<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.com en-usSun, 20 Jan 2019 00:33:30 -0600Sun, 20 Jan 2019 00:33:30 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Freeze Area Wide Tonight]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 20:38:34 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/217*120/Low+Temps.jpg

North Texas is in for a freeze overnight with temperatures dropping into the 20s overnight.

A band of light rain and snow moved across parts of North Texas Saturday morning. Some areas saw some snow accumulate early Saturday morning, but no precipation is expected overnight into Sunday morning.

On Sunday, temperatures will remain cold -- including when many may be out taking a peek at the Super Blood Wolf Moon (lunar eclipse) Sunday night.

Much of next week will feature below normal temperatures.

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<![CDATA[TCU Student in Jail After Outburst on Flight to Dallas]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 20:36:35 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/new-jeffrey-libby.jpg

A TCU student whose drunken misbehavior caused a trans-Atlantic flight to Dallas to return to London was sentenced this week to six months behind bars.

Jeffrey Tanner Libby, 21, of Fort Worth pleaded guilty last month to multiple charges after the Dec. 17 flight: three counts of common assault, one count of being drunk aboard an aircraft and one count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words toward the cabin crew, the Metropolitan Police said Saturday.

Libby was sentenced Wednesday at Isleworth Crown Court in London, police said.

The Dec. 17 incident began when Libby boarded a British Airways Boeing 777 at Heathrow Airport, bound for Dallas, with a liter of Bacardi rum in his possession.

You can read the full story from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News by clicking here.

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<![CDATA[New Emergency Broadcast System for Homeless Rolls Out in Dallas]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 22:19:08 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/OUR_CALLING_HOMELESS.jpg

As the temperature dipped Saturday evening, the doors opened at OurCalling and Ricky Anderson took advantage.

“I looked at my text and the phone said find shelter, OurCalling is open at 5 o'clock and I was surprised,” said Anderson, who’s been homeless for several years.

The Dallas non-profit just rolled out its emergency broadcast system.

“We've been collecting their Facebook profiles, gmail accounts, email addresses and cell phone numbers so we can send a message in an emergency like this,” said Wayne Walker, OurCalling’s pastor and executive director.

The faith-based organization often invites homeless in for hot meals, free laundry access and a safe place to stay during the day, but overnight stays are an exception.

“It's very important cause I've had friends that died out in the cold,” Anderson said.

Walker, who founded OurCalling, put his previous experience as a software developer to good use, teaming up with other experts in the tech field.

“In the last month, we've also created another app that allows us to track real time bed availability at all the shelters and so we'll know where people are, where there are empty beds and how to get them there as quickly as possible,” he said.

“The goal is to fill up every single bed before we let anybody sleep here,” said Patrick Palmer, OurCalling’s director of development.

The center is collaborating with about 40 agencies, including shelters and Dallas police, to bus people to warm beds they know are available.

“Every service provider is working in unison with each other and apps like this and nights like this draw us closer together,” Palmer said.

The modern technology is also helping volunteers.

“Text alerts saying ‘hey it's gonna be a cold night tonight, are you willing to help tonight?’ And I'm like yes! - through their alert system,” said Stefanie Meyer.

“We've been told it's pretty groundbreaking, but for us it's using basic technology to reach a different community,” Walker said.

He’s talking about a community that's now plugged in.

“Every place where there's real cold whether should have this for the people to know where to go,” Anderson said.

Those who didn't want to, or weren’t able, to go to a shelter Saturday night were invited to stay at OurCalling and sleep on the floor.

OurCalling's homeless app is free to download. In addition to shelter, it provides quick access to food resources, help with domestic violence and medical care.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Longhorn Stuck in Hay Ring Freed by Firefighters]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 16:35:59 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LONGHORN+RESCUE.jpg

A group of Haslet firefighters saved the day for a Longhorn who had its horns stuck inside a hay ring. The firefighters used a Hurst e-draulic combi-tool to cut a part of the ring, to free the longhorn. At the end of the video, you can hear one of the firefighters saying "I'm staying in here," assuming that the longhorn may be agitated after the ordeal.

Photo Credit: Haslet Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Cold, Clear Skies for Sunday's Super Lunar Eclipse]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:24:19 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Super+Wolf+blood+moon.jpg

If you thought last January's Super Blue Blood Moon was fun, the countdown is on for the next lunar spectacular. On Jan. 20, skywatchers will be treated to a Super Blood Wolf Moon!

What is a Super Wolf Blood Moon?  Let's break it down.

We'll start off easy -- there are at least 12 full moons each year and they each have a name rooted in folklore that was often tied to seasonal markers. The Wolf Moon is simply the name given to the full moon in January.

A Super Moon is a full moon that coincides with perigee -- the moon's closest point to Earth in it's elliptical orbit. During a supermoon, the moon is roughly 50,000 kilometers closer and appears brighter and larger, even more so closer to the horizon.

What about the Blood Moon? A Blood Moon is the catchy name given to a total lunar eclipse due to the coppery-reddish hue seen at totality. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon line up perfectly, causing a shadow to fall on the moon; sunlight scattered through the Earth's atmosphere causes the moon to appear a dull red.

According to NASA, the eclipse will be totally visible across the Americas. NBC 5 Meteorologist Samantha Davies said it will be freezing Sunday night in North Texas with temperatures dropping into the mid 20s, but the good news is that the sky will be clear and there should be good viewing for the eclipse.

Davies said the best time to see the Super Wolf Blood Moon will be at 11:12 p.m. Sunday night. The event starts at 9:33 p.m. and ends at 12:50 a.m.

If you're wanting to plan out your future eclipse viewing, NASA has calculated all lunar eclipses through the year 3000. However, if you'd just like to plan for this century, click here.

NASA said there will be only one other lunar eclipse in 2019, a partial eclipse on July 16 that will be largely visible over Africa and the Middle East. There will be four lunar eclipses in 2020, but they are all penumbral eclipses (only slightly visible).

According to NASA, the next total eclipse visible in the Americas will occur on May 16, 2022. The next Super Blood Moon wil occur on May 26, 2021 and will be will be partially visible to those in North Texas.

After that, The next Super Blood Moon will occur Oct. 8, 2033. It'll be a Hunter's Moon and also the fourth eclipse in the next tetrad (a rare grouping of four consecutive total lunar eclipses).

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<![CDATA[Your Pictures of a Snowy Morning]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 11:40:18 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/865e1d92-dc3f-405c-982b-01c871bc2ef5.jpeg Some North Texas residents woke up to a winter wonderland early Saturday morning. It was the first snow fall of the season. Enjoy the pictures viewers sent to us through isee@nbcdfw.com -- and send us yours too!]]> <![CDATA[Garland Host 30th Annual MLK Jr. Parade]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 18:58:48 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Photo-2019-01-19-18h57m50s892.jpg

The cold temperatures did not stop people in Garland from coming out to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 30th annual MLK Jr. day parade.

<![CDATA[Students Compete in the Arlington MLK Step Show]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 18:53:32 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MLK+Step+show.jpg

Students in Arlington honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today as they competed in the Arlington MLK Step Show.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Plano Food Pantry to Serve Furloughed Federal Workers on Monday]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 20:33:51 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/minnies+food+pantry.jpg

In addition to furloughed federal workers, many have the day off Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. day.

That's normally the case for one non-profit in Plano.

But not this year.

Instead, Minnie’s Food Pantry will open its doors to help feed furloughed federal workers.

Volunteers spent Saturday preparing 300 boxes of food for them.

“Every single day of the week we are open to serve, we see furloughed workers,” said Director Lynette Wellington.

Wellington said the Pantry served five furloughed workers on Saturday alone.

It isn’t just federal workers feeling the pinch.

Wellington says many clients aren’t receiving food stamps.

She says the Pantry served 1,700 people in two-and-a-half weeks in December. She says it’s served 1,200 people in 8 days in January.

Twenty-five new clients were served Saturday, she said.

The partial government shutdown is putting more on the Pantry’s plate, too.

“We are not government funded. We are community funded. We work with a budget just like every other non-profit does. Even though our budget was already set for the year, we ordered in additional food, we ordered in additional meat, we ordered additional drinks in order to be able to meet those who need help,” Wellington said.

The boxes of food, meat, milk, bread and vegetables will be given out Monday, MLK Jr. Day. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Federal workers should bring a zero-ed out paystub or a government id.

Minnie's Food Pantry is located at 3033 W Parker Rd #116, Plano, TX, 75023. 

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Two Transported After Car Flips Over on Marvin D. Love]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 22:04:56 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-7679871951.jpg

Two people have been transported to the hospital after a serious wreck on Marvin D. Love Freeway in Dallas. 

At 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, police responded to a wreck at 5600 Marvin D Love Freeway. Officers found that a black Mitsubishi was traveling southbound when it was cut off and then collided with a center concrete wall in the HOV lane.

After that wreck, a gray Ford Escort that was also traveling southbound in the HOV lane collided with the Mitsubishi and flipped over.

Both the driver and passenger of the Ford sustained major injuries including several fractures to their legs and pelvis.

Both were transported to the hospital in serious condition.

Police believe the driver of the Ford was intoxicated at the time of the wreck and remains under investigation.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/EyeEm, File]]>
<![CDATA[Man Charged with Murder After Ennis Man Found Shot to Death]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 20:37:52 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Timothy+Brown+edit.jpg

Police have a person in custody after a man was shot and killed in Garrett, Texas Friday night.

According to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Donald Claxton of Ennis, Texas was found in the driveway on the 4000 block of Spur 469, just behind the Spec’s Liquor Store.

Claxton was suffering from a gunshot wound and was taken to Ennis Regional Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

After further investigation, detectives determined that Timothy Brown of Ennis was thee alleged shooter.

Brown was arrested and charged with murder on Saturday and is being held in the Ellis County Jail.

<![CDATA[Mueller Disputes Buzzfeed Story on Cohen Testimony]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:49:46 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/1066356176-Michael-Cohen.jpg

Special counsel Robert Mueller's office issued a rare public statement Friday night that disputes a BuzzFeed News report that President Donald Trump had directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, NBC News reported.

BuzzFeed News on Thursday evening reported that Cohen told special counsel Robert Mueller the president personally instructed him to lie to Congressional investigators in order to minimize links between Trump and his Moscow building project, citing two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter. The report also alleged that Cohen was directed to give a false impression that the project had ended before it actually did.

NBC News has not independently confirmed this report.

On Friday evening, a full day after the story appeared, the special counsel's office issued a statement.

"BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate," the statement said.

Photo Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images, File]]>
<![CDATA[ICYMI Weekend News Digest: Saturday, January 19]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:30:06 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weekend-digest-011919.jpg

To help make sure you stay informed on the most shared and talked about stories across North Texas, each Saturday and Sunday we'll revisit 5 stories from the previous week and capsulize them in this digest with the most recent updates.

In our 5+5 format, we'll publish the first 5 on Saturday morning and the second 5 on Sunday.

Police Pursuit of Minivan Ends at Dallas 7-Eleven

A chase that led police through three cities ended when authorities stopped pursuing a blue minivan, and finally arrested the driver when he stopped in the parking lot of Dallas 7-Eleven. To read more about this story, click here.


Dallas Man Offering Reward to Recover Rare, Classic Car

Steven Gutierrez had a classic car that was like nothing most people have ever seen. That is, until someone stole his family's 1969 Riley Elf out of their Dallas apartment's garage. To read more about this story, click here.


How Frisco ISD Is Dealing With Growing Pains

Frisco ISD has added more than 700 students since Labor Day, 250 of those since the holiday break. To read more about this story, click here.


Credit Card Skimmer Found in McKinney Gas Pump

Investigators discovered a sophisticated credit card skimming device from a gas pump at a McKinney Valero this week. The skimmer -- which is able to capture credit card information and relay it to criminals -- was found on Monday inside of pump 7 at the Midway McKinney gas station at 1400 N. Central Expressway. To read more about this story, click here.


School Bus Overturns on I-30 Near Loop 12, Nine Students Hurt

A school bus from Bishop Dunne Catholic School overturned in the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 near Loop 12 in Dallas on Thursday. Dallas Fire Rescue confirms that a total of 11 people were on board the bus at the time, 10 students and one driver. To read more about this story, click here.


Check back and look for 5 more stories on Sunday.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Security Guard Grazed by Bullet After Shooting at Bar]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 09:35:45 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Silver+Horse+shooting.PNG

A security guard is expected to be okay after a bullet grazed his leg during a shooting at a bar in Fort Worth Friday night.

Officers responded to the Silver Horse Saloon at 3300 E. Lancaster Ave. at 9:43 p.m. for a shooting call. When they arrived they were told that four Hispanic males had been asked to leave the bar.

It is unclear whether or not the four men started shooting at the bar while driving away but a total of six shots were fired towards the establishment and grazed a security guard in the leg.

The security guard is expected to be okay.

The only description given of the suspect vehicle was that it was a dark colored pickup truck.

This is investigation is ongoing.

<![CDATA[FW Stock Show Cancels All Western Parade Due to Weather]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 16:10:14 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/FWSS+cancelled.PNG

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has canceled the yearly "All Western Parade" due to the threat of excessive winds.

Stock Show officials decided due to the extreme conditions expected to hit Fort Worth at the same time as the parade, spectators, participants and livestock would be unsafe.

The City of Fort Worth’s Office of Emergency Management and Stock Show officials monitored the weather forecast throughout Friday, communicating frequently with the National Weather Service and ultimately made the decision to cancel the parade at 5:30 p.m.

“While the parade is a celebratory event kicking off our annual Stock Show & Rodeo, we need to make decisions in the best interests of everyone involved,” said Brad Barnes, president and general manager of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. “Winds are estimated to be sustained at 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts exceeding 35. The challenging effect of the Northwest winds through downtown skyscrapers will only make these conditions worse.”

Guests who have purchased reserved seating for the parade can exchange their tickets for a season grounds pass for the 23-day run of the Stock Show or request a refund for the dollar value of their parade ticket at the Stock Show’s main ticket offices at 3401 W. Lancaster Avenue.

“I know people like to think cowboys are tough, rugged people, and we like to think we are, but we have to think of the safety of everyone… our guests, the animals, livestock,” said Matt Brockman, the communications manager at the Stock Show.

The parade was set to step-off at 10:30 a.m Saturday morning and make its way through downtown Fort Worth. 

This is just the second time in "recent history" that the Stock Show has been forced to cancel the parade. The last time it was canceled was back in 2007 when an ice storm blanketed North Texas.

Stock Show officials said they don't plan to reschedule the parade.

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<![CDATA[Bush Delivers Food to Workers; Calls for End to Shutdown]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:14:09 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/209*120/gwb-pic.jpg

Former President George W. Bush delivered food to federal workers on Friday who are still on the job despite not being paid due to the partial government shutdown.

Bush posted a photo of himself in Florida delivering boxes of pizzas to the workers to his Instagram page.

"It’s time for leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown," Bush said in the post.

He also thanked the government employees who still travel and protect him everyday.

"Laura and I are grateful to our Secret Service personnel and the thousands of Federal employees who are working hard for our country without a paycheck. And we thank our fellow citizens who are supporting them," Bush wrote in the post.

A spokesman for Bush told NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth the former president plans to continue to bring more food to the workers until the government reopens.

The shutdown will soon enter its fifth week.

Photo Credit: George W. Bush via Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[Southwest Plane Runs off Runway at Omaha Airport]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:40:30 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/southwest+plane+off+runway+omaha.jpg

Southwest Airlines says flight #1643 from Las Vegas to Omaha ran off the runway at Eppley Airfield while taxiing to the terminal on Friday.

Southwest Airlines says 150 customers and six crew members were on board at the time.

The initial investigation shows that the Boeing 737-800 slid onto a runway overrun area after landing and while taxiing to the terminal.

There are no reports of any injuries. The customers were transported to the terminal on buses. Employees are now working to get everyone's luggage off the plane and to the terminal.

Eppley Airfield is currently closed and all flights are suspended as the investigation continues.

Southwest Airlines says it is working with the Omaha Airport Authority on the investigation and will release further details as soon as they are available. 

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Photo Credit: Eddie Corcoran
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<![CDATA[Non-Emergency Service, 311, Could Be Thing Of The Past In Dallas]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:36:17 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/311+PROBLEMS.jpg

The three-digit help line Dallas residents have used for years to help with non-emergency issues could be a thing of the past if Dallas City Councilman Philip Kingston has his way.

"We really do have smart people working on it, but I am still running into those five to ten percent of people who report something more complex than a pothole who are dissatisfied with the service,” said Councilman Kingston.

311 is a big city operation with more than 100 full-time employees and 36 temporary workers. Councilman Kingston said this is not a matter of competency within the office, but rather the complexity of the issues Dallas residents are facing.

“I think people deserve to have a human being pick up the phone and have a creative problem solver for the problems they report to the city,” said Kingston. “It would allow us to have greater visibility into the total volume of complaints coming in. Which would also help us with some holistic thinking to prevent these things.”

Councilman Kingston’s plan includes doing away with 311 as it exist now and routing all the calls directly to the council members’ offices. He said he is not suggesting they get rid of the people in 311, but the contrary, taking many of them and possibly hiring more, to cover the calls that will flood into those offices.

Janet Marcum, President of the voluntary Homeowners Association of Northwood Hills, is an avid user of 311, who said she has doubts about the Councilman’s new idea.

"I feel like that would inundate their offices with menial task or things that their time would be better spent on the bigger items, because we certainly have larger items that we need help with,” said Marcum.

Marcum said she often tells her HOA residents to use 311 to get little things done around the community they catch before she can. 

“If [they did] away with 311 it would make my job harder as the President of the voluntary HOA, I encourage homeowners to use it a lot,” said Marcum. “I feel like if we did a better job of letting homeowners know what they can and can’t do with 311 and then separating out what 311 can’t handle, that’s something that you need to talk to a council member about, then it will probably be used more effectively.”

Councilman Kingston admitted this is going to be a hard discussion to have with the City Manager and doesn’t even know how far his idea will go, but that it will be worth it for the people living in Dallas in the long run.

"That concierge type service, that's what our citizens are wanting and that's what I think they deserve,” said Councilman Kingston.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers Fans Learn Some Season Ticket Prices Will Quadruple]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:40:49 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GLOBE+LIFE+FIELD+TIckets.jpg

Some loyal Texas Rangers fans are learning their season ticket prices will quadruple when the new Globe-Life Field opens next year.

"It hurts,” said Myra Pruitt of Burleson. “It's a gut punch. I said I just want to cry."

Pruitt and her entire family have paid for season tickets behind home plate since 1978.

"It’s part of our family really,” said Pruitt’s nephew Matthew Johnson.

This year at Globe-Life Park, the family pays between $80 and $98 per seat per game.

But this week, they found out how much the Rangers are quadrupling the price – up to $400.

"My concern is the Rangers are pushing the family out and it's big corporations,” said Pruitt’s brother Chris Chandler. “That's the only way they can pay the ballplayers and it's not an American game anymore. It's just greed."

In an emailed statement, the Rangers said fans still have plenty of affordable options but that the new seating area behind home plate is now considered a "premium" option that includes VIP parking and high-end food – features not available at the current ballpark.

“The Rangers are committed to working with each customer individually to find seating locations at Globe Life Field THAT WORK FOR THEM,” the statement said. “It’s a process that will take time.

Pruitt said the new prices are just too much for her family to afford.

"I think for the first time in as long as I can remember I’m not going to be a season ticket holder,” she said.

They said they still go to some games but will miss their prime seats.

The Rangers said the big jump in prices affects 600 seats in two rows.

The team said other season ticket options will begin at $15 per seat and some individual tickets will sell for as little as $9.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Vision 2020: Future of Mobility With Toyota Leader]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:36:12 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Flying+Car+011819.jpg

New ways to get around are just around the corner and Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz revealed Friday what his company is working on.

In an exclusive interview with NBC 5 after a Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Lentz said technology already existed for "connected cars." They could help drivers with navigation, appointments and maintenance.

'Does it need an oil change? Do the tires need replacing? All of that data can be downloaded at night," Lentz said.

Drivers could also soon see safer cars that automatically correct driver errors.

"We believe the next prudent step is what we call 'guardian mode,' where you will be in control of your car driving, and if you're going to make a mistake, the car will stop you from doing that," Lentz said.

Autonomous vehicles that drive themselves are already being tried in Frisco and Arlington. Communication improvements are being developed to expand the use of autonomous vehicles.

Years ago, the thinking was that roadways would need technical changes to support driverless cars. Now, Lentz said faster wireless or new radio communication were likely methods to allow autonomous vehicles to communicate with each other and detect existing road conditions.

"So it's going to be the intelligence, the artificial intelligence in cars and sensors on vehicles that are going to be able to constantly scanning the environment,” Lentz said.

Uber has announced it will use Dallas as one of two locations in the world to test flying car technology that would avoid roads entirely. Lentz said Toyota is working on flying cars, too.

"We have a small group in Ann Arbor, Michigan that's working on a flying car. We've got a couple patents already. But, I think the concept of a flying car is quite a ways down the road," he said.

Safer vehicles and other new technology in the works at Toyota like robotics could save millions of lives, Lentz said.

He told the Chamber of Commerce crowd that Toyota employees are very pleased with their new Plano headquarters, which provides much faster commuting times from affordable neighborhoods than their previous headquarters in Southern California.

Photo Credit: Toyota]]>
<![CDATA[Homeless Woman Rescues Injured Dog From Side of the Road]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:44:38 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mistreated+Dog.jpg

A 3-year-old dog is on the road to recovery after being saved by a homeless woman.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Student Could Face Charges After Allegedly Attacking Teacher]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:13:27 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SCHOOL+GENERIC5.jpg

A Wylie middle school student could face charges after police say he attacked his teacher in a classroom. 

It happened Wednesday at Burnett Junior High School.

The teacher was not seriously hurt and was able to subdue the 13-year-old until a school resource officer arrived.

No other students were involved.

Police plan to file an assault charge against the student.

<![CDATA[Concrete Plant Opponents Win a Round at Dallas City Hall]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:30:56 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/concrete_plant.jpg

Opponents of a proposed concrete mixing batch plant won the first round at Dallas City Hall when the Plan and Zoning Commission voted 7 to 3 against the project this week.

Estrada Concrete requested a special use permit for the plant on Bird Lane along Texas Highway 310 South Central Expressway near Simpson Stuart Road.

Neighbors including Marsha Jackson went to City Hall to fight the project.

“I don’t think it needs to be there,” Jackson said.

For 23 years, she has lived in a house a few blocks away off South Central Expressway where an asphalt shingle recycling operation has piled up mountains of material, right beside her house. The city went to court last year to close the place but it is still operating.

“Rules? No,” Jackson said. “I believe that once they get in, they do what they want to do and those rules are not being followed, from my experience.”

Paul Quinn College on Simpson Stuart Road is about a mile from the proposed concrete mixing plant location.

College Vice President of Academic Affairs Chris Dowdy said Dallas would never consider a batch plant on Mockingbird Lane near Southern Methodist University in North Dallas.

“Nobody wants to go to school down the street from a concrete plant. We wouldn’t put this on Mockingbird Lane. I don’t know why it belongs on Simpson Stuart,” Dowdy said.

Josh Butler, a consultant for Estrada Concrete, told the City Plan Commission that the company would follow all the rules. Butler argued that the land is already zoned industrial and the additional 3 year special use permit needed for concrete mixing would provide extra incentive to be a good neighbor so the permit would be renewed.

“The proposed development would allow for a beneficial use of a currently unutilized piece of property,” Butler said. “As you can see in the report, staff recommends that this request be approved.”

Jim Schermbeck with the environmental defense group 'Downwinders at Risk' said the company request ignored a master plan the Dallas City Council approved for the area ten years ago.

“The plan said we want this to be less industrialized. We want mixed use, commercial use, transit centers,” Schermeck said. “If the master plan is not going to be enforced by this commission, who’s going to enforce it then?”

Plan Commission Member Chris Lewis made a motion to approve the plant. Lewis was appointed by City Councilman Tennell Atkins who represents the area. Lewis said he had studied the issue and found that a batch plant is an appropriate land use there. His motion was defeated in a 6 to 4 vote. The final vote on a motion to reject the plan was 7 to 3.

The strong majority of Plan Commission members sided with opponents, however the case may not be finished yet. The company can appeal to the Dallas City Council for a final decision but overruling the Plan Commission rejection would require a super majority, a two thirds City Council vote.

A message for Zoning Consultant Josh Butler seeking comment on whether Estrada Concrete wants to push the appeal was not returned.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas ISD Students Honor Martin Luther King Jr.]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:23:23 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MLK+ORATORY+COMPETITION1.jpg

Students in the Dallas ISD used their words on Friday to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during an oratory competition.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Allegations of Anti-Semitism Cloud 2019 Women's March ]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 14:25:07 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-908570094.jpg

Amid accusations of anti-Semitism surrounding the leaders of the Women’s March on Washington, many Jewish women will be deciding one thing this weekend: to march or not to march?

Joan James, of Lincoln City, Oregon, was very supportive until the allegations of anti-Semitism began to surface.

"The Women’s March is supposed to be an inclusive movement that supports diversity of color and ideas," said James, who is Jewish. "If your leaders are making statements that are less than supportive of a group of people, it tears the movement from the inside."

James is still conflicted on whether or not she will participate this weekend, when thousands of women are expected to take the streets for the third year in a row. The march, sparked by the election of President Donald Trump, was organized by women worried about his agenda and offended by comments he made. Many participants wore distinctive "pink pussy hats" as a symbolic way to show resistance.

Now some women are aggravated the anti-Semitic allegations are causing a divide within the women’s movement.

The accusations of anti-Semitism were crystalized in an article written in the Tablet in December. The magazine reported that in an initial planning meeting, Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez, two of the Women's March Inc. leaders, said that Jewish people had “a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people." Mallory and other leaders deny the statement.

In addition, Perez, Mallory, and Linda Sarsour's association with Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan, who has a history of making anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ comments, led to more criticism. The New York Times reported that Mallory and Perez said, “they work in communities where Mr. Farrakhan is respected for his role in rehabilitating incarcerated men. They attended the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March in 2015, which Mr. Farrakhan planned.” 

In an appearance on ABC's "The View," Mallory said, "What I will say to you is that I don't agree with many of Minister Farrakhan's statements." In a later interview with a radio station called Breakfast Club, she condemned anti-Semitism. However, she and the other leaders did not denounce Farrakhan's rhetoric.

Some advocates are conflicted about whether the allegations are serious enough to keep them from participating.

In response, Women’s March Inc. released a press statement which reads, “It’s become clear, amidst this media storm, that our values and our message have — too often— been lost. That loss caused a lot of harm, and a lot pain. We should have been faster and clearer in helping people understand our values and our commitment to fighting anti-Semitism. We regret that. Every member of our movement matters to us — including our incredible Jewish and LGBTQ members. We are deeply sorry for the harm we have caused, but we see you, we love you, and we are fighting with you.”

While some advocates are frustrated with the controversay over the anti-Semitic allegations, they also recognize the impact of the Women’s March.

Aliza Lifshitz, a Jewish Barnard College student and activist, posted on her Facebook page, “If you’re vocally critical of the women’s march but you do nothing to publicly call out or resist the current administration’s policies, it is very safe to assume that you’re using your concerns about anti-Semitism to tear down a movement you didn’t agree with in the first place.”

"People should acknowledge what they are missing out on when they abandon the women’s march," she said in an interview with NBC.

Lifshitz believes the march has played a significant role in organizing the women’s resistance movement, and that the march itself is symbolic of the desire for change. However, she also said she respects anyone who feels uncomfortable marching because of the controversy.

The allegations have resulted in stark differences between competing marches and women abandoning the march altogether over confusion about what each organization stands for.

Women’s March Inc. brought three Jewish women onto their steering committee. Abby Stein, the first openly transgender woman raised in a Hasidic community, is one of the women.

“The leaders of the Women’s March are not anti-Semitic," she said. "Louis Farrakhan has no impact on the goals of the Women's March. In fact, the Women’s March is the antithesis to everything he preaches."

Stein said when she was given the opportunity to join the steering committee, she saw it as a way to make sure Jewish women feel included and as a platform to defend the LGBTQ community.

"The question was not how I could join the Women’s March, but how could I not?" she said. "I can accomplish so much when it comes to eradicating anti-Semitism by working with them."

Stein told NBC the Women’s March in 2017 focused on resistance, the march in 2018 guided people to the polls, and this year’s march is about a policy agenda.

“One of the strongest impacts the steering committee has is assisting with the women’s agenda which is a policy agenda that Congress could basically copy and paste and turn it into a bill,” she said.

The Women's March Inc. has released a policy agenda encompassing many different topics, including ending violence against women, advocating for reproductive rights, and fighting for racial injustice.

Despite efforts to show the march is inclusive and not anti-Semitic, the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand, among others, are no longer sponsoring the Women’s March Inc. event.

“I think it is unfortunate they are no longer supporting the event," said Rabbi Robin Podolsky of Los Angeles, who wrote an article in the Jewish Journal called “Why I Will Walk With the Women’s March.” "We have to ask ourselves who benefits if our movement fractures and it is not us. At this point, I still feel really firm that it is the grassroots women who have to define the march and not a couple of personalities at the top."

“As a Jewish woman, I think it is important that we reclaim this march and that we stand for this as much as any woman. I see us walking in the same direction, where each of us is heard and empowered," she said.

Many women’s marches planned around the world on Saturday are not associated with Women’s March Inc.

Women’s March Alliance, for example, is a separate organization that plans the march in New York City.

Katherine Siemionko, the alliance's founder and president, told NBC, “We are hoping to roll out a new name brand and face this upcoming March to make it clear that we have no association with Women’s March Inc.”

Siemionko is aware many Jews are contemplating whether or not to march.

"We are working to make sure everyone feels welcome and we are doing a lot of outreach across the board," she said. "We have also been speaking at synagogues and making sure to confirm our commitment to the Jewish communities we have worked with in the past."

During a phone call in October, Siemionko asked Sarsour why Women's March Inc. was planning to hold a competing event in New York City on Saturday. She said Sarsour had told her the separate rally was needed to provide a space for women of color.

Siemionko told NBC many women of color are involved in her organization. She said the volunteer trainings this week averaged 60 percent people of color and the alliance's board has 3 women of color out of 5 members. Siemionko told NBC she thought Sarsour had given her a "lame excuse."

Women's March Inc. did not make Sarsour available for an interview.

With all of the controversy, some people are choosing to stay away from any women’s march this year.

Arielle Kaplan, a 24-year-old Jewish woman from New York City, said, “I think it is great that people are going and that Jewish women are trying to make marches that are inclusive for Jews, but I am not going because I don't want people to mistake me for supporting Women’s March Inc. by going to a women’s march that is unaffiliated.”

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<![CDATA[Waxahachie Says Billboard Must Go -- But Not Because of Prayer Message]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:38:35 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/prayer+billboard.jpg

Billboards are meant to catch your attention, but one in particular is stirring up debate near Waxahachie. It's off Interstate 35E, just south of city limits.

The sign shows hands clasped, with the message "Did you think to pray?" Some feel it fits well in Waxahachie.

“I'm for the billboard and I'm for prayer, so I hope it can stay,” said Rennae de Freitas, a Waxahachie resident.

The billboard structure has been on the outskirts of town since 2015, but the current owner, Media Choice, put the sign up several months ago.

Dan Gus is the attorney representing the company.

“I think they thought it was a good inclusive, positive message and they put it up because they had the space to do it,” Gus said.

On Thursday, the city attorney sent him an enforcement letter, demanding the sign be taken down. He posted to Facebook about it. Waxahachie’s communications director, Amy Borders, said she saw concerned comments and she wants to be clear that it’s not because of religion.

"The sign would still be non-compliant if it were blank," she said in a statement to NBC 5.

According to the letter, the billboard falls within Waxahachie's extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) and it was never permitted or inspected by the city before going up. But the bigger issue, according to Gus, is the city's claim that the ads violate a city ordinance, including the one on the backside, promoting a motel.

“If I put up a message that says 'buy this sign' it's legal. If I say buy this sign down the road, then it's illegal,” he said.

The city deemed it "off premise" – meaning it's advertising something not directly on the property.

By the 22-year-old rule, the city can regulate what's allowed on a sign.

“The supreme court has said signs that target content are presumptively unconstitutional,” Gus said.

If you've driven nearby on highway 287, you've likely seen billboards promoting things not right there.

Borders said some may be grandfathered in.

Gus said he's checking into the permitting claims, but he hopes to meet with city leaders to find a resolution.

“They're not anti-religion. They're just good people stuck with trying to enforce a really bad statute and hopefully this presents an opportunity to fix that,” he said.

Borders tells NBC 5 this isn't the first letter. She said the city sent one to the owner last summer. The city attorney said Gus has until next Friday, Jan. 25, to set up a meeting before he files suit to remove the billboard.

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<![CDATA[Who Run the Art World at the DMA? Girls!]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:01:24 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Elisabeth-Vigee-LeBrun-Painting.jpg

With exhibitions like “Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow” and “Women + Design: New Works”, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) continues to celebrate women’s professional artistic careers with “Women Artists in Europe from the Monarchy to Modernism”, on view through June 9.

The timing of the exhibitions is a happy accident, with this newest exhibition conceived to serve as a complement to “Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist”, an upcoming exhibit opening February 24. The pocket-sized exhibition features significant works by female artists working in Europe from the 18th century to the early 20th century. Most of the works are from the DMA’s permanent collection.

Together, the works explore the restrictions women artists faced and dispel the notion that not many women were creating great art at that time.

“I think the long-held assumption is that women somehow didn’t possess the ability to make great art which is why we don’t see so many. But that is not really the case. The challenges that they faced were the lack of access to opportunity, to education, to training, to the most prestigious art institutions across Europe. It was almost insurmountable,” Nicole Myers, the Lillian and James H. Clark Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, said.

The first part of the exhibition lays out the traditional path men followed to become a respected artist and explains how women were deliberately excluded from that path. Few women were elected to powerful national art academies. Women could not attend classes featuring live nude models, were restricted from studying specific genres, and were pushed to into less prestigious artforms.

To overcome these obstacles, women needed two assets: money and a man. Supportive families paid for expensive private lessons. Male artists, relatives and teachers were essential advocates.

“Almost always when we know the names of successful women artists, even up to the 20th century, one of the key factors that unites them is their connection to an established male artist,” Myers said.

Two women who were elected to the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture on same in day in 1783 found different ways to navigate the obstacles of the art world. Élisabeth Louise Vigée-Le Brun was the daughter of a portraitist and gained the patronage of Marie Antoinette. Adélaïde Labille-Guiard studied under a family friend. Eventually, she married a successful artist who was a member of the Royal Academy.

At the time of their election, the Royal Academy had an unofficial cap of electing no more than four women. Le Brun and Labille-Guiard were the third and fourth women elected, and this development caused consternation among male artists. The Royal Academy sought a royal decree to enforce the cap.

“Just at this moment when you get these two fantastically talented women who are on the public stage, the door slams shut for younger women who wanted to follow in their path,” Myers said.

As the academies lost their power and art markets shifted their interest away from historic paintings, Rosa Bonheur became an unexpected celebrity. Her work featured animals. “She had a great empathy for her subjects,” Myers said. “She treats them as if they have personalities and souls.”

Her paintings were showcased on postcards and a Rosa Bonheur doll was distributed in the United States. “It wasn’t just the paintings that were enormously popular. It was actually her personality, which was larger-than-life and completely gender-bending, which is even more surprising that it was acceptable,” Myers said.

Bonheur used her work studying animals as justification for wearing pants in an era when women wore long skirts and petticoats. She cut her hair short, lived openly with a woman companion, smoked cigars and was outspoken about her opinions.

Kathë Kollwitz was the first women elected to the Prussian Academy in 1919. While studying in Berlin, she met her husband, a doctor. She often talked to her husband’s middle-class patients and used her art to draw attention to middle-class struggles.

“Some of the subjects near and dear to her heart were the emerging worker’s movement and the struggles that workers face, but also really tough emotional subject like poverty, the damage that war does, suffering, starvation and hunger and that will become more prominent after World War I,” Myers said.

To express social commentary, Kollwitz worked with printmaking, engraving and lithography. She spoke out against Nazism and was barred from exhibiting during World War II. Her Berlin apartment was bombed, destroying much of her work. She died weeks before the end of World War II.

Exhibiting these artists’ works and telling their stories continues one of the DMA’s traditions. “For me, it is a great honor to work at the DMA as they have historically prioritized collecting women artists,” Myers said. “It is something that is part of our fiber and history as an institution.”


Photo Credit: Dallas Museum of Art
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<![CDATA[Tell Me Something Good - Cooper HS Class of 2019]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:51:23 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cooper-ISD-2019.jpg

The Cooper High School is celebrating that every member of the Class of 2019 has been accepted to either a university, trade school or junior college.

<![CDATA[DART Paratransit Workers Protest Proposed Changes ]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:50:56 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DART+PARATRANSIT+RALLY.jpg

Employees and supporters of the current DART paratransit system rallied in Dallas on Friday, protesting consideration of a new contract that could cost some current employees their jobs and increase reliance on ride sharing companies.

"We think this would be a tragedy, no one wants their parents or loved ones to be riding with an unknown person, an unregulated person," Kenneth Day, President ATU Local 1338 said.

According to DART, the contract under consideration is similar to the current one that they say already uses taxis and Lyft for some users.

But critics of the proposed contract, including Dallas City Councilman Scott Griggs, believe it erodes service quality in the name of cost savings.

"It is bad for our people that need this service, it is bad for the entire city of Dallas, this is not the direction that DART is going," Griggs said at the rally.

DART says under the proposed plan riders who need special vehicles to assist with their loading would still be able to get them and the use of ride shares, which they say have been well received, would increase.

The DART board will vote on the proposal this coming Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Veasey: Democrats Want to Open the Government]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:17:41 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Marc+Veasey+011819.jpg

This Sunday, U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX 30th District) is our guest on Lone Star Politics. He talked to us about what he thinks it will take to get the government back open.

"Whenever I go to the store, people ask me when is this going to end. I don't have an answer to that," Veasey said. "What I will tell you is that we have sent the Senate the bills that they passed in the previous Congress, just a few weeks ago, because remember the current Congress just started. And we have sent them the bills and voted on this thing nine times for them to re-open the government, and they have not made any action on this."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on the Senate floor there will not be a vote until President Donald Trump and Democrats come to an agreement.

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<![CDATA[Sunday on Lone Star Politics: The Push to End the Government Shutdown]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:33:59 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark+Veasey+on+LSP.jpg

North Texas Congressman Marc Veasey on the Government shutdown and what it will take to get federal employees back to work… Sunday on Lone Star Politics at 8:30 a.m.

<![CDATA[Before Paying for Meds, Ask If There's a Cheaper Option]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:40:04 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic+pharmacy+011819.jpg

A March 2018 study found that for about 1 out of 5 prescriptions, insurers required people to pay more if they used their insurance than if they paid the pharmacy's retail price. One reason this happened: gag clauses. The clauses prevented pharmacists from telling you there may be a lower price by not using your insurance.

But not anymore!

"Gag clauses were something Consumer Reports surfaced years ago. We worked with a lot of state legislators to help pass state-by-state laws to help curtail this practice. And then, this past October, two bills were passed in Congress put an end to this practice once and for all on a national level, which is a terrific win for consumers," said Lisa Gill, Consumer Reports health editor.

"We can actually help the consumer a whole lot more. For example, last night, a lady came in for an antibiotic ointment, we filled it, ran it through her insurance was $192. Put it through for the cash price and it was just $15. So, all that saving went into her own pocket," pharmacist William Stroud said.

The number one thing to do, ask: "Is this the lowest possible price on my medication?"

There are some other ways to be money smart with meds.

"Make sure you really need that medication. Two, make sure you're taking a generic. Generics are a good option for most people and will save you boatloads of money. Third, can I get a three-month or 90-day? Save at least one copay, sometimes two," Gill said.

There are a few things consumers can do to save money on their prescription medication.

If your insurance company doesn't cover your drug very well or doesn't cover it at all, it's time to start shopping around.

A manufacturer has different types of programs. Sometimes the program is for people who earn less than a certain amount of money, so it's called a patient assistance program. For people who make more than that and have commercial insurance, they often offer discount coupons to help you fill prescriptions, usually for up to a year.

There's a website that's terrific. It's called Needymeds.org. Go to that website, type in your drug and you'll see all different types of coupons available, including the manufacturer coupon.

Check goodrx.com. Check blinkhealth.com. Both will show you, based on your zip code, a comparison of the best discounts they can get from different pharmacies in your area. You may be surprised at the money you can save.

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<![CDATA[Sunday on Lone Star Politics: Texas Legislature Priority]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:34:09 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Matt+Krause+on+LSP.jpg

State Representative Matt Krause on why this will be the session that school finance and property taxes could be solved in the Texas Legislature … Sunday on Lone Star Politics at 8:30 a.m.

<![CDATA[Can an Old Drug Prevent Type 1 Diabetes?]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:17:14 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Insulin+Reader+011819.jpg

Less than 10 percent of people with diabetes have Type 1 diabetes. Patients with Type 1 must take insulin to stay alive and there's been no way to prevent the disease. Now, for the first time, researchers say there may be a way to prevent or delay the disease in some people with a genetic risk.

Lisa Meyers wears an insulin pump and checks her blood sugar several times a day to keep her Type 1 diabetes in check.

"It's a 24/7 thing," Meyers said. "It's just a constant thought about blood sugar and how it relates to what I'm gonna do."

She's a diabetes educator and helps patients navigate the disease. It's a job she wishes she didn't have.

"If other people could be prevented from having to live this … that, to me, is a joy," Meyers said.

Aaron Michels, MD, associate professor of pediatrics & medicine and Frieda and George S. Eisenbarth clinical immunology endowed chair at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus said doctors are better than ever at predicting who will develop Type 1 diabetes.

"If a disease can be predicted, it really should be prevented," Michels said.

About 60 percent of patients have a gene called HLADQ8. In a years-long search for a way to block that gene, Michels found promise in an unlikely place, a decades-old blood pressure drug called methyldopa.

"It blocked DQ8. It blocked its function," Michels said.

That means the drug could delay the diagnosis, or even prevent it altogether. If the research pans out in bigger trials, it would be a major milestone.

"Living with diabetes is a lot of work," Michels said. "And it's a lot of work that doesn't go away."

For Michels, it's personal. He's been living with Type 1 diabetes for 26 years.

"Things really do need to be done to lessen the burden for patients and their families," Michels said.

His oldest daughter has it too.

"Any amount of time we can have a child and their family not have to deal with those burdens of Type 1 diabetes would be fantastic," Michels said.

People with the DQ8 gene are about 10 times more likely to develop Type 1 diabetes. A larger clinical trial will start enrolling patients in the next couple of months. People with a relative with Type 1 diabetes can get tested for the DQ8 gene. If they have it, they may be a candidate to enroll in the trial.

Contributors to this news report include: Stacie Overton Johnson, Field Producer; Rusty Reed, Videographer; Cyndy McGrath, Supervising Producer; Hayley Hudson, Assistant Producer; Roque Correa, Editor.

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<![CDATA[Larry Casto Drops Out of Dallas Mayor Race]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:56:43 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Larry+Casto+081518.jpg

Former Dallas city attorney Larry Casto dropped out of the Dallas mayor's race and endorsed Mike Ablon Friday.

A release from Ablon's campaign said Casto shared Ablon's vision for making Dallas neighborhoods stronger.

Casto was one of the first candidates to announce a campaign for Dallas mayor in November. New campaign fundraising reports showed Casto lagged behind others in contribution to wage a campaign.

Others to announce as candidates for mayor include businessman Albert Black, attorney Regina Montoya, nonprofit CEO Lynn McBee, former Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy, Dallas ISD trustee Miguel Solis, Dallas City Councilmember Scott Griggs and former state representative Jason Villalba.

West Oak Cliff resident Miguel Patino also filed paperwork for a mayoral campaign.

The official filing period began Wednesday and ends Feb. 15 for the May 4 election.

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