Five stories that have North Texas talking: a heartwarming animal rescue on a Fort Worth highway; RadioShack declares bankruptcy; the Dallas Theater Center announces its next season; and more.
Two Fort Worth police officers were driving along Interstate 30 last week when they spotted something a bit unusual in the middle of the highway: a little dog. They stopped and blocked off the road. Officers Allen Speed and Paul Garcia used a treat to get the dog into the squad car. As the dog was rescued, motorists applauded and honked their cars. A patrol car dash cam caught it all on tape. The dog, captured at I-30 and Beach Street, was given the name Beach. On Thursday came more good news: The dog, a rat terrier mix, was adopted from the Humane Society of North Texas. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has more details. [KERA/Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
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- RadioShack, the Fort Worth-based electronics retailer, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday. KERA’s Bill Zeeble talked with an analyst about RadioShack’s downward spiral. “Radio Shack hasn’t turned a quarterly profit in nearly three years. Analyst Scott Tilghman with B. Riley and Company says the business has been out of touch with the times for a while. Gone are the days when consumers could fix their radio or computer with parts from the store, or get your free battery through the battery club.” Learn more here. And here’s more from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
- On Thursday in Stephenville, potential jurors packed a courtroom for a murder trial that starts next week. The defendant, Eddie Ray Routh, is accused of killing two men – Chad Littlefield and Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL who inspired the movie “American Sniper.” A judge Thursday told would-be jurors that they won't be dismissed simply for having seen the movie or read the book on which it was based. KERA’s Doualy Xaykaothao was in Stephenville as jury selection started. She has more details here. [KERA/Associated Press]
- Authorities say a Lubbock doctor was killed after the small plane he was piloting crashed into a guy-wire attached to a TV tower as he approached an airport in West Texas. Lubbock police Lt. Ray Mendoza said the pilot, Dr. Kenneth Michael Rice, was alone in the plane when it crashed late Wednesday. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Josh Lindberg said Thursday the single-engine Piper PA-46 crashed into the guy-wire of the 814-foot KCBD-TV tower while approaching Preston Smith International Airport. The crash knocked the station off the air and cut power to the surrounding neighborhood. KCBD personnel were told to evacuate their building. But the station was back on the air Thursday, broadcasting from a studio provided by the Lubbock school district. [Associated Press]
- The Dallas Theater Center unveiled its next season and it’s rooted in the ‘60s. There’s the Texas premiere of a play about LBJ, and a world premiere musical inspired by the TV show Hee Haw. KERA’s Jerome Weeks has more details at Art&Seek. [KERA]