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Texas Man Sentenced For Trying To Blow Up Confederate Monument
DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A Texas man who tried to blow up a Confederate monument has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Andrew Schneck admits he tried to plant a bomb on a marble statue of a Confederate officer in a Houston park. He told a judge he made the liquid explosive himself, and planned to detonate the device with a battery and timer.
A park ranger spotted Schneck in the act of planting the bomb.
Schneck tried to drink the explosive, then poured it on the ground. While awaiting sentencing, Schneck spent a lot of time in a psychiatric ward.
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Texas's Campus Carry Law
AUSTIN (KRLD/AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld Texas's Campus Carry law.
Three professors at the University of Texas at Austin filed a lawsuit to block the law, or at least allow teachers to prohibit firearms in their classrooms.
The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday refused to revive their lawsuit, which had been dismissed last year by a federal judge in Texas.
The three-judge panel found that the professors haven't shown how the law might harm them, and rejected their arguments that allowing licensed owners to carry handguns on campus would interfere with free speech. They also rejected an argument that the Texas law violates the Second Amendment by not sufficiently regulating classroom firearms.
The plaintiffs have 90 days to appeal and ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.
Whataburger Decks Out Room For Texas College Student
SAN ANTONIO (KRLD) - A Texas student's dorm room is "just like we like it..."
This is the dorm room of my Whataburger dreams pic.twitter.com/h341Uq4W8n— Whataburger® (@Whataburger) August 16, 2018
Whataburger has decked out Enrique Alcoreza's room at Trinity University in San Antonio with specialty-made items. It was the Texas fast-food chain's way of showing appreciation for the resident assistant from El Paso, who last year made his own Whataburger signs to welcome students to the school.
The orange and white themed room has custom art of all the faves: the Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, burger and ketchup containers. The room also has pillows that look like the round stickers they put on burgers to designate special orders like "ketchup," "jalapenos," and "no onion."
Alcoreza also received t-shirts, a "fancy ketchup" blanket and a Whataburger Yeti.
Whataburger shared several photos of the tricked-out room on their website.
J.C. Penney Posts Bigger-Than-Expected Loss, Cuts Outlook
PLANO (AP) — J.C. Penney reported a bigger-than-expected loss in its fiscal second quarter as a key sales metric fell well short of Wall Street's view. The department store operator also cut its full-year forecast again, and its shares plunged more than 22 percent before the market open on Thursday.
The report comes three months after the struggling department store chain saw its CEO Marvin Ellison depart for the top job at Lowe's after less than four years on the job.
Ellison had tried to refocus J.C. Penney on home appliances and beauty, following a shift by consumers away from spending a lot of money on clothing. He did make some inroads, but the turnaround was far from complete on his departure. And with consumer spending on the rise and other retailers like Walmart doing well, Penney has failed to enjoy the benefit.
Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Davis said in a statement that the chain was dealing with some excess inventory, and had to mark down products and take other actions to try to move items.
Sales at stores open at least a year, a key gauge of a retailer's health, edged up 0.3 percent. Analysts polled by FactSet expected a 1 percent increase.
The company, like many department stores, is trying to cut costs and make the chain better able to reach shoppers jumping back and forth between online and the stores. Department stores, which are heavily dependent on clothing sales, are seeing more competition there as Amazon.com expands further into fashion and off-price chains like T.J. Maxx add more stores.
For the three months that ended Aug. 4, J.C. Penney Co. lost $101 million, or 32 cents per share. A year ago the Plano, Texas-based company lost $48 million, or 15 cents per share. Stripping out an impairment charge and other items, the loss was 38 cents per share. That's much larger than the loss of 8 cents per share that analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expected.
Total revenue declined to $2.83 billion from $3.07 billion, mostly hurt by store closings. Analysts surveyed by Zacks were calling for $2.89 billion in revenue.
Looking ahead, J.C. Penney now anticipates a loss of 80 cents to $1 per share for fiscal 2018. Its prior outlook was for a loss of 7 cents per share to earnings of 13 cents per share. Before that, it had predicted a potential profit range of 5 cents to 25 cents per share. Analysts were looking for earnings of 4 cents per share, according to FactSet.
Dallas FBI Searching For Unknown Bank Robber
DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The FBI needs some help finding a robber who has hit four North Texas banks in three months.
Dallas FBI officials say the man has gone on a roughly circular path, stealing from banks in Alvaredo, Duncanville, Waxahachie and Burleson. This has happened from early June up until last week.
The man's operation has been the same each time. He's gone into each bank and given the teller a note requesting certain amouts of money. Nobody has ever been hurt during these robberies.
The man has used a black Ram 1500 pickup and a black Volkswagen Passat as getaway cars.
The suspect is described as a white male between the ages of 28 to 35 years old, 5’7”-5’10” tall, approximately 170-190 pounds, with a medium build, large tattoo on his left lower leg, and a full beard trimmed very short.
The FBI office says to contact the Dallas branch at 972-559-5000 if you have any information that could help them.
North Texas Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of this individual.
State Fair of Texas Unveils Top Ten Big Tex Choice Award Finalists
1080 KRLD (DALLAS) - Start preparing your stomachs for this year's fried food concoctions! These are the top 10 Big Tex Choice Award finalists. They will move on to the final round of judging on Sunday August 26th. Three will be crowned the Best Sweet, Best Savory and Most Creative.
Arroz con Leche (Sweet Crispy Rice) by the Garza Family (SWEET)
A delectable cinnamon-spiced rice ball is formed, battered, and coated in crispy puffed rice cereal. The ball is then deep fried to golden perfection. This scrumptious indulgence is sprinkled with powdered vanilla and complimented with a Texas-sized scoop of vanilla ice cream. To serve, a mouthwatering drizzle of caramel sauce and powdered cinnamon crowns each tasty treat.
Cotton Candy Taco by Justin & Rudy Martinez (SWEET)
This sweet s'more creation begins with a graham cracker waffle cone batter that is freshly-pressed into a crunchy taco shell shape. The inside of the shell is coated with a marshmallow glaze, then stuffed with chocolate, toasted marshmallow, and organic cane sugar cotton candy. We then top off this handful of sweetness with chocolate cookie crumbles and two chocolate cream-covered biscuit sticks with marshmallows.
Deep Fried Shepherd’s Pie by Clint Probst (SAVORY)
We mix shredded cheddar cheese and cream into our savory mashed potato pillows. Each potato ball is filled with Grandma's shepherd's pie filling made of ground beef, mixed vegetables, and rich beef gravy. Our special seasoning creates an explosion of flavors and textures as the filling and creamy potatoes mix with each bite.
Deep Fried Skillet Potato Melt in a Boat by Tom Grace (SAVORY)
This is a tater tot on steroids! We start with buttery skillet potatoes griddled golden brown. We then add diced, griddled breakfast sausage patties and pack the tasty potato mixture around a mini Babybel® cheese loaf! It then gets a quick roll in our special seasoned flour and goes into the fryer. In just a few minutes, you have a wonderful crunch that finishes in the smooth melt of cheese! The deep-fried skillet potato melts are served up in the potato skins they came from and topped with melted cheddar and crispy bacon bites. A sour cream chipotle sauce is drizzled across the top and served on the side for dipping!
Fernie’s Hoppin’ John Cake with Jackpot Sauce by Winter Family Concessions (SAVORY)
This iconic New Year’s Eve southern “good luck” dish takes a dip in the deep fryer for a unique and mouthwatering spin! The classic ingredients of creamy, nutty black-eyed peas, fluffy white rice, spicy smoked sausage, aromatic green onions, and a secret blend of special spices are combined with bread crumbs and eggbeaters and formed into a generous Texas-sized cake. This rich and savory cake is breaded in an egg wash that includes flour and panko bread crumbs. It is then deep fried to a super crunchy exterior and soul satisfying interior. The Texas-sized cake is topped with a zingy black-eyed pea relish, garnished with pickled okra to complete the southern deliciousness, and served with a side of Jackpot Sauce.
Fernie’s Orange You Glad We Fried It?! by Winter Family Concessions (SWEET)
One bite and you will be THRILLED! Layers of moist chiffon orange cake, dairy-fresh whipped cream, and citrusy orange preserves are lightly blended to form a refreshing custard-like filling. The mixture is spooned into flaky puff pastry dough, folded turnover style, and sealed with a pastry crimper. The pastry is quickly fried into little crescent-shaped pillows of citrus bliss and then lightly dusted with powdered sugar. Each dish is served with two sublime dipping sauces and garnished with a double citrus twist slice.
State Fair Fun-L Cake Ice Cream by Tom Landis (SWEET)
We capture the essence and flavor of a funnel cake and combine it with the creamy smoothness of ice cream. Created by Howdy Homemade, this super premium ice cream has funnel cake flavor infused into it with funnel cake pieces and powdered sugar mixed throughout, and on top of, the dish. It is available with powdered sugar, whipped cream, and strawberry sauce. Try to settle for just one scoop!
Sweet Bakin’ Bacon by Ed & Eddie Campbell (SWEET)
A cream-filled sponge cake is wrapped in savory bacon and then dipped in a funnel cake batter. The treat is deep fried until golden brown and dusted with powdered sugar to finish.
Texas Fried Hill Country by Justin & Rudy Martinez (SAVORY)
Texas Fried Hill Country is the best of everything that would come out of the Hill Country in Central Texas. Fried mozzarella is complimented with locally-grown basil, sandwiched between two slices of juicy green tomatoes, and hand-breaded with seasoned breadcrumbs and flash fried to gooey perfection. Each dish is served on a bed of field greens, finished with balsamic drizzle and sweet local Texas honey.
Texas Twang-kie by Chris & Sherry Howard (SAVORY)
A savory twist on an American classic! It ain't sweet, but it's perfect. This cornbread cake is baked to moist perfection, hollowed out, and filled with a culinary masterpiece of Tex-Mex grilled chicken white bean chili! Each twang-kie is served with cornbread fries and more chili for dipping.
Schools Get First Letter Grades
1080 KRLD (DALLAS) - School districts in Texas have received their first letter grades as part of the state's new accountability system. Texas replaced the system that labeled schools as exemplary, recognized, acceptable or unacceptable.
This year, districts and charter schools are receiving a grade from A through F. Next year, individual campuses will receive letter grades.
The Texas Education Agency says the change will let families see how students in districts develop over the course of the year, how schools make progress and how districts compare with each other.
"For our school systems to embrace an attitude of continuous improvement, this is a huge step forward to help them improve the support they offer kids in all of their schools," says Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath.
People can search the Texas Education Agency's website for a district, or they can sort districts and charter schools by how they scored.
A total of 153 districts and charter schools received an "A" rating. Fifteen districts got an "F."
'Blue Wave' To Be Tested In Key Midwestern Primaries
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats tested the strength of their "blue wave" against President Trump's grip on America's white, working class Tuesday as the 2018 primary season lurched closer to an end in two Midwestern battlegrounds.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker seized the Republican nomination in his quest for a third term, while former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was fighting to resurrect his political career and prove he fits in Trump's GOP.
The Republican president scored a delayed victory in deep-red Kansas, where current Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded defeat in a razor-thin primary against Trump's endorsed candidate, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a week after polls closed. Colyer is the first incumbent governor to be defeated this season.
Tuesday's contests also moved through Vermont, where Democrats chose the nation's first transgender major party nominee for governor, part of a so-called "rainbow wave" of extraordinarily diverse candidates up and down the ballot across the nation.
But accusations of domestic violence involving the Democratic National Committee's second-in-command threatened to undermine Democratic enthusiasm, particularly in Minnesota, a state still healing from scandal.
In all, four states hosted primary elections Tuesday as the primary season neared its final chapter. The first polls closed in Vermont and Connecticut, to be followed by Minnesota and Wisconsin.
All but 10 states will have picked their candidates for November's general election by the time the day's votes are counted. While the full political battlefield isn't quite set, the stakes are clear: Democrats are working to topple Republican control of Congress and governors' offices across the nation.
In Vermont, Democrat Christine Hallquist won the Democratic nomination in her quest to become the nation's first transgender governor.
The former chief executive of Vermont Electric Cooperative bested a field of four Democrats that included a 14-year-old.
Hallquist will face a tough fight in November: Republican incumbent Phil Scott remains more popular with Democrats than members of his own party in the solidly liberal state.
Vermont Democrats also nominated Sen. Bernie Sanders, who hasn't ruled out a second presidential run in 2020, for a third term in the Senate. The 76-year-old democratic socialist won the Democratic nomination, but he is expected to turn it down and run as an independent.
Democrats appeared particularly motivated in Wisconsin, where eight candidates lined up for the chance to take on Walker, a two-term incumbent who has warned his party about the prospect of Democratic gains.
Walker's strong anti-union policies made him a villain to Democrats long before Trump's rise. State schools chief Tony Evers, who has clashed with Walker at times, entered the primary as the best-known of the Democratic challengers.
Once a target of Trump criticism, Walker gained the president's endorsement in a tweet Monday night calling him "a tremendous Governor who has done incredible things for that Great State." But Trump's persistent attacks on Wisconsin-based motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson put Republican candidates on their heels in recent days, Walker among them.
"There's a lot of disgust at what's going on at the top level moving down," said Madison voter Conor McGuire, 49, who described himself as a frustrated Republican but voted for Democrat Evers.
Initially a Walker supporter, McGuire said he's disgusted by Walker's embrace of Trump.
Walker said Monday he opposed the Harley boycott.
His Democratic opponents embraced the fight.
"By attacking Wisconsin workers to cover for failed economic policy, President Trump took a page right out of Scott Walker's playbook," said Mahlon Mitchell, one of the candidates and the head of the state firefighters union.
Trump also stars, informally at least, in Wisconsin's Senate primaries as Republicans try to deny Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin a second term.
The GOP primary featured fervent Trump supporters: former Marine Kevin Nicholson, running as an outsider, and longtime state lawmaker Leah Vukmir, who is backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan. Neither candidate was an early Trump supporter, and Vukmir has struggled to explain footage recently unearthed from 2016 in which she calls Trump "offensive to everyone."
Tuesday's primaries served as a test of Democratic enthusiasm in the upper Midwest, a region that has long been associated with liberal politics but has been trending red. Trump won Wisconsin by less than 1 percentage point in 2016, becoming the first Republican presidential candidate to carry the state since 1984.
It was much the same in Minnesota, where Trump lost by less than 3 percentage points in a state that hasn't backed a Republican presidential contender since 1972.
Minnesota voters picked candidates in competitive races for governor, the Senate and the House. Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar won her party's nomination as expected.
But a down-ballot race for state attorney general may overshadow them all.
Rep. Keith Ellison, the Democratic National Committee's deputy chairman, was expected to capture his party's nomination in the race to become the state's top law enforcement official. That was before Ellison's candidacy was rocked by allegations over the weekend of domestic violence amid a broader national outcry against sexual misconduct by powerful men in business, entertainment and politics.
Ellison has denied a former girlfriend's allegations that he dragged her off a bed while screaming obscenities during a 2016 relationship she said was plagued by "narcissistic abuse."
Feelings about misconduct are still fresh in Minnesota, where Democratic Sen. Al Franken resigned in December after multiple allegations of unwanted sexual touching. His replacement, Democratic Sen. Tina Smith, was on Tuesday's ballot as she seeks her first full term. She faced Democrat Richard Painter, a former George W. Bush ethics lawyer.
Pawlenty, a former two-term governor, may be the biggest name on Minnesota's ballot.
He's the leading Republican candidate in the high-profile race to replace outgoing Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Having lost his own short-lived bid for president in 2012, Pawlenty spent much of the past six years as a corporate lobbyist.
Like Republican candidates elsewhere, Pawlenty has struggled to live down his blistering critique of Trump in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election. At the time, he called Trump "unhinged and unfit for the presidency." Pawlenty has since said he voted for Trump and supports his agenda.
The Democratic field for governor featured U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, state Rep. Erin Murphy and Attorney General Lori Swanson.
Not to be forgotten: Connecticut held primary contests as well.
Five Republicans have lined up to replace the unpopular outgoing governor, Democrat Dan Malloy. Former gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont won the Democratic nomination.
Peoples reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Kyle Potter in St. Paul, Minnesota, contributed to this report.
Viral Texas Craigslist Ad Prompts A Book
AMARILLO (KRLD) - A viral ad on Craigslist has encouraged an Amarillo man to write a book about it.
Josh Wood described his dilapidated 15 seat passenger van as a "rolling dumpster" in a hilarious ad. He and his wife have 9 kids. He says his kids threw chicken nuggets in it and even became sick in the van on road trips. Yet, it sold quickly.
Wood says, "I'm in shock over all the attention the Craigslist post received from all over the country. The emails I'm getting are stories of similar van issues of large van drivers and people who share our pain."
Wood says he's received a bunch of emails encouraging him to write more.
"I've decided to write a book based on the Craigslist post. Now, saying that sentence out loud sounds absolutely ridiculous. But, that's what I'm going to try to do."
He says the book will be about his family and the van.
"It will be about our life. It will be about uh-ohs and oopsies and chicken nuggets and exotic, off-road adventures. Our struggles in the struggle bus," Wood says. "People ask me how long it took to write the Craiglist post. My wife and I both said maybe 30 minutes."
He says he's going to try and get the book done in the next couple of months. You can follow his blog at joshwoodtx.com.
McDonald's Spending $448 Million To Modernize Texas Stores
McDonald's says it will spend the next year and a half investing $448 million to modernize stores in Texas.
The fastfood giant has 840 locations statewide. Transformed restaurants will feature modernized dining rooms with locally inspired decor, digital self-order kiosks, refreshed exterior designs and new parking spots for curbside pick-up orders made through the mobile app.
The project is expected to to inject nearly half a billion dollars into the Texas economy through 2019.