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  • 52 mins Eyes Turn to Texas as Early Voting Surge Surpasses 2016 NBCDFW
    Texas has already cast nearly 7 million votes, more than anywhere in America, and Glen Murdoch couldn’t get his ballot in fast enough after becoming a U.S. citizen this summer. “I was champing at the bit,” said Murdoch, who moved to Austin from Australia shortly after President Donald Trump took office, and cast a ballot last week to vote him out. It’s a rush to the polls in Texas like seldom seen before. Ten days before Election Day, Texans have already cast as many early votes as they did in 2016 and are nearly 80% of the way toward ... more
  • 3 hours Dallas County Breaks Early Voting Record NBCDFW
    Well over half a million people in Dallas County have voted since Oct. 13, breaking the county’s early voting record set four years ago. According to the Texas Secretary of State, 563,148 votes had been cast in Dallas County between in-person voters and mailed-in ballots as of Friday. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins tweeted Saturday, an additional 18,109 voted by the early afternoon bringing the Saturday count to at least 581,626 when mailed-in ballots are added. Dallas resident Adam Womble was among those who voted at the American Airlines Center on Saturday. From start to finish, Womble said ... more
  • 5 hours Dallas County Reports 778 New Coronavirus Cases, 1 Death NBCDFW
    Health officials in Dallas County on Saturday reported 778 additional cases of COVID-19 and 1 additional coronavirus-related deaths. The people who died after contracting COVID-19 included, a woman in her 60’s who was a resident of the city of Balch Springs. She has been critically ill in an area hospital and had underlying high-risk health conditions according to the county. Dallas County has reported 1,098 confirmed deaths related to the coronavirus. Of the 778 cases added Saturday, 648 are confirmed cases, and 381 came through the Texas Department of State Health Services’ electronic reporting system. All 381 cases were ... more
  • 6 hours Food Drive Organizers Encourage People to Vote During Rally in South Dallas NBCDFW
    Less than two weeks before Election Day, community leaders in South Dallas are encouraging residents to get out and vote. Abounding Prosperity, Inc. hosted a ‘Get Out the Vote Rally’ and food drive on Saturday to stress how important it is that every voter’s voice is heard. “If you’re affected by everything going on you should certainly cast your vote,” said Kirk Myers, CEO of Abounding Prosperity. “We’re not telling anyone who to vote for, but we certainly are telling them to vote the issues that are of importance to them.” Each week Abounding Prosperity serves food boxes to ... more
  • 7 hours Another Vehicle Fire Reported at Lewisville Apartment Complex NBCDFW
    Another vehicle fire has been reported at a Lewisville apartment complex that has seen close to a dozen similar incidents since July 2019. Lewisville Police and Fire said that they responded to the fire around 12:19 a.m. at the Windsor Court apartments in the 200 block of East Southwest Parkway. One car was set on fire and a second vehicle was damaged by the heat and flames, city spokesman Matt Martucci said. No injuries were reported, and no one has been detained. The fire is the 11th to be reported at the complex since July 2019, and ... more
  • 8 hours Denton County Adds 125 Cases of the Coronavirus, 119th Death; Collin County Reports 168 Cases NBCDFW
    Denton County Public Health reported 125 new cases of the coronavirus and one additional death Saturday, and the state health department added 168 cases in Collin County. Of the latest 125 cases in Denton County, 101 are considered active. There are 2,735 active cases in the county, which has reported a total of 16,054 cases. No additional details were provided about the death, which is the county’s 119th since March. Denton County also added 66 newly recovered cases, bringing the estimated recoveries in the county to 13,201. Get the latest news on COVID-19 delivered ... more
  • 8 hours ‘End SARS’ Protestors Rally at Dallas City Hall NBCDFW
    There is growing outrage over the shooting deaths of peaceful protestors in Nigeria. Nearly 70 people have died during two weeks of demonstrations against police brutality. The unrest set off protests in Dallas on Saturday in a show of solidarity with those fighting a battle they say transcends borders. Hundreds gathered outside Dallas City Hall to draw awareness to what’s happening in Nigeria where conflict intensified this week. Tuesday, Nigerian Security Forces reportedly killed at least a dozen peaceful protestors. It followed days of demonstrations against the Nigerian Special Anti-Robbery Squad, widely known as SARS, a notorious police unit ... more
  • 10 hours Tarrant County Reports 775 New Coronavirus Cases, 4 Deaths NBCDFW
    Tarrant County Public Health on Saturday reported 775 additional cases of COVID-19 with four additional deaths. Data from the county health department indicates that of the 775 additional cases reported Saturday, 660 cases are confirmed while the other 115 are probable. The county reported four more deaths Saturday, including residents of Arlington, Grapevine, North Richland Hills and unincorporated Tarrant County. Additional details about the cases have not been released. The new deaths brings the county’s total deaths related to the coronavirus to 717. The county began reporting both probable and confirmed cases in August at the request ... more
  • 14 hours 18-Year-Old Bystander Fatally Shot in East Oak Cliff: Dallas Police NBCDFW
    An 18-year-old woman was killed and another person was wounded Friday night when they were caught in crossfire in east Oak Cliff, Dallas police say. Officers responded shortly after 11 p.m. to the shooting in the 3000 block of East Ledbetter Drive, where Nakeya Smith and another witness were struck by gunfire exchanged between two groups, police said. Smith was a bystander and was not involved in the disturbance, police said. Paramedics brought Smith to a local hospital, where she died of her injuries. Police did not have any information about the condition of the ... more
  • 1 day At Least Two Dallas County Voters Learn Someone Else Voted in Their Name NBCDFW
    Dallas County elections officials tell NBC 5 Investigates they have identified a voting system error after at least two voters showed up to cast ballots but were told that someone else had already voted in their name. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins confirmed the system error caused between two and four cases where someone actually voted in another person’s name. But Jenkins said the error, which stemmed from the county’s electronic pollbooks, had the potential to affect between 72 and 100 voters. Still a tiny fraction of Dallas County’s more than 1.3 million registered voters. County officials say they ... more
  • 1 day High School Football Season Adjust as COVID-19 Cases Continue to Spread NBCDFW
    The high school football season is rolling along but the season has faced its fair share of challenges along the way due to COVID-19. Concerns over the virus have put the season on the brink almost every single day.“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Allen high school football coach Terry Gambill. “It’s challenged us in all areas. Every day you get up to go to work, you don’t know what to expect.” “I’m trying to focus on making sure that our program keeps going,” said Duncanville football coach Reginald Samples. “Every week I’m hearing about someone shutting down, ... more
  • 1 day North Texas Remains a ‘Sellers Market’ NBCDFW
    The housing market usually gets hammered during a recession, but the COVID-19 downturn has done the opposite. At a time when life has slowed down, it turns out people in North Texas are moving faster than ever, according to Julie Lynch, associate director of Weitzman Institute for Real Estate at UT Dallas. “Everyone’s home, the kids, the grandparents, and they’re realizing that their home just can’t accommodate their current needs and so it’s continuing to drive the demand up,” Lynch said. Demand, Lynch said, is higher now than it was pre-pandemic. Sales remain strong, too, with existing homes staying on ... more
  • 1 day Abilene Christian University Football Team Rallies Around Family of Injured Quarterback Sema’j Davis NBCDFW
    Sema’j Davis is the quarterback for the Abilene Christian University football team. “Sema’j just epitomizes everything that you would want your football program to stand for,” ACU head football coach Adam Dorrel said. “He’s selfless.  He’s tough. He’s disciplined. He’s a great student-athlete. He’s an ambassador for our football program on campus. He is very well-liked across campus,” Dorrel added. But now Davis in the I-C-U at JPS Healthcare in Fort Worth. His opponent now is serious injuries after being involved in a crash with a suspected drunk driver. On the way to their next game to be played ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19 Hospitalizations, ER Visits Going the ‘Wrong Direction,’ Dallas County Judge Jenkins Says NBCDFW
    The Dallas County Health Department says hospitalizations and ER visits related to COVID-19 are headed in the wrong direction. On Friday, the county department also announced another 612 cases of the virus along with four more related deaths. “Today’s number continues a trend upward in COVID-19 positive cases and we’re seeing our hospitalizations and emergency room visits trending in the wrong direction as well,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a prepared statement Friday. “At this point, you know what you need to do, you just need to do it.” According to data from the state health department, ... more
  • 1 day Tarrant County Adds 848 COVID-19 Cases Friday, Another Death as Estimated Recoveries Top 50,000 NBCDFW
    Tarrant County Public Health is reporting 848 additional cases of COVID-19 Friday along with another death. The latest victim of the virus was a man from Fort Worth in his 60s who had underlying health conditions. Of the 848 additional cases reported Friday, data from the county health department indicates there are 678 more confirmed cases than the day before and 170 more probable cases. It is not clear if any of the new cases came from the Texas DSHS backlog. The county began reporting both probable and confirmed cases in August at the request of the state health ... more
  • 1 day Denton County Reports 207 COVID-19 Cases Friday, State Adds 195 Cases in Collin County, 1 Death NBCDFW
    Denton County Public Health reported another 207 COVID-19 cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus Friday while the state health department adds 195 in Collin County along with another death. Of the latest 207 cases in Denton County, 159 are active while the remaining 48 cases are from the DSHS’s state backlog. The countywide total for cases stands at 15,929 with 13,135 estimated recoveries and 2,676 estimated active cases. Denton County reported no new deaths Friday, so the total holds at 118 COVID-19 related deaths since March. DCPH is providing a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing center on Tuesday, Oct. 27 ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19 Cases Surge in North Texas Before Weekend Sporting Events NBCDFW
    County health officials report there’s been a steady increase in COVID-19 patients throughout North Texas. The number of hospitalizations and ICU admissions are on the rise in both Dallas and Tarrant counties. This comes at the same time that a number of large sporting events are set to take place this weekend. “It raises our blood pressure and gives us pause because we know that the risk of COVID transmission obviously increases with the proximity of individuals and number of individuals together,” said Dr. Mark Casanova, President of the Dallas County Medical Society. More than 17,500 attendees are expected ... more
  • 1 day Tarrant County Officials Seek More Poll Workers for Final Week of Early Voting NBCDFW
    While the rush of voters slowed down during the second week of early voting, Tarrant County elections officials say they expect a high turnout during the final week. Heider Garcia, elections administrator for Tarrant County, said he expected to have more than 500,000 ballots cast early by the end of this weekend. “It’s looking good. I think it’s going to be a real high turnout,” Garcia said, referring to the final week of early voting. “We have seen very sustained turnout through week one and almost all of week two. Usually, you would have seen a dip, which we’re ... more
  • 1 day 7 College Students Robbed on Restaurant Patio in Fort Worth NBCDFW
    Fort Worth police say seven college students were robbed while sitting on a restaurant patio. The robbery happened Sunday night on Hemphill Avenue around 9 p.m. The suspect walked up to the seven women, showed a semi-automatic handgun and then demanded their designer purses, according to police. Police believe the man was between 25 to 35 years old, approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a medium build, and slightly unshaven with a light complexion. He was wearing blue jeans, a dark blue short-sleeved t-shirt with “Cowboys” and a large star on the front of the shirt, and a ... more
  • 1 day Rethinking COVID Recovery: Marathon, Not A Sprint NBCDFW
    It’s called post-intensive care unit syndrome, or PICU and prior to the pandemic, many of us may never have heard of it. But patients who survive an extended stay in an intensive care unit on a ventilator may have a number of unique health challenges to overcome. More on how hospitals are rethinking recovery for COVID patients. For 33-year-old Robert Hardy, coaching his son D’yon means the world to him. But just a few months ago, Robert spiked a fever. Over four or five days his health tanked. Finally, he called 911. “Was going down my steps at the ... more
  • 1 day 1,000 Cranes for Peace Art Project Promotes Mental Health NBCDFW
    On Friday morning, a group gathered to assemble scaffolding inside the Denton County MHMR Center lobby, in order to hang an art project called 1,000 Cranes for Peace. “It’s Japanese legend that if you fold 1,000 cranes and make a wish upon it, that the wish will come true,” Maryam Flory, a board member with The Art Room, explained. “So we started gathering and encouraging community members to make some origami cranes for us.” The cranes were folded by clients who are working on their mental health recovery. It’s a collaborative effort between The Art Room and the Denton ... more
  • 1 day Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson Teams Up With Microsoft in New Digital Alliance NBCDFW
    Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson has announced a new “digital alliance” with Microsoft in order to be on the forefront of the next technological revolution. Johnson is teaming up with Raamel Mitchell, the director of Microsoft’s North Texas campus, in a partnership that will support innovation, workforce development, and technological advancements in Dallas. According to Johnson, the alliance will work to build on existing and growing expertise in North Texas in order to make Dallas a hub for artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, and autonomous vehicle design and development. Johnson said the initiative will help to move the city forward as ... more
  • 1 day Texas Nears 17 Million Registered Voters With More Than 848,000 Added Since January NBCDFW
    Records released by the Texas Secretary of State’s office on Friday show the Lone Star State is closing in on 17 million registered voters with the addition of nearly 850,000 registrations since January. The data shows 848,535 registrations were received by counties across Texas this year, growing the state’s number of registrations by 5% from 16,211,198 to an all-time high of 16,955,519. The vast majority of those registrations were received after the March 3 primary. During the 2016 presidential election, there were nearly two million fewer registered Texas voters and there are now more than 3.3 million more ... more
  • 1 day Dallas Business Owners Work Together to Lower Property Crime NBCDFW
    The most recent city of Dallas crime data shows a rise in crime categories that frequently impact businesses. Burglary, robbery and theft were all up compared to this time in 2019 – 8.5%, 28% and 3.5% respectively. “We don’t feel comfortable anymore,” said Vangely Rodriguez, whose business has been hit twice in recent months. “We are scared that when we close the building someone is waiting for me to leave so they can steal.” Rodriguez has worked with other area business owners and the Dallas Police Department to increase awareness and information sharing in hopes of lowering crime numbers. ... more
  • 1 day Volunteers Take Part in Annual Memorial and Clean-Up Day at Oakland Cemetery in Dallas NBCDFW
    Volunteers are taking part in the Annual Memorial and Clean-Up Day at Oakland Cemetery in Dallas on Friday. The event dates back to 2013, when a firefighter asked about into the location of the gravesite of John Clark, the first Dallas Fire Department firefighter to die in the line of duty. Each year, volunteers and families of the fallen visit the cemetery and clean up the headstones and burial plots. These graves include those of eight Dallas Firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Volunteers also have the opportunity to engage in fellowship with the ... more
  • 1 day Roof to Be Closed for Game 3 of World Series NBCDFW
    Globe Life Field tweeted Friday afternoon that the roof would be closed for Game 3 of the World Series Friday night due to weather. MLB officials consulted with health advisors in the decision and that it was a safe environment and comfortable experience for fans, according to a statement from the MLB. ... more
  • 1 day Man Killed in Auto-Pedestrian Crash in East Dallas: Police NBCDFW
    A man is dead after being struck by a vehicle in East Dallas on Friday morning, police say. According to the Dallas Police Department, the victim was walking in the right lane of 4400 Samuell Boulevard at approximately 4:20 a.m. when he was struck by an unknown vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, who was traveling eastbound at the time of the incident, failed to stop and render aid to the victim, police said. Police said the victim, a 54-year-old male, was pronounced dead at the scene. The roadway was closed near Grove Hill Road ... more
  • 1 day Former NBC 5 Reporter Helps Return $40K Worth of Jewelry to Owner at DFW Airport NBCDFW
    More than $40,000 worth of jewelry has been returned to its owner after being left at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Former NBC 5 reporter Omar Villafranca discovered the box of jewelry in an airport restroom. According to Villafranca, the box contained several chains, a watch, and multiple hats. Villafranca gave the box of jewelry to Lost and Found team at DFW Airport, and the owner came back for his belongings. DFW Airport gave Villafranca a shoutout on Twitter for helping reunite the owner with his lost items. This story uses functionality that may not ... more
  • 1 day Rowlett Police Chase Ends With Stolen Truck Catching Fire, Killing Teenage Girl NBCDFW
    A teenager is dead after a police chase from Rowlett to Rockwall ended in a fiery crash early Friday morning, police say. According to the Rowlett Police Department, an officer saw a white Ford F250 traveling eastbound on Interstate 30 shortly after 1 a.m. with its taillights off and high-beam headlights flashing on and off. The officer believed that the vehicle was displaying a theft alarm and attempted to stop the driver, police said. According to Rowlett police, the driver did not stop and continued east into Rockwall. Police said the vehicle left the roadway in the 3100 ... more
  • 2 days Child Wounded in Drive-By Shooting in South Dallas NBCDFW
    A child was wounded in a drive-by shooting early Friday in South Dallas, police say. Officers were called at about 2:23 a.m. to a report of a shooting along the 2600 block of Tanner Street. A witness told police a person in a passing car opened fire on her home, striking a child inside. The child was taken to a hospital by Dallas Fire-Rescue with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said. The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made as of this writing. ... more
  • 2 days Recent Event Postponement Highlights Dire Situation of Live Events Industry NBCDFW
    One of the first events at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas since it closed in March was supposed to kick off Friday. The “Together Again” Expo was meant to demonstrate how live events can happen safely but it was suddenly postponed. It wasn’t canceled because the city told them to or because of new COVID-19 rules. Some events are slowly picking up again across the country but it simply costs money to run them. And the businesses involved in live events are running out of money fast. The bigger story here is just how bad this ... more
  • 2 days Older Workers Face Higher Unemployment Amid Pandemic NBCDFW
    Jim Tipton was a proud American Airlines employee for 37 years, until the Fort Worth-based airline laid him off earlier this year soon after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. “Probably my first experience was just shock and awe. Maybe even a little depressed,” Tipton said about his initial reaction to the news that he would be forced to find new work. New data unfortunately shows that Tipton is far from alone. Older workers, 55 and up, have a higher unemployment rate (9.7%) than midcareer workers do (8.6%) for the first time in nearly 50 years, according to a ... more
  • 2 days Monster Jam Comes Roaring Into AT&T Stadium NBCDFW
    Monster Jam will come roaring into AT&T Stadium for its first in-person event with fans since the start of the pandemic. The 12,000-pound trucks and the world-class athletes driving them will tear up the dirt with gravity-defying feats starting Saturday night. Only 18,000 fans are expected for the two shows starting Saturday, Oct. 24 because of COVID capacity restrictions. Organizers say there will be a pod seating structure, which will allow family and friends to safely enjoy all the high powered action, while social distancing from other groups. Face masks are required at all times. We had a chance ... more
  • 2 days Denton Hospital Hosts Ceremony to Remember Lives Lost to COVID-19 NBCDFW
    Health care workers in North Texas continue to be heroes in the fight against coronavirus. Most patients recover and get to go home. Others, though, have not survived. Medical City Denton wanted to do something good to support and encourage its medical teams and to remember those who touched their lives. In a simple yet solemn ceremony, health care workers lined up to each place a rock in a garden in front of the hospital; each rock in remembrance of a life lost yet also a symbol of hope for tomorrow. Chief Executive Officer Steven Edgar explained to his ... more
  • 2 days Nonprofit Prepares to Feed Thousands for Holiday Season NBCDFW
    It’s an incredible sight — the long line of cars and people waiting to get food.The images provided by the Dallas-based nonprofit Chris Howell Foundation dramatically show a need for food that started back in March and still exists now. “This pandemic has been a challenge. While one expense went down, others went up. Household expenses. The grocery bills went up,” said Jocelyn Charles, a single mother of two teenagers. “It has had an impact on many households. It had an impact on me as well.” Charles praises the kindness and generosity that has helped her and others in ... more
  • 2 days CASA of Tarrant County In Need of African-American Volunteers NBCDFW
    Casa of Tarrant County has continued helping abused and neglected children this year, despite the challenges of the pandemic. And they have an urgent request right now. They need volunteers, specifically volunteers from the African-American community to become court-appointed special advocates. Here’s why: Last year, 661 children in Tarrant County were removed from their homes and placed in foster care. Of that number, about 44%, identified as African-American. Yet, only 9% of advocates identify similarly. CASA said these figures tend to be mirrored in communities across Texas.  “Black youth in foster care are some of the most disenfranchised and ... more
  • 2 days Organization Lays Body Bags in Front of Dallas Police Headquarters Calling for Change NBCDFW
    A moving and emotional display of grief outside Dallas Police headquarters Thursday evening. 20 body bags laid on the ground. They were labeled with the name County Coroner and bullet holes in the bags. The organization Mothers Against Police Brutality held the sunset vigil for 20 people killed in officer-involved shootings.  Their loved ones wanting a deeper investigation and changes in police policy.  Mothers Against Police Brutality co-founder John Fullinwider read some of the names the bags represented. “Clinton Allen 25-year-old African American father of two toddlers,” Fullinwider said. “Derrick Jones. He’s a veteran in uniform. Gerardo Pinedo. He was ... more
  • 2 days Austin College Student Leaving Hospital After Battling COVID-19 NBCDFW
    A college student is home tonight after a scary battle with COVID-19. Chris Miller is feeling fortunate. He was diagnosed with COVID-19, and, despite his young age, he took a turn for the worst. “I’m just thankful. I came this close to just not being here. I believe I’m blessed, and I have a purpose. I don’t know I’m speechless I guess,” said Miller. Miller said he lives with asthma, so the 21-year-old said he’d been vigilant throughout the pandemic wearing masks, gloves and following distancing guidelines. However, he contracted COVID-19 soon after returning to campus. Get ... more
  • 2 days Southwest Airlines to Fill Middle Seats Starting Dec. 1 NBCDFW
    Southwest Airlines hopes their planes will be a little more full starting December 1. That’s when the Dallas-based carrier will resume filling the middle seat. Southwest doesn’t assign seats but had been underselling the cabin in order to free up the middle seat as a result of the pandemic. Also on Thursday, Southwest reported a record loss of $1.2 billion dollars for the third quarter. Revenue was down 68% year to year. ... more
  • 2 days Police Identify Man, Two Women Who Died in Apparent Double Murder-Suicide in Irving NBCDFW
    Police have identified the man and two women who were found dead Tuesday in a home in Irving in what police said was a double murder-suicide. The victims, 45-year-old Brandy Evett Olivares and 18-year-old Sicilian Italease Ire Williams, were fatally shot, authorities say. The third person, 45-year-old James Benjamin Olivares, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. James and Brandy Olivares were married, and Williams was James Olivares’ stepdaughter, Irving police spokesman Robert Reeves said. The motive for the shooting is still unknown. You can read the full story from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News by clicking ... more
  • 2 days Race Weekend at Texas Motor Speedway NBCDFW
    It’s race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. NASCAR will run one race Saturday, Oct. 24 without fans, but on Sunday, Oct. 25 there are two races with the fans allowed in the stands. There are a few fans already parked around the track and enjoying the great weather. NBC 5 also saw several big rigs with race teams showing up at the track on Thursday, preparing for the big weekend. ... more
  • 2 days Target Rolls Out New Safety Measures NBCDFW
    Target is rolling out new safety measures for the 2020 holiday season. The retailer said Thursday it will double the number of parking spots for curbside pickup. You’ll also be able to use your smartphone to scan items in the self-checkout lanes. Also, Target’s website will tell you if there’s a line outside of the store, and let you reserve a spot in line ahead of time. You’ll see the changes put into place over the next few weeks. ... more
  • 2 days 109-Year-Old Casts Ballot in Tarrant County NBCDFW
    Not even a pandemic could stop a 109-year-old Tarrant County woman from casting her ballot. Earline Hart Andrews is one of the oldest registered voters in Texas, and she wasn’t about to sit out this election. Thursday afternoon, Andrews arrived with several family members to cast her ballot at Dan Echols Center in North Richland Hills. “I vote every year,” she said. “If I have to be carried to the polls I get to vote.” Born in east Texas in 1910, before women could vote, Andrews graduated college in 1931 then taught sixth-grade in Tyler for more than 40 ... more
  • 2 days ‘Stop TX Eviction’ Program & Rental Assistance Expanding to All Texas Counties Soon NBCDFW
    Millions of Texans continue to struggle paying rent amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are currently face eviction proceedings. However, there will soon be more help to keep tenants in their homes. Stop TX Eviction is a new online information portal providing a step-by-step guide to help tenants understand their legal rights and the options available to keep them housed, according to a press release. “I’m probably going to find a cheap hotel somewhere,” said Alexander Casso. Casso has found himself in a place he never expected: homeless along with his wife and three small children. “I don’t wish it ... more
  • 2 days Fort Worth 5th Grader Starts ‘Race to Kindness’ NBCDFW
    Orion Jean’s Fort Worth house is filled with brown paper bags. “This is ‘Race to 100,000 Meals’,” Jean said surrounded by bags. “Five bags help, 20 bags help, One bag helps!” Jean is collecting snack bags in a partnership he forged with Tango Tab. His goal is to get 100,000 donated meals by Thanksgiving. Each bag had a hand-written message of kindness. “I want them to know they are loved,” Jean said. “This disease impacts so many people,” Jean said of COVID-19. “Many people have lost their jobs and are being put out on the streets… and these ... more
  • 2 days Nowitzki, Cuban Team Up with North Texas Food Bank to Provide Holiday Meal Boxes NBCDFW
    Call it stepping in to make a play when help is needed. With COVID-19 creating extra challenges for families and with the holidays approaching, former Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki teamed up with Mark Cuban and the North Texas Food Bank to hand out food boxes to 350 families in Dallas. “These are tough times, stressful times for a lot of families. It’s obviously a lot more stressful if you don’t know where your next meal is coming from,” said Nowitzki. “So, we wanted to help out as much as we can.” Helping out as much as they can, with ... more
  • 2 days COVID-19 Hospitalizations Straining Dallas County Hospitals, Judge Jenkins Says NBCDFW
    The Dallas County Health Department says hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have risen back to levels seen in August and are placing a strain on hospitals. On Thursday, the county health department also announced another 435 cases of the virus along with three more related deaths. “We continue to see an increase in the number of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases as well as an increase in our hospitalizations,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a prepared statement. “We are back to the mid-August numbers for hospitalizations and that increase is placing a strain on our local hospitals, especially ... more
  • 2 days Denton Businesses Adapt, Expand During Pandemic NBCDFW
    It is no secret the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced hundreds of North Texas businesses to struggle or close. But amid the uncertainty, many are also finding reasons to not just hope – but expand. “It’s in my nature, here is the problem I’m dealing with, how do I get through this,” said Denton business owner Tim Stoltzfus. Stoltzfus owns ‘More Fun Comics and Games,’ which despite the pandemic is doing well. And in weeks to come, he will open a new business – ‘More Fun Toys,’ just a few doors down. Get ... more
  • 2 days Denton County Reports 124 COVID-19 Cases Thursday, State Adds 126 Cases in Collin County, 1 Death NBCDFW
    Denton County Public Health reported another 124 COVID-19 cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus Thursday while the state health department adds 126 in Collin County along with another death. Of the latest 124 cases in Denton County, 100 are active while the remaining 24 cases are from the DSHS’s state backlog. The countywide total for cases stands at 15,722 with 13,041 estimated recoveries and 2,563 estimated active cases. Denton County reported no new deaths Thursday, so the total holds at 118 COVID-19 related deaths since March. DCPH is providing a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing center on Friday, Oct. 23 ... more
  • 2 days Arenas, Stadiums Find New Life as Safer Options for Early Voting NBCDFW
    With long waits making headlines during early voting across the country, professional sports venues have emerged as bright spots, repurposing huge spaces mostly devoid of fans into efficient and relatively safe polling places. Featuring rows and rows of voting machines, ample space for social distancing and staff accustomed to large crowds, these mega voting sites are proving attractive to voters looking for the best way to cast their ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. “This was an amazing, fantastic experience,” Jen Cox said after voting at State Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks. Other voters leaving the arena and ... more
  • 2 days Tarrant County Adds 732 COVID-19 Cases Thursday, 2 New Deaths NBCDFW
    Tarrant County Public Health is reporting 732 additional cases of COVID-19 Thursday along with two more deaths. The latest victims of the virus include a man from Arlington in his 80s and a woman from Fort Worth in her 40s. Both had underlying health conditions. Of the 732 additional cases reported Thursday, data from the county health department indicates there are 660 more confirmed cases than the day before and 72 more probable cases. It is not clear if any of the new cases came from the Texas DSHS backlog. The county began reporting both probable and confirmed cases ... more
  • 2 days Hurst Voting Center Closed After Clerk Tests Positive for COVID-19 NBCDFW
    Tarrant County Elections officials say an early voting center in Hurst is being closed after a clerk working at the location tested positive for COVID-19. According to the county elections department, the Lead Clerk for the Brookside Community Center last worked at the location on Brookside Drive on Monday, Oct. 19. Decision 2020 Voter Guide: 2020 General Election, State and Local Races ... more
  • 3 days 6th Grader Stabbed During Math Class at East Fort Worth Middle School NBCDFW
    A child was stabbed by another student Thursday morning at a Fort Worth ISD middle school, officials say. The district told NBC 5 that the incident took place between two 6th-grade boys who were in math class at Handley Middle School in East Fort Worth when the stabbing took place. One boy was stabbed in the arm with a knife and suffered a minor injury, the district said, and is now with his mother. The other boy is being interviewed by police. It’s not clear what type of knife the boy was stabbed with or why. No other injuries ... more
  • 3 days Dallas 7-Eleven Clerk Shot During Attempted Robbery NBCDFW
    A convenience store clerk in Dallas was sent to the hospital early Thursday after being shot twice by armed robbers, police say. It happened at about 12:45 a.m. at a 7-Eleven in the 4200 block of Lemmon Avenue. According to police, four people suspected in the crime are at-large. No property was taken. The store clerk, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries but was expected to recover. The incident remains under investigation. ... more
  • 3 days 96-Year-Old North Texan Spreads Love Through Her Passion NBCDFW
    Sometimes it takes a little more effort to get up and going, but not for a 96-year-old woman in Arlington. She’s very aware that her purpose is to use her talents to bring something good to others. Mrs. Faye Colquitt, or “Gran,” as her family calls her has hand-sewn well over 1,000 aprons for Arlington churches and Pre-K classes. She makes them for girls and boys and uses all kinds of patterns from superheroes, to TV characters. She usually makes two aprons, one for the child, and one for their toys, like their doll, teddy bear, or action ... more
  • 3 days Dallas ISD Asking Voters to Consider Record $3.7 Billion Bond Package NBCDFW
    When you head to the polls in Dallas County, you’re voting for more than just candidates. The Dallas ISD is asking voters to consider approving a $3.7 billion bond package, the largest in Texas history. Our partners at The Dallas Morning News report the package is required by state law to be broken up into five different pieces. It will would touch nearly every building in the state’s second-largest school district over the next decade, with over $1.9 billion allocated for modernizations and renovations. Ten new facilities and 14 replacement campuses would be constructed, at a cost of $1.1 ... more
  • 3 days Fort Worth ISD Asking Voters to Consider Tax Hike for District Improvements NBCDFW
    There are big items on the ballot that will impact your wallet. Fort Worth ISD is asking voters to consider approving a change in the tax rate that will pump an additional $66 million into the district’s operating budget. It’s called a TRE, or a Tax Ratification Election, and it’s on the ballot for the Nov. 3 General Election. The district is laying out three big reasons for the special election. They all tie back to COVID-19 and how our area’s second-largest district has had to readjust how they teach students. The Fort Worth ISD board of trustee’s called ... more
  • 3 days Women Plan Event to Bring More Diversity to Local Boards NBCDFW
    The pandemic wiped out plans for a powerhouse Women’s Leadership Summit in Dallas this year, but the 2021 event is already on the books for next April. “We cannot afford anymore just to use a portion of our talent. The kind of problems we’re facing today in our community, in our country and in our world requires the talent of all of us and why would we shut out these extraordinary women who can make contributions to create a better world for all of us,” said Helen Giddings, a former state representative. She left office in 2018 after representing ... more
  • 3 days Everman Police Officer Dies After Contracting COVID-19 While On Duty NBCDFW
    An Everman police officer has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19. Officer Alex Arango died Thursday morning after contracting COVID-19 while on duty, Everman Emergency Services announced on social media. “Officer Arango served the community of Everman and Tarrant County for nearly 27 years with pride and honor,” the post read. Everman Chief of Police Craig Spencer said Arango began feeling symptoms about four or five days after responding to a call that was later determined to have been a coronavirus-positive residence. Arango’s symptoms continued to worsen for a few days until he sought treatment at a hospital, Spencer ... more
  • 3 days Record-Breaking Number of Students Working Dallas County Polls This Year NBCDFW
    Since 2012, the student election workers program has helped Dallas County make elections throughout the year run a little smoother. But this is not your average year. Those students are needed now more than ever and those students answered the call in a big way. The countdown is on and big preps are underway for an opportunity of a lifetime for nearly so many Dallas County teens. The deadline has passed for students to apply. Dallas County Elections Department was looking for at least 1,000 students to help out this Election Day. They ended up getting 1,800, the most ... more
  • 3 days American Airlines Posts $2.4B Net Loss in 3Q NBCDFW
    American Airlines Group Inc. on Thursday reported a third-quarter loss of $2.4 billion, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Fort Worth-based company said it had a loss of $4.71. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to $5.54 per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of $5.62 per share. The world’s largest airline posted revenue of $3.17 billion in the period, also surpassing Street forecasts. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.8 billion. American ... more
  • 3 days Southwest Airlines Posts Biggest-Ever Loss as Pandemic Hurts Summer Travel NBCDFW
    Southwest Airlines on Thursday reported a third-quarter loss of $1.16 billion — the biggest loss in its history — after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier, CNBC reported. The Dallas-based company said it had a loss of $1.96 per share. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to $1.99 per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of $2.44 per share. “We are encouraged by modest improvements in leisure passenger traffic trends since the slowdown in demand experienced in July,” CEO ... more
  • 3 days Suspect Accused of Murdering the Mother of His Child Released on Bond NBCDFW
    A Rowlett man accused of murdering the mother of his daughter is out of jail. Andrew Beard was released from the Dallas County Jail after records show a $1 million bond was posted on his behalf. Beard is accused of killing 24-year-old Alyssa Burkett on the morning of October 2. The two have a one-year-old daughter together. Burkett’s grandfather, Russell Forsyth, said Beard had been stalking Burkett. He said Burkett expressed concern in recent months that Beard was going to harm her. Beard’s release from jail, Forsyth said, has the family on alert. “We have members of our family ... more
  • 3 days Hundreds Expected at #EndSARS Rally in Dallas NBCDFW
    Young people are protesting on the streets of Nigeria. Amid domestic civil unrest, Americans are looking for ways to get involved. With Texas having one of the largest Nigerian populations in the United States, hundreds have planned to demonstrate in Dallas on Saturday. The images are often difficult to watch, but Ikenna Nwakanma still has family in Nigeria. He says he can’t look away. “Every day, lives are being lost,” said Nwakanma. “I’ve seen videos of these killings. These are executions. These are not just stray bullets. These are purposeful targets and executions.” Reports surfaced that Nigerian security forces ... more
  • 3 days NBC 5 Responds: Voters Wait for Mail-In Ballot Applications After a Record Number of Requests NBCDFW
    For just over three weeks, Dallas County voter Janet Lee waited for an application for a ballot by mail. “From one week to the next, I kind of gave it the benefit of the doubt,” Lee said. “Maybe it’s going to come this week; I was very watchful.” Lee said she requested it through the Texas Secretary of State’s Office website on Sept. 29. When she checked her mail Wednesday morning, she said the application finally arrived. It was postmarked Oct. 16. By Wednesday, she said she was racing to get it to the Dallas County Elections Department. ... more
  • 3 days Autopsy Report Shows Woman Who Died of COVID-19 on Spirit Airlines Flight Experienced Shortness of Breath NBCDFW
    Earlier this week, Dallas County announced it learned that over the summer a woman died of COVID-19 died while on a Spirit Airlines flight back to North Texas. The Federal Aviation Administration said Spirit Airlines Flight 208, an Airbus 230, was leaving from Las Vegas on July, 24 and headed to Dallas-Fort Worth. The flight was diverted to Albuquerque, NM due to the passenger’s medical issue. “They ran to get oxygen and we saw people performing CPR on her,” said Talitha Burris. She and her husband were on the same flight headed back to Dallas. ... more
  • 3 days Get Out the Vote Initiative Targets Latina Voters NBCDFW
    With less than two weeks until the presidential election, a get-out-the-vote initiative is targeting Latina voters in North Texas. Women wearing pink shirts with ‘LATINA VOTER’ in white letters united outside the Oak Cliff Sub-Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon for a ‘Meet Us at the Polls – Latinas Vote’ event. It is a sisterhood of local Hispanic female leaders. “We ignited a campaign to say ‘hey girl, we see you. We want you to come out. We want to be here with you,’” said Veronica Torres Hazley, founder of Hey Chica! Movement. “We’re not picking parties. We just want you ... more
  • 3 days Man Drowns in Lake Arlington After Falling Off Personal Watercraft NBCDFW
    A 35-year-old Arlington man drowned in Lake Arlington Tuesday after riding a personal watercraft. Arlignton police said they responded to call for an unresponsive person at about 6:30 p.m. where someone had fallen into the water and drowned. Police said the victim’s friends pulled the man ashore and tried CPR but that they were not able to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 35-year-old Antwoin Bradford, of Arlington, and listed his cause of death as drowning. The ME’s report said the man was pulled ashore ... more
  • 3 days Birdville ISD Cancels End Of Semester Testing NBCDFW
    A big sigh of relief for students in Birdville ISD. Administrators there have canceled end of semester tests for all schools in the district. Candyce Mercado’s children are virtual learners and they’re trying to stay on track after her son caught COVID-19 after playing football with an infected player and the whole family got sick.  “Everyone in my house got sick and so for two weeks no one did any work and now we’re playing catchup,” said Mercado. “My daughter she’s in 7th grade she has straight A’s and she’s struggling for the second six weeks.” The struggles ... more
  • 3 days Teen Born With Half a Heart Set to Speak at ‘Heart of Gold’ Foundation Fundraiser NBCDFW
    A North Texas teenager is giving hope to others like him, children born with heart conditions. NBC 5’s Noelle Walker explains why Tate Lewis puts his whole heart and then some into everything he does. The fact that Lewis is 18-years old is a feat in itself. He was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. In laymen’s terms, Tate was born with half a heart. “I tried not to think too far ahead because I didn’t know if he would get through the next surgery,” Tate’s mother, Cheri Lewis said. “We almost lost him a couple of times, actually.” ... more
  • 3 days COVID-19 Hospitalizations Climbing Again in Dallas County; Health Dept. Adds 589 Cases Wednesday NBCDFW
    The Dallas County Health Department is reporting another 589 cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus Wednesday along with two more deaths attributed to the virus. Of the 589 cases reported, 523 were confirmed and 66 were probable, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services. DCHHS said 273 of the cases came from the DSHS backlog and that all but one case, from August, were from earlier this month. “Today’s numbers continue an increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases that we’re seeing in both confirmed (PCR) and probable (antigen) tests,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “We ... more
  • 3 days Tarrant County Adds 633 COVID-19 Cases Wednesday, 1 New Death NBCDFW
    Tarrant County Public Health is reporting 633 additional cases of COVID-19 Wednesday along with another death. The latest victim of the virus was a man from Haltom City in his 70s with other underlying health conditions. Of the 633 additional cases reported Wednesday, data from the county health department indicates there are 513 more confirmed cases than the day before and 120 more probable cases. It is not clear if any of the new cases came from the Texas DSHS backlog. The county began reporting both probable and confirmed cases in August at the request of the state ... more
  • 3 days Denton County Reports 169 COVID-19 Cases Wednesday, State Adds 74 Cases in Collin County, 1 Death NBCDFW
    Denton County Public Health reported another 169 COVID-19 cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus Wednesday. Of the latest 169 cases in Denton County, 124 are active while the remaining 45 cases are from the DSHS’s state backlog. The countywide total for cases stands at 15,598 with 12,925 estimated recoveries and 2,555 estimated active cases. Denton County reported no new deaths Wednesday, so the total holds at 118 COVID-19 related deaths since March. DCPH is providing a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing center on Friday, Oct. 23 at University of North Texas’ Discovery Park at 3940 N. Elm Street in Denton. Eligible ... more
  • 3 days Gov. Abbott Discusses Strategies in Place as Texas Reports Rise in COVID-19 Cases NBCDFW
    Texas governor Greg Abbott says there are strategies in place as the state continues to see a rise in COVID-19 cases. Abbott was in Benbrook on Wednesday for a House District 97 campaign event, where he addressed topics ranging from voter turnout to the coronavirus response. “We monitor every single county, every single day. I’m monitoring what’s going on in Tarrant County,” Abbott told reporters. This week, health officials in Tarrant County described the rise in COVID-19 cases as a surge. Tarrant County Public Health director Vinny Taneja pointed to ‘accelerating’ hospitalization rates comparable to what the county ... more
  • 3 days North Texas LGBTQ Community Reacts To Pope Francis’ Comments on Civil Unions NBCDFW
    For LGBTQ Catholics in North Texas, Pope Francis’ comments in support of same-sex unions was met with a wide range of reactions. For many, the Pope’s remarks during an Italian TV documentary – were another sign the church was becoming more progressive. “It is something where I hope that energy continues to build in the church,” said Mathew Klein. The Pope’s reference to same-sex couple’s being part of the church “family” was something that especially resonated with many. “I think what was really important and key for me was the use of the word family and the recognition that ... more
  • 3 days Best Bike Helmets For Adults and Kids NBCDFW
    The pandemic has reunited many adults with their bicycles. According to a recent survey, nearly 10 percent of American adults rode a bike for the first time in over a year, and 36% took their kids for their first bike ride. But whether you’re biking, scootering, or skating around town, safety should always come first, and that means protecting your head. Consumer Reports tests reveal that some bike helmets do a better job than others. Consumer Reports’ experts rigorously evaluated helmets in the lab, testing how well they absorb an impact at about 14 miles per hour to ... more
  • 3 days Lake Worth ISD Employee Arrested, Accused of Stealing Laptops NBCDFW
    An employee of the Lake Worth ISD has been arrested in connection with the theft of numerous laptop computers the school district. According to Lake Worth ISD, 40-year-old Michael Anderson, an IT technician, was arrested on Tuesday. Police said that during an 8-month investigation, detectives learned that a significant number of computers had been stolen, 32 of which were still in the box and had never been opened. Anderson is believed to have stolen the laptops over a 15-month period and sold them to an electronics resale shop in Watauga, police said. Police said during Anderson’s arrest, detectives recovered ... more
  • 3 days Dallas Police Investigate Killing of 51-Year-Old Man NBCDFW
    Police are investigating a Dallas homicide that occurred early Wednesday morning. According to the Dallas Police Department, officers responded to a health and welfare check call at 4161 Lawnview Avenue at approximately 12:12 a.m. Police said when officers arrived, they saw observed the victim, 51-year-old Paul Vincent Parker, lying on the ground with injuries to his head. Dallas Fire-Rescue pronounced the victim dead at the scene, police said. According to police, the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office determined that Parker died from homicidal violence. The Dallas Police Department’s Homicide Unit is asking anyone with information to ... more
  • 4 days Dallas Police Investigate Shooting at Parkside Apartments NBCDFW
    The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a suspect involved in a shooting on Tuesday. According to the Dallas Police Department, officers were dispatched to a shooting call at the Parkside Apartments located at 2833 Community Drive at approximately 2:31 p.m. Police said when officers arrived, they found the victim, a 51-year old male, inside an apartment suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The Dallas Police Department’s Homicide Unit said anyone with information should contact Detective Chris Anderson at 214-671-3616 or via email at ... more
  • 4 days Cedar Hill ISD Approves Salary Adjustment, Stipend for Employees NBCDFW
    The Cedar Hill Independent School District Board of Trustees has approved two proposals aimed at rewarding employees during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Board approved a three percent salary adjustment for auxiliary employees and a reliability stipend for all staff at Monday’s board meeting. “The Board is very appreciative of all the CHISD Employees,” Cedar Hill ISD Board President Cheryl Wesley said. “We can never thank them enough for everything they do for our scholars. After looking at several proposals, the Trustees decided to move forward on this plan to reward our employees.” The three percent increase impacts custodial, maintenance, food ... more
  • 4 days Shiner Bock Brewery Fires Richards Group Over Remarks by Dallas Agency’s Founder NBCDFW
    Another major Texas brand is cutting ties with the Dallas-based ad agency thrown into a controversy over racially insensitive remarks made by its founder. Spoetzle Brewery, the Shiner-based brewery that produces Shiner Bock, announced Tuesday it was ending its partnership with The Richards Group following the remarks made by Stan Richards, the agency’s founder. Richards, 88, had admitted to using the words, “it’s too Black,” during an internal pitch meeting for Carrollton-based Motel 6. Richards later apologized and resigned from the company.
  • 4 days North Texas City Using Unique Concept to Support Local Restaurants NBCDFW
    Another attempt at passing a COVID-19 relief bill in Washington failed during a Senate vote Tuesday. It’s a sign that the hard hit businesses like restaurants will have to wait longer for critical funds. But some cities are taking matters into their own hands to provide a little bit of relief. In Stephenville, city leaders have been trying to spark business by dropping $25 gift cards in the mail for all residents to use exclusively in local restaurants. “Everybody tends to come together when there’s a crisis here and it’s really amazing,” said Allen Barnes, Stephenville City Manager. Back ... more
  • 4 days Thousands of Texans Prepare for Foreclosure – What You Can Do Now NBCDFW
    Economists warn we could be in for an avalanche of foreclosures as measures designed to prop up the economy slowly run out. We’ve already seen extra unemployment payments stopped. Now, some worry banks that have been working with customers to delay payments may soon take a harsh new tone. Rachel Khirallah, a North Texas real estate attorney, says to expect as many as 200,000 foreclosures in Texas alone this year. Across the country, more than 6 million households failed to make their rent or mortgage payments in September, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Research Institute for Housing ... more
  • 4 days Chef Who ‘Feeds Zeke’ Starts Meal Prep Service With Ezekiel Elliot NBCDFW
    Manwell McLean is known as Chef Hoppie. He has been cooking and baking for years. It started when he was a kid as just a hobby and has grown into a passion he can’t live without. A passion that has caught the attention of big names like Ezekiel Elliot and Deion Sanders. So yes, Chef Hoppie is the guy who “feeds Zeke.” “I started the baking business when I was 11 or 12 years old. It wasn’t anything crazy or big,” McLean said. “I was just taking things to football practice and church and sometimes to school.” It was ... more
  • 4 days Chef Who ‘Feeds Zeke’ Starts Meal Prep Service With Ezekiel Elliot NBCDFW
    Manwell McLean is known as Chef Hoppie. He has been cooking and baking for years. It started when he was a kid as just a hobby and has grown into a passion he can’t live without. A passion that has caught the attention of big names like Ezekiel Elliot and Deion Sanders. So yes, Chef Hoppie is the guy who “feeds Zeke.” “I started the baking business when I was 11 or 12 years old. It wasn’t anything crazy or big,” McLean said. “I was just taking things to football practice and church and sometimes to school.” It was ... more
  • 4 days United Way Dallas Hosts First Healthy Zone Virtual Challenge NBCDFW
    Think of it as field day, but online. It’s called the Healthy Zone Virtual Challenge and the objective is to get North Texas up and moving. The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas kicked off its United Way Healthy Zone Virtual Challenge on Oct.19. It’s a week long, online event, engaging North Texans with interactive games to help them learn healthier eating, physical and mental habits. “Education is the first step toward a productive life, and good health is critical for children and others to attend school or participate in remote learning,” Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO, United Way ... more
  • 4 days Frontline Workers Honored Before Game 1 of World Series at Globe Life Field NBCDFW
    The World Series began Tuesday at Globe Life Field in the inaugural season for the ballpark. The experience looks different in the age of COVID-19 but it isn’t stopping fans from enjoying the games. More than 10,000 fans came to watch teams from opposite ends of the country play a sport that attracts people from all walks of life. Tuesday, before the game, those who save lives were the focus. Major League Baseball honored workers fighting on the frontlines of the pandemic by inviting several of them to participate in the ceremonial first pitch. Ryan Ward and Jamie Edens, ... more
  • 4 days University of Dallas’ Rome Campus Under Quarantine After 29 Test Positive for Coronavirus NBCDFW
    All students at the University of Dallas campus in Rome are in quarantine after more than two dozen of them tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the university. Since last week, 26 students on the university’s Rome campus have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a letter from Peter Hatlie, dean and director of the Rome programs. That’s a third of the 78 students in the study abroad program. Three university staff members on the Rome campus have also tested positive. The university initially told students and parents Monday that 61 people had tested positive for the ... more
  • 4 days A Year Later: Homeowners and Businesses Reflect on 2019 Tornado NBCDFW
    It’s been exactly one year since tornadoes ripped through North Texas, damaging 900 homes and businesses. Most of the blue tarps and piles of debris are gone, but there are still signs that 12 months later, the community continues to rebuild. “We’re almost done, it’s been a solid one year of working on it, our deck in the back was destroyed,” said Charlotte Barto whose home in Brookshire Park was damaged. Her roof was damaged, 17 large trees were lost and their deck was damaged, but Barto considers herself lucky compared to her neighbors. “There are ... more
  • 4 days TABC Suspends Liquor License for 2 North Texas Bars Over COVID-19 Safety Measures NBCDFW
    Officials on Monday suspended the liquor licenses of two North Texas bars after they were found not to be following COVID-19 safety rules put in place by the state. Ampersand, in Fort Worth’s West 7th Street neighborhood, and The Whippersnapper in Lower Greenville in Dallas had their licenses suspended for 30 days, according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Four Houston-area bars were also hit with a suspension. The requirements TABC agents check for include a capacity limit of 50% for bars and 75% for restaurants, along with social distancing of at least 6 feet between parties. “These violations ... more
  • 4 days Two Poll Workers Walk When Co-Worker Declines to Wear Mask NBCDFW
    Rick and Jan Jacobson have been working the polls at the Lantana Community Center in Denton County. On Tuesday, the couple walked off the job because of what they said the lead poll worker was not doing. “He did not wear a mask,” Rick Jacobsen said. “When I asked him to, he said he did not have to and would not.” Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) order about face masks has exemptions that include voters and people working at the polls, though the order says masks are still encouraged there. “So there’s nothing that Denton County, or any other county ... more
  • 4 days Destroyed by Tornado, Church Keeps Faith and Plans to Rebuild NBCDFW
    Tuesday marked one year since devastating tornadoes destroyed homes and businesses from Dallas to Richardson while leaving an estimated $1.5 billion in damage in its wake — the most ever from a single storm in Texas. In one Northwest Dallas neighborhood — near the intersection of Walnut Hill and Marsh lanes, several homes and churches were destroyed in the storm. Pastor Richard Brambila said it feels like the tornado struck just yesterday. “I can’t believe it’s been a year,” he said. “The winds of the tornado are still here. The emotion of what happened is still here.” Surveillance videos ... more
  • 4 days Dallas County Adds 510 COVID-19 Cases Tuesday, Four More Deaths NBCDFW
    The Dallas County Health Department is reporting another 510 cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus Tuesday along with four more deaths attributed to the virus. Of the 510 cases reported, 472 were confirmed and 38 were probable, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services. DCHHS said 268 of the cases came from the DSHS backlog though all were from earlier this month. “We are seeing a continual increase in the number of COVID-19 cases confirmed by testing each day and by the number of people that are showing up at our hospitals as the numbers in the chart ... more
  • 4 days Tarrant County Tops 60,000 COVID-19 Cases Tuesday, Adds 6 New Deaths, 500 Cases NBCDFW
    Tarrant County Public Health is reporting 500 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday along with six new deaths. The latest victims of the virus include a man from Arlington in his 90s, a man from Fort Worth in his 70s, a man from Arlington in his 70s, a man from Watauga in his 70s, a man from Euless in his 50s and a woman from Arlington in her 30s. All had underlying health conditions. The county has reported 709 deaths related to the virus since March. Of the 500 additional cases reported Tuesday, data from the county health department indicates ... more
  • 4 days Denton County Reports 153 COVID-19 Cases Tuesday, State Adds 111 Cases in Collin County NBCDFW
    Denton County Public Health reported another 144 COVID-19 cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus Monday. Of the latest 144 cases in Denton County, 97 are active while the remaining 50 cases are from the DSHS’s state backlog. The countywide total for cases stands at 15,429 with 12,828 estimated recoveries and 2,483 estimated active cases. DCPH is providing a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing center on Friday, Oct. 23 at University of North Texas’ Discovery Park at 3940 N. Elm Street in Denton. Eligible community members must reside in Denton County, pre-register by calling 940-349-2585, and have not previously tested positive for COVID-19. Pre-registration ... more
  • 4 days In GOP Hands for Decades, Democrats Have Eyes on Texas’ 3rd Congressional District NBCDFW
    Texas’ 3rd Congressional district has been in Republican hands since 1968, but with changing demographics, Democrats see opportunity. This fall, U.S. Rep. Van Taylor (R-Plano) is looking for a second term against Democratic challenger Lulu Seikaly, a civil rights attorney. Taylor cited his office’s work during the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the accomplishments from his first term. “My shop, my group, my team has been working round the clock helping individuals, helping businesses, helping people, with unemployment checks, helping families who got trapped in other countries, with the lockdown get back home,” Taylor said. Taylor said he has ... more
  • 4 days One Dead, Shooter At-Large After West Dallas Shooting NBCDFW
    A 37-year-old man is dead after a shooting early Tuesday morning in West Dallas, police say. The incident happened at about 1:46 a.m. in the 2400 block of Bickers Street, just south of the Trinity River, Dallas police said. Police said when officers arrived they found Desmond Walton, 37, lying on a bedroom floor with multiple gunshot wounds. Dallas Fire-Rescue transported Walton to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. No arrests had been made as of Tuesday afternoon, police said. ... more
  • 4 days World Series Begins Tuesday, To Be Played at Globe Life Field NBCDFW
    Arlington, TX and its brand new, billion-dollar ballpark, Globe Life Field, will play host to the World Series starting Tuesday night. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays, the teams with the best records in their respective leagues, will play the best of seven series in front of a limited-size crowd to cap off a season dramatically shortened due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 Fall Classic will be the first to be played at a neutral site in modern baseball history. The reasoning, according to Major League Baseball, is that one central location will reduce ... more
  • 4 days Man, Two Women Found Dead Inside Irving Home: Police NBCDFW
    Three people were found dead inside an Irving townhouse late Tuesday morning, police confirm. A woman called the Irving Police Department at about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday to request a welfare check on her brother in the 400 block of Renaissance Lane, according to police. When officers arrived at that location, they saw a man outside, but he quickly ran back inside the home when he saw police. A short time later, officers heard several gunshots. They forced entry into the residence and discovered the bodies of two women and one man. A preliminary investigation said the incident may have ... more
  • 4 days 1 Killed in Shooting at Dallas Apartment Complex: Police NBCDFW
    A man is dead after a shooting at a Dallas apartment complex early Tuesday morning, police say. According to the Dallas Police Department, officers responded to a shooting call at the Hampton at Lakewest located at 2425 Bickers Street at approximately 1:46 a.m. Police said when officers arrived, they found 37-year-old Desmond Walton lying on the bedroom floor with multiple gunshot wounds. Dallas Fire-Rescue transported him to a local hospital where he died from his injuries, police said. The investigation is ongoing, and no suspects have been located at this time, police said. ... more
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