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  • Former Mesquite teacher’s aide gets 60 years in sex abuse case involving 11-year-old boy

    MESQUITE – A former Mesquite ISD teacher’s aide will spend 60 years in prison, with no chance of parole, for the continuous sexual abuse of an 11-year-old boy. Jessica-Jewel Corin Benton was arrested in September 2016 after another student witnessed the behavior and told his mother about it, according to Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. The student’s mother then reported the activity to authorities. Benton was arrested and charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault, a first degree felony. The abuse happened […]

  • 5,000 jobs up for grabs at Dallas ‘You’re Hired’ fair Thursday

    DALLAS – Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is hosting DFW’s second annual You’re Hired Job Fest this week. Jenkins and Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas are hoping to fill more than 5,000 jobs. Reps will be on site for companies including UPS, Amazon, Walmart, and Fed-Ex. “Have you ever been to a job fair that feels like a blind date – you get all dressed up, only to feel awkward and rejected?” Jenkins asked in a statement for the fair. “Well, […]

  • State Fair of Texas Big Tex food winners announced

    FAIR PARK – The State Fair of Texas has announced the Top 10 finalists for the 14th annual Big Tex Choice Awards for this year’s state fair. The 10 finalists were announced Wednesday morning at Fair Park. Sweet: Arroz con Leche Cotton Candy Taco Fernie’s Orange You Glad We Fried It Fun-L Cake Ice Cream Sweet Bakin’ Bacon Savory: Deep Fried Shepherd’s Pie Deep Fried Skillet Potato Melt in a Boat Fernie’s Hoppin John Cake With Jackpot Sauce Texas Fried […]

  • Missing 8-year-old Fort Worth boy found safe

    FORT WORTH – An eight-year-old boy missing overnight in Fort Worth has been found safe. Dieudonne Babutu had last been seen early Tuesday evening at a park playground in the 4500 block of Campus Drive, near the Ladera Palms Apartments in southeast Fort Worth. After family checked at homes of several of the his friends, police went door to door, checking 300 apartments, in search of Dieudonne. Early Wednesday, Fort Worth police posted to Facebook that Dieudonne had been found […]

  • Former Fort Worth coach accused of sex abuse of young gymnasts

    HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. – A Texas gymnastics coach is behind bars in Indiana, wanted by Fort Worth police on several counts of sexual assault. Skipper Glenn Crawley was arrested Wednesday in Indiana and booked into the Hamilton County Jail, according to FOX59. Fort Worth police say Crawley will be extradited to Texas, where he faces preliminary charges of sexual abuse of a child and aggravated sexual assault of a child. Crawley is accused of abusing several young gymnasts, all of whom […]

  • Kraft Heinz’s Taco Bell Queso recalled for botulism risk

    Kraft Heinz is recalling close to 70,000 jars of Taco Bell Cheese Dip because of a risk of botulism. The company says the decision was made after discovering the 15-oz. Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip showed signs of product separation. This could lead to the growth of the bacteria that causes botulism. It’s a rare but potentially fatal food poisoning. The jarred dips with these ‘best when used by’ dates are part of the recall: October 31, […]

  • New hot line opened in Dallas to help unsheltered & homeless

    DALLAS – A new hot line has been opened in Dallas for people who need help finding shelter and housing. Calls coming in from the street, shelters, safe havens and transitional housing, jails, and hospitals can now go through the Homeless Crisis Helpline (1-888-411-6802) and connect to the best resources to meet their needs. The Homeless Crisis Helpline, announced Monday, is part of Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance. Calls to the helpline, which are toll-free, will be routed by situation. Actively fleeing domestic […]

  • HPV test more effective than Pap smear in cancer screening, study suggests

    Cervical cancer is among the easiest gynecologic cancers to prevent, and two screening tests can help detect the disease early: the routine Pap smear and testing for human papillomavirus, or HPV. The cytology-based Pap smear involves looking for cancer or precancer cells by testing cells taken from the lower end of a woman’s uterus, called the cervix. Diagnosing diseases by looking at single cells and small clusters of cells is called cytology or cytopathology. On the other hand, a woman’s […]

  • Police called on 12-year-old mowing grass – which only gets him more business

    CLEVELAND – An Ohio boy is running his own business this summer cutting lawns and cleaning up yards. Reginald Fields, 12, is the owner of Mr. Reggie’s Lawn Cutting Service. With several helping hands from his cousins, brothers and sisters, they are up with the sun every day working the neighborhood in Maple Heights. That’s what they were doing when someone called Maple Heights police on them. “They said I was cutting their grass. I didn’t know it!” Reggie said. His […]

  • ‘Toy Story Land’ opens this weekend at Walt Disney World – here’s a sneak peek

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The toy-filled world of Woody and Buzz Lightyear officially opens at Walt Disney World this weekend. Toy Story Land, inspired by the characters from the Pixar films, gives you the chance to become “honorary toys” and hang out Woody and Buzz. “With set pieces, staging, attractions and experiences, Toy Story Land represents the best of Walt Disney Imagineering’s collaboration with our storytelling partners at Pixar Animation Studios,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences […]