Texas storm is setting temperature, snow records
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Several cold weather records have been set or tied around Texas with this week's storm.
In Amarillo, the temperature early Saturday dropped to 3 degrees, equaling a mark from 2005. Similarly, Borger tied its record low mark of 5, also from 2005.
Highs at Abilene (25) and San Angelo (31) on Friday were the lowest ever for Dec. 6, breaking marks from 1972.
A half-inch of snow Thursday in Wichita Falls is the most ever since records began in 1897. A trace of snow at Waco was the most for Friday since 1944.
And 0.4 inches of snow Friday at Dallas-Fort Worth is a record. Previously, a trace was reported in 1969.
In South Texas, the high of 39 Friday at Del Rio was the lowest ever for December 6th.
TEXAS-WINTER STORM-DFW AIRPORT
Cots, free sandwiches, cookies at iced-in DFW
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - The cots have been dispensed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and airport staffers are passing out free coffee, cookies and sandwiches to iced-in travelers.
A few dozen people appeared to be sleeping on cots Saturday afternoon inside Terminal D at the sprawling airport.
Others, like 26-year-old Joel Dutton, found diversions like watching football on their laptop computers.
Dutton is trying to get home to Huntsville, Alabama after a year-long Christian mission trip. He's in good spirits even though he'll have to sleep on a cot until Sunday morning.
He says he's used to traveling and backpacking, so it's not his first time sleeping at an airport.
Ice stalls sections of I-35 in North Texas
DALLAS (AP) - Authorities say treacherous sections of icy Interstate 35 north of Dallas have been closed for hours at a time intermittently over the last day as tractor-trailers have difficulty climbing hills, wrecks occur and vehicles stall.
Jody Gonzalez, chief of Denton County Emergency Services, said Saturday about 200 people have been in shelters in the Sanger area - about 50 miles north of Dallas - after getting stuck.
He says some were able to drive to the shelter while others were rescued from their vehicles stuck on the highway and taken to shelters.
Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Michelle Releford says road graders and more sand and salt trucks are being sent to try to ease the ice problems.
According to Releford, "We're sending in everything we've got."
Person dies after car plunges into Lake Lewisville
DENTON, Texas (AP) - A person has died after a pickup truck went off of an icy Interstate 35 bridge and into Lake Lewisville in North Texas.
Denton County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sandi Brackeen says that the vehicle went over a guardrail off the interstate early Saturday morning. She says authorities believe there is only one victim.
The victim's body has been taken to the Tarrant County medical examiner.
Church houses marooned motorists from icy I-35
SANGER, Texas (AP) - People forced off icy Interstate 35 in North Texas have been directed to several shelters set up quickly in the town of Sanger, about 40 miles north of Dallas.
Erin Claiborne, a pharmacist in Bartlesville, Okla., has been at a church shelter since late Friday night with her husband and 14-year-old daughter.
They were headed from Bartlesville to DFW Airport - about 300 miles away - and the shelter was much better than the treacherous highway, where she says vehicles were on the side of the road, in ditches, overturned or just abandoned.
Karen Perry, one of the Sanger Church of Christ members caring for marooned travelers, says around 100 people spent Friday night and they were expecting some to be with them for at least another night.
Deadly vehicle pileup hits I-10 in West Texas
PECOS, Texas (AP) - Transportation officials say a multi-vehicle pileup on Interstate 10 in West Texas has closed a portion of the highway and claimed the life of at least one.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Santos Carrasco Junior says the pileup occurred Saturday and involved 10 vehicles. He says one person has died but the person's name was not released.
The Texas Department of Transportation said the pileup was due to icy weather conditions on I-10 westbound at mile marker 192. The accident is about 160 miles east of El Paso and four miles east of the Interstate 20 interchange.
Traffic is being diverted onto Highway 285 in Pecos, and some of it into New Mexico.
West Texas and parts of southeastern New Mexico are battling dangerously icy roads and freezing temperatures this weekend thanks to a cold front.
Live United Bowl in Texarkana rescheduled
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - The Live United Texarkana Bowl in Texarkana between Harding University and Texas A and M Commerce has been rescheduled.
Harding officials say the bowl game that was postponed because of wintry weather is now scheduled for December 13th with kickoff set for 6 p.m.
The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was delayed after a winter storm warning was issued on Thursday for a wide area that included Texarkana.
EL PASO-SCHOOL CHEATING
Feds say no civil rights probe for El Paso schools
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Federal education agency officials are saying they won't pursue potential civil rights violations from a cheating scheme at El Paso public schools although the school district may not be totally in the clear.
U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke of El Paso received word this week from the U.S. Department of Education that agency rules bar investigations of allegations that are more than 180 days old.
The El Paso Times, however, reports another department official says the agency has discretion to extend that 180-day window.
O'Rourke has been pushing the Department of Education for an update since an audit last summer revealed a cheating scheme focusing on Mexican immigrant students and standardized testing used for federal accountability.
Man charged with sexual assaults 24 hours apart
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A 39-year-old Rockport man is jailed in Corpus Christi on $1.5 million bond following his arrest for two sexual assaults on women 24 hours apart in September.
Corpus Christi police arrested 39-year-old Orlando Robles Friday at his home in nearby Rockport.
He's charged with an assault September 28th, when a 19-year-old woman said she fought off her attacker and doused him with pepper spray, and another the next day.
That's when a 22-year-old woman told authorities a man approached her saying something was wrong with his pickup truck, then tried to attack her. She fought back and used her keys to stab him.
The Corpus Christ Caller-Times reports police had used a town hall meeting in October to seek help from the public in finding the attacker.
Fort Worth police kill dog attacking man
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Fort Worth police say they've shot and killed a dog that was attacking a man.
Police spokesman Captain Charles Ramirez says 18-year-old Estrado Alfono was treated for injuries suffered early Friday when he was attacked by three mix bull mixes.
One dog was shot. The two others were taken away by animal control officers.
A police report shows the 61-year-old owner of the dogs has been issued citations by animal control officers.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports it's the second time in a week police have shot attacking dogs. On Tuesday, three pit bull mixes were killed after attacking a man and his daughter.
Cowboys' LB Lee to return, Claiborne out again
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas linebacker Sean Lee is set to return at Chicago after missing two games with a hamstring injury and cornerback Morris Claiborne will sit for a second straight game with the same issue.
Lee was listed as probable Saturday after fully participating in practice all week. Claiborne was ruled out for Monday night's game against the Bears.
Lee strained a hamstring in a 49-17 loss to New Orleans, and the Cowboys beat the New York Giants and Oakland without him. Claiborne was injured against the Giants.
Rookie linebacker DeVonte Holloman appears ready to return after missing six games with a neck injury. He practiced all week.
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