Category Archives: State News

Officers’ quick actions save State Fair worker’s life

By: FOX4News.com Staff

 – Dallas police officers were honored for saving a life while on duty at the State Fair Classic game at the Cotton Bowl on September 29.

A security worker collapsed and went into cardiac arrest while working at the game. Five Dallas police officers jumped into action to move him quickly through the massive crowds and do CPR. They are credited with saving his life.

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By Steven Devadanam

282627_originalThe already much-heralded University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has just scored global bragging rights. Jim Allison, a scientist at the revered health institute in Houston, has been awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, it was announced on October 1.

Allison, who is the chair of Immunology and executive director of the Immunotherapy Platform, is the first MD Anderson scientist to receive the world’s most coveted award for discoveries in the fields of life sciences and medicine.

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DPS Increases Traffic Enforcement for Labor Day Holiday

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AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be joining law enforcement efforts from across the state to increase traffic enforcement during the Labor Day holiday weekend. From Friday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 3, DPS Troopers will be looking for drivers who violate traffic laws, including impaired drivers, speeders and safety belt violators.

“DPS is committed to protecting travelers on our roadways, and Troopers will be working around-the-clock this Labor Day weekend to keep impaired and dangerous drivers off the road,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We are urging all drivers to do their part to keep our roads safe by simply obeying Texas traffic laws and driving courteously.”

DPS offers drivers the following tips for enhancing safety on our roads during the Labor Day holiday:

  • Do not drink and drive. Make alternate travel plans if you are consuming alcohol.
  • Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits using a portable wireless device to read, write or send an electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped.
  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
  • Slow down or move over for police, fire, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law. Also, show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the road.
  • Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
  • Don’t drive fatigued – allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • If you see a road hazard or if you observe anything suspicious, report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.
  • Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always double check to make sure all cargo is secure.
  • Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling. For road conditions/closings in Texas, visit https://drivetexas.org.

As part of Operation CARE (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort), police agencies across the country will also increase enforcement efforts over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

By Lauren McGaughy, Texas Government Reporter

WACO — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is backing an effort to keep defendants with violent pasts behind bars.

On Tuesday, Abbott appeared in Waco to ask state lawmakers to pass a new law that, among other things, would require judges to set bail based partly on whether the accused person is a threat to law enforcement. 

Abbott’s announcement comes as Dallas County fights a lawsuit that claims the county’s bail system violates the rights of people who are kept in jail because they can’t pay their bonds.

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‘We’ve heard many of you didn’t know’: TxDOT says left lane is for passing only

Author: Rebecca Flores

TEXAS — Texas Department of Transportation has a public service announcement for drivers who like to hang out in the left lane.

Most drivers think of the left lane as the “fast lane,” and speed along the highway until they meet their destination. However, TxDOT is taking the time to remind drivers that that’s not how the left lane works.

“We’ve heard many of you didn’t know: The left lane on a divided highway is a PASSING lane,” the department said in a tweet Aug. 2.

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North Texas Municipal Water District receives $300M financial boost for reservoir project

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(Kelley Crimmins/Community Impact Newspaper)

A North Texas Municipal Water District reservoir project in Fannin Country received a $300 million financial boost Thursday from the Texas Water Development Board.

This brings the total approved by TWDB for the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir project to $1.5 billion, NTMWD spokesperson Janet Rummel said in an email to Community Impact Newspaper.

“This low-interest financing will result in over $230 million in savings in borrowing costs,” Rummel said.

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Chance Westlake Starbucks meeting spurs friendship, book

By Suzanne Majors Davis, Contributing writer

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Lane Orsak (left) and David Griffin (Photo: SUZANNE MAJORS DAVIS)

Local writer Lane Orsak is a warm, gregarious guy who knows everyone by name at his favorite Starbucks in the Westbank Market. This camaraderie led him to the topic of his sixth, recently published book, “Dylan’s Divide.”

It’s the story of a character named Dylan Griffith, a Texan who joins the Army to serve his country in Afghanistan and returns questioning the value of his mission and course of his life.

The tale is partially based on experiences of David Griffin, a 29-year-old Marble Falls man who was the roommate of Orsak’s Starbucks barista he identifies only as Mikey. He introduced the two at the coffee house.

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Mega Millions Jackpot Hits Half a Billion for Tonight’s Drawing

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We’re at half a billion now. 

The Mega Millions jackpot has swelled to $512 million for tonight’s drawing, making it the fifth-largest prize in the game’s 16-year history.  

All it takes to win the pot is $2 for a ticket and having the odds of 1 in 302.6 million in your favor. 

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The future of “The Alamo Cenotaph” uncertain

By Stacey Doud

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The Alamo Cenotaph (Photo: Wikipedia)

In early 2017, the San Antonio City Council proposed the relocation of the historic Alamo Cenotaph, which would be part of the, “Alamo Master Plan, which calls for a major makeover of the plaza and relocation of the granite Cenotaph — possibly to a small park by Market Street, near a site where Alamo defenders’ bodies are said to have been burned.” [Source: MySanAntonio.com]

This Master Plan would eliminate many tourist destinations, such as Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, which many believe cheapens the Alamo’s historical significance.

Since, then, numerous protests and rallies have been held by various groups and private citizens wanting the historic monument to stay right where it is.

“This sits in in the correct spot,” said Lee Spencer White, president of the Alamo Defenders Descendants Association, which organized a rally in April, 2017. “Why would you think it needs to go to a funeral pyre site? This is an empty tomb. It’s commemorating the defenders. I don’t want it moved an inch. It’s right where it needs to be.” [Source: MySanAntonio.com]

HISTORY OF THE CENOTAPH: Although there had been previous plans for Alamo monuments starting in the late 1800s, the Alamo Cenotaph was the first such erected in San Antonio. During the 1936 Texas Centennial celebration, the state of Texas provided $100,000 for the monument, commissioned from local sculptor Pompeo Coppini. San Antonio Mayor Maury Maverick held a dedication ceremony on November 11, 1940.

The shaft rises sixty feet from its base and is forty feet long and twelve feet wide. The monument was erected in grey Georgia marble and pink Texas granite. It was entitled The Spirit of Sacrifice and incorporates images of the Alamo garrison leaders and 187 names of known Alamo defenders, derived from the research of historian Amelia Williams. [Source: Wikipedia]

THE LATEST: According to TheAlamo.org, “The City of San Antonio owns the cenotaph and plans to repair and restore the monument, as well as add the names of additional defenders who were unknown when the cenotaph was erected in 1939. Discussion is ongoing about where the cenotaph will be located once restoration work is complete. One idea is to relocate the cenotaph (which means “empty tomb”) to the location of one of the funeral pyres, which would serve to restore the 1836 battlefield footprint and to properly honor the location where the defenders’ bodies were burned. Evidence indicates that two of the funeral pyres were located near St. Joseph Church on Commerce Street, and the third was some distance east of the Alamo’s church. While the City of San Antonio has made no final decision on the cenotaph’s future location, what is certain is the monument will be repaired, and it will always stand to honor the Alamo Defenders.”

Where the Cenotaph will land, no one knows, but it will always stand as a reminder of the hard work and sacrifice of the Alamo Defenders. As Texans, we will always, “Remember the Alamo!”

For more information, visit TheAlamo.org.

Hottest temps in two years likely coming to North Texas this week

Author: Kyle Roberts

Screen Shot 2018-07-17 at 8.30.42 AMJust plain hot. That’s the simple forecast for the week ahead.

North Texas will be under the grip of a heat wave during the upcoming week, and likely the hottest temps we’ve seen in two years or longer by the end of the work week.

Sunday will be hot for everyone, but a lucky few could see a shower or storm before the day is done. The “highest” chances will be across western and northern North Texas, but coverage will only be around 20 percent. So even in those areas, most places will stay dry.

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