<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.comen-usFri, 20 Apr 2018 15:21:25 -0500Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:21:25 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Mickey Mantle Baseball Card Sells For World Record $2.88 M]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:42:50 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mickey+Mantle+Card.jpg

A 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card, in mint condition, sells for a world record $2.88 million at a public auction on Thursday, April 19.

Heritage Auctions sold the baseball card for $2.6 million over the auction record for a post-war baseball card.

The card was handed over from a private collection of former NFL lineman and Super Bowl Champion Evan Mathis.

The card’s superior condition fueled vigorous bidding resulting in the highest bidding price ever paid at the auction for baseball card.

"The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card captures the attention of baseball fans, serious collectors, and investors alike and this auction made it one of the most valuable sports collectibles in existence," said Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage, Chris Ivy.

Ivy said that more and more investors are understanding that elite collectibles are an asset with that rare tandem of low risk and high reward.

Mathis offered Heritage Auctions the world record selling card for one simple reason. He wanted to finance a new home in Tennessee so his wife and daughter can live closer to family.

Photo Credit: Heritage Auctions]]>
<![CDATA[Construction Worker Injured at Plano Site]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:54:21 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/221*120/Constructionworker1.JPG

A construction worker has non-life-threatening injuries after falling at a site in Plano, officials said.

The man fell approximately 10 feet down off of a ladder from the 16th floor onto the 15th floor, Plano Fire Deputy Chief Kelly Helm said. The man was trying to grab a load off a construction crane and fell. He was wearing a harness that was attached to the building.

The stairs haven't been built high enough so rescue workers had to hoist him down with a crane.

The man faces serious injuries that are non-life-threatening.

The construction site is called LVL29 and will be Legacy West's tallest tower at 29 stories. The $100 million residential high rise will be the tallest residential building outside of Dallas. It's expected to be finished in early 2019.

<![CDATA[Texas Adds 32,000 Non-Farm Positions in March]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:47:42 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/8041250965_6722474919_k+%281%29.jpg

Texas adds 32,000 non-farm jobs in March adjusting the unemployment rate to a steady four percent.

The rate continues to remain below the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent.

The 32,000 seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs in March marked 21 consecutive months of employment growth.

Over the year, Texas has added a total of 294,100 jobs for annual employment growth rate of 2.4 percent in March.

Photo Credit: Marcus Calderon/Flickr]]>
<![CDATA[How to Customize Alerts in the NBC DFW App]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:33:28 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/News-Alerts-Image.jpg

Our latest app update allows you to select the categories of news alerts you want to get from NBC DFW on your iOS device. We’ve included topics that matter most to you, based on your feedback, and you can find all the alerts in one place.

You can select from News, Traffic, Sports, Consumer, Health or What’s on NBC 5 Alerts.

To personalize your notifications, first check "Allow Notifications” when you download the new app. Click on the NBC 5 logo in the top left corner, then hit the gear icon in the top right corner. On iOS devices, select Alert Settings under Notifications.

The news alert categories will automatically be on if you allowed notifications on your device. Make your selections by toggling the blue button off or on next to each topic.

News alerts will keep you updated on the latest and most urgent stories of the day in Dallas-Fort Worth, the U.S, and the World.

Traffic alerts will keep you in the know about major road closures, crashes and traffic troubles across Dallas-Fort Worth.

Sports alerts will bring you everything from the world of sports – look for all the news about the Cowboys, Rangers, Stars or Mavericks.

Consumer alerts will bring you great stories from the NBC 5 Responds team to the latest recalls and scam alerts.

Health alerts will bring you everything from flu and West Nile updates to the latest health breakthroughs.

What’s on NBC 5 will include updates on the big stories you’ll see in our newscasts to the updates on programming changes – if 'Days of Our Lives' is pre-empted and will air overnight, you’ll find out here!

Notice you can also control your weather alerts in the same menu.

Weather Experts gives you messages from our weather team, including the daily forecast information.

NWS Severe Weather Alerts delivers alerts issued by the National Weather Service (such as tornado warnings).

Lighting Alerts are alerts about lightning near you (beneficial for people with pools or golfers).

Precipitation Alerts are the alerts about rain near the location(s) you selected.

If you don’t see these options in the app settings, make sure you have version 5.8 or later on your device.

We hope you enjoy our new app (Download it HERE for iOS)

Updates are coming soon to Android.

Please rate it in the app store and send us your feedback to KXASdigitalfeedback@nbcuni.com.

Your comments will help us improve the app experience.

<![CDATA[Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Seizure]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:23:14 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police+lights28.jpg

The Department of Public Safety pulls over a man for a traffic violation and ends up discovering 40 kilograms on methamphetamine in the vehicle on Tuesday evening.

At approximately 9:00 pm the DPS pulled over Jordan Fasci, 22-years-old, in a 2007 Toyota SUV, for a traffic violation and found several other indicators of possible criminal activity.

Officials conducted a search and found 40 kilograms of methamphetamine that were being transported from El Paso to Dallas.

Margarita Cisneros, 21-years-old, was the passenger with Fasci. Both were arrested and charged with felony manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance.

Both were taken to the Palo Pinto County jail.

<![CDATA[Semi Catches Fire on I-20]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:15:55 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLM_MC_METRO_TERREL+SEM_KXASH4LV_2018-04-20-09-19-46.jpg

A semi caught fire Friday morning at approximately 2 a.m. shutting down all westbound lanes of Interstate 20.

The fire was located east of Rosehill Road and west of FM 2578.

The left lane reopened a couple hours later at 4 a.m. for traffic to slowly start moving.

Tarrell Fire Department and police arrived on scene and were able to contain the fire to the cargo.

No information has been given as to how the semi caught on fire.

Photo Credit: Metro Video Dallas / Fort Worth]]>
<![CDATA[North Texas Students Join National Walk-Out Protest Friday]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:08:08 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/frisco-walkouts.jpg

Students from several North Texas high schools walked out of class Friday, taking part in a national walk-out supporting gun control activism.

The protests were planned for Friday to coincide with the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado. Since that time, there have been more than two-dozen deadly school shootings in America, including the Valentine's Day attack in Parkland, Florida.

Thursday, students in Frisco prepared for their protest. A few dozen teenagers met at a park in Frisco to make posters for the walkouts. Students from all nine Frisco high schools plan to participate.

“I want to be able to graduate with my classmates. I don't want anyone to be missing on the alphabet,” said Haley Ott, a senior at Frisco Centennial High School.

Nationwide walkouts began at about 10 a.m. 

Students who walk out do risk facing disciplinary action. What that means can vary from school to school.

Click here for information about student rights.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Newy's 2018 NFL Mock Draft]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:56:40 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/192*120/usa-taven-bryan-harold-landry-rashaan-evans.jpg

  1. Cleveland; Sam Darnold QB USC  
    The Browns need to finally take a quarterback in the first round after passing on Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson.
  2. N.Y. Giants; Bradley Chubb DE N.C. State
    The Giants have to replace JPP. Chubb can get the QB.
  3. N.Y. Jets; Josh Rosen QB UCLA   
    Might turn out to be the best QB in the 2018 draft.
  4. Cleveland; Saquan Barkley RB Penn State
    The best player rated in the draft will help QB Tyrod Taylor.
  5. Denver; Josh Allen QB Wyoming
    **trade with Buffalo. The Bills give up a boatload for a strong arm QB who has accuracy problems.
  6. Indy; Quenton Nelson G; Notre Dame
    The Colts get a highly graded player who can be ten year starter.
  7. Tampa Bay; Denzel Ward CB Ohio State 
    The Bucs need a corner. Vernon Hargreaves was a miss two years ago.
  8. Chicago; Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
    The Bears need to find a way to get to Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins.
  9. San Francisco; Roquan Smith LB Georgia
    I can’t see Ruben Foster playing for this club after his domestic violence arrest. Time to get another LB.
  10. Oakland; Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama 
    Jon Gruden lucks into the best DB the Raiders have drafted since Charles Woodson.
  11. Miami; Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma 
    The Ryan Tannehill Era may be ending with Baker coming to South Beach.
  12. Buffalo; Vita Vea DT Washington
    ***trade with Denver. The Broncos need some beef up front because Kareem Hunt, Melvin Gordon & Beast Mode are in the division.
  13. Washington; Derwin James S FSU
    James is a playmaker and will make a difference for Washington.
  14. Green Bay; Marcus Davenport OLB UTSA 
    The Packers need to improve their defense. Davenport will help their pass rush. The Packers were 17th in sacks last season.
  15. Arizona; Calvin Ridley WR Alabama 
    Larry Fitzgerald is 35-years old and 2018 could be his final year. Ridley is a need.
  16. Baltimore; Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina
    Joe Flacco loves throwing to the tight end. Hurst is the top rated at the position.
  17. L.A. Chargers; Daron Payne DT Alabama
    Payne is a power run stuffer who excelled at Alabama.
  18. Seattle; Harold Landry DE Boston College 
    Seattle has to replace Michael Bennett at defensive end.
  19. Dallas Cowboys; Rashaan Evans LB Alabama 
    Sean Lee never plays 16 games. Anthony Hitchens left for K.C. Evans fits a need.
  20. Detroit; Taven Bryant DT Florida 
    New coach Matt Patricia gets a piece for his Lions defense.
  21. Cincinnati; Mike McGlinchey T Notre Dame
    Marvin Lewis must fix his offense line. McGlinchey can be a solid RT for years.
  22. Buffalo; Connor Williams T Texas
    **Trade with Buffalo. Local DFW kid gets taken in the first round.
  23. New England; Kolton Miller T UCLA
    The Pats lost Nate Solder to the Giants. They must protect soon to be 41-year old Tom Brady.
  24. Carolina; Will Hernandez G UTEP
    Carolina has Norv Turner as their OC. He likes to pound the rock. Hernandez allows them to do so.
  25. Tennessee; Leighton Vander Esch LB Boise State
    Titans are getting old at the LB spot. Time to draft a young pup.
  26. Atlanta; Maurice Hurst DT Michigan
    The last man rated on LandryFootball.com’s list of first round graded players.
  27. New Orleans; Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma
    Drew Brees gets a legit passing target. They finally replace Jimmy Graham.
  28. Pittsburgh; Josh Jackson CB Iowa
    Another DFW product goes in the first round. The Steelers have needed a CB upgrade for years.
  29. Jacksonville; DJ Moore WR Maryland
    His old WR coach at Maryland is Keenan McCardell…now the Jags WR coach.
  30. Minnesota; Isaiah Wynn G Georiga
    You can’t go wrong with an offensive lineman who can play several spots.
  31. New England; Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
    Belichick is a DB guy. He gets the fourth best DB in the draft who has return ability.
  32. Philadelphia; Derrius Guice RB LSU
    First round talent. He is too good for the world champs to pass up. Big time upgrade in the run game.

Photo Credit: CSNPhilly.com]]>
<![CDATA[Main Street FW Arts Festival Will Go on Despite Forecast]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:17:19 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/MAIN+STREET+FW+ARTS+FEST+2018.jpg

For one weekend each spring, nine blocks of Downtown Fort Worth get extra colorful.

The Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival returns this weekend, April 19 - 22.

The event features the work of 220 artists from around the world, as well as food vendors and other live entertainment. Admission to the festival is free.

Upwards of 400,000 people are expected to attend throughout the weekend. Because of that, parking can be an issue.

Event organizers encourage anyone driving to arrive early before nearby lots and garages fill up. They also recommend visitors to use public transportation (both Trinity Metro and the TRE drop off passengers within walking distance of the festival).

The festival runs from 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

Unless there is severe weather in the area, the festival will go on rain or shine. Organizers say they do have weather professionals on site who monitor conditions throughout the weekend -- and should severe weather pop up during the festival, they do have the ability to shelter visitors in nearby buildings.

Our NBC 5 Weather Experts expect scattered showers Saturday in the morning and afternoon.

<![CDATA[Threat Targets Keller High School Pep Rally, Student Walkout]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:12:44 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/keller+high+school.jpg

Additional security will patrol Keller High School after a reported threat targeted on-campus rallies Friday.

According to a letter issued to parents, Keller Independent School District officials received a report saying an act of violence would take place Friday at either the pep rally or during a student-organized walkout.

The pep rally has been canceled, the letter said. Dr. Michael Nasra, Keller High School Principal, asked students to remain in their classes and not participate in the walkout planned Friday morning.

"At this time, Keller ISD's Safety and Security Department is working with local law enforcement to investigate the sources and validity of these threats, but out of regard for student safety, KISD administrators determined it was in the best interest of our students to cancel those events which were included in the threat," Nasra wrote in the letter to parents. "Additionally, increased security will be present on our campus Friday as a precautionary measure."

No further information was released regarding the threat.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Earth X Opening at Fair Park]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:04:01 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/earthday3.JPG

What's billed as the world's largest environmental experience kicks off Friday in Dallas.

Earth-X will open at Fair Park, just in time for Earth Day this weekend. It runs through Sunday.

It's an environmental expo, conference, and film festival.

One of this year's events is a solar roller competition featuring students' solar powered cars.

Tickets are $5 at the door for unregistered guests.

Free registration is available online.

<![CDATA[Texas Groups Show 'Displeasure' Over Trump Plan]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:42:15 -0500 https://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.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Group Vows to Patrol Streets After Girl Attacked]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:06:03 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fort-worth-student-attacked.jpg

Fort Worth Police are following leads to find the man who attacked a 13-year-old girl while she was walking to the bus stop.

It happened between 6:30 and 7 a.m. Thursday near Calmont and Laredo on the city's west side. The girl was badly injured and stumbled onto the school bus for help.

NBC 5 spoke to some of the girl's family Thursday afternoon. Her uncle said she is having a tough time and is still in Cook Children's Hospital, but the family is relying on faith and staying strong.

While police are searching for the attacker, the community is stepping up to protect its children. A group of men is planning to start patrolling the streets near where this happened, while kids are heading to school.

"When I first heard about it, I was just angry," said Pastor Derwin Harris, Director of the Restoration Center, which provides clothing, food and monetary support to the community near Las Vegas Trail.

"We really need to do something about that," Harris said.

Now he’s leading a group of men to turn their anger into action.

"As men, we should be the protectors of our community," Harris said.

They're vowing to prevent a repeat of what police say happened early Thursday morning, when a 13-year-old girl was attacked while walking to the bus stop at Calmont and Laredo. She managed to make it to the bus and was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.

"Things like this don't happen very often,” said Captain Devin Pitt of the Fort Worth Police Criminal Investigations Division. “It perks our ears immediately when we get a report of something like this."

Investigators do not believe the victim knew her attacker. Now, while they're canvassing the neighborhood and chasing down leads, a new set of allies is stepping up.

"It's not just the responsibility of the Fort Worth Police," Harris said. "I'm asking that the men in this community, we come together and develop some kind of team where we can patrol the streets in the morning to make sure our kids are safe."

Which brings us back to the Restoration Center, with the first round of volunteers. Christopher Scott walks his son to the elementary school right next to that bus stop every morning.

"I have a daughter who is 11 years old and she actually was attending that school so it actually really hit home," Scott said.

Now he wants to be there for every other child in his community, as an extra set of eyes keeping watch.

"We need to be out here together to be able to support each other,” Scott said. “It's not just one parent's job."

The group is asking for volunteers to join them, both men and women. Anyone who wants to help should meet Monday at 6 p.m. at the Restoration Center at 3452 Williams Road near Camp Bowie in West Fort Worth for a planning meeting.

They plan to start patrolling Tuesday morning.

Fort Worth police haven't been able to get much of a suspect description yet from the victim because of her condition. They are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious to call police at 817-392-4430 or CrimeStoppers at 817-469-8477.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Bush Center to Honor Global and Local Leaders]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:59:45 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bush-and-Bono.jpg

The George W. Bush Institute will give out three awards at its Forum on Leadership April 18-20, a tradition it plans to continue every year. The awards are designed to reveal what traits the Bush Center values in global and local leaders.

CLICK HERE to read more from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

Photo Credit: George W. Bush via Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Cowboys Announce 2018 Schedule]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:36:19 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/8a_v-att_stadium_globe__KXAS6Y22_1200x675_524550723852.jpg

The National Football League announced the 2018 regular season schedule Thursday.

The Cowboys regular season schedule shows five games shown nationally in primetime, with three shown from AT&T Stadium.

The regular season starts at 3:25 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 with the Cowboys playing the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte. It will be the first time in six years the Cowboys open a season on the road.

The home schedule opens on Sunday Night Football on NBC in Week 2, with the Silver and Blue hosting the N.Y. Giants (Sept. 16).

The Cowboys close out their regular season home schedule with a game against Tampa Bay (Dec. 23), before closing out the regular season at the N.Y. Giants (Dec. 30)

See the full schedule below:

<![CDATA['Pearls of Steel' Cartoon Honors Barbara Bush]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:49:11 -0500 https://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[UNT Student Demands Answers After Racist Receipt]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:40:29 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/unt+receipt.jpg

A University of North Texas student and her attorney said they are preparing a lawsuit against UNT, after sophomore Chelsea Shaw got a receipt from a food vendor in the student union with a racial slur typed on it. "I saw the N-word on there," explained Shaw. "Just in bold letters."

"There is a clear case for racial discrimination," said Justin Moore, Shaw's attorney.

Shaw posted a photo of her receipt on Twitter, writing “I need answers.” As word spread, UNT's president sent an email to students explaining a student cook, fired for typing the racist slur on an African American student's receipt, was the same race. The email went on to say "use of the term is never OK". 

"At the end of the day, hate is hate," said Moore. "If it's being used by an agent of your university, it needs to be approached in the same manner as if a white person did it."

The incident happened on Tuesday at inside the University Union on campus. University officials said a cook used the cash register to write on the receipt. Shaw an her attorney want to see surveillance video to confirm it was, in fact, the cook and not the clerk, who was not African American.

Shaw said the incident has made her feel unsafe on her own campus. "It's just this constant feeling of being judged and being considered not good enough by someone," she explained. "It's hurtful."

On campus, news of the receipt spread quickly with some describing their visceral reaction to seeing the word written on the receipt.

“Aggression, intimidation, those are the first things that come to my mind, like someone trying to strike fear,” said Bailey Rose-Holton, a UNT senior.

UNT President Neal Smatresk called the incident unacceptable and offered to meet one on one with the student who received the receipt. University officials said they are reviewing any additional disciplinary action for the student employee who created the receipt.

Here is the official notice from UNT's President emailed to students Wednesday:

Dear UNT students, faculty and staff,

You may have seen the news coverage of an incident that occurred yesterday at one of our University Union dining facilities where a student employee used a racial slur as the ID for a student customer on their receipt.

Immediately upon learning of the incident, our Dining Services unit looked into what happened, discovered who was responsible and terminated the individual who used this slur.

I quickly responded to the conversation in social media and want to repeat that this kind of speech is contrary to our values. Our university community has a deep history of treating each other respectfully and caring for one another.

From listening to discussions in social media, it appears as though assumptions are being made about the race of the person responsible. It is important to know that both the customer and employee were the same race, and regardless of other societal views it is my belief that the use of this term is never OK.

I am proud that our university responded swiftly and I know that as a campus community we will continue to embrace our diversity and encourage being inclusive and celebratory of each of our community members for the individuals they are.

UNT Proud,
Neal Smatresk

Shaw is demanding the restaurant be closed, but UNT tells NBC DFW the university will not close the restaurant.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Commissioners Accused of Bias Against Anglos]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:00:18 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-county-reverse-discrimination.jpg

Dallas County Commissioners are the defendants in a Federal Court trial accusing them of bias against Anglos in the 2011 redistricting of Commissioners Court seats.

Anglos are now a minority in Dallas County and plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim they deserve protection under the Voting Rights Act, which was first used by African Americans and Latinos to gain representation.

“The whole purpose of the Civil Rights Movement, the whole purpose of the voting rights act is to protect racial minorities. It doesn’t matter who is on the short end of that stick. The law is the same no matter who a government targets on the basis of race,” said plaintiff’s lawyer Dan Morenoff.

Two Republican Commissioners on the five-member Court were reduced to just one after elections with the new district lines. But three of the five are still Anglos.

League of United Latin American Citizens leader Hector Flores participated in that redistricting process trying to increase the number of Latino members on the Court to reflect the fact that Latino citizens are now more than 40 percent of the population.

“If anybody has a gripe, it probably would be Hispanics. My goodness. There’s three white people on this Commissioners Court. I don‘t know what they are complaining about,” Flores said.

Morenoff said different lines might have increased the chance Anglos would elect more Republicans.

“This isn’t about counting the races of who was elected. This is about who elected them and whether people are afforded the opportunity to elect people they prefer,” Morenoff said.

Attorneys for Dallas County have denied the accusation. The said the Voting Right Act was designed to protect groups which have been historically discriminated against and there is no evidence Anglos are suffering harm in the current election plan.

Dallas Morning News Political Writer Gromer Jeffers has been covering the trial which included witness testimony about long time African American Commissioner John Wiley Price’s past remarks about white people.

“It’s been a revisitation of these acrimonious issues in the county,” Jeffers said. “Judge Sidney Fitzwater will sort it all out and decide if there is a violation of the Voting Rights Act, but certainly this is a land mark case.”

The Anglo percentage of the population is expected to decline nationwide in the years to come so more reverse discrimination accusations are possible as demographics change.

“You may see these kinds of cases pop up elsewhere,” Jeffers said.

Judge Fitzwater instructed lawyers to file closing statements in writing by next month. A ruling could come after that.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Starbucks Says Coupon for 'People Of Color Only' Is Fake ]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:04:46 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Fake+Starbucks+Coupon.png

There are fake Starbucks coupons that are circulating on social media. 

This comes after Starbucks recently announced it would close more than 8,000 stores to conduct racial-bias training.

The so-called promotion offers is a free beverage of any size, any variety, but it’s only "for people of color."

In light of the controversy involving Starbucks and racial-bias, some people thought the coupon was legitimate. 

But NBC DFW's Samantha Chatman found out it was fake. 

One coupon says -- “We’re sorry... We know we can do better. Starbucks values all people and we are working on employee sensitivity training.”

At the bottom it says one free beverage, and near the bar code, it says “people of color only.” 

There are other versions of the freebie popping up as well.

One promotion blames "Russian internet trolls" for the first coupon and goes on to say, “although this started as a hoax, after mountains of positive feedback on social media, we’ve decided to make it a reality… we will be providing all of our customers one free beverage of their choice in addition to 50 percent off all food items.” 

Another ad says, “the best dialogue starts over a cup of coffee and we’d like to buy you one.” 

We reached out to Starbucks and the company tells us the promotions are completely fake and in no way associated with Starbucks.

We asked the company what its workers were instructed to do if they were given one of these coupons, but we haven’t heard.

It’s unclear if Starbucks will offer any promotions in light of the recent incident, but, as noted, the coupons that are being shared are bogus. 

<![CDATA[Controversy Disrupts Fort Worth Charter School ]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:34:46 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/charter-school-choir-spillyards.jpg

Some families are questioning whether their students will return to Fort Worth’s Academy of the Fine Arts next year amid calls for the president and CEO to resign after the principal’s abrupt departure.

The performing arts school, home to the Texas Boys Choir and consistently named one of the top schools in the state, held two public forums this week to allow parents and students to address concerns.

Those came after about 100 students began protests wearing all black to school calling for more transparency from leadership.

Nina Burrows' ninth grade daughter is one of them. Burrows calls it an important but tough lesson in civil disobedience as her daughter has accepted lunch detentions for her decision to forgo the dress code to help send a statement.

“She’s upset and she’s worried about is her school going to be there next year. Is it going to be the same place?” said Burrows.

Burrows and her daughter were both at Monday’s meeting. They worry if change doesn’t take place, the teachers they love may leave.

“It’s a school about creative expression and yet the teachers don’t feel like they’re safe to express themselves without fear of losing their job,” said Burrows.

They’re among several now asking for President and CEO Clint Riley to resign. Riley, however, said he has no plans to step down.

“I don’t take that personally. I think that’s more an expression of frustration. Of them saying we want you to hear us and so I’m looking at that as an opportunity for growth for all of us to just work together,” said Riley.

While Riley wouldn’t discuss the resignation of the principal many said was forced, he said he believes current concerns all boil down to change and the difficulties it brings.

Riley began holding meetings this week with students to open a new line of communication and clear up some misinformation he says has been floating around.

“Where there’s concerns about transparency that’s easy to fix. We can certainly putting more systems in place to begin sharing more information, and so we’re working on that,” said Riley.

In addition to Riley’s resignation or termination, both parents and teachers have expressed a need for more board members on a board of directors that’s recently dwindled from 10 members to six. They’d also like to see the principal they just lost reinstated in his old role or in a new one as a superintendent, which the school doesn’t currently have.

Board members who were present at this week’s meeting wouldn’t say what changes if any will be made, but they said they’re taking everything that’s been said into consideration.

"I think we're going to meet and confer and talk about those steps that will take the school to even greater heights and make it the best it can be,” said Director Dan Bates.

Teachers Keith Applewhite and Darlene Cryer said they know of several teachers weighing their options when it comes to next school year. They said many are waiting to see if Riley goes before deciding to stay. 

“There’s a lot of anxiety in the hallways. There’s a lot of tension, secrecy. You know, people not knowing who’s safe. Who can we talk to about this?” said Applewhite.

Photo Credit: Allie Spillyards
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<![CDATA[AA Says They'll Adhere to Engine Maintenance Adjustments]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:30:30 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AA-737-800-01.jpg

Following the uncontained engine failure that led to the death of a passenger on a Southwest Airlines 737-700 Tuesday, Fort Worth-based American Airlines says they will follow any maintenance programs recommended by the NTSB, FAA or manufacturer for their fleet of 737s.

On Wednesday, the FAA said it would issue a directive in the next two weeks to require ultrasonic inspections of fan blades on some CFM56-7B engines after they reach a certain number of takeoffs and landings. Blades that fail inspection would need to be replaced.

American said they have 304 Boeing 737-800s in their fleet, all operating with the CFM56-7B engine -- the same engine that failed on the Southwest flight.

"Our team will always make any adjustments to our engine maintenance programs as recommended by the NTSB, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and CFM International," the airline said. "Our hearts go out to the Riordan family, the passengers and crew of Flight 1380 and the entire Southwest Airlines team."

American added that they began inspecting the CFM56 engines after a notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM) was published in August 2017.

"American Airlines voluntarily began inspections of CFM56-7B fan blades under the guidance proposed in the NPRM. We continue to closely monitor the investigation being led by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)," the airline said Thursday.

Southwest Airlines, the world's largest operator of the 737, pushed back on the 2017 NPRM, saying it would take at least six months longer than the recommended 12 months to ultrasonically inspect all of the engines in their fleet.

At that point the airline had already suffered an uncontained engine failure attributed to metal fatigue when, in August 2016, a titanium fan blade separated from an engine on one of Southwest's Boeing 737-700s and sliced a hole in the fuselage above the left wing. That flight, too, experienced depressurization and made an emergency landing though the damage didn't penetrate the cabin.

American suffered an uncontained engine failure on Flight 383 from Chicago to Miami on Oct. 28, 2016 due to engine fatigue. The pilot of the aircraft, a Boeing 767-300, was attempting to take-off when failure occurred. The pilot was able to abort the takeoff and 170 passengers and crew were evacuated onto the runway as fire consumed the right engine.

The NTSB determined that the engine failure on the 767 was caused by a manufacturing defect in the GE engine that could not be detected by the manufacturer’s Federal Aviation Administration-approved inspection requirements.

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<![CDATA[Is There More to the Numbers in New Senate Race Poll?]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:28:30 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ted+cruz+beto+orourke.jpg

A new Quinnipiac poll shows the Senate race in Texas within three points. The poll shows 47 percent of registered voters surveyed for Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and 44 percent for challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke. 1,029 self-identified registered voters were surveyed from April 12 through April 17.

Political Science Professor Cal Jillson believes there is more to the race.

“It's a legitimate race. I think the Quinnipiac poll shows it closer than it actually is,” said Jillson.

Taking a closer look at the numbers, 31 percent of voters surveyed identified as Republicans, 24 percent as Democrat, 36 percent as Independent, and 10 percent in the “other” category.

“You have got a big cluster of independents, and two thirds of those independents lean either democrat or republican, with more leaning republican than democrat,” added Jillson.

It’s early in the election cycle. But Senator Cruz did say earlier in the month that he is concerned about Representative O’Rourke’s fundraising. O’Rourke hauled in $6.7 million last quarter alone. Cruz talked to us about the election in Forth Worth a few weeks ago.

“The comfort is there are a lot more conservatives than liberals in Texas, and so if conservatives show up in November, if we show up and vote, I think we will have a very good election,” said Cruz on April 4.

But O’Rourke is encouraged by the poll numbers and his fundraising. He talked about his fundraising in early April.

"In the year that we have been running, we have only seen the number of donations increase from our fellow Texans,” said O’Rourke.

ONLINE: Quinnipiac poll

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<![CDATA[TxDOT Waiving $1.3 Billion in Late Toll Fees: Report]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:01:41 -0500 https://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[Firefighters Discover Woman's Body in Burned Home]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:34:23 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington+fire+image.jpg

Arlington firefighters discovered the body of a woman inside a home damaged by fire Thursday morning.

Firefighters were conducting a search of the home after putting out the 1-alarm fire when the woman's body was discovered inside the residence.

Fire officials said firefighters arrived at the home on the 2600 block of Meadowview Drive at about 10:27 a.m. and fire showing at the front of the residence.

The fire was quickly contained to the room of origin, officials said. The cause of the fire, meanwhile, remains under investigation.

The victim's identity and cause of death have not been released.

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<![CDATA[Thursday Traffic Pressure Points]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:14:29 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/davies-traffic-forecast.jpg

There are a number of traffic pressure points that are sure to slow the afternoon rush Thursday evening. Samantha Davies breaks them all down.

<![CDATA[Is Raw Pet Food Right for Your Dog?]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:29:57 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Raw+Pet+Food+041918.png

There’s a growing, and controversial trend in pet care, the raw food diet.

It’s not just cutting up raw meat, sales of commercially prepared raw pet food have soared, more than tripling in the last 7 years.

Proponents claim better health and more energy in their pets. But Consumer Reports says raw food can be dangerous for both the animal and their families.

Consumer Reports says an exclusive diet of raw meat may not contain everything your pet needs, no matter whether it’s from the meat aisle or is a commercial formulation found in the pet section. And there are safety concerns.

Public health agencies and many veterinarians, say that raw food can contain bacteria like aalmonella, E.coli and listeria. Even raw pet food that you buy commercially prepared in a pet store is still potentially dangerous because it can still contain harmful bacteria.

If you do choose to feed your pet raw food, Consumer Reports says take these important precautions:

  • Use hot soapy water to clean everything the raw food has touched.
  • Then disinfect either with a commercial product or a solution of one tablespoon bleach and 4 cups of water.
  • Also, wash your hands vigorously for 20 seconds with warm water and soap after handling raw food, playing with your pet or cleaning up after her.
  • Kisses from your pet can also transmit bacteria. So avoid that as well.

Consumer Reports says before making any big changes to your pet’s diet consult with your veterinarian to ensure your pet will be getting all the nutrition it needs and to discuss any safety issues.

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<![CDATA[Arlington ISD Helmet Art to Be Featured During NFL Draft]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:31:58 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AISD-helmets.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys are preparing for next week's NFL Draft, besides evaluating draft picks, they're decorating their war room, and asking for the public's help with choosing the art.

Seventh grade students from the Arlington Independent School District have created their own works of art on football helmets.

Ten options for the Cowboys war room decor on Thursday night are up for vote on Facebook.

The helmet with the most Likes by 10 a.m. Friday will get the coveted spot.

Former Dallas Cowboy DeMarcus Ware will sign all ten helmets for an NFL auction. You can bid on those next week.

The proceeds will go to future art programming in Arlington ISD.

This is all part of the stadium art program started in 2015. More than 13,500 Arlington Independent School District elementary students have visited AT&T Stadium and created artwork inspired by the Dallas Cowboys Art Collection housed at the venue.

Photo Credit: Dallas Cowboys via Facebook
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<![CDATA[Dallas Teacher Accused of Relationship With Student, 17]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:19:19 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/robert-lee-edgin.jpg

A Dallas teacher is under arrest Thursday, accused of having an improper relationship with a student.

Garland police said they arrested 49-year-old Robert Lee Edgin, of Dallas, for having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old student.

The student is enrolled in the Garland Independent School District and does not attend the school where Edgin works -- W.T. White High School.

Garland police said they interviewed Edgin and that he may now face additional charges . Police did not elaborate on what those charges could be however.

Edgin is currently in the Garland Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

Detectives believe there may be other victims. If anyone has additional information involving Edgin they are encouraged to contact the Garland Police Department.

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<![CDATA[Celina Firefighter on Flight 1380: God Called Me to Move]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:25:25 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/celina-ff-andrew-needum-stephanie-needum.jpg

After an engine blew on a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Dallas, a North Texas firefighter says he jumped into action because of his training and his faith.

“God called me to move, so I acted. I acted as I’d been trained,” said Andrew Needum, a firefighter/EMT from Celina. “No different than any other firefighter in this station or in this country.”

Tuesday, debris from the engine blowing out broke a window of a Southwest Airlines plane approximately 20 minutes after taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The suction from the open window pulled 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan partially out of the aircraft.

A man named Tim McGinty and Needum worked together to pull Riordan back into the plane. Needum and at least one other person, a retired registered nurse named Peggy Phillips, administered CPR as the plane made an emergency landing.

In spite of the heroic efforts, Riordan didn’t survive.

Needum and his family on Thursday said their hearts were broken for Riordan’s loved ones.

“I feel for her family, I feel for her two kids, her husband, the community that she lived in,” said Needum through tears. “I can’t imagine what they’re going through.”

Needum was flying home from a family vacation with his wife, two children and his parents.

The family described hearing a “pop” sound shortly after take-off. Needum was sitting next to his father and eight year old son. Across the aisle was his wife, five year old daughter and mother.

While the family assisted the children and other around them with oxygen masks, they heard a commotion from the back where Riordan was pulled out of the plane.

Needum says he glanced at his wife, “I looked in her eyes and she basically gave me the approval to go back there. In fact, I think she may have told me to go.”

“I just knew that at that moment someone else needed him much more than we did,” said Stephanie Needum. “That’s what his calling is: to help.”

Needum said he didn’t fear for his safety. He had high praise for the Southwest Airlines crew and the captain.

“God put people on that plane for a reason. Everybody acted and everybody stood strong,” said Needum.

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<![CDATA[Girl Tells Bus Driver She Was Assaulted Walking to School]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:45:50 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/School+bus+generic3.jpg

A 13-year-old girl says a man physically assaulted her as she walked to school Thursday morning.

The girl, who speaks limited English and attends the Fort Worth Independent School District's International Newcomer Academy, managed to escape the man at about 7 a.m. and was able to get to the bus stop at Calmont Avenue and Laredo Drive where she reported the attack to a school bus driver.

The bus driver called police and the girl was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Her current condition is unknown.

Sgt. Chris Britt with the Fort Worth Police Department said the girl is now prevented from communicating due to her injuries, and was only able to provide a vague description of the stranger who attacked her.

Police said they are looking for a white or Hispanic man between 30- and 40-years-old who was wearing a light-colored shirt and dark pants.

Investigators did not reveal Thursday afternoon where the attack took place, but did say they were searching a field near the bus stop that is monitored for homeless people or people who would commit crimes.

In a letter sent to parents Thursday afternoon, the International Newcomer Academy recommended students walking to school, or the bus stop, utilze a buddy system and walk with another student, friend or a family member.

The school added the attack presented an opportunity for adults to talk with children about the dangers of being approached by strangers.

Further details of the attack have not been released, pending the ongoing investigation, and police were unable to say if the attack was an attempted abduction.

<![CDATA[Cost of LBJ East Project Could Impact Local Residents]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:23:44 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LBJ_Fight.jpg

The backup plan to pay for toll lanes for Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway East could impact residents in Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties. The plan is controversial and would delay three different construction projects.

According to our partners at The Dallas Morning News, the three projects may not add up to the $1.8 billion it will cost to expand LBJ, but the money will help put a dent in the price:

-$128 million is needed to fix the I-30 bridge over Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall County.

-$262 million is earmarked for I-35E between LBJ and the Denton County line.

-$263 million is for Highway 80, east of Town East Boulevard in Kaufman County.

Leaders on the transportation board say it is not what they want, but it may be the only option.

"I'm encouraged that a solution will be advanced by the RTC that will protect the I-30 project in our city,” said Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt.

Every month the price of the LBJ East project goes up $5 million. The longer officials wait to solidify a solution, the more expensive the project will be.

<![CDATA[Texas Towing Laws that May Surprise You]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:02:30 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Towing-Sign-031312.jpg

It's a sight no driver ever wants to see: their car being towed away on a tow truck.

We've heard from dozens of consumers who believe their car was wrongfully towed, but most drivers don't do anything about it or, at least, they don't know what can be done about it. 

"If we don't know about it, we can't investigate it and we can't help you," Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation's Susan Stanford said.

Stanford said motorists can help put an end to wrongful towing, but knowing the law is key. For example, if you see your car being loaded onto a tow truck but it's not fully hooked up and ready for the driver to pull off, the driver must drop your car for free if you ask. No charges.

But what if your car is already hooked up? If the tow truck driver hasn't driven away, the driver must offer you a drop fee of no more than $125.

If your car ends up in a tow lot, you have to pay to get it out. But you can dispute it with a Justice of the Peace within 14 days. If the court sides with you, you'll get your money back.

If you can prove the driver knew your car was parked legally but towed it anyway, you may be entitled to receive three times the amount you paid plus an extra $1,000 for your trouble. That means if you paid $250 to get your vehicle out, you could walk away with $1,750 if you win a dispute. 

But it's up to drivers to know the rules to protect their cars and their pocketbooks.

If your car is in the process of being towed, here are Samantha Chatman's Solutions:

  • Record the towing that's taking place on your cell phone
  • Take several pictures of where you parked
  • Before parking, always be sure to read the signs carefully
  • Never chase a tow truck. You can follow them to the storage facility

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    <![CDATA[Fort Worth Plant Now Hiring Hundreds]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:14:19 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/GE+TRAINS+FORT+WORTH.jpg

    It's a kind of real-life version of "The Little Engine That Could" -- only this story is about a not so little company in North Texas that builds train engines.

    But like the storybook hero, it took perseverance and some "engine-uity" on their part to overcome a major obstacle.

    "The railroad industry is a very cyclical industry," said Michael Patton, General Manager for GE Manufacturing Solutions. "And we were in down cycle."

    Since 2012, the GE Manufacturing Solutions plant, which is located just west of Texas Motor Speedway, has built new locomotives.

    But in recent years, the orders for those new engines began to dwindle. And in February 2017, the company had to lay off 250 employees. 

    Patton says it was a low point -- but determined not to let the slowdown completely derail them, the company got to work and started looking for new ways to get business back on track.

    What they learned -- many of their customers had old locomotives that were sitting unused in rail yards. And they were willing to pay whoever could breathe new life into them.

    "It was a very viable product," said Patton.

    The plant began refurbishing old engines -- or "modifying" them as they call it. That work has picked up so much, the company is now looking to hire 250 new employees to keep up with the demand.

    "It's very exciting," said Patton. "And the employees are very excited about it too - especially those that stuck with us through the downturn, just being able to see work coming back in."

    The plant is currently hiring. To see what jobs are available and to apply, you can visit the GE Careers website.

    <![CDATA[Father Fights For Justice Years After His Son Was Killed]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:11:13 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/KHALIL+GILBERT+KILLED+COLD+CASE.jpg

    A father is fighting for justice for his little boy, four years after the medical examiner ruled the child was beaten to death. Tarrant County prosecutors believe they know who is responsible but they have not been able to file charges.

    Raymond Gilbert's son Khalil would have been six years old on Wednesday.

    "He was an outgoing little man," Gilbert said. "He wanted to be just like me. I was somebody's superhero."

    Now the only place for birthday balloons is Khalil's grave, in the Babyland IV section of the Cedar Hill Memorial Cemetery.

    "It's like an emptiness," said Gilbert.

    The Tarrant County Medical Examiner ruled it was a homicide by blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

    "A two-year-old can be a handful but not enough to beat him to death," Gilbert said.

    Four years later no one has been charged. Documents from Child Protective Services investigators show that at the time Khalil was injured, he was with his mother and her boyfriend.

    Khalil's dad had dropped him off to spend the night with the couple in their Arlington apartment complex. The next day he got a call to rush to the hospital.

    "The doctor comes in and said we tried to save him but we couldn't bring him back and I'm like from what?" said Gilbert.

    Khalil's mother and her boyfriend said they did not hurt the toddler and the District Attorney's Office said they can't bring charges because there are no other witnesses, no proof of who's responsible for his death.

    But that's not good enough for this heartbroken father.

    "Show me that our justice system ain't gonna fail me,” Gilbert said. “Not just me, my little boy. They failed him."

    Raymond Gilbert says he's breaking down and can't stand another birthday with no answers for his little boy with the big brown eyes.

    "Tell me the truth,” Gilbert said. “What happened to my boy?"

    A year after Khalil's death, Arlington police arrested the child's mother for bruises he suffered a few weeks before he died. A Tarrant County grand jury declined to indict her. Her lawyer told NBC 5 that was the right decision because it was an accident.

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    <![CDATA[Fellow Pilot Praises 'Hero' Southwest Pilot for a Job Well Done]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:44:34 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hero+pilot.jpg

    Wednesday night, the crew of Southwest flight #1380 issued a statement saying their "hearts are heavy" and they are appreciate the "outpouring of support".

    Captain Tammie Jo Shults was a former Navy fighter pilot. The Houston Chronicle reports First Officer Darren Ellisor was in the Air Force before joining Southwest.

    On the recording between the cockpit and air traffic control, Capt. Shults sounded calm as she described the emergency.

    "At first when I heard it I said that's a Navy pilot," said former Navy pilot and Southwest Airlines captain Don Brumbaugh. "That's exactly the way I would expect her to respond."

    Shults was one of the first U.S. military fighter pilots. Brumbaugh said the military prepares pilots to be cool under pressure.

    "Navy training pushes you to the edge of the airplane's envelope," explained Brumbaugh. "So no matter what happens, you have to be able to recover that airplane."

    Brumbaugh points out, while oxygen masks drop for passengers in the back of the plane, the pilots have to multi-task and reach to get theirs on while determining best course of action to land the plane.

    "It sits down by your left hand and prior to each flight in the morning, you take it out of there, put it on your face, and adjust it to make sure it works right," said Brumbaugh. In 28-years flying for Southwest, Brumbaugh said he never had to use his mask.

    Brumbaugh said pilots don't just train to land during emergencies, they also train their voices to sound calm during chaotic situations. He said Shults certainly did.

    "I think she did a good job," Brumbaugh said

    Photo Credit: Kevin Garber, Director of alumni relations MidAmerica Nazarene University
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    <![CDATA[Is It Ever Ok to Cry at Work?]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:23:27 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_mano_kleenex.jpg

    Is it okay to cry at work? And what do you do if you can't hold back the water works?

    Experts talked with NBC News and shared these ideas.

    First - take a moment. If you feel the tears coming on, excuse yourself and head to a private space until you can collect your thoughts and emotions. Next - prepare.

    Think about your upcoming review or meeting and rehearse what you'll say -- beforehand.

    Experts suggest saying something like, "I know I'm crying - it means I'm really vested in this topic. Please continue."

    You can always bring it up ahead of time too.

    Tell your boss or coworker, "I want to let you know I tend to have emotional reactions and I cry easily. I want your feedback. You may have to give me a few minutes."

    Also get plenty of rest. People who don't get enough sleep react with more emotion and decide if you want to apologize.

    Crying could make others feel uncomfortable and it can come off as disruptive.

    You can handle the situation by apologizing -- if you feel the need.

    <![CDATA[Parenting Law Coming to Texas?]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:47:11 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/freerangeAP_18099862176346.jpg

    Life in the Barbara house in Double Oak, moves at one speed.

    Parents Shawnti and Brian Barbara have kids who are 3, 7, 9 and 12 years old.

    The parents are simply numbered, but it's also just the way they want it.

    "Our kids are free to explore," said Shawnti.

    "We put a lot of trust in our kids," added Brian.

    In world that can be over-structured and full of to-do lists, the Barbara kids have a lot of freedom.

    "They just can't wonder wherever they want," Shawnti explained.  "They know where they can go and they can't go."

    Sure they have boundaries, but Mom and Dad admit they're not always watching.

    Some call it free-range parenting.

    "You know where my kids are right now? They're not with us," Brain said.  "They're somewhere else right now, where I can't see them. Somebody may say that's neglect. Is it neglect or is it trust?"

    The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, or CPS, says when children aren't adequately supervised, it may be considered neglectful supervision.

    Last year, in the 19 county area, that CPS calls the North Texas region, case workers investigated 96,741 allegations of abuse and neglect.

    14,525 of those were confirmed cases of neglectful supervision, which CPS defines in part as placing a child in or failing to remove a child from a situation that a reasonable person would realize requires judgment or actions beyond the child's level of maturity... that results in bodily injury or substantial risk of immediate harm to the child.

    "75 percent of all children in foster care are there not because of physical abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect or medical neglect, but they're there for neglectful supervision," added Brandon Logan, director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation Center for Families and Children.

    It's a conservative think tank hoping to introduce legislation in Texas that better protects parents.

    "We're so concerned about child safety and the truth is there's never been a time that's safer to be a child in America," Logan's said. "The problem is we have a law now that says essentially, it is neglect to allow a child to be outside of adult supervision."

    Logan wants our state to recognize neglect is not allowing a child to play outside unsupervised, or allowing children to travel back and forth to school alone. And it's not leaving a child unattended at home for a short period of time.

    "To me that's already overboard. We're having to say what it's not," questions Brian Barbara. "It's unfortunate but protecting parental rights, if it takes legislation to do that, then I'm all for it."

    The Barbara's have never been investigated for neglect.

    A so-called free-range parenting law couldn't stop someone from calling in concerns.

    The Texas Public Policy Foundation is still in the process of drafting a bill and is reaching out to legislative partners to file it in the next legislative session.

    At this point CPS has no position on the issue but if legislation moves forward, the agency will be watching it closely.

    Photo Credit: Rick Bowmer/AP]]>
    <![CDATA[Dallas Leaders Criticize Atmos Gas Line Replacement Plans]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:37:28 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Atmos+City+Council+Meeting.jpg

    Dallas City Council Members complained that Atmos Energy natural gas line replacement plans unveiled Wednesday are too slow.

    A company briefing to the City Council Wednesday included new promises for better communication and faster pipe replacement since a February 23 explosion that killed 12 year old Linda Rogers. It brought new public attention to old pipes.

    “A little girl died and that’s when Atmos kicked it into gear,” City Councilman Omar Narvaez said at the briefing.

    Company executives said safety has always been their highest priority.

    “We’ve learned a lot of lessons from this and we will be communicating much more frequently with the city and with all of our customers,” said Atmos Director of Public Affairs Jennifer Altieri.

    The briefing included at list of the 40 largest replacement projects scheduled in Dallas this year and an interactive map to show the locations. Atmos said it also posted new records on its website.

    A complete line replacement for 2,500 homes in the neighborhood surrounding the deadly explosion was part of a fourfold increase in capital investment since 2005, Atmos CEO Mike Haefner said.

    “I can assure you our system is safe today and with the investments we’ve made, it is safer than it has ever been,” Haefner said.

    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said he would prefer to have an independent review of Atmos safety.

    “We need to tell our citizens we’re safe. I need somebody else looking to say that’s the truth,” Rawlings said.

    The Texas Railroad Commission regulates gas utilities and Rawlings said the city has limited authority over Atmos.

    Atmos executives said the explosion and a rash of leaks in distribution system for that Northwest Dallas neighborhood were the result of unique soil conditions and exceptional rainfall that could not have been predicted.

    “It was operating as expected up until that point in time,” Haefner said. “It was very concerning to us as it is to everyone because we’re seeing damage to our pipelines and leak occurrence that we’ve never seen before.”

    City Councilman Scott Griggs said other underground systems in Northwest Dallas should also have suffered catastrophic failure at the same time in February if those unique conditions suddenly attacked gas lines.

    “Why are the only underground conduits affected, yours? Why aren’t underground water conduits affected, sewers, pools, sprinkler systems,” Griggs asked.

    Griggs said some of the company’s oldest cast iron pipes could still be in the ground for years to come in the replacement plan announced Wednesday.

    “We need them replaced much sooner than 2023. I want to see these old pipes replaced in Oak cliff, other parts of the aging city, in the next year,” he said.

    The company suggests more than doubling the 40 or so contract crews it has working in the Mid-Tex Division now. Executives said they would investigate the request to replace even more pipes but finding additional qualified contractors may be difficult. Customers could also be forced to pay the cost.

    Councilman Phil Kingston said Atmos rates have increased 36% over the past 5 years.

    “It’s very odd to have a situation in which a regulated utility is cranking at 36% increase in rates over the last 5 years and the answer is we simply could not have done better,” Kingston said.

    Haefner said Atmos will discontinue estimated billing for winter months in the future after bills spiked this winter with higher than expected usage.

    “We tried winter estimation. It did not work. Certainly didn’t work as we had hoped and we are changing course,” Haefner said.

    Atmos has 1.3 million customers and 31,000 miles of pipeline in the Mid-Tex Division which includes Dallas and more than 500 other communities. Atmos has more than 1,700 Mid-Tex employees including 771 in Dallas.

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    <![CDATA[Weekend Storm System Means Good News and Bad News]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:48:10 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Grant11.jpg

    Let’s start with the bad news…it’s going to be a soggy Saturday. Yep, the timing is terrible. Expect several hours of rain Saturday afternoon. Ballgames will be rained-out and running errands will be a hassle on the wet roads. The good news, however, is that we could always use the rain this time of year and more importantly, the threat for severe weather looks low.

    As Rick Mitchell pointed out recently, it’s been a slow start to severe weather season in North Texas. This weekend’s storm system will likely not have the necessary ingredients for severe weather either. Instead, it will deliver beneficial rain to all of North Texas.

    While thunder and lightning will be probable here in North Texas, the severe risk will be farther south toward Waco, Austin, San Antonio and Houston. Those locations will have the risk of stronger storms that could produce some hail and gusty winds.

    Here in DFW, we’ll be closely monitoring the progress of a warm front to the south. If it lifts farther north than expected, storms could be a little stronger here. For now, this is the expected setup for Saturday:

    By far, this will be the most rain we’ve seen in the month of April. Preliminary estimates are close to an inch for DFW, with higher totals to the north and east.

    And finally, it will not be a wash-out the entire weekend. Sunday looks nice!

    Get the latest forecast information from NBC 5's team of Weather Experts here.

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    <![CDATA[Local Museums Build Sensory Experience For Autistic Children]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:22:56 -0500 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Autsim+Outreach+Program.jpg

    The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas brings modern art to life for thousands of visitors every year.

    Wednesday, the art museum brought art to life for dozens of children with autism and other sensory processing disorders.

    Texas Woman's University is working with some of the most prominent local art and nature organizations to expose children on the autism spectrum and their families to sensory-friendly experiences.

    Sensory stations, mixed among sculptures like George Segal's rush hour allowed children and their families or caregivers to experience art  in a safe, comfortable environment.

    "A lot of families need a place where they can feel they're in a judgment free area," said Dr. Tina Fletcher, an associate professor at TWU. 

    Dr. Fletcher's research focuses on the impact of art making on occupational therapy clients and their caregivers, and on improving participation in cultural arts and entertainment venues for visitors with special needs. 

    "A lot of times, the parents are tasked with managing their child's behavior and now, they can come to a place and just have a good time," said Dr. Fletcher.

    The next sensory friendly event Saturday, April 28th at Dallas Museum of Art.

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