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Accused Drunk Driver In Harris County Involved In A Crash That Killed Three Horses

July 19, 2019

Harris County Deputies say the accused drunk driver was speeding when he crashed into a signal light pole. This killed three horses he was pulling in a trailor last night. 

It happened along a service road. Lifeflight rushed him to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Senior Deputy Thomas Gilliland with the Harris County Sheriff's office says, "Upon an investigation by deputies, they did find an open liquor bottle inside the truck. At the hospital, he did show signs of intoxication." 

Gilliland says if the driver survives, they will pursue a DWI charge.

Author: Jeff.Burkett
Posted: July 19, 2019, 7:24 pm
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Apollo 11's Flight Director Looks Back At Moon Landing

July 19, 2019

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The flight director of the Apollo missions is looking back at the moon landing July 20, 1969. Gerald Griffin grew up in Fort Worth and graduated from Arlington Heights High School.

"It was a great day. I was the flight director. A flight director is something like the symphony conductor. You've got all the parts that have to play together," he says.

Griffin says the significance of the moon landing did not sink in until several years after the mission.

"The tension in the room, particularly from the time we got into orbit around the moon, started to build. It was quiet," he says. "We were ready. I think that's the beauty of Apollo: We were well prepared."

He says Apollo 7 was a challenge as the first mission to test the command module. Apollo 8 orbited the moon. Griffin says Apollo 10 was a "dress rehearsal," flying to just 47,000 feet above the moon.

Leading up the moon landing during Apollo 11, though, Griffin says tension built as Neil Armstrong was looking for a safe place to land.

"He had to fly along kind of like a helicopter," he says. "When he landed, he only had about 17 seconds of fuel left."

Griffin says the Apollo program brought America together after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, protests over Vietnam and the Cold War.

"The space program was something positive," he says. "At least there were small glimpses when the flights occurred when I think we all pulled together and shared a common goal that was successful."

Griffin was inducted into Fort Worth ISD's Wall of Fame this year. He says the generation entering NASA now has more information available than he did. Griffin says cell phones now have more computing power than the Apollo 11 ship.

"The whole idea of science, technology, engineering and math, I think, is paying off now," he says.

He says both parties came together for Apollo to set clear goals. Griffin hopes the same thing will happen again to put the next generation to work.  Griffin says NASA should now leave Earth orbit up to private companies.

"What we need to do is go back to the moon, establish some sort of permanence, a habitat of some kind and not only explore the moon, but explore what we've got to do to go on to Mars," he says.

Griffin says a project like that would require all countries with a space program to work together. Then he says space programs could consider interstellar travel.

While transportation to other stars is not feasible now, Griffin says he did not imagine a moon landing would be possible when he graduated college. He was just 33 when Apollo 11 went to the moon.

"Looking back 50 years is not easy. A lot of time has passed," he says, laughing. "But that day, of course, is chiseled into my memory."

Author: Jeff.Burkett
Posted: July 19, 2019, 6:42 pm
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Charter Bus Catches Fire On Way Back From Texas Church Camp

July 19, 2019

A group of kids were on their way back to San Antonio from Camp Buckner in Burnet, when their chartered bus erupted in flames.

Some of the campers felt the bus shake, and suddenly saw smoke, according to reports.  The bus driver immediately pulled over and got the kids, ages ranging from 6th to 12th grade, off the bus. Minutes later, the bus exploded.

Cellphone video shows the charter bus engulfed in flames.

Intense cellphone video shows the charter bus engulfed in flames.

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Six kids were taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation, but are reportedly doing fine.  

No other passengers, or the driver, were injured during the incident.

Author: Jeff.Burkett
Posted: July 19, 2019, 12:07 pm
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Wendy Davis Set To Make Another Run For Political Office

July 19, 2019

It appears Wendy Davis is set to make another run for office. 

She will attend a meeting with high-ranking congressional Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi next week in Washington, DC. Nine of the 13 Texas Democrats in the House will be in attendance. 

The former state senator from Fort Worth and gubernatorial candidate reportedly has her sights set on Congressional District 21. It extends from Austin to San Antonio but is mostly in the rural Hill Country.  

SMU political scientist Matthew Wilson says Democrats picked up a couple of seats in Texas in 2018, this one won't be as easy. "One way they would hope to do that is to recruit a candidate with a bit of celebrity cache like Wendy Davis.  Someone who's run statewide and developed a bit of a national following."

That national following came after she spoke for nearly 11 hours six years ago to filibuster a bill restricting abortion.  The filibuster was successful, but the bill was later passed during a special session.

Wilson says Republicans who held on to their seats in 2018 would have to feel good about winning again...however "if there any kind of a Democratic wave, or any kind of a strong national rebuke of president Trump, this would be the kind of district that could turn over."

The seat is held by freshman Republican Chip Roy, who won in the usually reliably Republican district by three percentage points.

Author: Jeff.Burkett
Posted: July 19, 2019, 11:20 am
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Political Newcomer To Challenge Senator Cornyn In 2020

July 18, 2019

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - First term Houston city councilwoman Amanda Edwards has declared her candidacy against three term US Senator, Republican John Cornyn.  

She describes herself as a nominee who can persuade voters to vote Democratic but also "galvanize our base." 

MJ Hegar, who narrowly lost to Central Texas Congressman John Carter was the first to announce a run. Chris Bell, a former one term Houston congressman and 2006 gubernatorial nominee is also in the race.  

SMU political scientist Cal Jillson doubts any of these candidates stand a chance against Cornyn. He says the Democrats best bet would be to run either presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke or Julian Castro, neither of whom are polling well.  "But once you've caught the presidential bug, it's hard to give that up and come back to a state race."

In a statement, Cornyn's campaign said "Councilwoman Edwards is a true progressive with a record that would make Elizabeth Warren jealous,"  "We look forward to seeing which two liberals make the inevitable runoff."

State Senator Royce West of Dallas is said to be considering a run as well.

Author: Jeff.Burkett
Posted: July 18, 2019, 7:23 pm
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Mabank Woman Pleads Guilty In Shooting Deaths Of 2 Daughters

July 18, 2019

ATHENS (AP) — A Texas woman was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to shooting and killing her two young daughters in 2017.

Prosecutors declined to pursue the death penalty against Sarah Nicole Henderson in exchange for her pleading guilty to two counts of capital murder in the deaths of her 5- and 7-year-old daughters.

Henderson, 31, has been in custody since her November 2017 arrest at her home near Mabank, about 50 miles southeast of Dallas. She confessed when talking to investigators and said she had been planning to kill the girls and her husband for several weeks, Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said at the time. She also told investigators she planned to kill herself, he said.

Henderson shot the girls in the head while they were sleeping in the living room. She tried to shoot her husband, Jacob Henderson, but the gun malfunctioned, Hillhouse said. She was charged with attempted murder, but the charge was dropped as part of her plea deal with prosecutors.

Jacob Henderson, who was not the girls' biological father, initially called 911 that day seeking medical help for his wife. He told operators that she wouldn't listen to him and that she was, "freaking out like someone is out to get her," according to a recording of the call.

He called back a few minutes later to cancel the call, saying that his wife told him she was feeling fine and that she was acting normally. Deputies still responded to the house and the couple told them they were OK and didn't need help.

Jacob Henderson called 911 again a few hours later to report that his wife had shot the girls. He could be heard sobbing and asking why she had done it.

Sarah Henderson was heard in the background asking her husband to kill her or shoot her, saying people were after her and that they were coming. At one point in the recording she yelled, "God, what did I do?"

Henderson sought an insanity defense last year, but she was found competent to stand trial, Tyler TV station KETK reported.

Author: Jeff.Burkett
Posted: July 18, 2019, 3:55 pm
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House Blocks Texas Democrat's Trump Impeachment Effort

July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily killed a maverick Democrat's effort Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump after his recent comments were seen by Democrats as racial insults against lawmakers of color, a vote that provided an early snapshot of just how divided Democrats are over ousting him as the 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns rev up.

Democrats leaned against the resolution by Texas Rep. Al Green by 137-95. That showed that so far, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has successfully prevented a Democratic stampede toward impeachment before additional evidence is developed that could win over a public that's so far skeptical about ousting Trump.

Even so, the roll call underscored that the number of liberal Democrats open to impeachment remains substantial and may be growing. About two dozen more conversions would split the party's 235-member caucus in half over an issue that could potentially dominate next year's elections. Until now, just over 80 Democrats had publicly said they were open to starting an inquiry over removing Trump.

"There's a lot of grief, from a lot of different quarters," Green, speaking to reporters after the vote, said of the reaction he received from colleagues. "But sometimes you just have to take a stand."

Democrats voting in favor of the impeachment resolution included some of the party's most outspoken freshmen, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, but were mostly veteran liberals, including leaders of House Democrats' black, Hispanic and progressive caucuses. With party leaders looking to give the effort as little oxygen as possible, there was no debate.

As some Democrats feared, the measure's lopsided 332-95 defeat — the House's first vote on removing Trump since Democrats took control of the chamber this year — opened the door for him to claim vindication.

"You see the overwhelming vote against impeachment and that's the end of it," Trump told reporters as he arrived in North Carolina for a campaign rally. He called the effort the "most ridiculous project I've ever been involved in."

Green's resolution didn't mention special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's 2016 campaign conspired with Russia to influence that year's congressional election or whether the president obstructed Mueller's probe. That inquiry and the questions it raised over Trump's actions have been the main reasons some Democrats have backed impeachment.

Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters that six House committees are investigating Trump, adding, "That is the serious path we're on."

Mueller is scheduled to testify next week to two House committees.

Democrats rejected Trump's claim that the vote showed he'd been absolved of anything.

"It's not vindication," said Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla. "It's that we believe in an orderly process. We're putting our faith in the Judiciary Committee and the hearing they're going to hold."

Every voting Republican favored derailing Green's measure.

With Democrats preparing to defend their House majority in next year's elections, Green's measure forced those in tight districts to choose between upsetting liberals eager to remove Trump and moderates leery of that. Democrats owe their House majority to 39 challengers who won in 2018 in what had been GOP-held districts, places where centrist constituents often predominate.

"It's not ideal for a lot of people to have to take that vote right now," one of them, Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., said of impeachment. She said "if and when" the House votes on impeaching Trump, it should happen when "we can make sure our constituents understand and can get behind" the move.

Recent polling has shown solid majorities of the public oppose impeachment. Even if the Democratic-run House would vote to impeach Trump, the equivalent of filing formal charges, a trial by the Republican-led Senate would all but certainly acquit him, keeping him in office.

Trump is "unfit to be President, unfit to represent the American values of decency and morality, respectability and civility, honesty and propriety, reputability and integrity, is unfit to defend the ideals that have made America great, unfit to defend liberty and justice for all," Green's resolution said.

The measure cites Trump's recent "racist" comments imploring Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to their native countries. The House voted Tuesday largely along party lines to condemn those statements . His targets were Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

All are American and all but Omar were born in the U.S. They've also been among the party's most outspoken advocates of impeachment, and all backed Green's measure.

Mueller's 448-page report detailed episodes in which Trump tried to influence his investigation. Mueller said he could not exonerate Trump on obstruction and indicated in a May news conference that it was up to Congress to decide what to do.

Some Democrats are frustrated with the slow pace of their party's investigations of the president, and impeachment supporters say it would accelerate House probes and bolster their arguments in court. The White House has blocked several witnesses from answering questions.

Efforts by party leaders to dissuade Green from forcing the divisive roll call fell flat, as they did when he forced votes on similar impeachment resolutions in 2017 and 2018.

Author: Jeff.Burkett
Posted: July 18, 2019, 1:57 pm
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NOAA Says El Nino Weather Pattern Is Fading

July 18, 2019

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - El Nino has been pretty good to North Texas in 2019.

Not only does DFW remain ahead on rainfall for the calendar year, the area has yet to see its first official 100-degree reading.  Things could be changing in the near future.

Government forecasters at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration say the El Nino pattern that took hold early this year is fading.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Lamont Bain said it means we likely will see a shift back to a more neutral pattern.  "So far this summer, most of North Texas has been a little on the cooler side.  But, as we head for the hottest stretch of the year, which is typically late July and August, it will essentially feel more like a normal summer," Bain said.

As for the chances of preserving our streak of no triple-digit days, Bain said, "I would expect to see 100-degree heat across the Metroplex probably within the next few weeks or so."

Dallas-Fort Worth recorded only two 100-degree days in August 2018, and last fall was the wettest in our recorded history.

Forecasters say the current trend appears to signal near-normal temperatures and precipitation for the upcoming fall and winter.

Author: Jeff.Burkett
Posted: July 18, 2019, 12:26 pm

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El Paso Reports Fourth Measles Case

July 18, 2019

EL PASO (1080 KRLD) - The latest victim is 18 months old.  The other three involved two toddlers and a woman in her 40's. 

The two toddlers had not been vaccinated and had not traveled outside the community. The immunization status of the adult is not known.  All the cases were reported in the last ten days and are the first known cases in El Paso in 26 years.  Health officials say the latest victim attends a day care and they're trying to get immunization records. 

Bruce Parsons, assistant health director for the El Paso Health Department says before the introduction of the measles vaccine, there was an average of 500,000 cases a year in the United States with hundreds of deaths.  "But with the introduction of the vaccine, that number dropped precipitously.  We dropped to a 100 of so per year until recently. And now we have 1100 cases so far this year in the nation, and 15 to 20 in Texas."

He says they're trying to emphasis to look at this not just in the context of the disease being a health threat, but complacency being a health threat as well.   "Most people understand herd immunity.  That if most of the people are vaccinated, a disease that's covered by that vaccine doesn't get a foothold.  It doesn't spread rapidly in that community.  But if everyone thinks that somebody else is going to take responsibility for vaccinating their kids, vaccination rates go down dramatically."

He says it's everyone's responsibility to ensure they and their children are up to date on their vaccinations.

Measles is spread through coughing and sneezing and the disease usually begins with fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes. These symptoms are followed by a rash that spreads from the head down to the hands and feet. Measles can live in an airspace where an infected person was, for up to two hours.

Author: Jeff.Burkett
Posted: July 18, 2019, 12:16 pm

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Compassionate Cultivation Rolls Out New Strain Of CBD To Help More Texans

July 18, 2019

AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - One of the three medical marijuana dispensaries in Texas rolled out a new strain of CBD oil in time for the state’s expansion of the use of the drug.

The new strain is called Brazos, a cross of two strains rich in the non-intoxicating compound cannabidiol (CBD).

In September a new state law will allow doctors to prescribe CBD oil for all forms of epilepsy; MS; ALS; terminal cancer, autism and other conditions.

Compassionate Cultivation CEO Morris Denton says Brazos is designed to address the state’s expansion of the Compassionate Use Act. “The cannabinoid profile is pretty consistent with regards to treating people with a variety of different neurological conditions.”

Brazos is one of several new strains of CBD that Compassionate Cultivation plans to roll-out over the next 12-to-18 months

Author: Jeff.Burkett
Posted: July 18, 2019, 12:14 pm