<![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-usFri, 27 Apr 2018 01:45:04 -0500Fri, 27 Apr 2018 01:45:04 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[ Ranchers, Conservationists Team Up to Save Butterflies]]>Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:41:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Monarch+Butterflies.jpg

Each year monarch butterflies help welcome spring to North Texas as they fly through the metroplex on an annual migration from Mexico, where they spend their winters, to Canada, where they go for the summer.

However, the species' population has dropped by 95 percent over the last 30 years, according to the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange. Much of the decline has to do with the loss of the butterfly's habitat across its migration route, which includes Texas.

In response to the population loss, the Environmental Defense Fund launched the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange, which has teamed up with ranches, including five in Texas, to rehabilitate a plant that the monarchs' rely on to breed, called milkweed.

"It concerns me deeply that monarch butterflies as a species are declining at such an incredibly accelerated rate," said Amy Greer, one of the ranchers registered with the exchange. "When you started seeing massive declines in numbers of populations, it's something we should all be paying attention to and something we should all worry about and be actively trying to solve those problems."

Greer is a rancher at Winters-Wall Ranch in Brady, which is in Central Texas. Three of the other Texas ranches working with the exchange are in the Austin area, while the fifth is Wagley Ranch near Mineral Wells.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering placing the monarch butterfly on its endangered species list, according to an EDF official -- something he thinks would surprise people.

"It's not like some rare species that you never see," said David Wolfe, the Director of Conservation Strategies for the EDF. "The monarch is something everyone knows and generally loves and it has this amazing migratory phenomenon, which is unique within the animal world."

"One of the things that's important to us is serving the land before we serve ourselves," George Greer, also of Winters-Wall Ranch, said. "That's what this program is helping us do."

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<![CDATA['Fixer Upper' Woodworker Lands His Own Show]]>Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:35:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Clint_Harp_Extra_how_Fixer_Upper_is_changing_Waco_1200x675_768689219653.jpg

Great news for "Fixer Upper" fans dealing with withdrawal, there's a spin-off of sorts coming out of Waco – Joanna Gaines' go-to woodworker is getting his own show.

Clint Harp and his wife Kelly took to Instagram to announce his show "Woodwork" will become a fixture on the DIY Network.

The show will feature the couple making wood furniture and accessories at their shop Harp Design Co. in Waco.

Harp quit his six-figure sales job to pursue his passion in woodworking.

The couple nearly went broke, and Harp was about to give up on his dream, when he struck up a conversation with Chip Gaines at a gas station – the rest, as they say, is history.

"Woodwork" premieres May 9.

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<![CDATA[Guilty Plea in Stolen Fajitas Worth $1.2M]]>Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:48:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/fajitas-generic.png

A South Texas man who pleaded guilty to stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas with taxpayer funds was sentenced Friday, a report says.

Gilberto Escamilla, 53, a former employee of the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department, was arrested in August after a food service driver called the department's kitchen to notify employees of an 800-pound delivery of fajitas, according to the Brownsville Herald.

The kitchen employee told the driver that the juvenile department does not serve fajitas, but the driver told her that he had been delivering fajitas there for the past nine years.

Escamilla was fired the next day.

Authorities later found packages of the stolen food in Esamilla's refrigerator. Prosecutors said he took $1,251,578 of fajita orders and delivered them to his own customers, according to the report.

Escamilla has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for theft by a public servant. Prosecutors said they wanted to send a "strong message" to public employees.

“It was selfish. It started small and got bigger and out of control,” Escamilla said while testifying, the report said. “It got to the point where I couldn’t control it anymore.”

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<![CDATA[Poll Suggests Texans Support Legalizing a Little Weed]]>Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:08:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cms1139.jpg

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, 61 percent of Texas respondents are favor of legalizing small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

The random telephone poll was conducted April 12 - 17 and included responses from more than 1,000 self-identified registered voters.

Drilling down into the data, Republicans opposed legalizing small amounts of pot 51 percent to 43 percent and voters over 65 opposed it 51 percent to 40 percent.

Quinnipiac said every other demographic based on party, gender, age, education and racial group supported it.

"Texans are not much different than voters in other parts of the country. They support almost 2-1 the idea of allowing small amounts of marijuana for personal use," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll.

Of the respondents, 31 percent identified as Republican, 24 percent were Democrat, 36 percent were Independent and 10 percent were Other.

What do you think? Share your opinion below.

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<![CDATA[Texas Groups Show 'Displeasure' Over Trump Plan]]>Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:42:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas-traffic-night-generic.jpg

Collin County is considered the most heavily-tolled county in Texas.

But a new proposal by President Trump could mean even more toll roads in the future — not just in Collin County, but across the state.

The plan calls for more toll roads and public/private partnerships to cover the cost of $1.5 trillion dollars in improvements.

Public pushback to the proposal is growing.

“At the end of the day, this hurts Texas families,” said Terri Hall with Texans For Toll-Free Highways.

Last week, Hall delivered a letter to Washington signed by 60 conservative grassroots groups across Texas.

“If we've already paid for the road we shouldn't have to come back in and pay a toll on a lane that today we drive on for free. So we wanted to make sure that message was communicated to not mess with Texas,” Hall said.

The White House has said the plan, which was released in February, is a framework for lawmakers to work with, and is not set in stone.

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<![CDATA['Pearls of Steel' Cartoon Honors Barbara Bush]]>Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:49:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bush_Cartoon_Artists_6p_41918.jpg

"Pearls of Steel," a cartoon depicting former first lady Barbara Bush reuniting in Heaven with the 3-year-old daughter she lost to cancer, has quickly spread across social media in recent days.

<![CDATA[TxDOT Waiving $1.3 Billion in Late Toll Fees: Report]]>Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:01:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/toll_tag_glitch.jpg

The Texas Department of Transportation says it's waiving $1.3 billion in late fees for drivers who failed to pay their bills on time, a report says.

Austin NBC affiliate KXAN reported Wednesday that TxDOT is clearing late fees accumulated between 2007 and March 1, 2018. That's when Senate Bill 312 began capping toll late fees at $48 annually.

Customers will see the new late fee of $4 per statement on their bills following 30 days of nonpayment. Any toll charges remaining on those statements still need to be paid.

TxDOT said it could take a few weeks for the late fees to be removed from statements.

According to KXAN, the change came a year-long investigation revealing TxDOT sent 2.2 million debtor accounts to collections last year alone. KXAN reported that the station heard from hundreds of toll users, some whom owed thousands of dollars in late fees alone as well as others who claim their bills were sent to the wrong address.

Toll late fees will only be waived for TxDOT-operated toll roads. You can see a full list of Texas toll roads and toll bridges here.

<![CDATA[Deputy Wounded After Shootout in Houston Suburb]]>Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:32:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/harris-county-constable-041718.jpg

A deputy constable was wounded after a shootout in a Houston suburb early Tuesday morning, officials say.

The Precinct four deputy responded to a disturbance call in the northeast Harris County suburb of Atascocita and was confronted by an armed man who began opening fire, investigators said.

Deputies returned fire, shooting the man at least 22 times, investigators said. The man was transported to a hospital. His condition has not been released.

The wounded deputy constable, identified as Christopher Gaines, was airlifted to a hospital with gunshot wounds in his legs, authorities said. A picture tweeted by the Precinct 4 Constable showed Gaines lying on a hospital bed before being taken into surgery.

A second deputy was transported to a hospital with minor injuries, according to authorities.

The gunman's identity was not released.

The investigation is ongoing.

Check back for the latest on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Minnesota Woman Sought in Death of Husband, Florida Woman May Be in Texas]]>Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:37:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/041318+Identity+Thief.png
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