<![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, 17 Jul 2018 18:38:51 -0500Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:38:51 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Texas Goes From Compliant to Committed, Winning With Herman]]>Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:58:47 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tom+Herman+Texas+Football+071718.jpg

Texas has gone from compliant to committed under coach Tom Herman, and is winning again.

When Herman appeared at Big 12 media days for the first time last summer, the Longhorns were coming off three consecutive losing seasons and he had yet to coach a game in Austin.

"We had a lot of compliant guys, 'yes sir' and nod your head and do what you're asked to do," Herman said Tuesday in his return to the media days. "But I don't know that really deep down (they) believed in their core that the way that we're doing things is the only way that you can win championships."

The Longhorns didn't win a championship in Herman's first season, but they finished 7-6 after a 33-16 win over Missouri in the Texas Bowl.

"Without a doubt in my mind, the belief in that locker room is there," Herman said of the change.

While Big 12 preseason favorite Oklahoma has been to the College Football Playoff twice in the last three years, Texas is still the league's last national champion -- 13 seasons ago with quarterback Vince Young.

Only Oklahoma, West Virginia and TCU were picked ahead of the Longhorns in the preseason media poll. The Sooners and West Virginia play the day after Thanksgiving in Morgantown, a regular season finale that would be a preview of the Big 12 championship the following week if the preseason predictions pan out.

"Don't know, never done it, and not going to think about it," Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said when asked about possibility playing Oklahoma in consecutive weeks. "We've got to play Tennessee. That's our first game."

Texas and West Virginia are the only Big 12 teams with two non-conference games against Power Five teams. The Longhorns open at Maryland and also host USC, while WVU plays the Volunteers on the opening weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, and later goes to North Carolina State.

The Mountaineers are going into their seventh Big 12 season, and are 27-27 in conference games since moving from the Big East.

With preseason Big 12 offensive player of the year Will Grier at quarterback and top receiver David Sills V also back, West Virginia is now considered one of the league's favorites. Holgorsen knows that will lead to plenty of questions about handling expectations.

"We welcome expectations. Heck, you want `em to talk about you," Holgorsen said. "I don't care where you're picked. Doesn't matter, there's pressure everywhere, pressure to live up to the expectations or pressure to create expectations, and I think our guys are old. I think our coaching staff has tremendous continuity, been around."

Grier, the former Florida quarterback, threw for 3,490 yards and 34 touchdowns at WVU before breaking the middle finger on his throwing hand when diving for the end zone in the 11th game last season. Sills had 60 catches for 980 yards and a nation-best 18 touchdowns.

Bill Snyder is going into his 27th season overall at Kansas State, and the 10th since his return after a three-year "retirement." He will turn 79 in October.

"Am I surprised he's still coaching? No, I'm not," said Mike Gundy, the former Oklahoma State quarterback going into his 14th season as the Cowboys coach. "I will be surprised when he's not coaching. ... The everyday operation or game-day approach with his team is very similar to what it was when I competed against him as a player in 1989."

Going into only his second season, Herman believes the culture he has tried to establish is already "fully ingrained" in the current players.

Herman, the offensive coordinator for Ohio State's national championship team four years ago before two seasons as Houston's head coach, expressed excitement about retaining all his staff, as well as the addition of a top recruiting class. There was also very limited roster attrition, and the Longhorns have two older quarterbacks with experience in Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele.

"We had a tremendous amount of growth last season," Herman said. "Although our record was not up to the championship expectations that we have at the University of Texas. I think that anybody that has watched us play, anybody that's been around our program, understands that we're playing harder, we're playing more physical, we're playing more cohesive than our program has in quite some time."

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<![CDATA[Shock and Fury Among Texans as President Defends Russia]]>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:56:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_18197582936592-Trump-Putin-Summit.jpg

Texas lawmakers in both parties expressed shock and dismay at President Donald Trump's eagerness to brush aside allegations of Russian meddling in U.S. elections and other misdeeds at his summit Monday with Vladimir Putin.

Amid the outcry, few Republicans from Texas were rallying to Trump's defense.

"I don't think we should be taking a former KGB colonel's word for what their intelligence apparatus is doing or not doing. I believe our intelligence community," Sen. John Cornyn told CNN after Trump -- sharing a stage with the Russian strongman -- asserted that he's not sure whether to believe American spy agencies or Russia regarding allegations of cyber attacks aimed at tilting the 2016 presidential election in his direction.

Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Massive Hammerhead Shark Caught Off Texas Coast]]>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:25:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/hammerhead+shark+caught.jpg

A fisherman caught a very large shark, with, he says, the intentions of returning it to the Gulf of Mexico in Corpus Christi, but it didn't quite work out as planned.

The huge hammerhead shark began dying before the catch and release effort was complete.

The fisherman, Poco Cedillo, reeled in the 14-foot shark Sunday, measured it and took photos.

But the photos he posted on social media sparked controversy.

Cedillo said the shark's health began to fail when tried to release it.

He enlisted the help of some experts, but it was too late to save its life, so Cedillo donated 400 pounds of shark meat to a homeless shelter.

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<![CDATA[Officer Shoots, Kills Man With Gun in Brazoria County]]>Sun, 15 Jul 2018 20:06:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police-tape-lights-generic.jpg

An officer in Alvin, Texas, just outside of Houston, shot and killed a man who was waving a gun at officers, according to police.

At about 4 p.m. on Sunday, officers responded to the 500 block of N. Fifth Street. Someone in the residence told officers the suspect had said he was suicidal and fired a shot into the home. The suspect fled the scene with a firearm on a motorcycle.

Within minutes, officers spotted the suspect's motorcycle at a church in the 2000 block of W. Lang Street. Officers searched for the suspect who emerged from a nearby wooded area with a gun.

The officers repeatedly told the suspect to put the weapon on the ground. The suspect screamed at the officers to shoot him as he waved the gun around.

The suspect eventually put the gun on the ground, but as officers closed in, he picked the gun back up and was shot by an officer.

Officers treated the suspect at the scene until the arrival of EMS. The suspect was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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<![CDATA[Austin Becomes Home to Army's High-Tech Futures Command]]>Sat, 14 Jul 2018 21:33:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Downtown+Austin+022916.jpg

The Army made it official this morning that Austin will be the home of its new Futures Command headquarters. "Austin, Texas, was chosen based on its quality of life and proximity to commercial technology, research and development and academic innovation," the Army said in a video announcement on its website.

In a contest that has been called the military's version of Amazon's second headquarters sweepstakes, Austin has been selected as the home of the Army's new Futures Command, where sci-fi ideas become reality.

Austin beat out four other finalists, including Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Raleigh, N.C. Dallas had been one of the initial 15 cities considered before that list was pared down in early June.

Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Cruz Sees 'Very Bad' News in Bid to Fend Off O'Rourke]]>Sat, 14 Jul 2018 23:15:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ted_Cruz_on_NRA_Convention_1200x675_1226096195853.jpg

With Democrats pouring money into the Texas Senate race faster than his own donors, Sen. Ted Cruz issued a plea Friday that called the news "very bad" for his re-election bid.

Candidates often employ dire language to shake backers from complacency. But it's no hyperbole to say the one-term Texas Republican is getting a run for his money from El Paso Congressman Beto O'Rourke.

On Wednesday, the Democrat announced an attention-grabbing $10.4 million haul for the three months ending June 30 — more than double Cruz's $4.6 million tally.

Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

<![CDATA[Valdez Campaign Makes Three North Texas Stops]]>Sat, 14 Jul 2018 20:03:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lupe+Valdez+campaign+stop+071418.jpg

The Democratic nominee for Texas governor, Lupe Valdez, made three campaign stops in North Texas Saturday.

Valdez, the former Dallas County Sheriff, met with supporters in McKinney, Fort Worth and Weatherford.

Valdez trailed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the Republican incumbent, by 12 points in a late-June University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.

According to the Valdez campaign's Facebook page, the candidate's next event will be Sunday at the Dallas Blue Wave Rally in Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Why Parker County Peach Festival is the Best]]>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 07:50:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/parker-county-peach-fest-hutton-farms.jpg

The big event in Parker County this weekend is the annual peach festival, which draws thousands each year. Hutton Fruit Farm, one of the peach suppliers for the festival, explained why Parker County is the best.

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<![CDATA[Mexican Consul Says Texas Sheriff Defends Stops in Meeting]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 17:49:51 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mass_Immigration_Trials_Implemented_in_San_Diego.jpg

A Mexican diplomat says a Texas sheriff told him he stood by a traffic sting that led to the arrest of 14 undocumented immigrants, many of whom were later deported.

Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez is Mexico's general consul in Austin. He has been outspoken since the June 23 arrests and called it an escalation of collaboration between local police and immigration authorities.

Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook has said the traffic operation had "nothing to do with immigration" and that his deputies didn't ask about citizenship. A new Texas law banning "sanctuary cities" doesn't require officers to ask about immigration status but gives the option.

Cook didn't immediately respond to messages Thursday.

Gonzalez called a meeting Wednesday with the sheriff cordial but "kind of frustrating."

<![CDATA[AAA: Statewide Gas Prices Up Slightly Due to Strong Demand]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 08:52:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-gas-prices-generic-gasoline.jpg

The statewide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel is currently $2.66, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That is about a penny more than last year, but 61 cents higher compared to this day last year (7/12).

Of the metropolitan areas surveyed, drivers in Midland are paying the most, approximately $3.12 per gallon. San Antonio drivers are paying the least, approximately $2.53 per gallon.

Drivers in Dallas and Fort Worth are seeing prices that closely reflect the state average.

Texans are paying nearly a quarter less than the national average, which is $2.88 per gallon.

After "a record Independence Day travel period... demand for gasoline this summer remains very strong," driving prices up, according to AAA. More than half the gas stations across the country are charging $2.76 or more per gallon.

“As Texans get into the swing of summertime travel, gas prices in most cities across the state are going up slightly due to increased demand,” said Joshua Zuber, AAA Texas spokesperson.

Visit AAA's website for more information.

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<![CDATA[President Trump Sends Signed 'MAGA' Hat to Texas Teen]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:08:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/maga-hat-assault.jpg

A teenager whose "Make America Great Again" hat was taken at a Whataburger received a new cap signed by President Trump, San Antonio's NBC affiliate WOAI reports.

The video of 16-year-old Hunter Richard's "MAGA" hat being taken off his head at a San Antonio Whataburger went viral and caught Donald Trump Jr.'s attention.

Trump Jr. tweeted he would send Richard a cap signed by the president, and ultimately followed through.

The man who took the hat off Richard's head, 30-year-old Kino Jimenez, was later arrested and charged with theft.

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<![CDATA[Abbott Agrees to Debate Valdez Once - During Friday Football]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 19:48:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/abbott-and-valdez.jpg

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, cribbing a page from former Gov. Rick Perry's re-election playbook, announced late Wednesday that he'll submit to one debate this fall against Democrat Lupe Valdez -- during Friday night football.

Abbott said he's accepted an invitation from Irving-based Nexstar Media Group to host and televise from Austin a one-hour gubernatorial debate at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28. That's a Friday.

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It will be carried on 12 Texas television stations Nexstar owns, in addition to partner stations in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, Abbott's campaign said.

Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

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