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Video_Shows_Texas_Jewelry_Heist_1200x675_1140060739950.jpg

Sugar Land police are looking for two men who they say got away with $2 million worth of jewels after they smashed display cases in a jewelry store. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Sugar Land Police Department at 281-275-2540 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS.

Photo Credit: Sugar Land Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[3 Charged With Capital Murder in Houston-Area Couple's Death]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:19:12 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_doublemurder0117_1920x1080.jpg

Three men have been charged with capital murder after investigators accused them of following a suburban Houston couple to their home in an upscale gated community, forcing them into their house at gunpoint, killing them, then ransacking their house.

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<![CDATA['Guns Up' Signal Gets TX Tech Student in Trouble With TSA]]>Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:46:22 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/durkin.png

A Texas Tech University sophomore learned the hard way that sometimes she may have to contain her school spirit.

On the afternoon of January 6, Diana Durkin, 19, was traveling back to Lubbock after spending the holidays with her family in Houston.

While in the security line at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, she saw someone wearing a Texas Tech sweatshirt.

Durkin immediately threw her "Guns Up" signal at her fellow Red Raider. (The signal is each index finger and thumb pointing up in the shape of a gun.)

Soon after, Durkin said a Transportation Security Administration agent tapped her on the shoulder and said "you can't throw a gun signal up in an airport."

The agent quickly pulled Durkin to the side of the line.

"No, I'm so sorry. I go to Texas Tech," Durkin told the agent as she began to cry. "I meant nothing by it."

The security team then opened and inspected her luggage and patted her down.

Approximately 15 minutes later, they let her go with a warning.

Before her flight took off, she tweeted about what happened.

By the time the plane landed 90 minutes later, her tweet already had more than 5,000 likes.

Since then, Durkin's tweet has gone viral, with nearly 40,000 likes and 3,900 retweets.

Even Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted about it.

And Texas Tech said they're proud of Durkin's school pride.

Durkin told NBC 5 she was terrified at first, but then realized they were just doing their job.

"I laugh about it now, but it was really scary at the time," said Durkin.

Photo Credit: Diana Durkin
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<![CDATA[Semi Falls Over Bridge, Crushes Car Near Houston]]>Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:17:10 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Semi_Falls_Over_Bridge_Crushes_Car_1200x675_1134953539660.jpg

A tractor-trailer fell from a Houston-area overpass, crushing a car that was traveling underneath. There was no immediate word on injuries involved.

<![CDATA[Texas Death Row Inmates Lose Appeals]]>Mon, 08 Jan 2018 10:59:05 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-1609760.jpg

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review appeals from two Texas death row inmates, including a San Antonio man convicted of killing a convenience store owner during a robbery and man condemned for his involvement in the slaying of a former suburban Houston police officer's wife.

The high court, without comment Monday, refused the cases of 34-year-old Christopher Young and 60-year-old Joseph Prystash. Neither has an execution date.

Young's lawyers argued his Bexar County jurors may have received incomplete instructions at his 2006 trial for fatally shooting 55-year-old store owner Hasmukh Patel.

Prystash's attorneys raised questions about jury selection and instructions and evidence at his trial for being the middleman in a plot orchestrated by former Missouri City police officer Robert Fratta to murder 34-year-old Farah Fratta in 1994.

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<![CDATA[Widow of Late Texas Governor Bill Clements Dies at 86]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:53:21 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newest-rita.jpg

Rita Crocker Clements, widow of late Texas Governor Bill Clements, died Saturday morning. She was 86 years old.

An official obituary released by the family says she passed away peacefully in her sleep.

A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. on Thursday January 11 at St. Michaels All Angels Church in Dallas.

She is survived by her brother, four children and 13 grandchildren.  

Rita Crocker Clements was born in 1931 in Newton Kansas. She married Bill Clements in 1975, and served as the First Lady of Texas from 1979 until 1983 and again from 1987-1991.

Bill Clements died on May 29, 2011.

You can read the full text of the obituary below.

"Rita Crocker Clements, the widow of former Texas Governor Bill Clements, passed away peacefully in her sleep early Saturday morning.
Mrs. Clements, 86, was active politically, philanthropically and in corporate America.
She was born in Newton, Kansas, in 1931 to Mason Crocker and his wife, Florabel. The family moved to Brady, Texas, when she was 10. She was a graduate of The Hockaday School of Dallas in 1949 and graduated with honors from The University of Texas in Austin. She had four children with Richard Bass of Dallas. In 1975, she married Bill Clements, the founder of the oil drilling company SEDCO. He served as Deputy Secretary of Defense under Presidents Nixon and Ford and was elected to two non-consecutive terms as Governor of Texas.
Mrs. Clements was a key strategist in each of Governor Clements’ campaigns and active in preserving the state’s rich heritage through her leadership in the Texas Main Street program, part of the Texas Historic Commission. She also led the renovation of the Governor’s Mansion from 1979-1982.
Mrs. Clements became active politically at an early age as a volunteer for Dwight Eisenhower’s 1952 presidential campaign. She was state co-chair for the 1964 presidential campaign for Barry Goldwater. She was appointed to the Republican National Committee in 1973.
She served on a number of corporate boards, including La Quinta Motor Inns and Dr Pepper. Philanthropically, she was a major contributor to the Hockaday School and on the board of The O’Donnell Foundation of Dallas, which focuses on education initiatives nationally.
Mrs. Clements was a passionate advocate of education and served on the University of Texas System Board of Regents, first appointed by Governor George W. Bush and re-appointed by Governor Rick Perry.
She is survived by her brother, Byron Crocker of Beaumont, Texas, as well as four children, Dan Bass of Salt Lake City, and children Jim Bass, Barbara Moroney and Bonnie Smith, all of Dallas. She also has 13 grandchildren.
A memorial service to celebrate her life is set for 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 11 at St. Michaels and All Angels Church in Dallas."

Saturday evening, President and Mrs. George W. Bush released a statement about her passing.

"We are saddened to learn that our friend, Rita Clements, has died. When we think of Rita, we think of a strong Texas woman and a pioneer in the Republican party. She was a wonderful First Lady for the Lone Star State. We remember Rita's love of history - an interest from which we benefitted when we lived with the collection of historical are and furniture she curated for the Texas Governor's Mansion. Most of all, we remember a friend whose beloved family and state loved her back and will miss her."

Dallas Businessman T. Boone Pickens also released a statement.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News
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